Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-8702
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Kirk Kincannon,
Executive Director

Know Which Holiday Gifts Are Welcome in Parks

Know Which Holiday Gifts Are Welcome in Parks

It’s time to play with new toys. While it is fun to head outside to try out new holiday gifts, it’s important to know the rules before bringing holiday gifts into parks.

Here are some tips:

  • Use of drones is allowed but you must comply with Federal Aviation Administration directives. Many parks are located in no fly zones due to proximity to airports, etc. Find out all the rules and regulations you must follow to safely and responsibly use drones in parks at Model Aircrafts and Drones.
  • Projectiles are prohibited. Try out the new golf clubs only at a county golf course. Unless you’re in a special archery program, leave bows and arrows at home. That goes for Tasers, spears, slingshots, dart devices, and other high-speed missile projectiles, too.
  • Knives with a blade more than four inches in length are prohibited, unless you’re using them to prepare food. Metal detectors may only be used with the FCPA’s express written permission.
  • Got a new puppy? Keep your furry friend on a leash, and no visiting a dog park until they are at least four months old and not in heat. New pony? Stay in designated equestrian/riding areas. Feel free to try out the new fishing rod, but you must comply with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries laws and park rules.
  • Take your new skates for a spin at the Mount Vernon ice rink, but don’t tempt fate by skating on any body of water in a park. Keep bicycles and skis on established trails, walkways and roadways. No off-trail use. Similarly, do not sled or tube or ski on our golf courses once the snow arrives.
  • Keep the ear buds in your ears. If you want to play something loud enough for everyone around you to hear, you need written permission from the Park Authority.
  • If you want to spend the night in your new tent, plan to stay in a designated area, register and pay the appropriate fees.

For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.