Catharpin Regional Park Gaines a New Children’s Playground

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(PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA. JUNE 28, 2021)  On Saturday morning, despite the drizzling rain and mist, Prince William County Parks, Recreation & Tourism joined Gainesville District Supervisor Pete Candland, Matt Lacy, Virginia Soccer Association Executive Director, Brodie Freer, Chairman of the Parks & Recreation Commission, and Jeffrey Bergman, Parks & Recreation member- Gainesville District, in a Ribbon Cutting ceremony to officially open the new children’s playground at Catharpin Regional Park, located at 12500 Kyle Wilson Way, Catharpin, VA, 20143.

The ribbon cutting marked the completion of one more aspect in Phase II of the park development project. The Phase II plan calls for the construction of six rectangular fields,  ADA parking facility and an asphalt trail. 

Supervisor Candland thanked Mrs. Robin Candland for the idea of installing the playground, adding, “ this is the only regional park we have in Gainesville, and it just made so much sense that we have a playground for the kids to come to and enjoy.”

The new playground encompasses 7,200 square feet, with 4 shaded seating areas, including a picnic table.  A product of Game Time, the playground has swings, climbing bars, two large slides, a bridge, musical instruments, ShadowPlay pieces and a spinning wave seat.

Supervisor Candland continued, “ We have a wonderful partnership with our Parks, Recreation and Tourism department.  Whenever I ask Seth (Seth Hendler-Voss, Director of Parks, Recreation & Tourism)  if something is possible, he says “yes” and somehow he makes it all happen.”

Amarjit Riat, Park Engineer and Project Manager, mentioned that the sprigged Bermuda grass has been planted, the erosion controls and storm water management systems have been installed, and the asphalt trail is done. Mr. Riat continued, “All we have to do is wait for the grass to grow and the fields will be ready.”   

Director Hendler-Voss smiled, then added,” There will be another Ribbon Cutting in August.”

     Catharpin Regional Park, opened in 2013, with two 300 ft. grass infield softball fields and three 225 ft. grass infield Little League fields.

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