Gwen Thompson Briar Patch Park Project
2021 NACo Achievement Award Winner
Loudoun County, Va., VA
Best In Category
About the Program
Category: Parks and Recreation (Best in Category)
Gwen Thompson Briar Patch Park is a five-acre neighborhood park in eastern Loudoun County, Virginia. The objectives of the redevelopment project involved the playground redesign with shade structures and installation of new rubber flooring, trail access and replacements, upgraded tennis court with pickleball included, bridge replacements, retaining walls and most recently, the installation of the first outdoor fitness court.The outdoor fitness court project, completed in 2020, is a unique park feature for Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS). The project was accomplished in partnership with the National Fitness Campaign, and the fitness court represents the first of its kind for the department. It provides outdoor exercise for all ages and abilities and is designed to engage the entire body with seven zones that accommodate beginners and experts.