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Fun in the Sun

Burke Lake Park offers a variety of activities to enjoy.

If you are looking for an affordable, healthy, family-friendly experience this summer, look no further than Burke Lake Park. The county-supervised park offers a wide variety of activities at little to no cost, and there’s sure to be something for everyone.

"I like the shade when it’s hot out," said Doug Stabile, who was at the park with his two sons. "We played Frisbee golf earlier, and we couldn’t have done that in the sun."

Stabile said his family usually goes to the park about twice a month. "I go to the driving range a lot, and we like to bike on the trails."

For those planning on visiting the park, Park Authority Spokeswoman Judy Peterson has a few tips to prepare. "Dress appropriately," she said. "Prepare for what your activities are going to be. Especially during this heat, we ask people to stay hydrated for their health. If you’re hiking, be aware of what’s going on around you. Walk with a buddy, or tell people your plans."

For prospective campers, Peterson said that planning ahead is important. "This is a good place for first time campers," she said, "but you might want to think thorough what you’re going to need." There are lots of things going on in Burke Lake Park this summer. From day camps to evening concerts, from hiking to fishing, and from golfing to dozing on the train, Burke Lake Park has something to offer to everyone.

For more information, call 703-323-6601, or see the park Web site at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/burkelake/.