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Announcements & Financials

Model Aircrafts and Drones

Effective July 1, 2018, the use of unmanned aircraft (drones) is allowed on Park Authority lands. Pilots are expected to abide by all applicable FAA regulations, safety guidance, and airspace restrictions.

Although the Park Authority is not able to regulate the use of drones, we are hopeful that operators will respect other park users, stay clear of wildlife and natural and cultural resource areas and generally, be respectful in their use of unmanned aircraft over parkland.


The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority will hold a joint public hearing on an amendment to Regulation 1.17, Remote Controlled Devices, Powered Models, or Toys, to align the regulation with current Virginia law. The full announcement of the public hearing may be read here.

Thursday, September 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
The Oaks Room, Twin Lakes Golf Course
6201 Union Mills Road, Clifton, Virginia

The proposed amendment reads:

1.17 Remote Controlled Devices, Powered Models, or Toys.
No person shall operate hobby rockets, (removed: remote-control gliders or) powered remote-control or tethered (removed: planes), boats, cars or other like devices in a park except in areas designated by and with the express written permission of the Park Authority. This regulation does not apply to the use of any privately owned, unmanned aircraft system as defined in Virginia Code § 19.2-60.1.

Please contact the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or to sign up to speak at the public hearing. All speakers are welcome; it is not necessary to sign up in advance.

Written comments on the proposed amendment must be received by October 8, 2018 to be included in the official public record. Please send your feedback to either the Fairfax County Park Authority or NOVA Parks:

Email (preferred): or


Public Information Office
Fairfax County Park Authority
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 927
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Public Information Office
NOVA Parks
5400 Old Ox Road
Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039




The NOVA Parks Board of Directors will hold its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. at NOVA Parks Headquarters, 5400 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA  22039.


NOVA Parks presents its Comprehesive Annual Financial Report for Year Ending June 30, 2017. 

We are pleased to submit to you the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (the Authority) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, in accordance with the Code of Virginia. The financial statements included in this report conform to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) as promulgated by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). Responsibility for the accuracy of the data and the completeness and fairness of the presentation including all disclosures rests with management. To the best of our knowledge and belief, the enclosed data are accurate in all material respects and are reported in a manner that presents fairly the financial position of the governmental activities and businesstype activities, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information of the Authority, as of June 30, 2017, and the respective changes in financial position and cash flows, where applicable. All necessary disclosures have been included to enable the reader to gain the maximum understanding of the Authority’s finances.