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

Community Use Areas

The Park Authority welcomes members of the public to use its parks 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 and near its concert and summer entertainment venues.

The Fairfax County Park Authority has established Community Use Areas where individuals, nonprofits and other community groups may conduct non-commercial expressive activities. This online guide can assist in locating the Community Use Areas and understanding the rules governing the Community Use Areas. Please note that all Community Use Areas must comport with social distancing guidelines.

First Amendment Signage Areas at FCPA Sites and Facilities

Community Use Area Rules

The following rules have been established to ensure that park functions will not be interrupted:  

  • The Community Use Areas are not reserved, and space is available on a first come, first served basis. You can view the maps of specific areas below.
  • Each individual or small group may set up a table in the designated space. Please bring your own tables, chairs, tents, and other equipment. Any such equipment must be removed within one hour after the site closes.
  • No more than five people are permitted in one Community Use Area space generally, however at this time COVID-19 precautions must be followed with social distancing; therefore, only one or possibly two people may be in that area depending on the size of the space. Please contact 703-324-8662 for specific information.
  • Signs may not be larger than 4’ X 4’ and may not be appended to trees, prevent access to the sites, or interfere in any way with pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
  • The following items are prohibited within the Community Use Area:
    • (a) Firearms as set forth in Virginia Code § 18.2-287.4; or
    • (b) Any bat, shield, pole, brick, stone, rock, piece of asphalt or concrete, knife, hatchet, ax, saw, slingshot, blackjack, metal knuckles, mace, metal buckle, chain, crowbar, hammer, club, bludgeon, or other such item that may be used as a weapon. 
  • No amplified sound is permitted.
  • The Community Use Areas are reserved for individuals, community groups, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. The areas are not intended for business transactions.

For further information or questions, 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

Concert Venues Community Use Areas Maps

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Social Distancing Guidelines

Anyone using 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 the community. These include, but are not limited to:

  • No more than five people are permitted in one Community Use Area space generally, however at this time COVID-19 precautions must be followed with social distancing; therefore, only one or possibly two people may be in that area depending on the designated size of the space at each site. Please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 for specific information. 
  • Pets are prohibited;
  • A 6-foot distance must be maintained from all other individuals;
  • Only one customer may approach each Community Use Area user at a time;
  • It is NOT possible to maintain social distancing while walking through the market or venue and handing out materials, therefore leafleting is not permitted. We ask you to please limit activities to the Community Use Area; 
  • Tables should be routinely disinfected every two hours, and all organizations and individuals using the Community Use Areas should have access to alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Designated entrances and exits must be used.

Everyone using the Community Use Areas is asked to wear coverings over their nose and mouth, and please stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness.

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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