While no public funding has been allocated to the improvements,
Eakin Community Park has some alternate funding sources to
potentially move these proposals from concept to reality.
First is the Eakin Trust Fund. When LeRoy Eakin, Sr.
contributed that initial 14 ½ acres of parkland, he also set up a
trust fund for future improvements to Eakin Community Park.
The trust is held by the Eakin Family and has a matching
provision. Release of these funds can be triggered by a
similar commitment from the community – matching through financial
contributions or active involvement.
A second potential source of funding is through the Mastenbrook
Grant Program. This grant program was established by John
Mastenbrook, a former Park Authority board member, to encourage
public and private ventures to improve Fairfax County parks and
The program's aim is to fill the gap between limited bond funding
and the community's desire for new neighborhood facilities. This
program allows volunteers to match funds or provide in-kind
services. The target maximum amount of grant funding is $20,000 per
project per year. This is a great way for community
associations, environmental groups, sports leagues, scout troops,
churches and individuals to maximize their efforts in improving our