Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Jai Cole,
Executive Director

Fairfax County Park Facilities Returning to Regular Operations

Visitor CenterWelcome back! Facilities throughout the Fairfax County park system are returning to nearly normal operations after a series of closures and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we ramp up and reopen, some sites may operate on limited schedules or require preregistration for activities, so we strongly urge park visitors to call sites in advance or check our website to ensure access and availability.

The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax Park, Our Special Harbor sprayground at the Lee District Family Recreation Area, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Pool in Alexandria have reopened, with some new COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Limited schedules and reduced capacity are currently in place at these locations.

On June 14, 2021, the Park Authority’s seven nature and interpretive centers will again reopen their doors. Visitors can stop in to see exhibits and talk with experts on the county’s rich natural and cultural resources at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and Hidden Pond Nature Center and at the visitor centers at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Frying Pan Farm Park, Green Spring Gardens, Huntley Meadows Park and Riverbend Park. Find details about each park’s unique features, programs and hours of operation by visiting their websites.

In honor of the nation’s Independence Day, Lake Fairfax will once again host a fireworks display. The event will take place on Saturday, July 3, 2021. Preregistration and capacity limits will be in place. Details will be posted as they become available on the Lake Fairfax Park website. Please check back soon.

The county’s nine RECenters and seven golf course facilities continue to welcome visitors and are offering a host of programs throughout the summer.

At all these facilities, masks will no longer be required for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Visitors who are not vaccinated are asked to continue wearing a mask for everyone’s safety.

For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662; or send an email to

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