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Fast Facts, Fairfax County Park Authority


  • On December 6, 1950, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors created the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Park Authority was authorized to make decisions concerning land acquisition, park development and operations in Fairfax County, Virginia.
  • To date, 12 park bond referenda have been approved between 1959 and 2012, the most recent a $75 million Park Bond Referendum that passed in November 2012.  The Park Authority has approximately 420 parks on 23,194 acres of land. We offer over 370  miles of trails, one of our most popular amenities.  Fairfax Trail Buddy, an online mapping application,  was launched in the spring of 2013.


The park system is the primary public mechanism in Fairfax County for the preservation of environmentally sensitive land and resources, areas of historic significance and the provision of recreational facilities and services including:


  • A 12-member citizen board, appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, sets policies and priorities for the Fairfax County Park Authority.  Nine of the board members represent the various magisterial districts of Fairfax County, and three are members-at-large. 
  • The public may attend the regular public meetings of the Board every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Herrity Building at 12055 Government Center Parkway, ninth floor boardroom, in Fairfax, VA. 


  • The Park Foundation helps pick up where tax dollars leave off by raising private funds, obtaining grants and creating partnerships to meet community needs for park land, facilities and services.  Programs include land preservation, trail building, community concerts, capital projects support and services to low income children and people with disabilities.  Visit online at http://www.fairfaxparkfoundation.org/ or call 703-324-8581.


  • Classes, camps and programs are offered. Special events, trips/tours are listed in Parktakes, the Park Authority’s quarterly leisure services guide available through free subscription to county citizens, call 703-222-4664. Or visit Parktakes online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/   


  • Financial resources for the operations and maintenance of facilities are provided by the County's general fund (County tax assessments), and a revenue fund of facility user fees. The Park Authority provides approximately 60% of their budget through revenue programs.

INFORMATION: Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all county programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations, call 703-324-8563.  For information call 703-324-8700 TTY 703-803-3354.
EMAIL: parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov    WEBSITE: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks     FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/fairfaxcountyparks    TWITTER: twitter.com/fairfaxparks

Revised 8/2012


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