Fairfax County is a place where all residents, businesses and visitors are aware of and able to participate in quality arts, sports, recreation and culturally enriching activities.
The availability of arts, sports, culture and recreation are foundational to the overall quality of life and well-being of Fairfax County residents and visitors and contribute significantly to our community’s social connectivity and health. These programs also play a critical role in supporting the regional economy, through the sale of goods and services, employment and events revenue.
Despite reduced demand for large, in-person events during the pandemic due to social distancing requirements, cultural and recreational opportunities have experienced a dramatic resurgence, as residents and visitors are eager to return to a sense of normalcy and rediscover community connections that were lacking during 2020 and early 2021. Throughout the pandemic, parks and other outdoor spaces served as invaluable community resources, for safe gathering, exercise and promoting overall health and well-being.
However, the financial impacts of the pandemic persist, and county programs and community organizations are coming together in new ways, creating partnerships among economic development entities, community groups, schools and private businesses. It will be necessary to ensure that these efforts represent the diversity of the community, which include many different languages and cultures.
The proposed strategies in this section seek to sustain forward momentum, with a focus on the need for well-maintained spaces and programs and services that constantly adapt to the needs of participants. The recommended approaches focus on quality programming, equitable access and broad inclusion and awareness of all options that are available throughout Fairfax County.
These proposed strategies were developed based on the extensive background work completed by the Countywide Strategic Planning Teams. The Board will determine which strategies will be pursued, as well as when they might be undertaken. This process will be highly flexible and will adapt to respond to community conditions as they evolve over time.
Improve Availability and Access to Cultural and Recreational Opportunities
Heighten Awareness, Appreciation and Promotion of Diverse Cultures
Provide Quality Programs
CRO 10. Evaluate and strengthen standards for agencies to establish and sustain quality cultural and recreational opportunities.
Indicator: Access to Local Arts, Sports and Cultural Opportunities
Indicator: Satisfaction with Local Arts, Sports and Cultural Opportunities
Indicator: Awareness and Appreciation of Diverse Cultures
Indicator: Representation of Diverse Cultures
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