Discover Your Outdoors

2022 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Loudoun County, Va., VA

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About the Program

Category: Parks and Recreation (Best in Category)

Year: 2022

The Discover Your Outdoors initiative created recreational opportunities during the pandemic. This program targeted indoor, outdoor, active, and passive programming opportunities at the County's three regional parks, arts center, and nature preserve. Many municipalities struggled to offer services but we created ways for all people, regardless of age and ability, to dicover and grow. Our offerings were spectacular. We implemented quality programs and maximized resources while maintaining CDC guidelines. Patrons flocked to our programs, attending new activities, reviving old habits, and exercising for physical and mental health at our numerous facilities. We proudly served more than 100,000 patrons during the most critical moments of the pandemic.