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: September 2021

  • Crews continue to install retaining walls and sports netting posts at the athletic fields and have begun the installation of scoreboards. Current work on park features also includes the installation of fence posts at the off-leash dog area.
  • Work on various structures throughout the park continues, including the installation of masonry walls, stonework, timber, siding and trim, windows, roofing, insulation, and fire protection. Crews have also begun interior painting, placing mechanical units, utility rough-in and ductwork.
  • At Hanson House, crews have begun painting the exterior siding and door frames.
  • Ongoing work throughout the park includes installation of underground utilities, electrical transformers, installation of turf irrigation systems and pouring concrete at stairs, plazas and bleacher pads. Crews will also continue earthwork, paving asphalt trails, and the spreading of topsoil, mulch 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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