"We all have heart!"
Rec-PAC campers, staff and volunteers totaling 1,249 participants simultaneously made a heart-shaped hand gesture symbolizing "We all have heart!" This gathering broke the previous Guinness World Record of 554. Watch the video.
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Why I Love Parks Contestants Gather at the Farm
Thank you to all young poets, ranging in age from 5 to 13, who participated in the Why I Love Parks Poetry Contest!
Winners will read in front of the Cider Press. Attendees will enjoy fresh-squeezed apple cider, cider donuts and musical entertainment in celebration of National Poetry Day and the 65th anniversary of the Fairfax County parks.
2015 Eakin Philanthropy Awards Announced
The Eakin Award recognizes significant financial or in-kind contributions, projects with broad, long-term benefit to the community and visionary contributions which create new programs or facilities and provide a new approach to addressing community needs. Tthe Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors selected:
- Tom D. Fleury, Vice President and founding member of Cityline Partners, for his career-long dedication to environmental preservation and his commitment to include ample green space in the development of Tysons.
- Ann Smith worked with the Fairfax County Park Authority and Mt. Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland’s office to identify a soccer field improvement to be made in memory of her husband. Lt. Col. Gary F. Smith.
- Suzan Syron-Singh, Children’s Physical Therapy Center (CPTC) owner/therapist, committed to support of Chessie’s BIG Backyard playground at Lee District Park in memory of her daughter, Kelley Syron.
Turtle Playground at Surrey Square Park
The community raised more than $20,000 to get their playground replacement moving faster. Through a variety of fundraising efforts, matching grants and collaboration Turtle Playground at Surrey Square Park opened to the public on August 22.
Thanks For Helping Your Parks!
Scholarships Have Class
Board members of the Springfield Art Guild were inspired by the Ruthanne G. Lodato Music Scholarship which honored the life of the much loved piano instructor. Friends and Family made contributions to send children in need to FCPA offered music classes. Scholarships for piano lessons were awarded to more than a dozen children to date thanks to Lodato memorial gifts!
SAG’s generous contribution of $1,000 will similarly provide scholarships for income-eligible individuals to experience visual or fine arts classes. This partnership with FCPF helps further SAG’s mission of serving the community’s interest in fine “visual” arts, fine crafts and photography.
More than 55 fine arts classes are listed quarterly in Parktakes Magazine. The Park Authority and Foundation are committed to helping all Fairfax County residents improve their lives. Philanthropic support of donors such as SAG help us to reach more people each year.
Learn how you may support class scholarships!