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, 13 park bond referenda have been approved between 1959 and 2016. Today, the Park Authority has 420 parks on more than 23,000 acres of land. We offer 325 miles of trails, our most popular amenity.
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.
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. Visit Public Comment for information regarding speaking at the public meeting.
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 Fairfax County Park Foundation online or call 703-324-8581.