Cultural and Recreational Opportunities

Outcome Statement

Fairfax County is a place where all residents, businesses and visitors are able to participate in world class arts, sports, recreation and culturally relevant activities.


(Below you will find the supporting work (to date) of this priority area. More updates will be added as the strategic planning process continues.) 


  1. Accessibility to the county’s cultural and recreational opportunities (affordability, availability, proximity and ability).
  2. Growth in awareness, appreciation and connectiveness to the diverse cultures in our communities.
  3. Satisfaction with cultural and recreational opportunities (arts, heritage, park, rec center, community centers, programming, etc.).
  4. Quantity of cultural and recreational opportunities that represent/promote all cultures and heritages, including underrepresented communities.


(What's an indicator? Indicators are ways to measure the county’s progress, both for the community at large and for county government. They are clear, quantifiable and they help manage progress toward achieving strategies in the strategic plan. They are statements that express what we hope to achieve. These are NOT specific performance metrics at this point.)

Challenge Questions

  1. How will Fairfax County effectively and reliably connect the community to cultural and recreational opportunities?
  2. How will we ensure equitable access to parks, trails, open spaces and recreational opportunities regardless of race, ethnicity, ability, gender, age, education, geographic location and income level?
  3. How will we inclusively honor and preserve Fairfax County’s unique and diverse culture, history and traditions?
  4. How will the county maintain, grow and support enriching and quality cultural and recreational opportunities?
  5. How will we measure whether people have a “quality” cultural or recreational experience when that is such a subjective assessment in a large, diverse community like Fairfax County?


(What's a challenge question? A challenge question is a clear articulation of the diagnosed problem/opportunity that people are experiencing. It is informed by evidence, data, subject matter expertise, outside-in perspectives and on-the-ground realities. Challenge questions are phrased in a way that drives toward an impact, allowing for a variety of solutions.)

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