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Black Hill Regional Park- SEED Classroom

Division: Park Development

Aerial illustration of Black Hill SEED Classroom Facility Plan with realignment of Lake Ridge Drive in Black HIll Regional Park

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Project Description

This project is located in Black Hill Regional Park, 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds.  For years, the park’s old maintenance yard has sat unused, its buildings neglected. This project is an opportunity to give this centrally-located area a new life by building a SEED classroom and associated outdoor spaces.


SEED is the acronym for Sustainable Education Every Day. A SEED Classroom is an environmentally responsible structure that serves as a unique educational tool. Each SEED Classroom houses all the systems the classroom needs to be self-sustaining. Materials and systems are left exposed to teach students how the building works. The design allows the building to become a living laboratory for its students and encourages creative education through the building’s living and technical components. The SEED Classroom is net-zero water and net-zero energy and will allow students to track energy production and rainwater collection. Our new classroom will provide an example of how people can learn in a comfortable and beautiful space that is healthy for its inhabitants and the environment. The SEED Classroom will create space for a park-based nature preschool program. The nature programs will also be able to offer more school field trips and private and public events.

The SEED Classroom in Black Hill Regional Park was initiated by Parks staff in 2014. It expands the program space for the Black Hill Regional Park Nature Center which serves the need of the growing adjacent community.

The project will have two phases. The first phase includes the area within the existing fence. The SEED Classroom will be located on the existing asphalt pavement of the old maintenance yard. Associated outdoor space includes removal of unnecessary asphalt and increasing of green planted spaces, outdoor play area, gardens, and a small parking lot. The greenhouse outside of the fence will be relocated here too. The SEED Classroom area will be fenced in with a featured entrance and outdoor gathering space. The other part is to clear the old gravel parking area outside of the fence, relocate the greenhouse and shed, so the entire area outside of the fence can be reclaimed to be re-forested and planted.

Status/Project Update

  • This project is currently in the Facility Planning phase. Consultants were hired to develop the facility plan and budget. Parks will present the project to the Planning Board in the summer of 2019 to seek funding approval. If approved, the project will progress to the Detailed Design and Construction phases.
  • A community meeting was held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The public had the opportunity and was encouraged to review the plan and leave a comment on the plan by visiting the Open Town Hall webpage.
  • Parks staff went to the Planning Board- July 11, 2019, seeking approval for the Facility Plan and cost estimate. A copy of the Staff Report is available for review.
  • The SEED Classroom is an FY21 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and is slated to be completed by 2023. Currently, funding is only available for the building and not the grounds. The internal design is starting in the Fall of 2020. We expect to get the design/build team solicited by Summer 2021. The structure completion is expected by Winter 2022/2023


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

Spring 2019 Development Facility Plan and Cost Estimate
April 2, 2019
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Community Meeting – To solicit public input on the proposed Facility Plan.

Presentation (PDF 5MB

Meeting Minutes (PDF 198KB

Black Hill Regional Park
Visitor Center
20930 Lake Ridge Drive
Boyds, MD 20841
Black Hill Regional Park- Site Plan Rendering
July 11, 2019 Planning Board Meeting
– To request funding approval Staff Report
Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Fall 2020 – Internal design underway
TBD Construction to start

* Date and time subject to change. Please contact the project manager for updates on the project.

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Wen Huang, Project Manager
(301) 495-2466

Last Updated: January 7, 2021