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This is the official page for the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Mission: The Park Authority’s mission is to set aside public spaces for and assist citizens in the protection and enhancement of environmental values, diversity of natural habitats and cultural heritage to guarantee that these resources will be available to both present and future generations. Our vision is to create and sustain quality facilities and services which offer citizens opportunities for recreation, improvement of their physical and mental well being, and enhancement of their quality of life.

All FCPA facilities and parking lots remain closed. In light of Virginia’s shelter-in-place order, the Park Authority as...
03/31/2020

All FCPA facilities and parking lots remain closed. In light of Virginia’s shelter-in-place order, the Park Authority asks residents to use trails near their home to meet health and fitness needs. When possible, please avoid driving to trails. Find a trail near you: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/trails/trail-buddy

S-o-c-i-a-l D-i-s-t-a-n-c-i-n-g.  Keep doing it.
03/31/2020

S-o-c-i-a-l D-i-s-t-a-n-c-i-n-g. Keep doing it.

Ah, Mom, you're embarrassing me. I already washed behind my ears. 📷: Jane Gamble
03/31/2020

Ah, Mom, you're embarrassing me. I already washed behind my ears. 📷: Jane Gamble

WIcked hair! Female hooded merganser. 📷: Jane Gamble
03/30/2020

WIcked hair!
Female hooded merganser. 📷: Jane Gamble

If you have a backyard birdfeeder packed with either suet or sunflower seeds, you've probably had visits from these guys...
03/29/2020

If you have a backyard birdfeeder packed with either suet or sunflower seeds, you've probably had visits from these guys. Downy woodpeckers sometimes swing by hummingbird feeders, too. 📷: Jane Gamble

The Park Authority has an FAQ sheet that answers many of the questions you've asked about parks and the emergency situat...
03/29/2020

The Park Authority has an FAQ sheet that answers many of the questions you've asked about parks and the emergency situation we face. You'll find information and a link to that FAQ on this web page: https://bit.ly/3aC4Hso

Reminder: All Fairfax County Park Authority parks are closed; trails remain open. For more information or a list of Freq...
03/29/2020

Reminder: All Fairfax County Park Authority parks are closed; trails remain open. For more information or a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding park closures, please visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/coronavirus.

Ready to solve a history mystery?This heavy, cast iron frog was donated to the Park Authority to add to our historic sit...
03/28/2020

Ready to solve a history mystery?
This heavy, cast iron frog was donated to the Park Authority to add to our historic sites. In the 19th century, how do you think it would have been used?
Need a hint?
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Don’t close the door on any possible uses.
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Did you guess that this heavy, decorative frog could be used as a doorstop? It was donated by Margaret Gaver, a Fairfax County resident who collected antiques and wanted to help decorate county historic sites, particularly Sully Historic Site.
You can find real frogs at parks throughout Fairfax County.
Question: In what season do we start to see tadpoles?
Answer: Early Spring
Question: In what type of water source will you find tadpoles?
Answer: Vernal Pools

This one's for Virginia Tech fans. Hokie had a baby! Our favorite Black Angus Cow (Remember the runaway cow? That was Ho...
03/27/2020

This one's for Virginia Tech fans. Hokie had a baby! Our favorite Black Angus Cow (Remember the runaway cow? That was Hokie.) delivered a bull calf at 6:30 p.m. on March 25. Keeping with the Tech theme, his name is Skipper, named after the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets' cannon whose sound rumbles across Blacksburg at home football games. The cannon was created by a group of cadets in 1963 for the rivalry game against Virginia Military Institute.

In celebration of Green Spring Gardens' 50th anniversary, we present #13 of 50 reasons to love Green Spring: Rock garden...
03/27/2020

In celebration of Green Spring Gardens' 50th anniversary, we present #13 of 50 reasons to love Green Spring: Rock gardens. The park has a beautiful collection of alpine and rock garden plants that burst with spring color. http://bit.ly/2vLe8Dw

Virginia State Golf Assoc. is holding a bracket tournament for favorite courses. Vote for Laurel Hill Golf Club today!! ...
03/27/2020

Virginia State Golf Assoc. is holding a bracket tournament for favorite courses. Vote for Laurel Hill Golf Club today!! https://bit.ly/2UE3mLn @GolfFairfax #GolfFairfax

The starting point for information about coronavirus in Fairfax County is this web page: https://bit.ly/3bvD0SP
03/27/2020

The starting point for information about coronavirus in Fairfax County is this web page: https://bit.ly/3bvD0SP

Sigh........We're not the only ones today with closed parks.
03/26/2020

Sigh........We're not the only ones today with closed parks.

A big cheer for our colleagues at Public Works. They've come up with a new field journal for kids. Explore nature throug...
03/26/2020

A big cheer for our colleagues at Public Works. They've come up with a new field journal for kids. Explore nature through art, writing, and science.....and it's fun! It's online at https://bit.ly/2QLcQU3.

We are going to start your day with good news. Piggies at Frying Pan Farm Park! Our Hampshire sow Addie (short for Adida...
03/26/2020

We are going to start your day with good news. Piggies at Frying Pan Farm Park! Our Hampshire sow Addie (short for Adidas) delivered her first litter of piglets a few days ago. The babes started coming at midnight on Friday, March 20, and it was about 4:30 a.m. when the last delivery arrived and Farmer Paul could say, "That'll do, pig." https://bit.ly/2vFMcB8

Ahhh, we have good news from Frying Pan Farm Park. Congratulations to Trixie and the farm staff. The Hereford cow delive...
03/25/2020

Ahhh, we have good news from Frying Pan Farm Park. Congratulations to Trixie and the farm staff. The Hereford cow delivered this beautiful bull calf at around 7 a.m. on March 23. https://bit.ly/2vFMcB8

Need something cute and fuzzy today? 📷: Jane Gamble
03/25/2020

Need something cute and fuzzy today? 📷: Jane Gamble

Please don't be these guys on park trails. Please observe  S-O-C-I-A-L  D-I-S-T-A-N-C-I-N-G. 📷: Yvonne Johnson
03/25/2020

Please don't be these guys on park trails.
Please observe S-O-C-I-A-L D-I-S-T-A-N-C-I-N-G.

📷: Yvonne Johnson

Effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020, all Fairfax County Park Authority parks and amenities are closed to the public unti...
03/24/2020

Effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020, all Fairfax County Park Authority parks and amenities are closed to the public until further notice. Trails will remain open for individual use, not group use. Adherence to all social distancing recommendations will be required. The closures are in in response to Governor Northam’s order to close public access to recreational facilities. Closures will include parking lots, athletic fields, sport courts, restrooms, nature centers, visitor centers, golf courses, historic sites, picnic areas, playgrounds, amusements, boat launches, skate parks, off-leash dog areas, outdoor fitness equipment and any areas for open recreation. More info: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/coronavirus

While you're at home getting thoroughly acquainted with dust bunnies you didn't realize were there, we're going to conti...
03/24/2020

While you're at home getting thoroughly acquainted with dust bunnies you didn't realize were there, we're going to continue trying to bring parks to you. Since Green Spring Gardens is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, we did a little research into the park's history. Ever wonder how the park came to be one of the premier public gardens in the Washington metro area? Here's the answer: https://bit.ly/2Ud5hYn

Effective immediately, all Park Authority playgrounds, skate parks and restrooms will be closed until further notice. Si...
03/23/2020

Effective immediately, all Park Authority playgrounds, skate parks and restrooms will be closed until further notice. Signs will be posted at all affected locations. Please adhere to all closure notices and current social distancing recommendations. https://bit.ly/2U5dixb

Our colleagues at the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services have a field guide to plants and animals in ...
03/22/2020

Our colleagues at the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services have a field guide to plants and animals in Fairfax County. Make nature fun and educational. Appropriate for kids and adults. The guide is online. See it at https://bit.ly/2UnykqX

Fairfax County's 2020 Earth Day Fairfax Festival on April 25, unfortunately, is canceled. It makes sense under the curre...
03/22/2020

Fairfax County's 2020 Earth Day Fairfax Festival on April 25, unfortunately, is canceled. It makes sense under the current restrictions regarding sizes of gatherings and recommended social distancing. Health and safety is the priority. Vendors who have paid fees can get a full refund through FCPA’s Registration Office. Please be patient – there are lots of refund requests to process. https://bit.ly/2xfpHqu

Visiting our parks today? Please follow these guidelines: ⏱ Plan short visits to reduce crowding👨🏼‍🦽- - - - 🏃🏽‍♀️ Stay 6...
03/22/2020

Visiting our parks today? Please follow these guidelines:
⏱ Plan short visits to reduce crowding
👨🏼‍🦽- - - - 🏃🏽‍♀️ Stay 6 feet apart
👨‍👨‍👧‍👦👩‍👩‍👧‍👧 Avoid groups of people
🥤Take trash home with you
🚗 Do not park illegally
🌳 Respect our parks
Thank you.

Excellent example of social distancing at Lake Mercer. If you are using our trails, kindly let people know when you are ...
03/22/2020

Excellent example of social distancing at Lake Mercer.

If you are using our trails, kindly let people know when you are approaching from behind so they can move to the side and maintain a 6-foot distance. https://bit.ly/3dhfhay

Eight years ago, the United Nations designated March 21 as the International Day of Forests. A glass of water, a noteboo...
03/21/2020

Eight years ago, the United Nations designated March 21 as the International Day of Forests. A glass of water, a notebook, medicine, and a house -- they all have connections to forests, and forests are home to more than 80% of earth's terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. On this day, take care of your health, and do your singular part to protect the health of our local forests. https://bit.ly/2QxLYXy #fairfaxparks #internationaldayofforests

Need local info on coronavirus? The Fairfax County Health Department has it: https://bit.ly/314rklI
03/21/2020

Need local info on coronavirus? The Fairfax County Health Department has it: https://bit.ly/314rklI

Although social distancing is in effect, we understand outdoor play is important. If you take your kids to a playground,...
03/21/2020

Although social distancing is in effect, we understand outdoor play is important. If you take your kids to a playground, we recommend wiping equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use. Make sure kids clean hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer, too.

Since Pattie's piglets are still in the barn at Frying Pan Farm Park and that part of the farm can't be accessed by the ...
03/21/2020

Since Pattie's piglets are still in the barn at Frying Pan Farm Park and that part of the farm can't be accessed by the public at the moment, we figured we'd give you a peek behind the scenes as they nap under a warming heat lamp. See more newborn pics at https://bit.ly/2vFMcB8 📷: Yvonne Johnson

In addition to social distancing, please follow all park rules. Green Spring Gardens is a horticultural park with trails...
03/21/2020

In addition to social distancing, please follow all park rules. Green Spring Gardens is a horticultural park with trails designed for pedestrian use ONLY. In order to protect this unique resource and AAM-accredited plant collection, please note that bikes, skateboards, roller blades, motorized devices, ball games and kites are always prohibited. https://bit.ly/33yi62q

Please note that Park Authority facilities are now closed until further notice. Open-air parks remain open; visitors sho...
03/20/2020

Please note that Park Authority facilities are now closed until further notice. Open-air parks remain open; visitors should follow all social distancing guidelines. All programs through April 14 are also canceled. More info: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/coronavirus

Don't forget to pre-order by March 21 for the Native Plant Sale sponsored by the Friends of Riverbend Park. Choose from ...
03/20/2020

Don't forget to pre-order by March 21 for the Native Plant Sale sponsored by the Friends of Riverbend Park. Choose from native plants, ferns and shrubs suited for local climate and that benefit local wildlife. Proceeds from the sale benefit Riverbend Park. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2020/psa036

In celebration of Green Spring Gardens' 50th anniversary, we present #12 of 50 reasons to love Green Spring: Spring bulb...
03/20/2020

In celebration of Green Spring Gardens' 50th anniversary, we present #12 of 50 reasons to love Green Spring: Spring bulbs. These beautiful blooms brighten the winter landscape with an endless array of colors, shapes and sizes. http://bit.ly/2vLe8Dw

Naturalists have been telling us for years that toads are born from large egg masses. But we know the real truth. They d...
03/20/2020

Naturalists have been telling us for years that toads are born from large egg masses. But we know the real truth. They develop inside of tulips! 📷: Carol Ochs

While our parks are open, we remind visitors to follow currently social distancing recommendations: limit groups to 10 o...
03/19/2020

While our parks are open, we remind visitors to follow currently social distancing recommendations: limit groups to 10 or fewer and maintain a minimum of six feet between persons. Connect with the outdoors, not each other. http://bit.ly/33wnMKk

While our indoor facilities are closed, our outdoor parks and trails are OPEN! Being active outside is a great way to st...
03/18/2020

While our indoor facilities are closed, our outdoor parks and trails are OPEN! Being active outside is a great way to stay healthy and de-stress. Embrace what you CAN do outdoors!

*Please remember to following social distancing recommendations; avoid groups of 10+ people.

Cheery news. Pattie, a Hampshire Sow at Frying Pan Farm Park, gave birth to her first litter of piglets on March 8. And ...
03/18/2020

Cheery news. Pattie, a Hampshire Sow at Frying Pan Farm Park, gave birth to her first litter of piglets on March 8. And a nice surprise yesterday when staff went to feed the cattle. They found that Evee, a Black Angus Cow, had delivered her first calf, weighing in at 75 pounds! Since it was St. Patrick’s Day, he was named Guinness.

Please note that the three farmyard gates are closed at this time to limit public interaction in the barn and with staff. Therefore, the piglets are not on display. Evee and her calf will be out front on nice days. Park grounds/trails are open in other places -- just not at the barnyard. http://bit.ly/2vFMcB8

The community meeting on the Lake Accotink Park Master Plan Revision scheduled for March 31 is postponed indefinitely. S...
03/17/2020

The community meeting on the Lake Accotink Park Master Plan Revision scheduled for March 31 is postponed indefinitely. Scheduling for the April 18 meeting is being re-evaluated. Details: http://bit.ly/2IR4QN1

The Bluegrass Barn concert featuring Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands at Frying Pan Farm Park on Sunday eve, April 26, i...
03/17/2020

The Bluegrass Barn concert featuring Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands at Frying Pan Farm Park on Sunday eve, April 26, is canceled due to traveling concerns. Ticket purchase fees will be refunded to park member accounts for future use. Call the registration desk, 703-222-4664, during business hours to have the fees refunded to your credit card. We regret the cancellation and thank you for supporting Bluegrass Barn. http://bit.ly/2l3cT0P

Be "green" today! Corral the kids in the kitchen and do a green scavenger hunt... find all the green foods in the pantry...
03/17/2020

Be "green" today! Corral the kids in the kitchen and do a green scavenger hunt... find all the green foods in the pantry and refrigerator. Then talk about which one are the healthiest choices and do a taste test. #healthystrides

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