Parks & select amenities reopen; summer camps & programs canceled
Parks & Facilities
Fairfax County Park Authority parking lots and parks are currently for limited use in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines from the Virginia Governor’s office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, many amenities and all restrooms remain closed; visit our Operating Status Guide for a list of what is currently open or closed. All reopenings will be conducted in accordance with guidelines from the Virginia Governor’s office and the CDC. Please visit Fairfax County’s COVID-19 Resource Page to review all current recommendations. Park visitors are asked to adhere to the physical distancing guidelines and small group guidelines (do not exceed 10 people), to avoid closed facilities or apparatus, and to keep in mind that restrooms and park buildings will not be open at this time. We monitor the situation daily and will reopen buildings, restrooms and other amenities in accordance with guidance from the CDC, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and local health officials.
Beginning Friday, May 29, face coverings must be worn in public spaces. Anyone visiting a Park Authority golf course clubhouse or other indoor space must wear a face covering in order to comply with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 63. For details on compliance, read this information on face coverings.
Camps & Programs
After careful consideration and consultation with health officials, the county’s senior leadership team, other local park agency directors and Park Authority leadership, the Park Authority has also canceled summer camps and park programs through August. FCPA is among the largest providers of summer camp experiences in this region. We recognize that these closures will have significant impacts on families in Northern Virginia, but this decision was necessary to ensure the health and safety of children, program participants and park staff. Current CDC guidelines, our inability to utilize school facilities, continuing state mandates and restrictions, and the opinion of local health officials that cancellation would be prudent considering unknowns regarding the virus and its effects on children, led us to this conclusion.
All customers will receive the appropriate credit to their account without a cancellation penalty. By default, refunds will go to your household account, which you can use toward future purchases with the Park Authority. Once a refund is processed to your household account, you will be notified and you can request the amount to be donated or paid out to a credit card. To do so, please fill out this simple electronic form. Thank you for your patience as we are processing a high volume of requests.
If facilities are able to safely reopen over the summer, we will re-evaluate our ability to program in that space. The Park Authority is currently developing some virtual program options for summer classes and camps. More information will be available on our web site in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, please explore the Park Authority’s new Virtual Exploration Center for ideas for at-home fun, fitness and exploration.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation in contributing to the health and wellbeing of our entire community. On behalf of the hundreds of FCPA employees working to reopen our parks and facilities in these uncertain times, we appreciate your continued support of your local park system.
Get key coronavirus updates from Fairfax County by texting FFXCOVID to 888777 or visit http://bit.ly/337cThP.