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Fast Facts, Fairfax County Park Authority


HISTORY:

  • 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.
  • Through the support of the Board of Supervisors and the foresight of the county citizens, 12 park bond referenda have been approved between 1959 and 2012. Today, the Park Authority has 423 parks on approximately 23,310 acres of land.

FACILITIES:

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:



PARK AUTHORITY BOARD: 

  • 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. 

FAIRFAX COUNTY PARK FOUNDATION:

  • 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.

PROGRAMS: 

  • 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/   

OPERATIONAL COSTS: 

  • 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.

 

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 12/2014

 


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