Prince William County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Honored with Two Awards

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Prince William County Parks, Recreation & Tourism is proud to announce that at the Virginia Recreation and Park Society’s recent Annual Conference, they received two awards. One for the Locust Shade Warrior Challenge Course—Best New Renovation/Addition (Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways or Trails): Above 200,000 category; and one for the Brentsville Jail Museum—Best New Renovation/Addition (Bricks & Mortar): Above 200,000 category.



“We’re thrilled to be recognized for our work on the Brentsville Jail Museum,” says Paige Gibbons-Backus, historic site manager, Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre & Lucasville School. “This renovation is the culmination of years of work restoring the Brentsville Jail into an interactive museum.”

The Brentsville Jail Museum is an innovative exhibit housed in the 1822 Brentsville Jail at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. The inclusive exhibit features archival materials, historical objects, artwork, and interactive technology in eight rooms to convey not only the complex history of the jail, but the various groups of people who have called the area home. Moreover, visitors learn that the social and legal system of the 19th century represents an important piece of American history leaving a legacy that still impacts modern society. 

The popular Warrior Challenge Course at Locust Shade Park is no doubt deserving of an award as well.

“We’re proud to have created the Warrior Challenge Course as it brings a unique experience to the local community that also positively impacts the quality of life for those living both on and off the base,” says Amir Wenrich, assistant director, Marketing & Communications, Prince William County Parks, Recreation & Tourism.



Located near Marine Corps Base Quantico, Locust Shade Park became the ideal location for a partnership project providing major improvements to local recreational areas. And so, the Warrior Challenge Course was born. Created in partnership between the Department of Defense (DOD) and Prince William County, visitors of all ages can expect to test their strength and endurance all while having a blast traversing the many obstacles along the way. More than 20,000-square-feet await athletes of all levels with a mini version of the course nearby for children two years old and up. The obstacle course is geared for use by Marines and their families, veterans and county residents of all skill levels and abilities. 

Over 400 delegates, exhibitors, speakers and volunteers from around the state gathered at the 68th Annual Conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society held in Virginia Beach. The conference is a learning exchange and provides an opportunity for recreation and park professionals to discuss areas of common interest. 

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