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Glen Hills Local Park – Playground Renovation


Playground at Glen Hills Local Park

Project Description

This project will renovate the existing playground while providing accessibility and storm water management.  Glen Hills Local Park is located at 12511 Circle Drive, Potomac, MD.


The existing playground was installed in 1992 and is primarily constructed of wood.  It will be removed and a new playground will be installed in its place.  Local park playgrounds are typically 3,500 to 5,000 square feet in size and include playground equipment to meet the needs of children from ages 2-12, and seating for caregivers.  Typical types of equipment include swings, play structures, and smaller freestanding pieces.

Status/Project Update

Playground Design Concept

The proposed playground at Glen Hills Local Park will significantly expand the current play equipment offerings within the park. The new playground will include a set of swings (accommodating toddlers, older children, and children with physical disabilities), a new play structure for children 2 to 5 years old, a new play structure for children 5 to 12 years old, a freestanding net climber, and a freestanding spring rider.

The 5 to 12 structure is the focal point of the playground design with a variety of climbers, ladders, and slides. Users can choose from several possible routes to the top – with varying levels of difficulty – taking on a new challenge with each climb. The slides offer a safe and fun return to ground level. This larger play structure also includes a horizontal climber, rock-climbing wall, net climber, and spinner. Whimsical roof ‘sails’ on the top of each platform provide shade to the play surfaces below.

Elements from the larger structure are replicated on a smaller scale for younger park users (ages 2 to 5). Nearly every surface on this structure is designed for play, allowing several children to climb at once and creating endless opportunities for exploring. The structure includes two platforms (36” and 48” tall), three slides, and four climbers. Other play features integrate imaginative and interactive play including two hand drums, an interactive puzzle, and a crow’s nest with steering wheel. A solid roof above each platform provides shade to the play areas below.

Playground Layout Plan

Playground Renderings

If you have any questions or comments please contact Evan Dintaman (see contact information below). Montgomery Parks plans to move forward with construction documents later this spring.

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.

February 24, 2022, 7pm Virtual Community Meeting Meeting Presentation (PDF)

Meeting Recording (Video)

Recently Installed Playgrounds to Visit (PDF)

Open Town Hall Survey

Winter 2022 Develop design concepts  based on existing conditions assessment and community input. (Completed)
Spring 2022 Post concept for community review. (Completed) Playground Layout Plan

Playground Renderings

Summer 2022 Finalize design and construction documents (Completed)
Winter 2022-2023 Construction scheduled to begin Winter 22/23. (Current phase) Construction is underway! The playground will be closed during construction. We anticipate the new playground to reopen in April 2023!

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

M-NCPPC Staff Contacts

Evan Dintaman, Project Manager

Last Updated: March 6, 2023