Park Authority

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
703-324-8700 TTY 711
12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Jai Cole
Executive Director
Fairfax County Park Authority

What We Do

The Park Authority Mission is to enrich quality of life for all members of the community through an enduring park system that provides a healthy environment, preserves natural and cultural heritage, offers inspiring recreational experiences, and promotes healthy lifestyles.

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Earth Day Festival

Spring is on the way and that means Earth Day is right around the corner! Mark your calendar and make your plans to join Fairfax County’s largest, family-friendly Earth Day extravaganza at Sully Historic Site on Saturday, April 20. Celebrate Earth Day with a fantastic time filled with games, entertainment, food and a variety of hands-on crafts, exhibits and activities. Activities will take place all day long from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. There is a parking fee of $10 per vehicle. There’s more than enough fun to go around! Meet WUSA-9 meteorologist Topper Shutt and his team, see the Eco9 hybrid production truck and learn how to report your own weather forecast. See our farmland friends from Frying Pan Farm Park and learn about local plant and wildlife. Enjoy fun experiments that will increase your understanding of the water cycle and other natural processes going on all around us. Challenge yourself with the popular Earth Day obstacle course or test your inner-outdoorsman with Nerf archery, ax throwing, fishing and camping skills. You can also participate in a wide variety of outdoor fitness demonstrations from yoga to bootcamps, and even try our outdoor synthetic ice skating rink. Earth Day will also have a full slate of live entertainment, a touch-a-truck exhibit, food trucks and a craft beer garden. For those who may need to find a calmer and more relaxed way of celebrating the day, or who may just need to take a break from the excitement, there will also be a sensory tent with toys, fidgets and crafts. That’s just for starters! With so much to do, learn and experience, it’s an event you’re not going to want to miss. Keep up-to-date with the latest event details at the Earth Day website. See you at Earth Day on April 20! Download Flyer Sully Historic Site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way, in Chantilly, Virginia. For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. The 2024 Earth Day Festival is made possible in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Foundation. The Fairfax County Park Foundation, a 501(c)(3), supports the Fairfax County Park Authority by raising private funds, obtaining grants, and creating partnerships. Visit the Park Foundation website for more information or call 703-324-8582.
Equity Survey
The Fairfax County Park Authority is reaching out to the countywide community seeking a better understanding of residents’ experience with the park system and to identify potential barriers that may be limiting their ability to more fully take advantage of the programs and amenities offered. The survey, offered in nine languages through the county’s community engagement platform Public Input, will be open through Monday, April 1. "The Park Authority has intentionally been applying an equity lens to our park system in order to ensure that the accessibility and variety of our program offerings align with the present-day values and interests of our community,” said Park Authority Executive Director Jai Cole. “This latest outreach effort is important to help us identify the barriers that yet need to be overcome such as economic, cultural, transportation and others so that we can continue to make the benefits of parks accessible to everyone." In 2022, the Fairfax County Park Authority began a comprehensive review of its fee-based revenue model with the objective of identifying a new path forward toward increasing the equity of access to county park and recreation programming. The initial findings of the Park Authority Equity Study, coupled with a History of the Park Authority, were presented to both the Park Authority Board and Board of Supervisors in late January. The results of this latest survey, combined with further analysis of the recommendations presented are anticipated to be presented to the Park Authority Board and Board of Supervisors in fall 2024. Take the Equity Survey Please contact the Public Information Office with any questions by emailing Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Life guard
Come make a splash and earn some cash this summer at the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole. The Water Mine is hiring more than 200 seasonal team members, including lifeguards, park attendants and security staff. Pay is competitive, starting at $16.87 per hour for lifeguards, $13.50 per hour for park attendants, $18.87 per hour for security and $17.87 for leadership staff. Lifeguards must be 15 years old or older to apply. No prior experience or certifications are required to apply. Lifeguard training and uniforms are provided free of charge. The Water Mine will be holding several open-hire opportunities that job seekers are welcome to attend. The following events include both a swim test and an interview: Saturday, March 9, anytime between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Spring Hill Rec Center Saturday, March 23, anytime between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Cub Run Rec Center Wednesday, March 27, anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Oakmont Rec Center The following events will be held at the Water Mine and will be interview-only: Wednesday, April 10, anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, anytime between noon and 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, anytime between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28, anytime between noon and 3 p.m. For more information about the Water Mine’s open hire events and online application, visit the Water Mine employment webpage; or contact the Water Mine by email at FCPAWaterMine@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-246-5933. The Water Mine is located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, Virginia. For more information, visit the Water Mine website or call 703-246-5929. Start Your Application
Baseball Camp
Has your child ever imagined performing on the big stage or designing that next runway look? Do you have a youngster eager to get a jump start on baseball, softball or soccer season? How about a student excited to try unique arts and crafts — everything from clay mosaics to fluorescent art? Fairfax County Park Authority has all of these activities and more covered in the upcoming spring camps. When schools close for student holidays and spring break, fun and engaging Park Authority camps are in session! This year, spring camps will be held: Monday – Friday from March 25-29 Monday – Tuesday from April 1-2 Wednesday, April 10 Friday, May 3 The Park Authority is home to award-winning programs and camps that help youth develop their talents, discover new skills and create lifelong memories with friends. Camps are hosted all year and many spaces remain open for both spring and summer camps. Visit the Park Authority Camp website, and make use of our online resources to help search for the camp that is right for you: Use the Camp Spreadsheet to sort camps by student age, week, type of camp and location. Browse offerings by keyword and location using the Camp Search tool. Explore the 2024 Camp Guide. Don’t wait, secure your child’s spot in a spring camp today, and don’t forget to check out our summer camp options as well! Learn more at the Camps website. For assistance, please email camps@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Summer Employment
The Fairfax County Park Authority is hiring several part-time seasonal and year-round positions at park locations across the county. Pay is competitive and ranges from $12 to $18 per hour depending on position and experience. Additionally, new employees hired to support summer operations may be eligible for a $500 sign-on bonus. Join our team to share your passion for nature, history, farming or gardening as an employee in the Resource Management and Interpretation Division (RMD). Positions are available at the following Park Authority sites: Lake Accotink Park, Burke Lake Park, Colvin Run Mill, Frying Pan Farm Park, Green Spring Gardens, Lake Fairfax Park, Riverbend Park, Sully Historic Site and Natural Resource Branch (Herrity Building).  For a full list of open roles and detailed job descriptions, visit the Nature and History Jobs webpage. The Park Authority will be hosting two open hire events for positions at these locations. Job seekers are welcome to attend one of the following events to meet staff from the sites, apply, interview and potentially walk away with a job. Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Herrity Building (12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax) Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Park Office at Lake Accotink Park (7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield) If you are unable to attend one of RMD’s open hire events, you can submit an application online at the Nature and Jobs webpage. For more information, contact the Park Authority at FCPAJOBS@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-324-8792. Start Your Application

We Want to Hear From You!

We’re working to enhance equity in all aspects of our park system – including access to park programs. We’d like to know about your experience with parks and any barriers that may be preventing you from taking full advantage of the programs, services and amenities we provide. Five minutes of your time is all it takes!


 

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