A climbing tower is coming to Arlington’s Upton Hill Regional Park

Plus, more updates from the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, which is upgrading several local facilities with new amenities.

The W&OD trail (Photo by christinphotography.com)

There is always something to do throughout Northern Virginia’s parks, and new upgrades are coming to several local Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority facilities.

At Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, a new greenhouse or orangery will be built, thanks to a donation from The Volgenau Foundation, totaling $850,000. The greenhouse is set to be complete by mid-November.

In Arlington, at Upton Hill Regional Park, a new climbing tower with a ropes course will be built, slated to open in 2020. The course will be near the park’s batting cage, and will offer a variety of climbing levels.

Lastly, Falls Church will see the construction of NOVA Parks’ first “dual trails” on the Washington & Old Dominion Regional Trail. It will offer separated areas for pedestrians and bicyclists, and will cost $3.7 million. In the near future, NOVA Parks plans to add separated sections in all parts of the 40-plus-mile trail that are located in urban areas.

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