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Hillwood Manor Playground Renovation

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Project Description

This project will renovate the existing playground and picnic area at Hillwood Manor Neighborhood Park for multi-purpose recreation and leisure uses while providing accessibility and stormwater management improvements.  The park is located at 1301 Elson Street in Takoma Park.  The existing playground equipment has aged beyond the point where replacement parts can be ordered.

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The existing playground 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.

After the playground renovation project had begun, staff had the opportunity to initiate a joint project with the City of Takoma Park to address stormwater runoff from 13th Street in the vicinity of the playground.  A structural micro-bioretention area, approximately 13 feet wide by 120 feet long, is proposed along the length of the lowest area of the road.  This facility is intended to treat off-site runoff before it reaches the stream.  The new playground will be constructed behind this facility and separated from it with a fence.  The plan also includes stormwater management underneath the playground surfacing to treat the playground and new impervious surfaces associated with the playground.  One existing storm drain outfall pipe that runs underneath the playground from the road to the stream will also be replaced, due to its poor condition.

M-NCPPC acquired this playground on July 1, 1997, when the surrounding area, along with Hillwood Manor Neighborhood Park, was transferred to Montgomery County from Prince George’s County.  The playground sits within the two-acre park along Sligo Creek with direct access to the Sligo Creek Trail and other park amenities.  This project is a part of the Playground Renovation Program.  Renovations will provide new playground equipment and site upgrades, enhance accessibility, and improve stormwater management at the site.

Status/Project Update

  • Parks held a virtual community on June 23, 2020, to present to the public the initial plans to renovate the playground. Residents were encouraged to review the plan and submit their comments in the Parks Open Town Hall.
  • Staff developed playground design concepts based on feedback from community members. The playground design concepts, along with the proposed stormwater management improvements are available for review on the Open Town Hall Forum.  The community was encouraged to review the plan and submit their comments by May 31, 2021.
  • Option #2 was determined to be the option that best met the desires expressed in the Open Town Hall comments. It provides more activities and a greater variety of activities for all ages than Option #1.  There was strong interest expressed in the Super Nova from Option #1, which was added to the final layout.  View the final layout and the playground renderings.

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 Events Locations
Spring 2020 Project Kickoff
Site Survey
June 23, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Virtual Community Meeting

Fall 2020 Develop playground design concepts
Spring 2021 Playground concepts and stormwater management design are posted. Open Town Hall survey closed May 31, 2021
Summer/Fall 2021 Finalize playground design and construction

documents based on community input

Spring 2022
Construction of stormwater management facilities on 13th Street and replacement of stormwater outfall pipe
Spring 2022
Playground Construction begins
Winter 2022
Construction complete
Saturday, March 25, 2023 
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Park opening celebration
Rain date: April 1, 2023 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Hillwood Manor Neighborhood Park
1301 Elson Street
Takoma Park, MD 20912

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

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Evan Dintaman, Project Manager

Brian Lewandowski, Project Manager for Stormwater Management Improvements
(301) 495-2516

Last Updated: March 23, 2023