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Black Hill Trail Renovation

Division: Park Development


Project Description

Black Hill Regional Park
This project upgrades an existing 2-3/8 mile hiker-biker trail along the eastern shore of Little Seneca Lake from Wisteria Drive north to Spinning Wheel Drive. The existing six-foot-wide trail does not meet park standards and is seriously deteriorated. The trail renovation and upgrade provides an eight-foot-wide trail that meets park construction standards and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in all locations.


Several plans, including the 2002 Black Hill Regional Park Master Plan and the 1998 Countywide Park Trails Plan, envisioned a hard surface trail network that links the residents of Germantown and Clarksburg to Black Hill Regional Park. Renovation of this existing trail is part of a larger network which will make the regional park accessible to thousands of residents and make the amenities accessible to those living in the vicinity of the park.

Developers built the existing trail as the adjacent residential communities developed, and conveyed the land and trail to the Commission in 1982. The trail was constructed using little or no base material and a substandard asphalt layer that is deteriorated. In addition, the trail was built before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines were developed. It is too narrow to safely accommodate the growing number of users and contains several areas of steep slopes, three of which are near access points to the trail. The proposed eight-foot width affords minimum space for bicyclists, wheelchairs, strollers, maintenance crews, and emergency vehicles.

A facility planning study was conducted and the plan for the trail was approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board on April 24, 2003. The project was approved and funded for detailed design and construction by the Montgomery County Council.

Status/Project Update

The project was bid in Spring 2011 and construction began on July 2011, with completion anticipated in July 2012. The stream restoration work began on June 2011 and was completed in late August 2011.

Click on the titles below to view various sections of the plans:

Calendar and Meeting Notes

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

April 24, 2003 Planning Board Meeting – Facility Plan approved Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
Summer 2009 Community Meeting to discuss upcoming construction impacts
Fall 2009 Design in progress to renovate trail and stream restoration
April 10, 2010 Churchill Village South HOA Board Meeting to discuss project implementation and community concerns
Click here to view the meeting summary
April 19, 2010 South Shore HOA Board Meeting to discuss project implementation and community concerns
Click here to view the meeting summary
April 26, 2010 Community Meeting to discuss project implementation and community concerns Up-County Center
12900 Middlebrook Road
Germantown, MD
May 22, 2010 Trail Walk and Informational Session to view and discuss trail issues and concerns
Click to view announcement and trail sign
Waters Landing Assoc., Inc.
20000 Father Hurley Blvd.
Germantown, MD
December 8, 2010 Community Briefing/Update to view design progress of trail renovation Waters Landing Assoc., Inc.
20000 Father Hurley Blvd.
Germantown, MD
Spring 2011 Advertise for construction bid
June 16, 2011 Stream restoration begins
July 2011 Start of construction
September 2011 Stream restoration completed
December 12, 2011 Safety Railings/Fencing Options Poll
Poll closed on January 26, 2012
Click here to view railing/fencing options
January 18, 2012 Community Briefing/Update to discuss concerns with the Safety Railing/Fencing Options Poll and locations
Click here to view presentation
Click here to view the meeting summary
January 26, 2012 Safety Railings/Fencing Options Poll closed
View poll results and the selected fence (Option #4)
March 10, 2012
Trail Fence Location Field Walk
Click here to view email announcement
Click here to view announcement flyer
Meet across from the intersection of:
Neerwinder Street & Waters Landing Drive (Northwest of Ambassador Drive crossing)
Late Summer 2012 Construction to be completed and the entire trail to open


M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Kurt Wiebusch, Construction Section Supervisor

Bob Kane, Construction Manager

Last Updated: July 29, 2019