Hal & Berni Hanson Regional Park Project

Overview

  • The Hal and Berni Hanson Regional Park project includes the design and construction of a new 257-acre regional park located on Evergreen Mills Road in Arcola, between the Brambleton and Willowsford communities.
  • The owner of the land -- Haldore ‘Hal’ Hanson, a writer, state department official and non-profit leader -- died in 1992.
  • In keeping with the wishes of Hanson and his wife Berni, the Hanson Family Partnership agreed to sell the land to Loudoun County only for use as a park.
  • The property was acquired in 2009 through negotiations with the Hanson family, Dominion Power and the National Park Service as a part of a United States Department of Interior program.
  • The public helped shape the park’s features, and skate park designer Wally Holladay served as a design consultant.
  • The project also includes road improvements to Evergreen Mills Road, which bisects the park, including a turn lane and a stop light at the entrance of the park.
  • The park will include 17 athletic fields with lighting, and over 75 acres of passive recreational space and infrastructure.

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Including: 
  • Ten multi-purpose soccer fields
  • Four baseball/softball fields
  • Cricket field 
  • Four tennis courts/Pickleball courts
  • Two artificial turf fields
  • Outdoor basketball court
  • Two playgrounds with rubberized surface
  • Batting cages
  • Splash pad and playground with inclusive features
  • Skate plaza
  • Grandstands
  • Historic Lee-Hanson House renovation
  • Five ponds and integrated irrigation system
  • Fishing piers
  • Lodge and nature center
  • Picnic pavilions
  • Amphitheater 
  • Off-leash areas for dogs
  • Disc golf course
  • Paved and natural surface trails
  • Regional maintenance compound
  • Administrative building 
  • Concession/restroom buildings and pavilions
  • An equestrian facility is included in the master plan for future development, but is not currently funded.
  • The park will be operated by the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services.
  • Construction is expected to be complete by spring of 2022.

Current Status: November 2021

  • This month, nighttime light level testing will begin at the 17 athletic fields. During the testing, lighting at the fields will be turned on and off and dimmed. Testing will begin at dusk and will continue for several hours.
  • Crews are currently placing water features at the splashpad.
  • Work on various structures throughout the park continues, including the installation of siding and trim, glass block, roofing, insulation, ceiling grid, drywall, ductwork, and fire protection and utility rough-in. Crews are also installing interior floor finishes, like ceramic tile, and painting the interior.
  • At Hanson House, work currently includes hanging ductwork, and plumbing and electrical rough-in.
  • Ongoing work throughout the park includes installation of underground utilities, installation of turf irrigation systems and pouring concrete at site stairs, plazas and sidewalks. Crews will also continue paving asphalt trails, installing athletic field turf, and seeding throughout the project site.
  • For safety and as this is an active construction site, no trespassing during construction. Security cameras were installed on the project due to evidence of construction site trespassing.

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