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

Department Resources

National Water Safety Month

National water safety month

Summer is on the way and, for many Fairfax County families, that means it’s time to get wet! With drowning being the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 5 years old, it is critically important that children of all ages are aware of the dangers of unsupervised waterplay and enjoy the benefits of learning to swim — including all the fun that goes along with being able to enjoy the water, safely! 

Park Authority Rec Centers and swimming pools offer a variety of water safety and swim lessons classes for swimmers of all ages.

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Water Fun Is For Everyone!

The Park Authority's award-winning Adapted Aquatics Program is an individualized swimming and water activity program for adults and children with physical and developmental disabilities. Program offerings include learn-to-swim classes, aquatic exercise classes, and training for Special Olympics and Paralympic Swim team competition.

  • Adapted Programs Schedule
  • Adapted Aquatics Program Policies
  • Special Olympics Swimming – FAQ

Who’s Keeping Us Safe?

Park Authority lifeguards are among the best in the business. With safety as our primary objective, an enriching swimming experience as our goal, and a commitment to excellence in our training, our lifeguards are prepared and dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming aquatic environment for swimmers of all ages and skill levels. Every year, the Park Authority needs over 500 lifeguards to staff our swimming pools and award-winning waterpark (The Watermine) and spray ground (Our Special Harbor).

Would you like to be a part of our team?

Now That You’re Set, It’s Time To Get Wet!


Enjoy a wide variety of aquatic activities, games and sports with the Park Authority!

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