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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.

Come to Lake Fairfax Park on Nov. 6 for an evening campfire & s’mores the whole family will enjoy. Explore the wonders o...
10/27/2020

Come to Lake Fairfax Park on Nov. 6 for an evening campfire & s’mores the whole family will enjoy. Explore the wonders of the natural world with nature walks, interactive activities & animal presentations. For 3 to adult. Cost $12. https://bit.ly/37b35Yi

Walk, bike or drive over... Oak Marr's Haunted Mini-Golf returns this weekend: Oct. 30 and 31. 💀 Reserve your spot today...
10/26/2020

Walk, bike or drive over... Oak Marr's Haunted Mini-Golf returns this weekend: Oct. 30 and 31. 💀 Reserve your spot today: https://bit.ly/3k5JNHv

Today marks 50 years since Michael and Belinda Straight conveyed their house and 18 acres to the Fairfax County Park Aut...
10/26/2020

Today marks 50 years since Michael and Belinda Straight conveyed their house and 18 acres to the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Straights’ generous gift marked the end of almost 200 years of private ownership of the estate and the beginning of its transformation into Green Spring Gardens. https://bit.ly/2Ud5hYn

Congratulations to Reston Community Center on earning your CAPRA accreditation! We are proud to have so many outstanding...
10/26/2020

Congratulations to Reston Community Center on earning your CAPRA accreditation! We are proud to have so many outstanding parks and recreation providers here in Fairfax County.

Reston Community Center is honored to announce it has earned national accreditation, a mark of RCC meeting the field’s highest standards for service to the community. http://bit.ly/NRPAhonor

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." - Anne of Green Gables📷: Don Sweeney
10/26/2020

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
- Anne of Green Gables
📷: Don Sweeney

Oak Marr's Haunted Mini-Golf returns on Oct. 30 and 31. Sign up for a spot at https://bit.ly/3k5JNHv
10/25/2020

Oak Marr's Haunted Mini-Golf returns on Oct. 30 and 31. Sign up for a spot at https://bit.ly/3k5JNHv

Love Lake Fairfax in the fall.📷: Don Sweeney
10/25/2020

Love Lake Fairfax in the fall.
📷: Don Sweeney

Bats,  snakes and spiders... it's their week to shine! In this week's chalk challenge, use chalk to draw spooky, silly o...
10/25/2020

Bats, snakes and spiders... it's their week to shine! In this week's chalk challenge, use chalk to draw spooky, silly or friendly wildlife on your sidewalks. Send us pics and you could be featured on our social media!
🔴 Email: [email protected]
🔴 Message us on social
🔴 Tag #fairfaxchalkchallenge

The parks put on quite a show this time of year. 🍂 Check out the fall foliage by boat, bike or boardwalk! Let us know yo...
10/25/2020

The parks put on quite a show this time of year. 🍂 Check out the fall foliage by boat, bike or boardwalk! Let us know your fav park to check out the fall foliage, or message us your fall pics in the parks! https://bit.ly/32eI4qB

Are you up for a history mystery? Know what this is? It was used in the Dranesville area about 100 years ago. It spent s...
10/24/2020

Are you up for a history mystery? Know what this is? It was used in the Dranesville area about 100 years ago. It spent some time in a store, where people would visit it briefly, and then later it moved to a house where people would use it as they dropped by to say hello or for lunch. And when they dropped by, they'd drop something in the box. Know what it is?
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Voting was different back then. This is a ballot box from the 1920s.
It's story and the details are at https://bit.ly/2Zs0QJw

Nothing like a ripe persimmon to kickstart your morning. During the fall, find the persimmon trees and there's a chance ...
10/24/2020

Nothing like a ripe persimmon to kickstart your morning.
During the fall, find the persimmon trees and there's a chance you'll find raccoons.
📷: Jane Gamble
#fairfaxparks #fairfaxcounty #raccoons #wildlife #wetlands #photooftheday #huntleymeadows #parks

It's time!  The Burke Lake mini golf course has been transformed to goblin golf this weekend!  Join us  Oct. 24 and 25 f...
10/24/2020

It's time! The Burke Lake mini golf course has been transformed to goblin golf this weekend! Join us Oct. 24 and 25 for a frighteningly good time! https://bit.ly/3kkh6GR

Take in the views at our flagship Laurel Hill Golf Course this weekend and find out why it's a favorite among golfers......
10/23/2020

Take in the views at our flagship Laurel Hill Golf Course this weekend and find out why it's a favorite among golfers... especially in the fall. https://bit.ly/3of64VE

There's a virtual Park Authority Board meeting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Details at https://bit.ly/2HqZydZ.
10/23/2020

There's a virtual Park Authority Board meeting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Details at https://bit.ly/2HqZydZ.

Today we present #42 of 50 reasons to love Green Spring: History. 50 years ago this month, Michael and Belinda Straight ...
10/23/2020

Today we present #42 of 50 reasons to love Green Spring: History. 50 years ago this month, Michael and Belinda Straight conveyed the Historic House and 18 acres to the Fairfax County Park Authority. Call to schedule a “Visit with the Historian” and step into the 1784 Historic House to learn more about the park’s rich history. https://bit.ly/35tEZ6Q

Oak Marr's Haunted Mini-Golf returns on Oct. 30 and 31. Sign up for a spot at https://bit.ly/3k5JNHv
10/23/2020

Oak Marr's Haunted Mini-Golf returns on Oct. 30 and 31. Sign up for a spot at https://bit.ly/3k5JNHv

Green Spring Gardens making your fall a colorful one. 📷: Laura Strecker#Greenspring #greenspringgardens #fairfaxcounty #...
10/22/2020

Green Spring Gardens making your fall a colorful one.
📷: Laura Strecker
#Greenspring #greenspringgardens #fairfaxcounty #fairfaxparks

The best places in Fairfax County to see fall color.  We're adding this view of Lake Mercer to this list. https://bit.ly...
10/22/2020

The best places in Fairfax County to see fall color. We're adding this view of Lake Mercer to this list. https://bit.ly/2IClZNH
📷: David Ochs

Goblins are coming. This scene looks calm and quiet now, but just wait. Oct. 24 and 25 brings out the ghouls for Goblin ...
10/22/2020

Goblins are coming. This scene looks calm and quiet now, but just wait. Oct. 24 and 25 brings out the ghouls for Goblin Golf at Burke Lake Park's mini-golf course. Get details and secure a reservation today. https://bit.ly/2SYo607

Keep the kids busy on their student holiday on Nov. 2 & 3 with a mini-camp in Burke Lake Park. Campers age 8 to 12 will ...
10/21/2020

Keep the kids busy on their student holiday on Nov. 2 & 3 with a mini-camp in Burke Lake Park. Campers age 8 to 12 will enjoy activities such as archery, disc golf, mini golf, games, and crafts. Cost is $140. https://bit.ly/36KWXpB

On Nov. 1, head on over to Colvin Run Mill to watch the blacksmith fire up his forge and work with hammer and tongs to m...
10/21/2020

On Nov. 1, head on over to Colvin Run Mill to watch the blacksmith fire up his forge and work with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils. This free demonstration is appropriate for all ages, and no reservations are required. https://bit.ly/340SnBL

Equestrian lessons at Frying Pan Farm Park.
10/21/2020

Equestrian lessons at Frying Pan Farm Park.

Sully Historic Site is open for private tours. Sign up your household, family group, or pod to tour the 1794 historic ho...
10/21/2020

Sully Historic Site is open for private tours. Sign up your household, family group, or pod to tour the 1794 historic house or the outbuildings. Save your slot now. https://bit.ly/3dBuILh

Happy Trails Tuesday! The Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail (GCCCT) runs through some of the county's most scenic areas,...
10/20/2020

Happy Trails Tuesday! The Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail (GCCCT) runs through some of the county's most scenic areas, beginning on the Potomac River and extending south to Laurel Hill, formerly known as Lorton Prison. Hikers, joggers, equestrians, strollers and cyclists use the 40 miles of trail for recreational and commuter needs. Find trail maps, info and more at https://bit.ly/34dA9gi #ffxtrails

Pod people? Nope. Pumpkin people. Come make a fun scarecrow for the holidays this weekend at Sully Historic Site. There ...
10/20/2020

Pod people? Nope. Pumpkin people. Come make a fun scarecrow for the holidays this weekend at Sully Historic Site. There are still some slots open on Saturday between 10am and 3pm. Reserve a spot at https://bit.ly/31qaGhS

Learn fundamentals of astronomy through a webinar on Oct. 29. The Analemma Society will give you the basics to better en...
10/20/2020

Learn fundamentals of astronomy through a webinar on Oct. 29. The Analemma Society will give you the basics to better enjoy these clear fall and winter nights. Hosted online on Zoom, the program is for 8 and up. Cost is $6. https://bit.ly/3ls2cP6

Oak Marr's Haunted Mini-Golf returns on Oct. 30 and 31. Sign up for a spot at https://bit.ly/3k5JNHv
10/20/2020

Oak Marr's Haunted Mini-Golf returns on Oct. 30 and 31. Sign up for a spot at https://bit.ly/3k5JNHv

This magnificently lit photo was an honorable mention award winner in the National Wildlife Federation's 2019 photo cont...
10/20/2020

This magnificently lit photo was an honorable mention award winner in the National Wildlife Federation's 2019 photo contest. Handsome Meadow Katydid at Huntley was taken by Barbara Joan Saffir of Fairfax. Barbara is a Fairfax Master Naturalist and a roving naturalist volunteer at Riverbend Park. She wrote to us that the photo highlights the DMV's "INCOMPARABLE — and invaluable — Huntley Meadows Park, because it is the most dependable place to protect birds, and for families and photographers to enjoy and document those birds year-round."
It's not a bad place for bue-eyed, rainbow-colored insects, either.
https://bit.ly/2vKssMA
📷: Barbara Joan Saffir
#kathydid #fairfaxparks #fairfaxcounty #parks #insects #huntley #huntleymeadows #outdoors #nature #photography #naturephotography #nova #northernvirginia #virginia #virginiaisforlovers #photooftheday

Happy anniversary, Green Spring Gardens! 🎉 This month, the popular park is celebrating  50 years as one of the Fairfax C...
10/19/2020

Happy anniversary, Green Spring Gardens! 🎉 This month, the popular park is celebrating 50 years as one of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s premier destinations. Learn how you can help celebrate: https://bit.ly/33Gh7z0

This is  a destructive, invasive insect that hasn't been seen in Fairfax County, but it is in Virginia. If you see a spo...
10/19/2020

This is a destructive, invasive insect that hasn't been seen in Fairfax County, but it is in Virginia. If you see a spotted lanternfly, please contact the Fairfax County Urban Forest Management Division at 703-324-1770, TTY 711, or email [email protected]. For details, please see https://bit.ly/2GWzc2H.
📷: Lawrence Barringer, PA Dept. of Agriculture, bugwood . org

More than half of vehicle-deer accidents occur from October through December. Deer are on the move. Please drive careful...
10/19/2020

More than half of vehicle-deer accidents occur from October through December. Deer are on the move. Please drive carefully. Details at https://bit.ly/3iTBZHc

10/19/2020

All aboard! It’s Fun Day Monday in the parks! Get 20% off tickets for carousels, mini golf and the Burke Lake Train train. Buy tickets in advance; on-site tickets are only be available if activities do not sell out online. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fundaymonday

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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, VA
22035

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The Fairfax County Park Authority was awarded the 2010 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, the park's and recreation industry's highest honor.

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