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Edith Throckmorton Neighborhood Park Renovation

Division: Park Development

aerial photography, Edith Throckmorton Neighborhood Park on Hampden Street in Kensington, MD

Playground at Edith Throckmorton Neighborhood Park

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Project Description

This project will renovate Edith Throckmorton Neighborhood Park, located at 3925 Hampden Street in Kensington, Maryland. The intent of the project is to renew the playground and picnic area for multi-purpose recreation and leisure uses while providing accessibility and stormwater management.

BackgroundNature, Nature reserve, Natural environment, Woodland, Natural landscape, Property, Trail, Tree, State park, Biome

The 1/5-acre park is located within a residential neighborhood where Vaughn Street terminates at Hampden Street.  Situated between two single-family dwellings, the existing facilities includes a playground, picnic, and a sitting area. The northern portion of the park is in the stream buffer and opens onto the Rock Creek Stream Valley.

Status/Project Update

  • The Park Facility Plan was approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board for review on Thursday, February 7th, 2019. The detailed design is underway.  Construction is anticipated to begin in Spring 2021.
  • M-NCPPC worked with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation on stabilizing a drainage swale behind the park to mitigate stormwater for the future park and the surrounding neighborhood.  The stabilization work is complete.
  • Park renovation was complete.  The scope includes demolition, tree preservation, erosion and sediment control, grading, drainage, utility connections and hardscape construction for accessible park entrances, walking paths, terraces, retaining walls, stairs, boardwalk, multi-age playgrounds, a nature play area, site furnishings, lighting and related site work.
  •  A grand re-opening is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 11:00 am to 1:00pm.
Site plan showing the proposed improvements including community open space, terraces and walls, multi-age playground, boardwalk and nature play areas.

Site Plan

Calendar and Meeting Notes

Links to review meeting notes and presentations will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed.

Dates / Times



Winter 2016 Project begins
Spring 2017 Survey and preliminary assessment of site conditions was developed
April 24, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Community Meeting #1 First Baptist Church KenGar
3922 Hampden Street
Kensington, MD 20895
Summer 2017 Develop park renovation concept alternatives based on existing conditions assessment and community input
June 27, 2017 Community Meeting #2
Present and receive feedback on proposed park renovation concepts
View the community meeting report
First Baptist Church Ken-Gar
3922 Hampden Street
Kensington, MD 20895
Fall 2017 Develop a preferred park renovation concept based on community input
September 16, 2017 Ken-Gar 125th Anniversary Celebration
– View the notes
Winter 2017 Develop detailed design and obtain permits
June 12, 2018  Community Meeting #3
Review the design development and preferred plan for the park
View the community meeting report
View the alternative plans:
Alternative A
Alternative B
Alternative C
First Baptist Church Ken Gar
3922 Hampden Street
Kensington, MD 20895
February 7, 2019 Planning Board Meeting The Facility Plan was approved
View the Staff Report
View attachments For ADA translation assistance contact the Project Manager:
(301) 495-2572
Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
2019 Detail design starting
April 2021 Construction began

Dates and times subject to change.  Please contact the project manager for updates.

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Ching-Fang Chen, Project Manager
(301) 495-2557

Last Updated: August 4, 2022