You Can't Replace Green Space

  • Sunday, December 29, 2019 -- Friends of Arlington Parks' annual Hawk Indoor Marathon at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Arlington VA (no web page yet)
  • Sunday, June 23, 2019 -- Results of Friends of Arlington Parks' annual Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Arlington VA


  • Friends of Arlington Parks takes pride in Arlington's #1 rank as fittest "city" in the USA

  • June 6, 2019 -- "Arlington again ranked as country's fittest" -- in Arlington Sun Gazette -- by FoAP treasurer Jay Jacob Wind
  • "For the second consecutive year, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) ranked Arlington as the No. 1 fittest city in the United States. In the report, Stephen Friedhoff, chief clinical officer of Anthem, Inc., said: 'Arlington, Virginia's balance of healthy behaviors and community infrastructure earned it the title of number one. Arlington ranked in the top 10 for 22 of the 33 indicators in the Fitness Index, with six indicators ranked number one. We congratulate Arlington for its impressive commitment to health, fitness, and overall wellness on behalf of its residents.'"

  • May 14, 2019 -- "2019 American Fitness Index Ranks 100 Cities; New Indicators Reveal Concerns About Pedestrian Safety and Air Quality" -- in Business Wire
  • "Arlington, Va. has earned the title of 'America’s Fittest City' in the annual American Fitness Index® ranking published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc."

  • May 14, 2019 -- "Arlington, Va. is #1 'Fittest City'" -- in Bloomberg

  • May 14, 2019 -- "Arlington, Va. is #1 'Fittest City'" -- in Marketwatch.com

  • May 20, 2019 -- "The 10 Fittest Cities in the U.S." -- in U.S. News
  • "Cities on the Move: Where you live can influence how healthy and active you are, and some cities offer just the right amount of resources to get you moving, according to an annual index released earlier this month. The American College of Sports Medicine's 2019 American Fitness Index analyzed and ranked the 100 largest cities in the United States based on 33 indicators to assess a city's overall fitness."

  • May 14, 2019 -- 2019 Summary Report: ACSM American Fitness Index ®: Actively Moving America to Better Health -- by American College of Sports Medicine

  • May 25, 2019 -- ACSM American Fitness Index Rankings -- by American College of Sports Medicine
  • "The ACSM American Fitness Index (Fitness Index), a ranking of America's 100 largest cities, celebrates healthy, active lifestyles. Cities with the highest scores are considered to have strong community fitness, a concept analogous to individuals having strong personal fitness. The 2019 Fitness Index ranked Arlington, VA as the fittest city in America!"

  • Read our October 2015 newsletter

    Watch the Environmental Candidates Forum
    Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at Arlington Trades Center
    Video by Friends of Arlington Parks
    sponsored by
  • Arlington Parks Coalition
  • Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment
  • Tree Stewards - Arlington - Alexandria
  • Arlington Regional Master Naturalists

  • We encourage everyone interested in Arlington County parks
    to read Arlington Parks Coalition's Fact Sheet and
    to sign Arlington Parks Coalition's petition:
    "I support preserving and using Arlington County-owned parkland and community centers solely for park, recreation, and community center purposes for the benefit of current and future generations."

    Sign Arlington Parks Coalition's petition