Planning & Development

We support the department through facility planning and design, proffer management, recreational trail development, and project management activities by:

  • Providing site-specific analysis and design for the improvement of PRCS facilities, including short and long-range planning, proffer management, trail development and construction, and project management.
  • Enhancing and maintaining parks, trails, and facilities with the Capital Asset Preservation Program (CAPP).
  • Deliver technical assistance and oversight for the Department by reviewing land development applications for recreational opportunities and other departmental facilities identified in the Capital Needs Assessment (CNA). 
  • Manage various projects related to parks, trails, and facilities, including donated enhancements and amenities.

The Project Management Lifecycle

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Projects in Design are in the feasibility or planning stage.
Projects in Construction are in the implementation or completion stage.

PRCS works closely with the Loudoun County Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure (DTCI) on various Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Facilities Projects. Additional project information is available on the DTCI Projects, Studies & Plans page.

Our design standards and construction specifications can be found in the Construction Design Standards Manual (PDF) - Revised 2014

  1. Countywide Linear Parks & Trails System
  2. Trail Projects
  3. Facility Projects
  4. Park Projects
  5. Capital Asset Preservation Program


The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (Board) on January 17, 2019 directed the Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Board to develop a detailed implementation plan for an interconnected, countywide linear parks and trails system (LPAT). The purpose of this interconnected system is to link and protect the various natural, recreational, and cultural resources in and around Loudoun County. These type of systems often follow linear landscape features such as streams, ridges, or abandoned roadways. Segments may be a scenic resource or an important wildlife habitat, owned and maintained by a private landowner with no public access. Other aspects include public trails for hiking, bicycling, or horseback riding and provide linkages to natural and community resources, as well as the paved bicycle and pedestrian transportation network. They enable citizens to travel without motorized vehicles to destinations such as schools, community centers and parks.

See more information about LPAT, including public workshops and online survey for county residents.