Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services Linear Parks and Trails System Planning Process
On January 17, 2019, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (Board) directed the Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Board to develop a detailed implementation plan for an interconnected, countywide linear parks and trails system. PROS subsequently appointed representatives from key stakeholder groups to the Linear Parks and Trails (LPAT) Subcommittee to advance this initiative. The LPAT Subcommittee is comprised of individuals representing groups organized in support of parks, recreation, and community services; trail walking; mountain biking; equestrian activities; land conservation; towns; and wildlife habitat protection. Individual stakeholder visions reflect the diversity of values from Loudoun County trail users.
- The committee seeks an interconnected system of multiuse passive recreation linear parks and trails that connect communities across Loudoun County’s 500 square miles.
- Passive recreation users may include walkers, hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, nature enthusiasts and other user groups.
- This system of linear parks and trails will provide benefits, including healthy recreation opportunities, bolstering of local tourism and provision of wildlife habitat.
- Prioritizing multiuse public access trails while protecting and enhancing the ecological value of trail corridors are mutual goals of the system.
- Additional community benefits include improved physical and mental health and wellness, increased safety along corridors and a connection to the natural world including support for conservation.