Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

Kirk Kincannon,
Executive Director

Community Use Areas

farmers market logo and community use area depiction

The Park Authority welcomes members of the public to use its parks for shopping at its farmers markets, as well as for engaging in expressive activities. To maximize the availability of the parks to all users and to promote community safety, the Park Authority has set aside Community Use Areas at its farmers markets. These areas are subject to certain rules, and social distancing restrictions. 

This online guide can assist in locating the Community Use Areas and understanding the rules governing the Community Use Areas, including those related to required social distancing.

The Park Authority Public Information Office works to assist those who wish to place signage or conduct First Amendment activities in parks. If you are seeking permission to place signs in a Community Use Area or engage in other expressive activity in our parks, please contact Public Information Officer Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662, 703-475-2267 or via email at Judith.Pedersen@fairfaxcounty.gov or parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.
 

Farmers Markets Community Use Areas Maps

Community Use Area Guidelines

At each of the nine market locations held on public property, an area has been designated outside of the shopping area as the Community Use Area. The Community Use Area offers individuals and other community groups and non-profit organizations the opportunity to engage with the public near the Farmer’s Markets. We kindly request those using the Community Use Area to be considerate of farmers and shoppers, and to work with market volunteers/park staff to ensure our market functions can continue uninterrupted.

  1. The Community Use Areas are not reserved, and space may be limited. This is a first come, first served system. Neither the Farmers Market staff nor Market Manager volunteers coordinate the use of this space. No equipment will be provided (chairs or tents). Questions may be directed to the Public Information Office (see above).
  2. Each individual or group may set up chairs in the designated space outside of the market. On-site Market Manager volunteers can direct you to the designated location or you may visit this page to view the Community Use Area Maps above. Tables are not permitted in the Community Use Areas at this time due to concerns about the transmission of COVID-19. 
  3. Anyone seeking to use these spaces must comply with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s social distancing orders and safety guidelines and all COVID-19 health and social distancing requirements designed to protect customers, market staff, and volunteers.

Social Distancing Guidelines

Anyone seeking to use the Community Use Areas must comply with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s social distancing orders and safety guidelines and all COVID-19 health and social distancing requirements designed to protect customers, market staff and volunteers, including, but not limited to:

  • No more than two representatives of any group or organization may be located in the Community Use Area.
  • Pets are prohibited.
  • A 6-foot distance must be maintained from all other individuals.
  • Only one customer may approach each group or organization at a time.
  • Customers may not touch surfaces within the Community Use Area. The distribution of flyers and literature is not permitted at this time due; and
  • Designated entrances and exits must be used.

All group or organization representatives, customers, market staff, and volunteers are asked to wear coverings over their nose and mouth.

Questions about the FCPA Farmers Markets:
Pamela.Smith2@fairfaxcounty.gov | 703-642-5173

Questions about Community Use Areas in FCPA parks:
Judith.Pedersen@fairfaxcounty.gov  | (O) 703-324-8662 (M) 703-475-2267
 

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