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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Jai Cole
Executive Director

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Experience the Magic of Arts in the Parks!

June 13, 2024

Mark your calendars for a magical outing at Arts in the Parks this summer, part of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series. Come out for free entertainment the entire family can enjoy.

Oakmont Rec Center’s Monthlong Closure Begins Aug. 19

June 13, 2024

The Oakmont Rec Center will be getting spruced up this summer. A number of facility improvement projects are set to start after summer camps come to a close.

Play All Day with the Park Authority on the Longest Day of the Year

June 13, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority is joining the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society and parks and recreation agencies across the state to encourage everyone to “Play All Day” in celebration of the summer solstice on June 20.

Summer Fun in the Parks: Boating, Mini Golf, Amusements and More!

June 13, 2024

Your guide to the hottest spots to check out is finally here — add these must-do activities below to your summer 2024 bucket list.

Park Authority Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting

June 13, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada.

Mastenbrook Grant Approved for Fencing Extension at Pine Ridge Park

June 13, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved matching funds in the total amount of $6,205 to support the extension of the fencing around field 6 at Pine Ridge Park.

Experience Cultural Performances from Around the World at Spotlight by Starlight

June 6, 2024

Come enjoy the wonderous international performances of Spotlight by Starlight every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. from June 15 through Aug. 17.

Cross County Trail, New Amenity Celebrated on National Trails Day

June 6, 2024

Joined by U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and trail users in all their varieties, the Park Authority commemorate the 10th anniversary of the naming of the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail and the official opening of a new public restroom facility at the Laurel Hill Central Green.

Park Authority To Hold Community Meeting for Wakefield Tennis, Pickleball Courts

June 6, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority will be hosting a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, July 9, at 7 p.m., to present a proposal to enhance both pickleball and tennis opportunities at Wakefield Park.

Golf Fairfax Is Rolling Out the Green Carpet for Women’s Golf Month

June 6, 2024

Golf Fairfax is excited to celebrate Women's Golf Month in June.

Take Care of Yourself and Nature at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve

June 6, 2024

Summer is getting into full swing and residents are taking advantage of the warm weather by spending more time outdoors at their local Fairfax County parks, including Scott’s Run Nature Preserve.

Summer Sprint in the Park: A Free Family-Friendly Event!

June 6, 2024

Join the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Reston Runners for the Summer Sprint in the Park!

Summer Rec-PAC Spaces Still Available, Sign Up by June 14

June 6, 2024

Register by June 14 to receive a discounted rate and seize the opportunity to participate in this affordable Fairfax County Park Authority program.

Join the Composting Craze, Receive a Countertop Collection Container at Park Authority Farmers Markets

June 6, 2024

Are you looking to get into composting with the Fairfax County Park Authority Farmers Markets? If so, don’t miss out on our free countertop compost bin giveaway June 12-16!

Stars, Stripes and Everything Nice at Lake Fairfax Park

June 6, 2024

Join the Fairfax County Park Authority at Lake Fairfax Park for our annual Independence Day celebration – this year on June 29!

Get Ready for Summer Fun at the 4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park

June 6, 2024

Enjoy a day packed with fun and farm animals at the annual 4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park from Aug. 1-4.

Fireflies Light Up the Summer Night Sky

May 30, 2024

The transition from spring to summer brings the enchanting light show of fireflies, also known as lightning bugs, to the evening skies.

Park Authority Wins NAGC Award for Excellence in Communication

May 30, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority was awarded a Blue Pencil and Golden Screen Award by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) for excellence in government communications.

Phase 1 of Mount Vernon Woods Park Renovation Beginning in June

May 30, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin Phase 1 of the renovation at Mount Vernon Woods Park.

ADA Accessible Trails Coming Soon to Jefferson Manor Park

May 30, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work to construct new Americans with Disabilities Act accessible trails at Jefferson Manor Park.

Mastenbrook Grant Approved To Fund Diamond Infield Renovation at Parklawn Park

May 30, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved matching funds in the total amount of $12,945 to support the renovation of the diamond infield at Parklawn Park through the Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant Program.

Commemorate Juneteenth with the Park Authority at Sully Historic Site

May 30, 2024

Join the Fairfax County Park Authority for a special Juneteenth commemoration event at the Sully Historic Site on Wednesday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FCPA Now Accepting Resident Curator Applications for Ash Grove and Lahey Lost Valley Properties

May 23, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority is now accepting applications from prospective resident curators for the rehabilitation and long-term maintenance of the Ash Grove and Lahey Lost Valley properties.

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve Opens in Time for Memorial Day Weekend

May 23, 2024

The Scott’s Run Nature Preserve is reopening just in time for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend!

Work Begins on Franconia District Park Athletic Courts May 28

May 23, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority expects to begin athletic court revitalization work at the Franconia District Park on May 28.

Park Authority Honored by Commonwealth Archaeologists

May 23, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority was awarded the 2023 Michael Hoffman Award from the Council of Virginia Archaeologists.

The 49th Annual Antique Car Show Rolls onto Sully Historic Site!

May 23, 2024

Rev up your engines and mark your calendars! Father’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to celebrate than at the 49th Annual Sully Antique Car Show.

Ready, Set, Groove to the Summer Entertainment Series

May 23, 2024

As the summer heats up, so does the sizzling list of performers set to entertain across Fairfax County as part of the Summer Entertainment Series.

Stay Cool This Summer: New Shades Coming to Monticello Dog Park

May 23, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon install two sun shades with seating at Monticello Dog Park.

New Restrooms To Open at Laurel Hill Central Green June 1

May 23, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority expects to begin athletic court revitalization work at the Franconia District Park on May 28.

New Orange Tee Club at Burke Lake Golf Center

May 23, 2024

Golf Fairfax is excited to announce the launch of the Orange Tee Club at Burke Lake Golf Center. This groundbreaking program is designed to provide junior golfers and their parents with a relaxed, family-friendly golfing experience. The Orange Tee Club will officially start on May 25 at Burke Lake Golf Center. Burke Lake Golf Center has set…

Park Authority Waterpark, Spray Park and Pool Open May 25

May 23, 2024

Get the summer started off right with the Fairfax County Park Authority’s outdoor waterpark, spray park and swimming pool! On Saturday, May 25, the Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole, Our Special Harbor Spray Park, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park swimming pool will open for the summer season. Each…

Park Authority, Caps Open New Inline Skate Rink at Lake Fairfax Park

May 16, 2024

The new inline skate rink at Lake Fairfax Park is open for business!

Renowned Wildlife Biologist, Filmmaker To Visit Green Spring Gardens

May 16, 2024

This event serves as a unique opportunity for individuals to gain insights into the vital connection between gender, environmental conservation and climate justice, while also offering practical avenues for advocacy and support.

Visit a Park Authority Rec Center for FREE All Day on May 22

May 16, 2024

Fairfax County Park Authority Rec Centers offer a variety of resources and amenities to help maintain and improve your health and wellness and connect with community.

Sip, Paint and Unwind at Laurel Hill

May 16, 2024

Enjoy an evening of relaxation and creativity at Laurel Hill Golf Club’s Sip and Paint event on Thursday, May 23, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Park Authority To Commemorate 10th Anniversary of the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail with National Trails Day Celebration

May 16, 2024

This National Trails Day, join the Fairfax County Park Authority, Rep. Gerry Connolly, local leaders and the community in celebrating 10 years of the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail!

Celebrate Gardening with the Friends of Lake Accotink Park

May 16, 2024

Calling all nature enthusiasts and gardening aficionados! Join in celebrating National Gardening Day at Lake Accotink Park.

Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series Begins June 1

May 9, 2024

In a few short weeks, the Park Authority’s 35th Summer Entertainment Series returns to Fairfax County Parks!

Work Begins on Popes Head Park Basketball and Tennis Courts May 10

May 9, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority is expecting to begin revitalization work at the Popes Head Park basketball and tennis courts on Friday, May 10.

Mason District Park Tennis Court Reconstruction To Begin in June

May 9, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority will be making improvements to the existing tennis courts at Mason District Park.

Expand Your SNAP Benefits at Park Authority Farmers Markets

May 9, 2024

Fairfax County residents receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can now double their benefit – up to an additional $40 – to purchase fruits and vegetables at five Fairfax County Park Authority Farmers Markets.

Explore Health and Fitness Opportunities at Rec Centers

May 9, 2024

Fairfax County Park Authority Rec Centers offer quality opportunities to be active and stay healthy in Fairfax County.

Celebrate National Water Safety Month with the Park Authority

May 9, 2024

As an agency that offers numerous opportunities to swim and enjoy the water at Rec Center pools, lake and riverfront parks and waterparks, the Fairfax County Park Authority celebrates water safety all year long.

Team Up and Tee Off at Spring Golf Tournaments

May 9, 2024

Partner up for fun competition this season with Golf Fairfax. Golfers of all ages and abilities are invited to showcase their skills. The more the merrier!

Enjoy a Blast From the Past at Park Authority Historic Homes

May 2, 2024

In recognition of Historic Preservation Month, the Fairfax County Park Authority is hosting several events at historic properties across the county.

Start Your Engines for the 49th Annual Sully Antique Car Show

May 2, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority is gearing up for a classic celebration of automotive nostalgia at the 49th Annual Sully Antique Car Show.

Tails Wag and the Fun Begins as Park ‘n’ Bark Returns to Parks

May 2, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Friends are pleased to invite families and their four-legged companions to Park ‘n' Bark 2024.

Spring into Gardening at Green Spring Gardens’ Annual Spring Garden Day and Plant Sale

May 2, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority invites all gardening enthusiasts to mark their calendars for the Annual Spring Garden Day and Big Plant Sale at Green Spring Gardens.

Celebrate Culture in the Parks at the 2024 Asian American and Pacific Islander Festival

May 2, 2024

Celebrate Fairfax County’s rich cultural diversity at the 2024 Asian American and Pacific Islander Festival!

Racquet Court Updates Coming to Kendale Woods Park

May 2, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work to revert the existing racquet courts at Kendale Woods Park to tennis-only courts.

The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Washington Capitals To Celebrate New Inline Skate Rink at Lake Fairfax Park

Adventure Awaits in Park Authority Summer Camps!

May 2, 2024

Camp registration is open and spaces are available.

Get on a Roll with the Park Authority’s Family Skate and Dance Nights

May 2, 2024

Join a community on wheels at Franconia Rec Center’s Family Skate and Dance Nights!

Unlock Your Path to Fitness at Park Authority Rec Centers

May 2, 2024

Open a new or renewed membership today at discounted rates.

Renewed Farmhouse to Provide Programs for People with Disabilities

April 29, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority will join with ServiceSource, a national nonprofit organization serving individuals with disabilities, to host a ribbon cutting at the Ellmore Farmhouse located at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon. The event will mark the completion of renovations to the historic site and the opening of a ServiceSource Long-Term Community Integration Services (LTCIS) program for…

Applications Now Accepted for Entertainers, Food Vendors and Exhibitors for the 74th Annual 4-H Fair and Carnival

April 25, 2024

The Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival Planning Committee is now accepting applications for entertainers, food vendors and exhibitors interested in participating in the county’s largest summertime extravaganza! This year’s event will be held August 1-4 at Frying Pan Farm Park located at 2709 West Ox Road, in Herndon.

This…

Discovery, Exploration Await in the City Nature Challenge

April 25, 2024

Unlock your inner naturalist with the City Nature Challenge in Fairfax County Parks! The City Nature Challenge, running April 26 – 29, is a worldwide phenomenon encouraging residents of all ages to take a closer look at the beauty of our natural world and spot and record as many species of plant and wildlife in our community as…

‘Rolling Wonder’ — Fairfax County Park Authority is Taking Nature on the Road

April 25, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority unveiled its brand-new mobile nature center – the Wonder Wagon – in spectacular fashion at the county’s largest Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 20. The new fully electric, highly decorated van is the Park Authority’s first nature center on wheels in an effort to provide nature programs and engaging…

Enjoy a Day on the Farm at Frying Pan Farm Park

April 25, 2024

Spring is here again and the Fairfax County Park Authority is gearing up for another outstanding Spring Farm Day experience at Frying Pan Farm Park on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join our farmhands, friends and volunteers for an exciting family farmland adventure suitable for all ages.

Meet the farmland friends of Frying…

Spring Hill Rec Center Gets a Solar Charge

April 25, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) Spring Hill Rec Center is turning over a new leaf during Earth month 2024 with the activation of a brand-new 307-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array installed on the natatorium and gymnasium roofs as part of a multi-faceted project to enhance the energy efficiency of the popular rec center. The new solar…

Unleash Your Inner Child with Adult Summer Camps in the Park

April 25, 2024

Calling all adults! Are you looking for a way to reconnect with nature and rediscover your sense of adventure? Look no further than the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Adult Summer Camps at Riverbend Park! Embark on an unforgettable journey filled with kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, and more, all…

Verses in Bloom: Celebrate Poetry in Fairfax County Parks

April 25, 2024

As the flowers bloom and the birds sing, the Fairfax County Park Authority is delighted to announce the launch of the Verses in Bloom Series, a celebration of poetry in our parks. Teaming up with ArtsFairfax and the Fairfax Poet Laureate, we invite you to join us in several enchanting experiences through…

Experience the Magic of the Wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park

April 25, 2024

There is no better way to celebrate Wetlands Awareness Day than by visiting the Fairfax County Park Authority’s premier wetland sanctuary at Huntley Meadows Park on Sunday, May 5, from 12-4 p.m. Come explore the wonders of the park including a nationally significant historic house, majestic forests, wildflower-speckled meadows and a vast…

Local Performers Add Pizzazz to 2024 Earth Day Festival

April 18, 2024

Come enjoy the show at the county’s largest Earth Day extravaganza – the Fairfax County Park Authority’s 2024 Earth Day Festival – from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at the Sully Historic Site.

Join the Gold Rush and Secure Discounted Passes for The Water Mine

April 11, 2024

The temperature is starting to rise as summer approaches, so don’t miss out on a prime opportunity to secure discounted season passes to the Park Authority’s Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole!

Park Foundation Honors Philanthropic Partnership for Park Contributions

April 11, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Foundation recognized the contributions of the McLean Youth Soccer Association, Leidos and the Embassy and Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates for contributions to the Fairfax County park system.

Celebrate Spring with These Top 7 Must-Attend Events in Fairfax Parks!

April 11, 2024

Are you ready to create memories this spring? Check out the Park Authority’s Top 7 Spring Flings for 2024.

Park Authority To Celebrate Earth Day with Sustainable Practices at Annual Festival

April 11, 2024

Did you know that live events send 4 billion single-use cups to the landfill every year in the United States?

Park Authority Prepares for Court Improvement at South Lakes Drive Park

April 11, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority is dedicated to expanding and improving diverse recreational opportunities for all residents.

Join the Spring Cleaning Effort in Fairfax County Parks This April

April 4, 2024

It’s spring cleaning time again and the Fairfax County Park Authority and dozens of volunteers of all ages throughout the county are rolling up their sleeves to spruce up public parks across the county.

Park Authority, Master Gardeners Offer Free Vegetable Garden Clinics

April 4, 2024

As spring blooms, the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Master Gardeners extend a warm invitation to all gardening enthusiasts for a series of free Vegetable Garden Plant Clinics.

Discover the New Woodlands Stewardship Education Center at Spring Open House Event

April 4, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority is thrilled to welcome neighbors from across the county to the brand-new Woodlands Stewardship Education Center.

Friends of Lake Accotink Park To Host First Beaver 1040 5K Run/Walk On April 13

April 4, 2024

Lace up your running (or walking) shoes and join the Friends of Lake Accotink Park for their inaugural 1040 5K at Lake Accotink Park on Saturday, April 13.

McLean Central Park Basketball Court To Receive a Slam Dunk Facelift

April 4, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority is pleased to announce renovations to McLean Central Park Basketball Court beginning this week.

Spend Your Summer on the River: Open Hire Event at Riverbend Park

April 4, 2024

Are you looking for a fun summer job working in an upbeat atmosphere, surrounded by nature and scenic views?

Join the Fun at a Park Authority Camp, Waitlists Now Open

April 4, 2024

Many spaces remain open for summer camps and the remaining spring school holidays on Wednesday, April 10 and Friday, May 3. If your top choice camp is full, you can now join the waitlist.

Don’t Miss the Action at the 2024 Earth Day Festival

April 4, 2024

You’re not going to want to miss the Park Authority’s 2024 Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sully Historic Site.

Monitor the Skies with a Light Pollution Monitoring Kit During Dark Skies Week!

March 28, 2024

In celebration of Dark Skies Week, the Fairfax County Park Authority and Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) are proud to unveil a joint initiative aimed at combating light pollution.

Fairfax County Farmers Markets Ready for 2024 Season

March 28, 2024

The opening of the 2024 Farmers Market season is fast approaching, and the Park Authority will have tons of fresh and healthy foods waiting for you at all 10 markets located throughout the county.

Enjoy Viewing the April 8 Solar Eclipse from the Park

March 21, 2024

Don't miss out on the unique opportunity to view a solar eclipse with the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Make Earth Day a Fun, Hands-on Family Learning Experience

March 21, 2024

Join us at Sully Historic Site on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the county’s largest Earth Day celebration.

Experience the Magic of Natural Darkness with Lights Out Fairfax and International Dark Sky Week!

March 21, 2024

Over the years, humankind has increased the amount of light shining into the skies all night long, which has brought with it intrusive and harmful environmental and human impact.

New Range Flex Pass at Burke Lake and Oakmont Golf Centers

March 21, 2024

Golf Fairfax is excited to introduce the new Golf Range Flex Pass, offering golfers a convenient and cost-effective way to enjoy the driving ranges at Burke Lake and Oakmont golf centers.

Golf Fairfax Spring Pass Sale: Save Big and Win!

March 21, 2024

Prepare for the golf season with unbeatable discounts on rounds at all seven Golf Fairfax courses and a chance to win a free foursome round of golf.

Paving To Begin March 27 on South Run Stream Valley Trail

March 21, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin work on a trail paving initiative along a 550-foot section of the South Run Stream Valley trail system.

Saddle Up for Fun at the 2024 Horse Expo at Frying Pan Farm Park

March 21, 2024

Calling all horse enthusiasts to the Annual Horse Expo at Frying Pan Farm Park Equestrian Center!

Get in the Game at Sully Community Center

March 21, 2024

Fairfax County Park Authority and Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services are partnering to offer more programs and opportunities for the public to get active in the gym at Sully Community Center.

Witness the Mill in Motion at Colvin Run Mill

March 14, 2024

Beginning April through October, on the first and third Sundays of each month, visitors will have the unique opportunity to witness the mill in full operation.

Spring Into Adventure at the Bluebells at the Bend Festival

March 14, 2024

Join us for a blooming adventure that promises fun for the whole family at Riverbend Park's annual Bluebells at the Bend Festival.

Rec-PAC Gearing Up for 2024: Registration Open, Jobs Available

March 14, 2024

Get ready for an exciting summer with Fairfax County Park Authority’s 2024 Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children) program.

Into the Woods: A Spring Celebration at Frying Pan Farm Park

March 14, 2024

Into the Woods is a free, fun-for-all-ages, self-paced tour that promises to ignite your sense of wonder and discovery!

Ground Breaks on New Facility at McNaughton Fields Park

March 14, 2024

The project includes the construction of a permanent facility with restrooms, concessions stand and storage capacity.

Experience the Woodlands Stewardship Education Center

March 14, 2024

Calling all nature enthusiasts, explorers and curious minds! Get ready for an unforgettable experience as the brand-new Woodlands Stewardship Education Center opens its doors at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

Park Authority Launches Summer Intern Program

March 14, 2024

Apply to the Park Authority’s new structured intern program for summer 2024.

Discover the Joys of Gardening with Hogge Park's Community Garden Plot Rentals

March 7, 2024

Rental garden plots are available for one growing season, which runs from February to November.

Second-Annual Conference for Spanish-Speaking Landscape Professionals

March 7, 2024

Join the Fairfax County Park Authority, Plant NOVA Natives, Audubon Society of Northern Virginia and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District for the second-annual Conference for Spanish-Speaking Landscape Professionals.

Experience the Magic of Natural Darkness with the Park Authority!

March 7, 2024

In an effort to combat light pollution and preserve the beauty of our natural starry skies, Fairfax County Park Authority invites residents to participate in Lights Out Fairfax and International Dark Sky Week.

Enjoy Egg-Cellent Spring Celebrations at Fairfax County Parks!

March 7, 2024

Spring is in the air and the Fairfax County Park Authority is gearing up for a season of family-friendly fun with all sorts of egg hunts and spring celebrations at several locations throughout the county.

Volunteer Opportunities Available During Earth Day 2024

March 7, 2024

Spring is in the air and the Fairfax County Park Authority is gearing up for a season of family-friendly fun with all sorts of egg hunts and spring celebrations at several locations throughout the county.

Journey to Infinity and Beyond at Turner Farm Park Observatory!

March 7, 2024

Spring is in the air and the Fairfax County Park Authority is gearing up for a season of family-friendly fun with all sorts of egg hunts and spring celebrations at several locations throughout the county.

Fairfax County Park Authority Celebrates Women’s History Month

March 7, 2024

Happy Women’s History Month from the Fairfax County Park Authority!

Space Available at Park Authority Spring Camps

February 29, 2024

Camps are hosted all year and many spaces remain open for both spring and summer camps.

Have Some Fun in the Sun This Summer with a Job at the Water Mine!

February 29, 2024

Come make a splash and earn some cash this summer at the Fairfax County Park Authority's Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole.

Junior Golfers Can Hit the Greens with Spring Classes and Discounts

February 29, 2024

Kids and teens can get ready for the upcoming golf season with classes and discounts from Golf Fairfax.

Get Your Park and Rec Career Started at an FCPA Open Hire

February 29, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority is hiring several part-time seasonal and year-round positions at park locations across the county.

Earth Day Festival Returns to Sully Historic Site on April 20

February 29, 2024

Spring is on the way and that means Earth Day is right around the corner!

Please Pardon Our Dust: Construction at McLean Central Park

February 22, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin revitalization work at McLean Central Park in early March.

Golf Fairfax Launches New Tee Time Waitlist and Assistant

February 22, 2024

Get "No-Tee-fied" with Golf Fairfax’s new virtual tee time waitlist and assistant, powered by Noteefy.

Fairfax County Park Authority Mourns the Loss of Charlie, Beloved Frying Pan Farm Park Horse

February 16, 2024

It is with an extremely heavy heart that we must deliver the news that Charlie, our beloved Belgian Draft horse passed away peacefully in his sleep February 15 at the age of 20.

Hiring For 2024 Summer Rec-PAC Programs Now Open

February 15, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking creative, high-energy, motivated candidates for full-time seasonal positions in its Rec-PAC summer camp program.

Park Authority Welcomes New Ideas for Sports Complex Development

February 15, 2024

While there is no official Request for Interest posted at this time, interested parties may submit unsolicited proposals through the Public-Private Educational Facilities and Infrastructures Act (PPEA) process.

Get Your Groove on at Family Skate and Dance Nights

February 15, 2024

Groove to the music, grab a bite to eat and get festive at an upcoming Family Skate and Dance Night hosted by the Fairfax County Park Authority at the Franconia Rec Center!

Park Authority Launches Equity Survey To Help Improve Park Access

February 15, 2024

The survey, offered in nine languages through the county’s community engagement platform Public Input, will be open through Monday, April 1.

Learn and Thrive with the Park Authority’s Homeschool Programs

February 8, 2024

Explore a world of learning through our engaging homeschool programs available at Fairfax County Parks and Rec Centers.

Laurel Hill Receives 2024 Brides & Weddings Weddy Award

February 8, 2024

For the second year in a row, Laurel Hill Golf Club received the prestigious Weddy Award for Best Golf Club venue presented by Brides & Weddings Magazine.

When School Is Out, Park Authority Camp Is In!

February 8, 2024

When Fairfax County Public Schools are on break, the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) offers a full roster of camps that are sure to keep children entertained and engaged.

Kids Cut Ribbon To Open New Children’s Space at Cub Run Rec Center

February 1, 2024

More than a dozen eager kids, joined by their excited parents, celebrated the opening of a brand-new space at Cub Run Rec Center especially for them.

Celebrate Black History Month with the Fairfax County Park Authority

February 1, 2024

Embark on a journey of cultural richness and historical significance this Black History Month with several programs in Fairfax County parks.

Love Is in the Air at Fairfax County Parks

February 1, 2024

Whether you are into chocolate, animals, do-it-yourself crafts or good ol’ fashion togetherness, love is all around in our parks!

Fairfax County Park Authority Board Welcomes Johna Toomey

January 25, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board welcomed Johna Toomey as the newest member of the Park Authority Board.

Share Your Seeds at the Annual Seed Exchange Extravaganza at Green Spring Gardens!

January 25, 2024

Join the Fairfax County Park Authority for an exciting day of gardening delight as Washington Gardener Magazine proudly co-hosts the Annual Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens.

Savor the Sweetness of Maple Syrup at Colvin Run Mill

January 25, 2024

As the sap begins to flow and the maple trees are tapped, Colvin Run Mill invites you to embrace the winter warmth by our fire.

Park Authority Board Elects Officers for 2024

January 25, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board held its annual election of officers at its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Applications Open for Mastenbrook Grant Program

January 25, 2024

Following a three-month administrative review, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board lifted the temporary hold on the Mastenbrook Grant Program and applications are now being accepted.

A Trail to Equity in Fairfax County Parks

January 25, 2024

"The Park Authority is firmly committed towards enhancing equity in all aspects of our park system, including access to our first-rate park programs and services," said Fairfax County Park Authority Executive Director Jai Cole.

2 Park Authority Golf Ranges Named Among Top 50 Public Ranges Nationally

January 18, 2024

The Burke Lake Golf Center and Oakmont Golf Center ranges were once again recognized among America’s Top 50 Public Ranges by Golf Range Magazine.

Snowflakes and Songbirds: Discover Winter’s Birding Wonderland

January 18, 2024

Brace yourselves for a flurry of feathers and fantastic discoveries as winter sets the stage for an unforgettable birding experience in Fairfax County Parks!

Park Authority Board Thanks Jim Zook for Years of Service

January 18, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board bid farewell to at-large member Jim Zook at the board’s Jan. 11 meeting.

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with the Park Authority

January 18, 2024

Ring in the year of the dragon at Twin Lakes Golf Course on Friday, Feb. 9, with an enchanting evening filled with cultural festivities, traditional performances and delectable Asian cuisine.

Cub Run Unveils New Drop-In Childcare Room

January 18, 2024

Cub Run Rec Center opened the doors to a new service: Drop-In Childcare.

Winners Named in 2024 First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest

January 11, 2024

The following winners received prizes sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation.

Summer Camp Registration Opens Jan. 23

January 11, 2024

Start thinking about fun in the sun by preparing for Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) spring and summer camps.

Gardeners Gear Up For Spring with Annual Winter Lecture Series

January 11, 2024

Unearth the secrets of gardening at Green Spring Gardens’ captivating winter lecture series.

Winter's Best-Kept Secret - Geocaching Thrills in Fairfax County!

January 11, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority invites thrill-seekers and adventure enthusiasts to unlock the mysteries of geocaching in a winter wonderland! Park Authority parks offer numerous ways to geocache all year long.

Open Houses Planned at All Park Authority Rec Centers Jan. 24

January 11, 2024

Check out your neighborhood Fairfax County Park Authority Rec Center for free on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Play Through the Winter with Heated, Covered and Indoor Golf

January 11, 2024

Play through the winter and warm up your golf game with heated, covered and indoor practice and play opportunities with Golf Fairfax.

Vote Now: First Hike People’s Choice Award Voting Is Open

January 5, 2024

Voting is open for the People's Choice category of the First Hike Fairfax photo contest.

Apply Now To Be a Vendor, Exhibitor at 2024 Earth Day Festival

January 4, 2024

Applications are now being accepted for vendors and exhibitors to participate in this the largest Earth Day celebration in Fairfax County.

Park Authority Seeks Input on Mount Gilead Curator Application

January 4, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority is beginning the evaluation of a new curator application for the Mount Gilead historic property located in the Sully District at 5634 Mount Gilead Road, Centreville.

New Year, New You at Park Authority Rec Centers. Join in January and Receive a 15% Discount

January 4, 2024

Start the new year off on the right track by becoming a member of Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Rec Centers.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Frying Pan Farm Park

January 4, 2024

Dive into the spirit of community and discover the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Frying Pan Farm Park .

Enjoy a Celestial Time at the Park Authority’s Stargazing Extravaganza

January 4, 2024

The Fairfax County Park Authority invites you to be a part of some captivating astronomy events!

Jon Eisman Named as a Top Golf Instructor in Virginia

December 28, 2023

For the fourth-consecutive year, Jon Eisman has been rated one of Virginia’s Top 10 Best Teachers by Golf Digest magazine. Eisman is the director of instruction and owner of the Eisman Golf Academy at Laurel Hill Golf Club and Twin Lakes Golf Course.

Keep Off the Naughty List While Playing With Your New Toys in the Parks

December 28, 2023

Children of all ages are excited to try out their new gadgets, gizmos and toys at their favorite local park. Just remember, our parks are places for everyone to have an enjoyable time in nature.

Protect Your Parks, Properly Dispose of Live Christmas Trees

December 28, 2023

With the Christmas holiday coming to a close, please remember to properly recycle your Christmas trees this year.

May the 4th Be With You at the Healthy Strides 5K/10K

December 14, 2023

The Annual Healthy Strides 5K/10K will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at Burke Lake Park.

Mastenbrook Grants Approved To Fund Three Park Improvements

December 14, 2023

The Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant Program encourages public-private ventures that improve Fairfax County parks and park facilities.

Park Authority Board Approves Fee Adjustments Effective Jan. 1

December 14, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved the proposed adjustments to the 2024 Park Authority Fee Schedule at its Dec. 13 meeting.

Find the Perfect Festive Activity This Winter

December 14, 2023

As the holiday season kicks into high gear, Fairfax County Park Authority continues to offer many experiences to delight the entire family.

Give the Gift of Fun and Adventure This Holiday Season

December 14, 2023

Gift cards provide access to the many fun activities and events that the Park Authority offers around Fairfax County.

Festive Fun Awaits, Discover the Joy of the Holidays in a Park

December 7, 2023

Enjoy the company of friends, family and community at any of our festive activities and events throughout the holiday season.

Expanding Accessibility in Fairfax Parks and Recreation

December 7, 2023

In addition to a robust adapted aquatics program, the Park Authority is offering new and exciting inclusive, accessible programs.

Local Farmers, Producers Invited To Join 2024 Farmers Markets

December 7, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority invites you to be a part of our 2024 Farmers Market season.

Trail Restoration Work Begins in South Run Stream Valley

December 7, 2023

Weather permitting, the work is expected to be completed within approximately two to three weeks.

High School Swim and Dive Teams Return to Rec Centers

December 7, 2023

Swim and dive teams will be using Rec Center pools through February.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Our Parks Starting This Weekend!

November 30, 2023

For years, Santa has made the rounds in our parks, creating cherished moments for families of all ages. Don’t miss out on a fantastic experience at the park with a special appearance by our favorite “jolly old elf.”

Popular First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest Returns In 2024

November 30, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation are gearing up for another fantastic First Hike Photo Contest set for New Year’s Day 2024.

Park Authority Honors Volunteers at 2023 Elly Doyle Awards

November 22, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board honored dozens of outstanding volunteers and philanthropists for their service and valuable contributions to parks at the annual Elly Doyle Park Service Awards Ceremony on Nov. 17.

Resident Curator To Open Turner Farmhouse for Breakfast Dec. 2

November 22, 2023

The Turner Farmhouse Foundation will host its annual pancake breakfast and open house on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Stay Active During School Holidays with Park Authority Winter Camps

November 22, 2023

Children of all ages can find exciting ways to pass the time with the Fairfax County Park Authority’s winter camps.

Park Authority Celebrates Completion of New Stewardship Center

November 22, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority celebrated the completion of the new Woodlands Stewardship Education Center with a ribbon-cutting on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Park Board Grants Funding To Add Swing Set to McCutcheon Park

November 16, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved matching grant funding in the amount of $13,000 to supplement community contributions toward installing swings at the playground within Gilbert S. McCutcheon Park located in the Mount Vernon District.

Give the Gift of Fun and Adventure This Holiday Season

November 16, 2023

Gift cards can help adults and children of all ages and abilities to choose their own adventures from among the thousands of activities and events that the Park Authority offers around Fairfax County.

Hit the Greens and Save with the Black Friday Golf Pass Sale

November 16, 2023

Whether you are stocking up for golf season or shopping for stocking stuffers, enjoy the lowest prices of the year on golf rounds during the Black Friday Pass Sale from Nov. 18 to Nov. 29.

Find the Recipe for Holiday Magic in Parks This Season

November 16, 2023

A dash of sparkle, a pinch of holiday spice and a sprinkle of magic — find this recipe for the perfect holiday in Fairfax County parks this season.

Thanks a Million, Fairfax County Park Foundation Donors

November 16, 2023

Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) Board Chair Anita Herrera presented a ceremonial check in the amount of $1,246,585.41 to the Park Authority Board at its Nov. 8 meeting.

Where Do I Find Park Holiday Hours, Closure Notifications?

November 16, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority has several ways to be in the know when it comes to holiday hours and closure notifications.

Community Celebrates New Playground at Lake Accotink Park

November 9, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority, joined by Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay and Braddock District Supervisor James Walkinshaw, celebrated the official opening of Lake Accotink Park’s new playground with families from the surrounding community.

Three Park Authority Farmers Markets Remain Open Into December

November 9, 2023

There might be a little more chill in the air, but the harvest is far from over at three of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Farmers Market locations!

Park Authority Board Approves Name Change for Oak Marr Sites

November 9, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved of a name change for its Oak Marr facilities.

Take the Plunge with the Park Authority’s Aqua Flex Pass

November 2, 2023

Don’t let the chilly weather keep you out of the pool! The Aqua Flex pass allows you entry to any aquatics fitness class as a drop-in visitor, space permitting.

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Family and Friends at the Parks

November 2, 2023

Experience autumn like never before with the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Thanksgiving programs.

Golf Fairfax Honors Military Service with Military Mondays

November 2, 2023

Golf Fairfax is proud to offer special Military Monday discount pricing to express our heartfelt gratitude to the brave men and women who have served and continue to service in the U.S. military.

Veteran, Active-Duty Military Families Enjoy Free Admission Nov. 11

November 2, 2023

In celebration of Veterans Day, the Fairfax County Park Authority is extending its gratitude to our U.S. Armed Forces personnel.

Eakin Community Park Parking Lot To Close for Replacement

November 2, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin resurfacing and painting work at the Eakin Community Park parking lot located at 3401 Prosperity Ave. in Fairfax, Virginia.

Meeting Set To Receive Comments on Proposed 2024 Park Fees

November 2, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin resurfacing and painting work at the Eakin Community Park parking lot located at 3401 Prosperity Ave. in Fairfax, Virginia.

Grant Funds Awarded for McLean Central Park Playground

October 26, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved the award of $20,000 in grant funding to help fund the renovation of a playground at McLean Central Park located within the Dranesville District.

Park Authority Board Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Fees

October 26, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board received staff's proposed 2024 Fee Schedule at its Oct. 25 meeting.

Unmask Historic Heroes from the War of 1812 at Colvin Run

October 19, 2023

Dive into the past and experience the thrilling days of the War of 1812 as it comes to life at Colvin Run Historic Site on Sunday, Nov. 5, from noon to 3 p.m.

There's Still Time for Halloween Fun with Park Authority Activities

October 19, 2023

Scary good times are just around the corner so grab your costume and join these frightfully delightful festivities! Make your Halloween memorable with the Fairfax County Park Authority!

Fairfax Skaters Make Big Moves at Skate the Wake

October 19, 2023

On Sunday, Oct. 15, skateboarders of all skill levels came out to learn new tricks from experienced skaters and put their talents to the test in competition with fellow skaters during an afternoon of fun, music, food and prizes.

Join the Friends of Lake Accotink Park at First-Ever Beaver Boogie 5K

October 19, 2023

Lace up your running shoes and join the Friends of Lake Accotink Park (FLAP) for a wild, fun-filled adventure at the first-annual Beaver Boogie 5K Fun Run/Walk!

Find the Perfect Fit, Improve Your Game with Golf Fairfax

October 19, 2023

Golf Fairfax is partnering with Callaway and the Eisman Golf Academy to offer access to the latest clubs and equipment this fall.

Park Authority Earns Fourth-Consecutive National Accreditation

October 19, 2023

The achievement continues the FCPA's standing as a nationally distinguished park and recreation agency over the last 15 years.

Join the Park Authority for the 2023 Bat Festival at Wolf Trap

October 12, 2023

Come celebrate the captivating world of bats, learn about the vital role they play in our ecosystem, understand the threats they face and what you can do to protect them.

Huntley Meadows Gift Shop Reopens Prior to the Holiday Season!

October 12, 2023

The wait is over at Huntley Meadows Park as the Fairfax County Park Authority announces the reopening of the Huntley gift shop!

Golf Fairfax Celebrates Holiday Tradition with Fall Tournaments

October 12, 2023

These tournaments promise to make unforgettable memories on the fairways this holiday season.

Rec Center Energy Projects Earn Leadership Award

October 10, 2023

Fairfax County and the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) have been recognized with the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council's 2023 Leadership Award for projects at two rec centers that are saving the county energy and money.

Park Authority Farmers Market Fall Harvest Festival Begins Oct. 11

October 5, 2023

Join the Fairfax County Park Authority at this year’s Fall Harvest Festival to be hosted at four participating Farmers Market locations this October!

Clemyjontri Parking Lot To Close for Resurfacing and Painting

October 5, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin resurfacing and painting the Clemyjontri parking lot.

Celebrate Virginia Archaeology Month with the Fairfax County Park Authority!

October 5, 2023

Join us for a journey through time with the Archaeology and Collections Branch of the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Park Authority Executive Director Elected to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration

October 5, 2023

Jai Cole, executive director of the Fairfax County Park Authority, has been elected as a Fellow into the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.

Grant Funding Brings Breath of Fresh Air to Historic Schoolhouse

October 5, 2023

After significant review, the installation of a central heating, ventilation and air conditioning system will have the most favorable aesthetic impact to the historic schoolhouse.

Park Authority Dog Parks Named Among Northern Virginia’s Best

September 28, 2023

Two of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s off-leash dog parks were named among the region’s best in a popular vote among readers of Northern Virginia Magazine. The Baron Cameron and South Run dog parks made the list of “10 Best Dog Parks in Northern Virginia 2023” published in the magazine’s October issue, which hit newsstands Sept. 22.

The Baron Cameron dog park is located at 11300…

Sip, Savor and Celebrate Cider Making at Colvin Run Mill

September 28, 2023

Looking for a sweet way to kick off your fall season? Look no further than our Cider Making class at Colvin Run Mill!

Get Stoked for Skate the Wake on Oct. 14

September 28, 2023

Join the fun at Skate the Wake on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Solar Eclipse Extravaganza at Fairfax County Parks!

September 28, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority has prepared for extraordinary eclipse viewings throughout the county.

Spooktacular Halloween Fun in Fairfax County Parks!

September 28, 2023

Get ready for a spine-chilling, fun-filled Halloween season in Fairfax County Parks!

Park Authority Seeks Comment on Proposed Budget Priorities

September 28, 2023

The Park Authority welcomes public comment on the FY 2025 budget proposals and will receive all comments submitted on or before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20.

Top 5 Festivals to 'Fall' in Love with Fairfax County Parks

September 21, 2023

Celebrate the fall season with Fairfax County Park Authority. As the weather cools and the leaves change color, head outside to enjoy events big and small.

Fall Tournaments Tee Off at Golf Fairfax

September 21, 2023

Fall tournament season is officially underway at Golf Fairfax. Take in the fall foliage on the greens with many exciting ways to compete.

Explore Park Authority Rec Centers for Free on Sept. 27

September 21, 2023

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, Fairfax County Park Authority Rec Centers will be opening their doors to everyone for free.

Franconia Park Court Resurfacing, Improvements To Begin Early October

September 21, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work to resurface the racquet and basketball courts at Franconia Park.

Park Authority Celebrates Official Opening of North Hill Park

September 21, 2023

The opening marks a significant milestone in the transformation of North Hill from an underutilized parcel to a vibrant residential community.

National Public Lands Day Commencement Scheduled at Ossian Hall Park on Sept. 23

September 14, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is pleased to announce that the commencement for National Public Lands Day.

Register Now for Teacher Workday Camps

September 14, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority has parents and guardians covered during Teacher Workdays.

Park Authority Presents Proposed FY 2025 Budget, Welcomes Public Comment

September 14, 2023

At the Sept.13 meeting of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board Budget Committee, staff presented the board with the initial proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025.

Friends of Lake Accotink Park Awarded Grant from The Starbucks Foundation

September 14, 2023

The Friends of Lake Accotink Park (FLAP) was selected to receive a $1,000 grant as part of The Starbucks Foundation's Neighborhood Grants program.

Fairfax County Park Authority Earns Seven Statewide Awards

September 14, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority and Park Authority Professionals received high honors at the annual conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society.

Explore the Fall Garden Festival at Green Spring Gardens

September 7, 2023

Mark your calendars because the much-anticipated Fall Garden Festival is returning to Green Spring Gardens.

Celebrate Grandparents' Day with Fairfax County Parks

September 7, 2023

Explore our recommended top five ways to celebrate Grandparents’ Day on Sept. 10!

Park Authority To Celebrate Official Opening of North Hill Park

September 7, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is pleased to announce the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for North Hill Park.

Virginia Native American Festival Comes to Riverbend Park

August 30, 2023

The Native American Festival brings together tribal members from throughout the Commonwealth.

Removal of Deteriorated Structures at Lake Fairfax Park To Begin

August 30, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is set to begin the demolition of three deteriorated residential structures and outbuildings located on the property of Lake Fairfax Park.

Dogs Run Free at the Frying Pan Farm Park Indoor Arena

August 30, 2023

The ultimate indoor dog adventure awaits at Frying Pan Farm Park, where tail-wagging excitement knows no bounds!

Work Set To Begin on Lake Accotink Park Playground

August 30, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is set to begin work on the installation of a new playground at Lake Accotink Park.

Discover the Past at Oak Hill Mansion Open House

August 30, 2023

Travel back in time with a captivating visit to the historic Oak Hill mansion in Annandale.

Laurel Hill Golf Club Hosts Student Appreciation Day

August 30, 2023

Golf Fairfax is excited to invite golfers of all ages to Laurel Hill Golf Club for Student Appreciation Day.

Get Fit in Rec Centers: September Sale and Open House

August 30, 2023

Find fitness opportunities that work for you at Fairfax County Park Authority Rec Centers.

Dog Daze Returns to the Water Mine Sept. 9

August 24, 2023

Join Fairfax County Park Authority for a howling good time at the annual Dog Daze event at The Water Mine.

Frying Pan Farm Park, Friends Celebrate New Bird Enclosure

August 24, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority, Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn, and the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park joined to celebrate the official opening of a newly completed bird enclosure to house the farm’s ducks, turkeys and peafowl.

Sugarland Run Bridge Opens in Time for New School Year

August 24, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority, Supervisor Walter Alcorn and Herndon residents joined to celebrate the official opening of a pedestrian bridge in the section of Sugarland Run Stream Valley Park.

Hogge Park Playground To Close for Swings Installation

August 24, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is set to begin work on the addition of swings to the playground at Boyd A. and Charlotte M. Hogge Park located in the Mason District.

Be an Artist This Fall with Fairfax County Park Authority

August 24, 2023

Explore your creativity in Fairfax County parks by participating in any of the Park Authority's diverse art classes.

Golf Fairfax! – Sip and Save with Range Specials

August 24, 2023

Work on every part of your golf game, while enjoying great food and beverage specials at Burke Lake Golf Center, Oak Marr Golf Center and Twin Lakes Golf Course.

Volunteer Opportunities Abound on National Public Lands Day

August 24, 2023

Join in the fun and in giving back to our parks by protecting and preserving the precious resources we have in our community.

Join the Fun at Lake Accotink Park Celebration Day

August 16, 2023

Join the Fairfax County Park Authority for a free, family-friendly celebration at Lake Accotink Park on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Bee Informed: Living with Bees, Hornets, Wasps in Fairfax County Parks

August 16, 2023

Fall is on the horizon and so are bees, hornets and wasps. As the weather becomes more enjoyable, we spend more time outdoors and increase our chances of encountering these winged insects.

Cross County Trail Repairs Get Underway Next Week

August 16, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority wants trail users to be aware that a trail maintenance and repair project is getting underway.

Enjoy a Fall Outdoor Overnight Adventure at Burke Lake Park

August 16, 2023

Fall is knocking on our door and it's time to reserve your fall camping adventure at Burke Lake Park!

Experience Colorful Begonias at Green Spring Gardens

August 9, 2023

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of begonias, graciously presented by the Potomac Branch of the American Begonia Society.

Residents Find Fun, Relaxation and Community at Fairfax Parks

August 9, 2023

The Park Authority is happy to congratulate the contest winners in the National Park and Recreation Month selfie contest.

Rec Center Pools To Close Temporarily for a Deep Cleaning

August 9, 2023

Pools and spas at four Fairfax County Park Authority Rec Centers will be temporarily closed for regular cleaning and maintenance.

New Park Amenity Locator Makes Finding the Right Park Easy

August 2, 2023

Are you looking for a park near your home? Maybe you're in a new area of the county and looking for a park to visit that's close to where you are in the moment.

Rec Center Upgrades To Include Benefits to Patrons and Environment

August 2, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority, in partnership with the Office of environmental and Energy Coordination, celebrated the start of several landmark improvements at the Spring Hill Rec Center.

Celebrate National Golf Month with Golf Fairfax

August 2, 2023

Golf Fairfax is here to help you celebrate National Golf Month in August! National Golf Month motivates golfers of all ages and abilities to get out their clubs and hit the fairways.

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week from Aug. 6 to 12

August 2, 2023

Join the Fairfax County Park Authority's Farmers Markets as we proudly participate in National Farmers Market Week from Aug. 6 to 12.

Discover the Sweet Desserts Exhibit, Programs at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

August 2, 2023

Join us through September at Walney Visitor Center, located at 5040 Walney Road, for a fascinating journey into history.

A Few Days Remain To Weigh in on New Park Planning Strategy

August 2, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is accepting comments and feedback from the community on its draft report, which summarizes the new Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Access (PROSA) Strategy.

Enjoy a ‘Doggone' Good Time in the Park

August 2, 2023

Who better to share these dog days of summer with than your favorite, four-legged, furry friend?

Experience the Perseid Meteor Shower at Turner Farm Park Observatory

August 2, 2023

Fairfax County's Observatory Park at Turner Farm and the Analemma Society invite you to witness the annual Perseid meteor shower on Saturday, Aug. 12.

Resident Curator Applications Now Accepted for Mount Gilead, Public Meeting Scheduled

July 26, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications from resident curators for the rehabilitation and long-term maintenance of the historic Mount Gilead house at 5634 Mount Gilead Road in Centreville.

Gardeners Gather To Open Laurel Hill Community Gardens

July 26, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority, Supervisor Dan Storck and a cadre of community gardeners came together to celebrate the opening of the Laurel Hill Community Gardens in Lorton, Virginia.

Reserve a Tee-rific Time -- August is Family Golf Month

July 26, 2023

In celebration of Family Golf Month, Golf Fairfax is offering great promotions to get the entire family on the fairways!

Five Ways To Play It Safe in the Summer Heat at the Park

July 20, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is encouraging residents to play it safe when it comes to enjoying the outdoors in the summer heat.

Park Authority To Break Ground on Energizing Upgrades at Spring Hill Rec Center

July 19, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority, in partnership with the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination, is pleased to announce their latest energy improvement project at the Spring Hill Rec Center in the Dranesville District.

Enjoy the Thrill of the 2023 4-H Fair and Carnival

July 19, 2023

Get ready for the ultimate farm-fun experience at the 4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park.

Golf Fairfax Tees Up for Tournaments of Champions

July 19, 2023

Step onto the green this summer and compete in one of Golf Fairfax's Club Championship tournaments.

‘Drive-in’ to the Starlight Cinema This August

July 12, 2023

Enjoy an all-new season of family-friendly entertainment at the Starlight Cinema at Trinity Centre, in Centreville, every Saturday evening in August.

Ribbon-Cutting Set for Laurel Hill Community Garden Plots

July 12, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is pleased to announce the official ribbon-cutting for the Laurel Hill Community Garden Plots.

Compete To Be the Next Junior Golf Tournament Champion

July 12, 2023

Golf Fairfax is excited to announce a series of exciting and entertaining Junior Golf Tournaments this summer.

Celebrate Community in the Park, Win Prizes in Photo Contest

July 12, 2023

Grab your friends and your camera and celebrate National Park and Recreation Month!

Fairfax County Park Authority Cultivates Conservation, Culturas Unidas During Latino Conservation Week

July 7, 2023

Welcome to the Fairfax County Park Authority Latino Conservation Week, a celebration of the community's profound connection to nature and conservation efforts.

Fairfax County Parks Are No Place for Kite Fighting

July 7, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority has prohibited kite fighting at Fairfax County Parks.

Golf Fairfax Welcomes the Next Generation of Golfers

July 7, 2023

Golf Fairfax is excited to offer year-round options for junior golfers.

Pedal Your Way to Fairfax County Farmers Markets

July 7, 2023

Hop on your bike and cycle your way to farm-fresh produce, artisanal products and delectable treats as we celebrate sustainable transportation and vibrant community connections.

Enjoy National Ice Cream Month with Two Scoops at the Park

July 7, 2023

Ice cream enthusiasts of all ages can rejoice that July is National Ice Cream Month, but there’s no sweeter way to celebrate than in the park!

Park Authority Seeks Community Input on New Planning Strategy

July 7, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is beginning a second round of community engagement from July 7 through Aug. 6.

Communities Grow Through Parks and Recreation

June 29, 2023

National Park and Recreation Month, observed during the month of July, was established in 1985 for the purpose of promoting strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation.

Grant Funds Approved for Linway Terrace Park, Frying Pan Farm Park Improvements

June 29, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board approved two Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant applications totaling $39,995 to support improvements to Linway Terrace Park and Frying Pan Farm Park.

Parks Awarded Grant To Manage Invasives at Lake Accotink

June 29, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) received a $40,000 three-year grant as part of the Society for Ecological Restoration’s (SER) Standards-based Ecological Restoration in Action program to support the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Invasive Management Area (IMA) projects at Lake Accotink Park in Springfield, Virginia.

Work To Begin on New Ruckstuhl Park in Falls Church

June 29, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work on the development of the new Ruckstuhl Park in the Providence District.

Plan and Grow Your Own Garden Plot at Hogge Park

June 29, 2023

Don't miss out on the opportunity to apply for a garden plot rental at Hogge Park, the newest Garden Plot Rental in the Fairfax County Park Authority’s community garden rental program.

George Washington Rec Center To Receive Summer Makeover

June 29, 2023

The George Washington Rec Center will be temporarily closed from July 24 through Aug. 18, 2023, for planned maintenance and improvements. Fairfax County Park Authority pools experience these kinds of closures every two years to perform a deep system cleaning and necessary maintenance work. The Park Authority is coordinating this needed work…

Park Service Awards Nomination Deadline Extended to June 30

June 21, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is extending the nomination period for honoring volunteers who work in our parks and support park programs and events. The new deadline will be extended until Friday, June 30.

Open House for Community and Prospective Curators at Mount Gilead

June 21, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority invites members of the community and prospective curators to visit the historic house and grounds of Mount Gilead during an open house on Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy Family Friendly Entertainment at Arts in the Parks

June 21, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority has your solution -- Arts in the Parks! Experience free, fun, family-oriented alternatives to cartoons and video games with performances in parks this summer.

Park Authority Seeks Information for Potential Sports Tourism Project

June 21, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has issued a Request for Interest (RFI) from interested entities to explore the development and operation of a new multi-sport tournament complex in Fairfax County.

Work To Begin on New Inline Skate Rink at Lake Fairfax Park

June 21, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin construction work on the Lake Fairfax Inline Skate Rink.

Fire Up Your Golf Game in July with Fairfax Golf Tournaments

June 21, 2023

Get ready for an explosive lineup of golf tournaments hosted by Golf Fairfax at Fairfax County Park Authority golf courses throughout the month of July.

Skate the Night Away at Family Skate Night

May 3, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is hosting the first-ever Family Skate Night at Franconia Rec Center.

Wheels Up for ‘Skate the Wake’ at Wakefield Park

April 13, 2023

You’re not going to want to miss this year’s Skate the Wake at the newly redesigned Wakefield Skate Park!

Teens Learn To Lead as Camp Counselors In Training

April 13, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is seeking teenagers looking to develop their leadership and communication skills to become Counselors in Training (C.I.T.).

Explore the Wonders of the Wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park

April 13, 2023

Explore a thriving wetland sanctuary during Wetlands Awareness Day!

Poetry in the Parks Comes to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

April 13, 2023

It’s National Poetry Month and Arab American Heritage Month. Celebrate both at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park with the first in a series of Poetry in the Parks events.

Park Authority Opens New Pickleball Courts at Two Parks

October 6, 2022

The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will officially open new pickleball courts at two locations on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022.

Huntley Meadows To Reduce Visitor Center Hours in August

August 5, 2022

During the remainder of August, the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center at Huntley Meadows will have modified hours on Monday, Thursday and Fridays.

Audrey Moore Rec Center Closes for Maintenance Aug. 27 to Sept. 9

August 5, 2022

The Audrey Moore Rec Center, the oldest of nine Fairfax County Park Authority recreational centers, will close its doors from Aug. 27 through Sept. 9, 2022, to address pressing facility maintenance needs, as well as its annual, routine pool whitecoat maintenance. 

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