Park Authority Weather Closures No Longer Tied to Schools
Big Change During Snow for Parks
Effective November 1, 2015, the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will no longer follow the closing schedule of public schools during inclement weather. Instead, in response to customer concerns about the number of closures and weather-related cancellations of classes and programs, the Park Authority will follow Fairfax County Government closures. Unless Fairfax County closes all county facilities, RECenters and other park facilities will remain open for general use. Classes, team practices, parties and even weddings will go on as planned at Park Authority facilities, unless cancelled by the customer or by FCPA.
This change recognizes that the school system faces unique challenges on inclement weather days which are very different from those facing the Park Authority in provision of service to the community. "This change in procedure has been a long time coming" according to Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer Sara Baldwin. "Our customers want to come to our RECenters even in frosty weather and frankly, from a customer service perspective we need to do what we can to accommodate that desire."
The challenge is getting the word out and working to let folks know about those exceptions to the rule. For example, participants in Park Authority programs held at non-Park Authority sites will need to check with these private business locations before heading out. Similarly, Park Authority classes and programs held in Fairfax County Public School buildings cannot take place when schools are closed.
For the most up to date weather related closure information visit the Park Authority website at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/weather/ or call the inclement weather line at 703-324-8661. Additional notifications will be made via social media on Facebook and Twitter.