Fairfax County Park Authority

Address: 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 927
Fairfax, VA 22035
Phone: 703-324-8702


-On December 6, 1950, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors created the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Park Authority was authorized to make decisions concerning land acquisition, park development and operations in Fairfax County, Virginia.

-Through the support of the Board of Supervisors and the foresight of the county citizens, 12 park bond referenda have been approved between 1959 and 2012. Today, the Park Authority has 427 parks on approximately 23,359 acres of land.


The park system is the primary public mechanism in Fairfax County for the preservation of environmentally sensitive land and resources, areas of historic significance and the provision of recreational facilities and services including:

- Nine indoor RECenters with swimming pools, fitness rooms, gyms and class spaces.  Cub Run features an indoor water park and on-site naturalist.

-Eight golf courses including Laurel Hill, an upscale course & clubhouse located in Southern Fairfax County, as well as the new Oaks Room at Twin Lakes

-Five nature and visitor centers plus Riverbend Park and E.C Lawrence Park plus Huntley Meadows Park, our beautiful wetlands park with boardwalk

-Several lakes including Lake Fairfax, Lake Accotink and Burke Lake, with campgrounds at Burke Lake and Lake Fairfax

-The expanded Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax, Our Special Harbor Spray ground at Lee as well as an indoor water park at Cub Run RECenter

-Clemyjontri Park, a fully accessible playground in Great Falls featuring two acres of fun and a carousel and Chessie’s Big Back Yard at Lee District

-An ice skating rink at Mount Vernon RECenter, and skate parks in Wakefield Park adjacent to Audrey Moore RECenter and Lake Fairfax Park

-Kidwell Farm, a working farm of the 1930s era at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, now with historic carousel, cider press, visitor center and playground

-Seven distinctive historic properties available for rent as well as other venues for your wedding or event

-A working grist mill at Colvin Run in Great Falls and a restored 18th century home at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly

-A horticulture center at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale and farmers markets throughout the community

-Natural and cultural resources protected by the Natural Resource Management Plan and Cultural Resource Plans, plus an Invasive Management Area program that targets alien plants and utilizes volunteers in restoring native vegetation throughout our community

-Picnic shelters, tennis courts, miniature golf courses, disc golf courses, off-leash dog parks, amphitheaters, a marina, kayaking/canoeing center

-Provides hundreds of athletic fields, including synthetic turf fields, and manages athletic field maintenance services at hundreds of FCPS athletic fields.

Local Calendar

Recent News

  • You Too Can Make Healthy Strides in 2018

    The new year has so much promise. In fact, 2018 is shaping up to be the best year yet for Healthy Strides, the Park Authority’s recently-renamed community wellness program. Healthy Strides, formerly Take 12 Steps for Health, began in 2010 with the basic premise that be...

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  • Find Out How Slipware Ceramics Got the Name in artiFACTS

    Ceramics often stand the test of time and provide clues into the lives of the people who used them. This month, the Fairfax County Park Authority’s artiFACTS series takes a look at a type of ceramic dishes, bowls and mugs known as “slipware.” The Staffords...

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  • Riverbend Scene Captures Top Honors in First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest

    Patricia Strat’s wintry photo of Riverbend Park was named the winner in the 2018 First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest. Despite the frigid weather on January 1, 2018, the Park Authority received more than 130 photo entries from people who hiked one of five designated Fairfa...

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  • Fee Proposals Available and Public Comment Accepted

    The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold its annual public comment meeting on the agency’s proposed fee adjustments. The public is invited to share their perspectives on the proposals with the Park Authority Board either at the meeting, via correspondence or by emai...

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