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Carroll Knolls Local Park – Renovation

Division: Park Development

Project Description

Carroll Knolls Local Park is located at 10500 Georgia Avenue in Wheaton on the west side of Georgia Avenue (MD 97) between Wheaton’s Central Business District (CBD) and Forest Glen, just north of the intersection of Evans Drive and Douglas Avenue. Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park is located across MD 97 to the east.  The park is located within the Plyers Mill Estates Neighborhood, just north of the Carroll Knolls and McKenney Hills Neighborhoods, which is comprised primarily of single-family homes.

The goal of this project is to develop an approved Facility Plan for the long-term renovation of the park, including a detailed cost estimate and permits. The project will seek to identify opportunities to enhance the park as an amenity for the local community, providing a balance of natural resource-based recreation and active open space elements.  Potential facilities for this new park could include play equipment, a youth-sized rectangular sports field, sitting and picnic areas, community open space, wooded areas, natural surface trails, courts, and parking.  Ultimately, the implementation of proposed park improvements may occur through a phased approach, based on available funding.


The 3.85-acre Carroll Knolls Park, the former site of the Montgomery College of Art and Design (MCAD), was acquired by Montgomery Parks in 2012 through the Department’s Legacy Open Space Program. Following the demolition of the MCAD building, Parks Staff performed basic interim improvements to the site that are listed below.  The park was officially opened on April 26, 2014.

Existing park amenities include a 50-space parking lot, open lawn area, perimeter fence, plantings, and picnic tables. Half of the site is comprised of a forest with moderate invasive understory vegetation that limits visibility through the park.  The forested area also acts as a low point, receiving surface stormwater runoff from two adjacent roadway dead-ends.

Along the park’s perimeter, a narrow sidewalk parallels Georgia Avenue (MD 97) and connects to a sidewalk along Evans Drive. Vehicular access to the existing parking lot occurs from Evans Drive.

The Planning Board approved the recommended Facility Plan for Carroll Knolls Local Park on Thursday, May 14, 2020. Please visit the May 14th Montgomery Planning Board Agenda webpage for access to the final Facility Plan documents.

Status/Project Update

UPDATE:  The Detailed Design and Construction Documentation phase of the project began in May 2022. Montgomery Parks will be developing the preliminary design of the pump track and bike skills track as the first step of the detailed design phase.  Working with American Ramp Company, Montgomery Parks has distributed a pump track survey to gather information on the preferences and interests of current and aspiring riders in the community. This information will help Montgomery Parks to shape the design of the future pump track facility, which will be integrated with the overall design for Carroll Knolls Local Park.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

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

Discussion and Meeting Notes
December 5, 2017 Community Meeting #1 – Solicit community input.
– Review the meeting notes
– View the presentation
Capitol View-Homewood Local Park, Park Activity Building
2929 Edgewood Road
Kensington, MD 20895
Winter 2018 Develop park renovation concept alternatives based on existing conditions assessment and community input. Location To Be Determined
June 5, 2018 Community Meeting #2 – Presented and received feedback on proposed park renovation concept plans.

-View PowerPoint Presentation

-View Meeting Notes/Comments

-View results of red dot/green dot exercise

Capitol View-Homewood Local Park, Park Activity Building
2929 Edgewood Road
Kensington, MD 20895
Summer/Fall 2018 Develop a preferred concept plan based on community and staff feedback.
Spring/Summer 2019 Develop a recommended concept plan and coordinate/obtain preliminary permits with applicable agencies
June 4, 2019 Community Meeting #3– Presented and received feedback on the proposed recommended concept plan.

-View Recommended Concept Plan

-View Community Meeting #3                   PowerPoint Presentation

-View Community Meeting #3 Notes/Comments

Capitol View-Homewood Local Park, Park Activity Building
2929 Edgewood Road
Kensington, MD 20895
July-Aug 2019 -Recommended Concept Plan                                Open Town Hall Public Review

August 31, 2019 deadline

May 14, 2020 Planning Board Meeting

– Facility Plan approved.

– View the Staff Report.

M-NCPPC Montgomery Regional Office, Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
May 2022 Start of the Detailed Design, Construction Documentation, and Final Permitting phase

* Dates subject to change.  Please contact the Project Manager for the most recent updates

Contact Staff

Lucas Bonney, Landscape Architect, Project Manager


Last Updated: May 18, 2022