The McLean Community Center (MCC) was built and is funded by residents of Greater McLean for their use through a real estate tax surcharge, the result of a 1970 bond referendum (Small District 1A-Dranesville). The Center also receives money from fees and charges and relies on volunteers, gifts, and donations to expand its program. An eleven-member Governing Board, elected by citizens of the District and appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, oversees the Center's budget and operation.
MCC offers a continuing program of activities for adults and children, including a wide range of classes, lectures, study tours, camps, art exhibits, theatre performances, and specialty shows. The Center also sponsors major community activities such as McLean Day at Lewinsville Park in May and the 4th of July Fireworks at Langley High School.
Center facilities include the 424-seat Alden Theatre, the Emerson Gallery, meeting and conference rooms, the Susan B. DuVal Art Studio, and a rehearsal studio. Local open clubs and organizations use the Center for their monthly meetings without charge. Center facilities may be rented for private functions such as business conferences, receptions, parties, and recitals. District residents and businesses pay reduced fees. Registrations for MYI and Little League activities are regularly held at the Center and information on their activities is always available in the lobby. The Center also operates the Old Firehouse Teen Center, the first of its kind in Fairfax County, and proof of McLean's continuing commitment to its youth, their safety, and future.