Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia



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


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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Dog Daze

As the Lake Fairfax Park Water Mine closed for the season to humans, dogs got their chance to take a plunge, chase tennis balls in the water and make new canine friends. More than 1,000 dogs and 3,000 people joined in the fun. Pooches and their families packed the Reston water park on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, for Dog Daze – an end-of-summer ritual that attracted dogs of all breeds and sizes. The event featured dogs-only swimming, a Canine Resource Fair and fun for all members of the family. Proceeds, reaching over $10,000 will go to the Fairfax County Park Foundation to benefit parks. Dog Daze was presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority in partnership with the Hunter Mill Dis-trict Supervisor and the Fairfax County Park Foundation, with support from Weber’s Pet Store and Aquatic Paws. Media Note: Click on the winning photos below to download. See more photos at the Dog Daze 2021 Flickr page. (Photo credit: Beth Fredericks). For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or send an email to

Clemyjontri Park

Three international groups of teens sponsored by Mobility International USA made stops at the accessible carousel at Clemyjontri Park in August as part of their visit to the United States. The disability-led nonprofit organization is dedicated to advancing disability rights and leadership around the world by using innovative programs to build bridges to give people with disabilities the opportunity to take their rightful place in the world community. This summer, one of those bridges led to the Fairfax County Park Authority’s iconic playground in McLean that allows people of all abilities to play side-by-side on equipment, such as swings and a carousel. While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures civil rights protection for individuals with disabilities in the United States, Park Authority ADA Coordinator Gary Logue says the visiting teens have been from countries where their rights do not receive similar protection. No matter their age, Logue says, “Everyone is impressed with the sheer enormity of the playground and accessibility features.” In particular, he notes, “the carousel has been a huge hit,” as some of these visitors have never had the opportunity to take such a spin before. Pictured is a young man from the continent of Africa enjoying his first experience on a swing. He has multiple sclerosis but was able to join in the adventure at Clemyjontri Park by using this unique swing that accommodates wheelchairs. Media Note: Click the image to download. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662, or send an email to

Freedom Hill

The thirst for history from a more personal vantage point was on full display July 31, 2021, when a large crowd, including family members from several states, park neighbors, members of the Park Authority Board and staff, local officials, and History Commission members, gathered at Freedom Hill Park in Vienna for the inaugural Untold Stories program. Untold Stories is an interpretive project of the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA). It is a multiyear project involving dozens of parks across Fairfax County. The goal is to increase the representation of all peoples in the stories the Park Authority tells as it interprets county natural and cultural resources. This is one strategy in a larger equity and diversity plan that the organization is creating and implementing. Saturday’s event featured a traditional land acknowledgment ceremony, as well as the unveiling of new interpretive signage that explains a unique time and circumstance during the Civil War and Freedom Hill’s role in it. It also tells the story of a special community that existed amid the racism of the time. It is about a local multiracial family and a family member who may have been a Union spy. Residents of Freedom Hill represented a quintessential American ideal – people of all races and their descendants coming together as one community. Pictured are several generations of the Carter Family, as well as others involved in the project. Left to right in the center: Rose Powhatan, Director of the Powhatan Intertribal Museum; Gloria Runyon and Dee Carter; Park Authority Board Chairman Bill Bouie; Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn; and Edwin Henderson, project leader. You can find more information at the Freedom Hill website or read more about Untold Stories. See Saturday's event program here. Media Note: Click the image above to download. See all the Freedom Hill Ceremony photos at the Freedom Hill Flickr page.  View a video of the event below.

Camp and Play

The Fairfax County Park Authority is pleased to announce a new way to camp at Burke Lake Park! Beginning Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, registered campers can take advantage of bundled activity and service packages. Camp and Play bundles are significantly discounted plans, offered in different tiers. Each bundle features discounted rates for up to six campers and, depending on the package, can include activities and services at the Burke Lake Park marina, amusements, ice cream parlor, camp store or the Go APE! Aerial Adventure Course at South Run District Park! Whether it’s a Campground Essentials package of wood, ice and s’mores, or it’s a parkwide Park Ambassador package, we’ve got your next camping trip covered with enough activities and fun to last your entire stay. Camp and Play Bundles can be purchased online when you make your campground reservation or can be added to any campground reservation throughout the duration of your stay. Our Camp and Play Bundles are good from the moment you check in up to seven days after you check out, so there’s no time-related pressures and you can focus on relaxing. You get to make just the right plan and ensure your stay is exactly how you like. For more information on Camp and Play bundles, please visit the Camp and Play website, or call the park at 703-323-6600.

Ash Grove

The historic Ash Grove house, built by the Fairfax family, has become available through the Resident Curator Program. On Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will begin accepting applications for the rehabilitation and long-term maintenance of Ash Grove, located at 8881 Ashgrove House Lane in Vienna Virginia. The Resident Curator Program offers long-term lease agreements to qualified tenants in beautiful public park settings. The curator leases are without charge in exchange for a financial commitment and approved rehabilitation of the Park Authority’s underutilized historic properties. The deadline for submitting applications for the Ash Grove property is Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. Ash Grove is one of the few standing 18th-century Virginia houses. The original portion of the house was constructed in 1790. The house sits on approximately one acre of land between the densely wooded Old Courthouse Spring Branch stream valley and the Westwood Village townhouse subdivision. To identify potential lessees in the Resident Curator Program, FCPA is seeking proposals for the rehabilitation of the house in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Curators will be determined through an open and competitive process based on several criteria, including a formal proposal, demonstrated experience and competency in historic preservation techniques, financial capabilities, and the incorporation of public benefits. You can find additional information and application forms on the Resident Curator Program website. For more information contact Stephanie Langton, Resident Curator Program Manager, at 703-324-8791 or

Riverbend Park Forest Preschool

Registration is now open for Fairfax County’s newest preschool, the Forest Preschool at Riverbend Park. Riverbend Park Forest Preschool will focus on encouraging learning and knowledge through nature. This play-based forest preschool for kids ages 3 to 5 will introduce the youngest learners to the park and all it has to offer. In our half-day, nature-based preschool, children will spend as much time as they can outside, having fun and learning fundamentals and social skills through play. Preschool will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are two-day, three-day and five-day options. For more information, please visit the Riverbend Park Forest Preschool website. For a registration form, please email; or call the park at 703-759-9018.

Valis Family

The Fairfax County Park Foundation has named a family, an organization and a Park Authority friends group as recipients of this year’s Eakin Philanthropy Awards honoring outstanding contributions to parks through the Park Foundation. Wayne, Angela and the Valis Family are being recognized for their active involvement in various county parks spanning the past decade. In 2017, they funded the TrackMan 4 Golf Simulator at the Valis Family Learning Center at Pinecrest Golf Center in Alexandria, and they were the first significant benefactors for two new picnic shelters in the children’s area at Burke Lake Park. The Foundation is honoring Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home and Fairfax Memorial Park for a partnership with the Park Authority that dates to 2003. That’s when Fairfax Memorial began sponsoring Braddock Nights, part of the Park Authority’s popular Summer Entertainment Series. Since then, they have donated $78,000 to help fund the cost-free Braddock Nights performances; and in 2020, they sponsored the new Arts in the Parks children’s series at Wakefield Park in Annandale. Friends of Colvin Run Mill will receive an Eakin award for partnering with the Park Foundation and helping to preserve and protect this historic property. Since 2010, the volunteer group has donated or provided in-kind support exceeding $185,000. In 2019, the group ratified a Memorandum of Understanding with the Park Authority, which strengthened its relationship with the agency and the Park Foundation. The Fairfax County Park Foundation supports the Park Authority by raising private funds, obtaining grants and creating partnerships that supplement tax dollars to meet community needs for park land, facilities and services. It established the Eakin Philanthropy Award to recognize visionary, financial and material contributions that significantly enhance Fairfax County parks. The award is named in honor of LeRoy Eakin Sr., who donated 14 acres of land in 1951 that became Fairfax County's first park. This year’s Eakin winners will be honored at the virtual Elly Doyle Park Service Award ceremony in November. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or at
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