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Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Jai Cole
Executive Director

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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.

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.

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.”

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!

Batter Up! Braddock Park Batting Cages Reopen

September 7, 2023

Batter up! Get back into the swing of things at Braddock Park Batting Cages.

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.

Farmers Markets Aim To Recycle 4 Tons of Compost in June

June 14, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is looking to take composting at the Farmers Market to a whole new level by recycling 4 tons, or 8,000 pounds, of compost during the month of June.

International Performances Take the Stage at Ossian Hall Park

June 14, 2023

Enjoy the Cultural Heritage Nights that are part of the Summer Entertainment Series -- Spotlight by Starlight.

Music and Nature Unite at Green Spring Gardens Concert

June 14, 2023

Green Spring Gardens is set to come alive with a fusion of nature and music as the Concert in the Garden takes center stage on Wednesday, June 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Red, White, Blue and You—Fireworks, Food, Family and Fun!

June 14, 2023

Celebrate Independence Day, July 1 at Lake Fairfax Park! Arrive early, stake out the perfect spot and enjoy a day of fun family activities.

Roll Out to Family Skate and Dance Night

June 14, 2023

Head to Franconia Rec Center for an upcoming Family Skate and Dance Night.

Tennis Courts at Roundtree, Wakefield Parks To Undergo Repairs

June 14, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon be undertaking repair and maintenance work at the tennis courts located at Roundtree Park and courts 9 and 10 at Wakefield Park.

Technology Meets Tradition at the New Eisman Golf Academy Performance Lab

June 13, 2023

The Eisman Golf Academy, located at Laurel Hill Golf Club, is proud to announce the opening of the new high-tech Performance Lab. The new Performance Lab provides a fantastic proving ground for seasoned golfers looking to advance their game and beginners looking to get their start under the tutelage of experienced instructors.

The 2,600-square-foot Performance Lab includes two…

Summer Entertainment Series Brings Music, Tradition to the Parks

June 7, 2023

The lineup for the Park Authority Summer Entertainment Series includes a wide array of performances from classical to bluegrass and everything in between. Some series offer wine tasting and sales, as well as food trucks.

Last Call for Summer Camps; Register Today!

June 7, 2023

Spaces are open for Fairfax County Park Authority’s award-winning summer camps. Register today and give your child or teen the opportunity to take part in unique, hands-on experiences they will remember for a lifetime. Whether it’s refining skills in sports, going on daily adventures, or discovering a new hobby — summer camps have something for everyone to enjoy. All summer camp spaces will…

Accotink Creek Crossing Completes 4-Mile Trail Loop

June 7, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority, joined by Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay and dozens from surrounding communities celebrated National Trails Day in a big way at Lake Accotink Park.

Kick Your Job Up a Notch with the Park Authority!

June 7, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking to fill several seasonal and part-time positions.

Let’s Go Fly a Kite … Safely!

June 7, 2023

Flying a kite may seem like a simple, easy and fun way to spend a breezy day at the park, but the activity does come with strings attached!

Mastenbrook Grants Approved To Support Improvements at Two Parks

May 31, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board voted to approve two Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant Program grants totaling $7,517 to support improvements at the Turner Farm Observatory and Lewinsville Park.

Please Preserve Our Pollinators

May 31, 2023

June is National Pollinator Month and the Fairfax County Park Authority is encouraging residents to celebrate and raise awareness about the significant impacts that bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds and even bats have on our surroundings and what we can do to protect them.

Step Up, Clean Up and Go Invasive-Free

May 31, 2023

Preventing the spread of invasive species is crucial for preserving the health and balance of ecosystems. Invasive species include nonnative plants, animals or microorganisms that are introduced to an ecosystem outside of their natural range.

Celebrate Juneteenth at Fairfax County Parks

May 31, 2023

As communities come together to honor this important milestone in American history, the Park Authority invites members of the community to celebrate and join in a variety of activities on and around Juneteenth that commemorate the past, celebrate the present and look forward to a future of unity and progress.

Golf Fairfax Swings into Women’s Golf Month

May 31, 2023

June is Women’s Golf Month and Fairfax County Park Authority’s courses are celebrating with activities and discounts just for the ladies.

Resurfacing Work Begins on Rutherford Park Tennis Courts

May 24, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin the work of resurfacing the tennis courts at Rutherford Park.

Take Me Out to Baseball/Softball Camp

May 24, 2023

The Park Authority and US9 are partnering to host weeklong camps in June, July and August.

Celebrate Nature, Parks During National Great Outdoors Month

May 24, 2023

June brings with it an abundance of opportunities to connect with nature and revel in the splendor of the great outdoors.

Now Hear This – Military Monday Golf Discounts at Seven Courses

May 24, 2023

To show our appreciation for the men and women who have served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces, all active-duty and veteran military personnel are eligible for discounted pricing at all Fairfax County Park Authority Golf Courses on Military Mondays.

You Don’t Have to Go Far for Summer Fun at Fairfax Parks

May 24, 2023

May 27 is opening day for a wide variety of entertaining activities for families, friends and entire communities to enjoy at our local parks.

Virtual Meeting, Open House Set to Discuss Future of Mount Gilead

May 24, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority has set an initial series of public meetings to begin the discussion concerning the future of the Mount Gilead property and historic house in the Sully District.

Beat the Best To Be the Best in Golf Fairfax Pairs Tournaments

May 24, 2023

Compete for bragging rights and prizes and socialize with fellow golf lovers!

Swimming, Alcohol Banned at Scotts Run Nature Preserve

May 17, 2023

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in Great Falls, Virginia, is a fantastic natural resource to be enjoyed by those looking for a quiet place to enjoy a hike, gaze at the waterfall and streams, as well as the shoreline of the Potomac River; and to take in the rich abundance of local fauna, woodland creatures and natural resources. If you are seeking a place to drink alcohol, swim or wade in the water,…

Ribbon Cutting for the Accotink Creek Crossing Set for June 3

May 17, 2023

Join the Fairfax County Park Authority to celebrate the official opening of Accotink Creek Crossing on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 3. The day will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m., followed by a packed day of planned trail activities for the whole family! Activities will include:

Hike with a Naturalist (9 a.m. and 2 p.m.): Take a hike with a naturalist and…

Volunteer Fairfax Community Champions Have Park Ties

May 17, 2023

Volunteer Fairfax and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently honored the achievements of volunteers serving across Fairfax County at an awards ceremony held May 10. Three of the ten Community Champions recognized at the event have been significant contributors to the Fairfax County Park System for many years.

Carl Sell, Franconia District: Carl was named the Lee District…

Celebrate International Museum Day with the Park Authority

May 17, 2023

Discover your new favorite museum with the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) on Thursday, May 18, in honor of International Museum Day.

The FCPA operates several historic house museums, gardens, and nature centers that preserve the natural and cultural heritage of Fairfax County. From the Archaeology Trail at Sully Historic Site to the historic Kidwell Farmhouse at Frying Pan…

Work to Begin on Laurel Hill Central Green Restrooms

May 17, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin construction work on the Laurel Hill Central Green Restroom. With the exception of a small staging area in the parking lot, construction activities are not expected to impact access to the park.

The contractor, Bright Construction Group, will be mobilizing on site during the week of May 21, as weather permits. Project completion is…

Take a Hike with the Park Authority on National Trails Day, June 3

May 17, 2023

National Trails Day is celebrated each year on the first Saturday in June. The observance commemorates a communitywide commitment to leaving the trails and parks better than when you found them.

Walking, jogging, biking or otherwise spending time along trails offers many benefits for sustained health and well-being. Physical benefits include building stronger muscles and bones,…

Enhance Your Fitness Journey by Hiring a Personal Trainer

May 17, 2023

Planning your workout routine can be daunting. Jumpstart your path to wellness by hiring a personal trainer.

Did you know that Fairfax County Park Authority employs personal trainers who can support your fitness journey? Whether you are just starting out or need help fine-tuning your routine, the Park Authority’s trainers can offer guidance on the equipment to use, make sure you…

Park Authority To Salute Military with Free Admission Day

May 11, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is proud to honor the sacrifice offered by the men and women, and their families, who have given their lives in service to our nation in the U.S. Armed Forces with a free day for military families at Rec Centers and lakefront parks on Memorial Day.

Resurfacing Work Begins on Dowden Terrace Park Courts

May 11, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority has initiated the work to resurface the athletic courts at Dowden Terrace Park. The courts will be closed from May 8 through July 17 to complete the project.

Park Authority Celebrates Opening of New Park in Falls Church

May 11, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority, joined by Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross and members of the community commemorated the opening of the Boyd A. and Charlotte M. Hogge Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 6.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Park Service Awards

May 11, 2023

With an award-winning system of 420 parks, the Fairfax County Park Authority relies on the help of thousands of volunteers to support its programs and initiatives.

Get Set To Get Wet During National Water Safety Month

May 11, 2023

During National Water Safety Month, the Fairfax County Park Authority is highlighting a variety of ways we’re working to make aquatics fun and safe for everyone.

Find Your Community (and Fitness Routine) at a Rec Center

May 11, 2023

Have you ever wondered what opportunities await you at one of Fairfax County Park Authority’s Rec Centers? Visit your local Rec Center during an open house and find out!

All Farmers Markets Now Collecting Food Scraps for Compost

May 11, 2023

Each of the Park Authority’s 10 Farmers Markets now include food scrap disposal sites where customers can dispose of food waste to be composted.

Get Into the ‘Fun’ Business with the Park Authority

May 11, 2023

Every summer the Fairfax County Park Authority hires more than 1,000 seasonal employees to provide hundreds of programs, camps, amusements and recreational opportunities for county residents all summer long.

Join the Gold Rush and Get Your Discounted Water Mine Passes

May 11, 2023

Don’t miss this gold rush — secure discounted season passes for the Water Mine by May 29!

Park Authority Wins NAGC Awards for Communications

May 3, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) received two awards at the 2023 National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards for excellence in government communications.

Our Special Harbor Named Among Nation’s Best Splash Pads

May 3, 2023

The Park Authority’s Our Special Harbor spray ground was just named the No. 2 splash pad in the nation in the 2023 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

Have a Blast with a Summer Job at the Park Authority!

May 3, 2023

The Park Authority is looking to fill various positions at sites across Fairfax County.

Five More Spring Events You Can’t Miss in Fairfax County Parks!

May 3, 2023

Check out these fun, family-friendly events coming to a park near you!

Annual Classic Car Show Returns to Sully on Father’s Day

May 3, 2023

This Father’s Day, bring dad over to the Sully Historic Site Car Show to see more than 200 antique cars on display! Don’t miss this fantastic event on Sunday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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.

Park Foundation Awarded Grant Funding for Mobile Nature Centers

May 3, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Foundation was recently awarded a $34,000 grant from the Environment Fund, a component of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia.

Park Authority Releases Summer Entertainment Series Calendar

May 3, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is gearing up for another fantastic season of the Summer Entertainment Series with more than 180 live performances at 18 locations throughout the county!

Visit a Park Authority Pit Stop on Bike to Work Day

May 3, 2023

Make a difference, benefit your health and have some fun during Bike to Work Day on May 19.

Up the Fun Factor with Golf Fairfax Tournament Play

April 26, 2023

With golf season in full swing, Fairfax County Golf is hosting a variety of tournaments at multiple golf courses throughout the county!

Historic Open House Events Set at Two Lorton Sites

April 26, 2023

May is Historic Preservation Month and there are many events in Fairfax County to bring awareness to historic places and heritage preservation.

Match Your SNAP Benefits at Park Authority Farmers Markets

April 26, 2023

Fairfax County residents receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can now DOUBLE their benefits at five of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s 10 Farmers Markets through a SNAP Matching Program.

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day in the Park!

April 26, 2023

The national commemoration of World Migratory Bird Day is set for May 13.

Gear Up for Engineering Then and Now at Colvin Run Mill

April 26, 2023

Come out for a fantastic activity-packed day at Colvin Run Mill on May 20, from noon to 3 p.m.

Spring is Buzzing at Lewinsville Historic House’s Bug Fest

April 26, 2023

Are you a bug enthusiast? Do you have a passion for creepy-crawly creatures?

Make a Rec Center Membership Your First Step to Fitness

April 26, 2023

Whether you are just starting your journey to health and wellness, looking for motivation to keep your plan going or looking for ways to switch up your fitness routine, a Park Authority Rec Center membership will help you to get on track and achieve your goals!

Have a Blast This Summer with the Park Authority

April 26, 2023

Fairfax County parks offer a wide range of activities for people of all ages, abilities and interests all year long.

Celebrating Culture, Connections at Culmore Community Day

April 19, 2023

Join the Fairfax County Park Authority and a host of county and community partners to celebrate the diverse culture of the Culmore area!

Walk in the Boots of a Real Farmer at Spring Farm Day

April 19, 2023

Try your hand at being a real farmer at Spring Farm Day!

Spring Garden Day and Big Plant Sale are Almost Here!

April 19, 2023

Green Spring Gardens is preparing for its annual Spring Garden Day and Big Plant Sale.

Sun Shines on Patriot Park North for Historic Opening Day

April 19, 2023

Despite a few early raindrops, the sun broke through the clouds as the Fairfax County Park Authority, Board of Supervisors and hundreds of local little leaguers and their families celebrated the historic opening of the county’s new state-of-the-art baseball/softball sportsplex at Patriot Park North on Saturday, April 15.

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.).

Join the Fairfax County Park Team with a Job by the Water

April 13, 2023

If you are looking for a summer job with a fresh workplace environment, why not take a summer job where your workplace IS the environment?

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.

Earth Day 2023 Presents Action-Packed Extravaganza

April 13, 2023

Stop wondering what to do on Earth Day! You’re invited to attend Fairfax County’s Earth Day Festival at Sully Historic Site on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Make a Difference in Your Community with Fairfax County Parks!

April 12, 2023

The weather is warming and the flowers are in bloom. Volunteer outdoors and enjoy the spring air, while benefitting your community!

Enjoy the Great Outdoors at Northern Virginia’s Best Campgrounds

April 5, 2023

Brush off the tents and de-winterize your RV, it’s camping season!

Enjoy Free Family Fun at Hidden Pond Nature Center Open House

April 5, 2023

Hidden Pond Nature Center will be hosting a free open house on Sunday, April 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. Come and discover what Hidden Pond has to offer!

Farmers Markets Set To Open for 2023 Season

April 5, 2023

It’s a new season and we have lots of fresh and healthy foods waiting for you at our famers market.

Get a Feel for Preschool at the Spring Hill Rec Center

April 5, 2023

Get a feel for the Fairfax County Park Authority’s preschool experience during an upcoming open house at the Spring Hill Rec Center Preschool in McLean.

Saddle Up for the 2023 Horse Expo on April 15

April 5, 2023

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

Learn by Experience at the 2023 Earth Day Festival

April 5, 2023

With so many things to see and do at Earth Day 2023, you’ll come away with fresh ideas for you and your family to show Mother Nature your love.

10 Must-Attend Events in Fairfax County Parks this Spring

April 5, 2023

Are you ready to create memories this spring? Don’t miss these 10 must-see Park Authority events offering unique family experiences to celebrate the spring season.

Enjoy the Show at This Year’s Earth Day Celebration

March 29, 2023

Be a part of the celebration on April 22, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Sully Historic Site!

Be an Environmental Hero and Help Take Back the Forest

March 29, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is committed to reducing invasive plants in our parklands and we need your help!

Park Authority Adds New Summer Camp Location in Lorton

March 29, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority has expanded its award-winning summer camp program to include multiple offerings at Laurel Hill Elementary School in Lorton, Virginia.

Park Authority Fee Adjustments To Take Effect April 1

March 29, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved the 2023 Fee Adjustment Schedule at its meeting on March 22, 2023.

Work Set To Begin on Unique Neighborhood Park in Annandale

March 22, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is overseeing the construction of the Annandale Civic Space, a unique hybrid park project located in downtown Annandale.

Park Authority Executive Director Earns MORE Recognition

March 22, 2023

Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts Inc. (MORE) recently awarded Fairfax County Park Authority Executive Director Jai Cole with its 2022 Virginia Land Manager of the Year Award.

Park Authority Secures Spot on 2023 Best Summer Camps List

March 22, 2023

The incredible roster of summer camps hosted by the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has received recognition as one of Northern Virginia Magazine’s 2023 Best Summer Camps.

Enjoy the Bluebells and Spring Wildflowers Blooming in the Parks

March 22, 2023

Lace up your hiking shoes, grab your camera and enjoy the ephemeral wildflowers that bloom in our parks.

Earth Day Fairfax Returns to Sully Historic Site

March 15, 2023

Fairfax County’s largest Earth Day celebration is returning to Sully Historic Site on Saturday, April 22, 2023. Celebrate “Healthy People – Healthy Planet” with a day filled with fun, family-friendly games, activities, entertainment, food and more!

Only at Earth Day Fairfax will you be able to see farm animals from Frying Pan Farm Park, participate in a tree clinic, touch-a-truck,…

Franconia District Park Renamed Grove Point Park

March 15, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved the name change of Franconia District Park to Grove Point Park. The name change serves to distinguish the park from the recently renamed Franconia Park and to connect the new name of the park with surrounding neighborhoods. The 62-acre Grove Point Park includes diamond and rectangular playing fields, garden plots, trails, forested areas…

Apply Online for Summer Rec-PAC Scholarship Assistance

March 15, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is now accepting online applications for Summer Rec-PAC scholarships!

Rec-PAC is an affordable, structured six-week summer program for children in grades 1-6 featuring a different theme each week. The program runs from June 26 through Aug. 3. Fees are based on household income, with $120 the maximum amount charged per week. Scholarships are…

Performance Opportunities for Musicians, Singers at Farmers Markets

March 15, 2023

The Fairfax County Farmers Markets are seeking musicians to perform at local farmers markets. Musicians and singers are invited to apply online through theMusic at Market website.

The FCPA Farmers Market program provides residents access to locally grown products and creates market opportunities for area farmers and food…

April Showers Bring May Flowers and Master Gardeners Provide the Gardening Tips

March 15, 2023

Mother Nature brings the showers, let Green Spring Gardens help with your flowers! With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start preparing for spring planting. Horticulturists and master gardeners at Green Springs Gardens are ready to share tips, tricks, and creative new ideas for your gardens this year. Here’s a small sample of what is available:

Garden…

Hit the Bullseye with Spring Archery in the Parks

March 15, 2023

Have you ever wanted to be an archer? If so, consider participating in the Fairfax County Park Authority’s spring archery classes at Burke Lake and Lake Fairfax Parks. Choose from among a variety of beginner and intermediate courses. There are also classes to support progress towards merit bade requirements for local scouters.

Class participants will learn the 11 Steps of Archery,…

Youth On Course Partnership Removes Barriers for Junior Golfers

March 15, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Burke Lake and Oak Marr Golf Centers are proud to partner with Youth on Course and the Virginia State Golf Association to provide juniors ages 6 to 18 with access to life-changing opportunities through golf.

Fairfax County and Youth On Course strive to create inviting, inclusive and accessible golf to help to create the next generation of…

Join the Park Authority Fitness Team; Trainers Wanted

March 8, 2023

The FCPA is always searching for qualified, enthusiastic and motivated instructors to help our customers take their fitness and wellbeing to the next level.

Join the Springtime ‘Egg-stravaganza’ at Fairfax County Parks

March 8, 2023

The weather is warming and the trees are budding. It must mean that spring is on the way!

Get Outside and Ring in the Spring at a Park

March 8, 2023

Spring is in the air, and the Fairfax County Park Authority is providing a wide variety of activities and programs for residents to get outside and enjoy the dawn of a fresh new season with budding blossoms, wildlife and a host of springtime activities.

Look for Signs of Wildlife in American Sign Language

March 8, 2023

Join us for a naturalist-guided hike though forested trails in search of all kinds of critters.

Multiple Volunteer Opportunities Available at Earth Day 2023

March 8, 2023

Calling all volunteers! Join us for Fairfax County's largest official Earth Day Event on Saturday, April 22 at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, Virginia.

Park Authority is Back on the Ice at The St. James

March 8, 2023

When the Mount Vernon Rec Center closed for renovation, the Fairfax County Park Authority remained committed to finding opportunities to offer ice skating programs.

Stars Will Come Out During One Dark Hour Fairfax

March 8, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is encouraging participation in the annual One Dark Hour event, Saturday, March 25.

Sully Historic Site Offers Internships to High School Juniors

March 8, 2023

Sully Historic Site is pleased to announce the eighth year of the Margaret C. Peck Youth Internship program, sponsored by the Sully Foundation Ltd.

Internship Opening for College Student at Sully Historic Site

March 8, 2023

Sully Historic Site is in search of interested college students seeking to expand their work experience in history, education, marketing and/or museum operations.

Get Ready for Gardening with Green Spring Master Gardeners

March 8, 2023

Join Master Gardeners from Green Spring Gardens and learn new ways to prepare your garden beds for a successful spring planting.

Get Paid for a Summer Adventure Working at Waterfront Parks

March 1, 2023

Are you looking for a summer job that matches with your own sense of adventure? Tired of the same old routine? If so, the Fairfax County Park Authority has options right for you!

Cast a Line During World Autism Awareness Month

March 1, 2023

Looking for a sensory-friendly, fishing activity for the entire family? Lake Fairfax Park is hosting Anglers with Autism on Sunday, April 30 from noon to 3 p.m.

Go the Distance in 2023 Healthy Strides 5K, 10K and Kids Dash

March 1, 2023

This year’s Healthy Strides 5K/10K race and Kids Dash is set to take place on Saturday, April 29.

Tee Off with Golf Fairfax; Spring Sale Starts March 23

March 1, 2023

Go for the green and save some money with the Golf Fairfax Spring Pass sale happening from March 23 to April 7.

Mastenbrook Grants Approved to Support Restoration, Amenity Improvements in County Parks

March 1, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board voted to approve three Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant Program grants totaling $31,340 to support community-led restoration efforts at three parks and expansion of the batting facility at Chantilly Park.

Let the Dogs Out and Celebrate the Ides of Bark

March 1, 2023

Every dog has its day! Join us Sunday, March 26 at Grist Mill Park from 1 to 4 p.m., for the Ides of Bark – the ultimate celebration of Fairfax County’s four-footed friends.

Lake Accotink Dam Maintenance Expected To Begin Mid-March

March 1, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is anticipating the start of maintenance work on the Lake Accotink dam by mid-March, weather permitting.

Work To Begin on Sugarland Run Bridge Replacement

February 22, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will soon begin to install a new pedestrian bridge in the section of Sugarland Run Stream Valley Park between Heather Down Drive and Eddyspark Drive.

Come Out and Play; Get Paid To Be a Camp Counselor!

February 22, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority has the perfect summer job for you.

Volunteers Play Key Role in Managing Invasive Plants in County Parks

February 22, 2023

National Invasive Species Awareness Week offers a perfect opportunity to highlight the outstanding work of Fairfax County volunteers in restoring hundreds of acres of parkland to their natural conditions. The

Keep Kids Engaged with Spring Break and Teacher Workday Camps

February 22, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority offers an array of camps that are sure to be a hit.

Park Authority Offers Programs for American Heritage Girls

February 22, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is excited to offer American Heritage Girls Badge Program in our parks.

Interview for Summer Jobs at Water Mine Water Park

February 15, 2023

The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole offers a wide range of employment opportunities this summer!

Playground Renovation at Manchester Lakes Park Set To Begin

February 15, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is set to replace the playground equipment at Manchester Lakes Park in the Franconia District.

Park Authority Focuses on the Ability in Disability

February 15, 2023

February is International Recreational Therapy Month! Recreational therapy focuses on helping people with disabilities or illnesses live fully functional and independent lives.

'Feel-Good Gardening' is Focus of Annual EcoSavvy Symposium

February 15, 2023

Join us on Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to noon, for the 19th annual EcoSavvy Symposium, presented by VCE Green Spring Master Gardeners.

Open House Planned for Kids Play Preschool for 2023-2024 School Year

February 15, 2023

Kids Play Preschool at Franconia Rec Center is gearing up for the 2023-2024 school year!

Mixed Media Art Exhibits on Display at Green Spring Garden

February 15, 2023

Visit Green Spring Gardens and see amazing works of art exhibited at both the Horticulture Center and Historic House as part of the Art in the Gardens program.

Rec Center Honors Educator, Activist and Basketball Pioneer

February 8, 2023

The Providence Rec Center has unveiled a commemorative banner in honor of Dr. Edwin Bancroft Henderson (1883 – 1977) for his lifelong dedication to serving the African American community.

New Community Garden Plots Available at Hogge Park

February 8, 2023

Don’t miss out on the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Community Garden Plot Rental Program.

Maple Syrup Boil Down Returns to Colvin Run Mill

February 8, 2023

We have entered harvest time, so bundle up by our fire and learn how maple syrup is made.

Brush Up on Your Gardening Skills at Green Spring Gardens

February 8, 2023

It’s not too early to start thinking about your spring gardening.

Meeting Set To Discuss Next Steps for White Gardens Horticultural Park

February 8, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has scheduled a community meeting to discuss the next steps in consideration of the Resident Curator Program at the John C. and Margaret K. White Horticultural Park in Falls Church.

Love Is in the Air at Fairfax County Parks

February 2, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority has many activities to usher in the big day of adoration.

Volunteer with the Fairfax County Farmers Markets!

February 2, 2023

Join the Fairfax County Farmers Markets team as a Volunteer Market Manager!

Get a Summer Job that Makes a Difference with Rec-PAC

February 2, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is looking for dedicated individuals who enjoy working with kids to “lead the PAC” this summer!

Park Authority Board Elects New Chairman, Officers for 2023

February 2, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board held its annual election of officers on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023.

Celebrate Black History Month with the Park Authority

February 2, 2023

February is Black History Month. This national observance serves as both a celebration and powerful reminder of the accomplishments, contributions and struggles of African Americans throughout U.S. history.

Apply Now for Vendor and Exhibitor Spots at Earth Day Fairfax

February 2, 2023

Applications are now being accepted from vendors, exhibitors and food vendors who are looking for opportunities to reach thousands of county residents in a single day with a booth at Earth Day Fairfax.

‘Who Were They?’ Tour Shares the Stories of Enslaved People

February 2, 2023

The histories of enslaved people of the late 18th century have, far too often, been overlooked or lost in time.

Play, Learn and Get Dirty at Riverbend Forest Preschool

February 2, 2023

Children are naturally curious, and the Forest Preschool’s curriculum at Riverbend Park evolves naturally with their interests.

Put Another Log on the Campfire

February 2, 2023

Park Authority campfire programs are filled with hands-on experiences, engaging activities and sweet treats!

Residents Celebrate Lunar New Year at Burke Lake Park

February 2, 2023

Families, friends and neighbors gathered for the first Lunar New Year celebration at Burke Lake Park.

Laurel Hill Golf Club Rated Among Virginia’s Top Courses

January 25, 2023

Laurel Hill Golf Club was ranked among the top 20 best golf courses in Virginia according to the annual Golfers' Choice lists generated by the GolfPass community ratings and reviews.

‘All-American Girl’ Activity Opens a Window to the Past at Sully Historic Site (Full)

January 25, 2023

Have your child pack a favorite doll, drink and snack, and visit Sully Historic Site for an All-American Girls story.

Celebrate Winter’s Starry Skies at Astronomy Festivals in the Park

January 25, 2023

With long evenings and clear skies, it is a great time to observe constellations and planets and create lasting family memories at the same time.

Have a Splash and Earn Some Cash with a Summer Job at Water Mine

January 25, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole offers a wide range of opportunities to earn some cash this summer!

Learn All About Seeds at Green Spring Gardens This February

January 25, 2023

Come to Green Spring Gardens to explore the sensational world of seeds!

Transport Yourself to the Tropics at Green Spring Gardens

January 25, 2023

Take a break from the winter weather and get some tropical inspiration with upcoming programs at Green Spring Gardens.

Do You Wanna Build a (Felted) Snowman?

January 18, 2023

Welcome the winter with a two-session workshop at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site.

Sully Historic Site Hosts Black History Month Lecture Series

January 18, 2023

Black History Month is more than just a monthlong observance at the Sully Historic Site.

Park Authority Breaks Ground on New Mount Vernon Rec Center

January 18, 2023

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, for the expansion and renovation of the Mount Vernon Rec Center in Alexandria, Virginia, one of the county’s oldest and most popular Rec Centers.

Burke Lake and Oak Marr Golf Centers Named Among PGA’s Top 50 Public Ranges

January 18, 2023

Two of Golf Fairfax’s ranges were recognized as Top 50 Public Ranges by Golf Range Magazine, a publication of the Golf Range Association of America (GRAA) and the Professional Golf Association (PGA).

Park Authority Chairman Concludes Distinguished Tenure

January 13, 2023

Fairfax County Park Authority Board Chairman Bill Bouie has announced his intention to step down as chairman of the Park Authority Board after 14 years of distinguished leadership of that body.

Meet Flying Squirrels, Snakes, Toads and Turtles – Oh My!

January 11, 2023

Have a close encounter with some of the area’s common but curious critters!

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Burke Lake Park

January 11, 2023

Commemorate the Lunar New Year with crafts, games, New Year’s resolutions, traditional snacks, and a discussion about history and culture.

Esports Club Takes Gaming from the Couch to the Community

January 11, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority is helping to get young gamers off the couch, out of the house and into the community with the new Esports Club.

Open a Window to the Past with Colvin Run Mill Book Club

January 11, 2023

Join the Colvin Run Mill Book Club to broaden your horizons through excellent literature, insightful discussions, and fantastic treats.

Spectacular Photos Showcase Fantastic First Hikes in Fairfax

January 11, 2023

This year, nearly 300 contestants submitted photos showcasing the sights and scenes they experienced. The results were amazing!

Rec Center Memberships Offer Something for Everyone

January 4, 2023

Step confidently into a healthy new year and chart your course to improved health and wellness by creating a routine that works for you and meets your interests.

Interstellar Art Class Stretches the Imagination at Hidden Oaks

January 4, 2023

Join artist and naturalist Avery Gunther and learn new tips and techniques to artistically recreate the beauty of outer space.

Natural Wonders on Display at ‘Art in the Gardens’ Exhibits

January 4, 2023

Come and see exquisite photos of natural scenes and wildlife contributed by artists and photographers from across the D.C. area at the Green Spring Gardens “Art in the Gardens” exhibits.

Dinos Roar in Puppet Show and Crafts at Hidden Oaks

January 4, 2023

Dinos Roar in Puppet Show and Crafts at Hidden Oaks

Learn To Preserve Your Story for Generations To Come

January 4, 2023

Learning about the past is a fascinating journey of self-discovery, as the histories of former generations become a part of our own living stories.

Make Bird Day Every Day with Fairfax County Parks

January 4, 2023

Jan. 5, 2023 may be National Bird Day, but it’s not the only time to appreciate the abundance of beauty, color and species of birds that reside in and migrate through Fairfax County.

Lake Fairfax RV Campsites Now Open for 2023 Season

January 4, 2023

If you need to break away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind, give RV-ing a try at Lake Fairfax!

Prepare Today for Park Authority Summer Camp Registration

January 4, 2023

Registration for Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) summer camps serving children ages 3 to 16 will begin Jan. 10, 2023.

Grant Award To Fund Removal of Invasive Plants at Blake Lane

January 4, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Foundation has received a $20,000 grant to support the removal of invasive plants and replace them with new seedlings at Blake Lane Park in Oakton, Virginia.

Playground Replacement Underway at Glasgow Park

January 4, 2023

The Fairfax County Park Authority has begun work to replace the playground equipment at Glasgow Park.

‘Whoo’ is Coming to the Campfire at Hidden Oaks?

December 21, 2022

Learn to identify these owls from other native owls by their calls, markings and behaviors.

Recycle Live Christmas Trees at the Curb, Not Your Local Park

December 21, 2022

The Park Authority reminds you to recycle your tree at the curb and not by dumping it in the woods or on Fairfax County parkland.

New Community Park in Falls Church Now Open 

December 21, 2022

The Fairfax County Park Authority has achieved substantial completion on the development of Boyd A. and Charlotte M. Hogge Park in Falls Church.

Gailliot, Ta Reappointed to Park Foundation Board

December 21, 2022

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has confirmed the reappointments of Michael Gailliot and Kevin Ta as recommended by the Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) Board.

Park Authority Seeks Public Input on Proposed Fee Changes

December 21, 2022

The Fairfax County Park Authority has scheduled its annual community comment meeting on the agency’s proposed fee adjustments.

Park Authority Board Approves Ruckstuhl Park Project Scope

December 21, 2022

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved the project scope for the development of Ruckstuhl Park in the Providence District.

Enjoy a New Year’s Day Hike With a Naturalist at Burke Lake

December 14, 2022

If you want to join in the fun of First Hike 2023, consider a sunrise or sunset hike with a naturalist at Burke Lake Park on New Year’s Day!

Join the Search for Snowflake’s Gifts at Cub Run Rec Center

December 14, 2022

Join the effort to find hidden treasures in nature through this creative winter-themed video scavenger hunt through the forest behind Cub Run Rec Center.

Oak Marr Child Care Room To Open Jan. 2

December 14, 2022

Parents and guardians will be able to drop off their children for up to two hours while they get in a workout, take a dip in the pool or enjoy any of the center’s diverse programming options.

artiFACTS: Toy Car Provides Portal to the Past

December 14, 2022

It’s interesting how much the day-to-day tools, utensils and technologies we use will tell of our day.

Farmers Market Vendors Sought for 2023 Season

December 14, 2022

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is beginning the Vendor Application process for the 2023 farmers market season.

Mount Vernon Rec Center To Close Dec. 31

December 14, 2022

The Mount Vernon Rec Center will close its doors at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, for an extensive renovation and expansion project expected to last two years.

Gorham, Stone and Thompson Reappointed to Park Board

December 14, 2022

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors reappointed three members of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board.

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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