Loudoun County's Hal and Berni Hanson Regional Park was recognized with the 2023 Best New Facility (Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways or Trails) award at the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) annual conference.
Hal and Berni Hanson Regional Park is a state-of-the-art, 257-acre park located in Aldie, Virginia. “This is a one-of-a-kind park for residents and visitors of Loudoun County and was a collaborative effort with the community that will provide recreational opportunities for all of Northern Virginia for generations to come,” said Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) Director Steve Torpy. “We are proud of the staff who worked hard to design and open the park, and all of the programs and activities that are being enjoyed by visitors throughout the year,” he added.
As part of the mission of PRCS to connect all communities through exceptional people, parks and programs, the public played a pivotal role in shaping the park’s unique features.
The regional park features a 15,000 square-foot skate park, ten multipurpose soccer fields, four baseball/softball fields, a basketball court, four tennis courts, eight pickleball courts, two artificial turf fields with stadium seating and press boxes, two off-leash dog areas, dedicated cricket pitch with scoreboard, an 18-hole disc golf course, two amphitheaters, batting cages, four concession stands, a nature center, event center, and seven pavilions.
The park’s features also include fishing ponds, community garden beds, and miles of trails traversing 80 acres of passive recreational space. Adding to the fun for all families are two nature-themed playgrounds with accessible rubberized surfaces and a 10,000-square-foot splash pad with many unique features, including activator spray grounds, a water-squirting spider, water cannons and a bucket drop.
Earlier this year, Hal and Berni Hanson Regional Park was recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs.
Hal and Berni Hanson Regional Park opened in September 2022 and is located at 22831 Hanson Park Drive. For more information about the park, visit loudoun.gov/hansonpark.
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