Kaiser Permanente and Prince William County have broken ground on the first dedicated wellness park in Prince William County, Va. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the groundbreaking ceremony was not open to the public.
The new green space, located at 13030 Harbor Drive in the Town of Occoquan, involved an 18-month collaborative public design process funded by Kaiser Permanente. The park, which will open in 2021, will feature a one-mile trail that connects it with the Kaiser Permanente medical hub being built in Caton Hill.
“Having a safe place to exercise outdoors is central to total health, one of Kaiser Permanente’s fundamental priorities,” said Celeste James, executive director for Community Health at Kaiser Permanente. “We hope that this new community space enables the residents of Prince William County to get up and moving.”
The park, to be known as Wellness Park at Harbor Drive in Healthy Partnership with Kaiser Permanente, will consist of a community garden and a one-mile paved trail for walking, jogging, and biking; it will also feature a variety of exercise equipment. The project represents a successful public-private partnership totaling $200,000 of direct private investment by Kaiser Permanente. The wellness park will provide space for the community to spend time outdoors, exercise or play in a safe and green environment within the community.
“With a walking trail, plenty of open space, and outdoor fitness equipment, this new park will provide great fitness and recreational opportunities to residents of the Occoquan District,” said Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye. “We appreciate Kaiser Permanente’s support in bringing this new park to fruition, and to the members of County staff who have been working tirelessly on this project through these challenging times.”
The wellness park is projected to be completed and available to the community in Summer 2021.
“Parks provide a place for residents to connect with nature and make cherished memories with family and friends,” said Seth Hendler-Voss, director of Parks & Recreation, Prince William County. “This park will be a welcome addition to a robust portfolio of outdoor spaces accessible to residents.”
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