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Park Development


To acquire parkland and to design, construct, and develop parks or complete major renovations of parks through the planning, preparation, and implementation of the Capital Improvements Program (CIP).


Park Development Division : 301-495-2535

Project Overview

Recent project awards include:

  • The renovation of Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park achieved three-star certification in 2015 as a pilot project for the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), a national rating system and guidelines for sustainable landscapes, with or without buildings. The project is one of 46 in the nation to achieve certification and one of only ten projects to achieve a three-star rating or higher. Click here for additional information.
  • The Meadowbrook Parking Lot Naturalization Project received the 2014 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA) award for “Planning & Design with Environmental Protection in Mind”. The project removed over a quarter acre of asphalt in the floodplain of Rock Creek and replaced it with a thriving wetland with extensive habitat for native species. The project also captures storm water runoff from the adjacent parking lot. Click here to view the award submission.
  • The Facility Plan for Woodside Urban Park received an Honor Award in 2014 from the Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects in the Analysis & Planning category. The project renovates an existing urban park and incorporates innovative and sustainable features. Click here to view the award submission.
  • Clare Runkles, Park Development Division Senior Design Technician, won the Tree Hugger Award and the PARC Branch Chairman Award in 2013 for her many years of service to the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association.
  • Stephen Reid, Park Development Division Engineer and Project Manager, received the James B. Coulter Award, named after Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) second Secretary, which acknowledges environmental contributions by a government employee. He was honored for his work on the Maydale Conservation Park Stream Restoration Project in Colesville, and his involvement in the dredging of Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park and restoring streams in Northwest Golf Course in Silver Spring. More information can be found here.
  • The Facility Plan for the Little Bennett Regional Park Day Use Area received the prestigious Traveling Award from the Potomac and Maryland Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Traveling Award is the top honor reserved for a project that uniquely reflects and solves the most current issues in landscape architecture through innovative design excellence. Click here to view the award submission.
  • The Maydale Conservation Park stream restoration project received the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association(MRPA) award for “Planning and design with Environmental Protection in Mind” at their April 2012 annual conference. The project features improvements to pedestrian bridges and a fish ladder to protect and restore 1,600 feet of stream.

Recently completed facility plans:

  • Kemp Mill Urban Park – Facility Plan
  • Little Bennett Regional Park – Day Use Area
  • Seneca Crossing Local Park – Facility Plan
  • Woodside Urban Park – Facility Plan

Recently completed projects:

  • Black Hill Trail Extension
  • Tai Chi Court at Cabin John Regional Park
  • Adventure Playground at Wheaton Regional Park
  • Xeriscape Demonstration Garden at Woodside Urban Park
  • Dowden’s Ordinary Special Park
  • Rock Creek Trail Pedestrian Bridge
  • Synthetic Turf Field at Fairland Regional Park
  • Takoma-Piney Branch Local Park
Last Updated: July 18, 2022