Park Authority

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
Jai Cole
Executive Director

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Enjoy Viewing the April 8 Solar Eclipse from the Park

People wearing eclipse glassesDon’t miss out on the unique opportunity to view a solar eclipse with the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Park Authority has prepared extraordinary eclipse viewing activities at locations throughout the county on Monday, April 8. Join us for a safe viewing experience that will include both pre- and post-eclipse activities, games and demonstrations.

April 8 viewing event locations include:

Event admission is $10 per person. Each location will have a limited number of eclipse-viewing glasses, and sun-spotting scopes will be available to view the eclipse thanks to donations from the Fairfax County Park Foundation. Participants are encouraged to bring portable chairs and blankets.

Register for Solar Eclipse viewing programs

Safety Note: During this year’s solar eclipse, the sun will be at a maximum of solar activity, so the corona may be more spectacular than what was seen in 2017. Since we are not in the path of totality in Northern Virginia, it will not be safe to view the eclipse without special solar viewing glasses, welder’s goggles, or using a projection method.

Extra glasses will be distributed during Bluebells at the Bend at Riverbend Park on Saturday, April 6. If you are planning to view the eclipse on your own, please visit NASA's Total Solar Eclipse Safety webpage for additional safety information.

For more information or to register for these safe eclipse viewing events, or to learn more about a variety of astronomy programs available at Fairfax County parks, visit the Astronomy website.

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