Fans of the America Ninja Warrior TV show – or those who have always wanted to try a physically challenging obstacle course – will soon have the opportunity to do so in a Prince William County park.
After a year of planning, design and construction, work is nearly complete on the new “Warrior Challenge Course” at Locust Shade Park, a Prince William facility located outside the Quantico Marine Corps base in Triangle. The park is next to the National Museum of the Marine Corps near the Joplin Road exit off Interstate 95.
The $500,000 outdoor fitness facility, which will open to the public next week, includes a Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course, a “warped wall,” a timed 30-yard-dash sprinting track, an outdoor gym and a children’s playground.
The Warrior Challenge Course is geared for use by Marines and their families, veterans and county residents of all skill levels and abilities. The course was funded in part by a $250,000 Department of Defense grant sought by the county about a year ago.
“The DOD has a grant program to help communities around bases as far as amenities for soldiers and their families. So, we applied for a grant to put in a Warrior Challenge Course at Locust Shade because it’s right next door to the Marine base,” said Brendon Hanafin, chief of planning and capital projects for Prince William County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.