Take 12 Steps for Health
WHAT'S GOING ON WITH
'TAKE 12' THIS MONTH?
STEP 8: Community Preservation
Help to maintain and celebrate community history by visiting buildings and historical landmarks – it’s an important part of building a healthy community.
Making Healthy Strides
- Give Back: Celebrate you community by attending an event at a historical property. In Fairfax County, there are events at these sites seasonally and follow the tradition of the property.
- Go Green: Unplug, Literally! Take a step back in time by enjoying a day without electricity. Turn off the TV, cell phone and computer. No microwave or ceiling fans. See what life was like when candles and storytelling ruled the day. It’ll also save you a little on your power bill!
- Get Active: Get a glimpse of agricultural life in the 1800s with a visit to the last remaining working farm in Fairfax County – Frying Pan Farm Park. Explore the historical property and make some new barnyard friends!
Open Space Preservation
Open space is disappearing. Once developed, land cannot be returned to its natural state. There are many reasons to preserve open space:
- to provide tranquil, noise-free islands amid the rush and bustle of life,
- to ensure the health and diversity of wild animals and plants,
- to help lessen pollution by absorbing contaminants from our air and water,
- to maintain an outdoor tourism industry, giving places to fish, swim, boat, hunt and hike, and
- to avoid some costs associated with development.
The Fairfax County Park Foundation manages an Open Space Fund, which helps protect the character of Fairfax County and leave a legacy of open space and parks for future generations. For more information, please visit
The Fairfax County Park Foundation Open Space
Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC)
Focus on Fairfax
County Park Foundation
with Margaret Thaxton, Director of Development Fairfax County Park Foundation
The Fairfax County Park Foundation was established in 2000 to help pick up where tax dollars leave off in providing programs, services and enhancements to the county’s park system. The organization raises private funds, obtains grants and creates partnerships to supplement tax dollars to meet the growing demand for park services and open space.
The Park Foundation is especially proud of its work in providing camp scholarships and summer recreation and arts programs for children and its role in creating accessible playgrounds for disabled youth.
The Park Authority receives only 0.626% of Fairfax County’s General Fund budget. Thus, the Park Foundation’s efforts to support the Park Authority’s non-revenue generating programs are more critical than ever in these challenging economic times. In 2014, the Park Foundation raised funds for health & wellness (Take 12!), adapted and inclusive recreation, camps for homeless & low income children, community entertainment, environmental education, land care and preservation and scholarships for FCPA classes. In FY 2014, the Park Foundation gave more than $868,600 to the Park Authority for its programs and projects.
History Loves Company
From the rustic life at Dranesville Tavern to the life of the privileged class at Stone Mansion, the historic properties under the stewardship of the Fairfax County Park Authority offer a unique representation of early life in Fairfax County. Make your event one for the books by renting a historical property! The facilities operated by Historic Properties Rental Services are suitable for all types of functions - weddings, receptions, parties and other social gatherings, as well as a variety of corporate meetings and events.
- Cabell’s Mill, a pre-1800 mill located inside Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
- Clark House, a Victorian farmhouse in Annandale, Va.
- Dranesville Tavern, a popular roadside inn of the 1800s in Herndon, Va.
- Great Falls Grange, a public assembly hall in Great Falls listed on the National Register of Historic Places
- Forestville Schoolhouse, an 1889 schoolhouse in Great Falls listed on the National Register of Historic Places
- Hunter House, a frame farmhouse of the late 1800s in Vienna, Va.
- Stone Mansion, a 1780 stone house built in Alexandria by a cousin of George Mason
- Wakefield Chapel, an 1899 community church of Gothic structure in Annandale, Va.
Source: Park Authority Historic Sites
TAKE 12! STEPS FOR
COMMUNITY HEALTH IN 2015
PROGRAM SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
The Take 12 program is free and anyone can participate at any time. This program is designed to:
- Help you accomplish healthy goals each month, with tips to keep you going for the duration.
- Give you access to information - free workshops are available each month on different healthy topics and bulletin boards loaded with information are posted at all the RECenters.
- Provide an opportunity for you to experience fitness and wellness programs offered across Fairfax County.
- Empower you to make important lifestyle changes... you can do it!
- Plus, sign-up to receive the monthly e-newsletter, packed with recipes and healthy tips, upcoming events, and opportunities to achieve your Take 12 goals!