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This project develops a facility plan for a new Day Use Area, located at 23701 Frederick Road (MD 355) in Clarksburg. The scope of the project includes developing a natural resources inventory, landscape architecture, architecture, engineering, environmental site design and cost estimating to provide up to 30% completed construction documents. The intent is to complete the facility plan before summer of 2011 in order to include the project in the parks FY 13-18 Capital Improvements Program and obtain funding for final design and construction.
The 2007 Little Bennett Regional Park Master Plan recommended developing a Day Use Area, approximately 65 acres on the western edge of the park to welcome people and provide them with an overview of the natural and cultural interpretive opportunities of the park. The site consists primarily of rolling hills, open meadow areas, stream valleys and edge ecosystems that provide valuable non-forested habitats. The culturally rich and ecologically diverse landscape provides a unique setting for the project. The program of requirements recommended for the Day Use Area are nature-based and include a Visitor Welcome and Nature Center, group picnic areas, nature-based adventure playground, group campfire ring, amphitheater, interpretive landscape gardens, and trails. However, the scope of the Visitor Center has been put on hold and is not included in the Facility Plan scope of work, due to lack of current resources to expand programming of nature and visitors centers within the park system.
The facility plan was approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board on October 6, 2011. The Montgomery County Capital Budget has approved the first phase of design to begin in FY19. Construction anticipates starting in FY21. The facility plan received the 2012 Traveling Award from the Potomac and Maryland Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
As recommended by the 2007 Little Bennett Regional Park Master Plan, an interim project to provide the northern park entrance along MD Route 355 was implemented with State grants and matching Park funding from the FY12-14 CIP program while the overall Day Use Area is underway. The 4-acre pilot project was complete in 2014 and received the 2016 President’s Award from the Potomac Chapter ASLA as well as the 2017 M-NCPPC Planning Department’s Design Excellence Award.
Opportunities for public participation are shown below. Links to review meeting notes and Planning Board memos will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed.
DISCUSSION AND MEETING NOTES
|Fall – Winter 2009||Facility Planning begins. Pre-design (project preparation, survey, data collection, site reconnaissance, design research)|
|Spring 2010||Develop a program of requirements|
|Spring – Summer 2010||Schematic Design, develop design approach and concept|
|September 29, 2010
7:00pm – 9:00pm
|Community Meeting to obtain input from the community|
|May 23, 2011||The project presented to the Clarksburg Civic Association for comments|
|June 15, 2011||The project presented to the Up-County Recreation Advisory Board for comments|
|Spring/Summer 2011||Finalize design, refine preferred plan, obtain preliminary permits, develop cost estimate|
|October 6, 2011||Planning Board Meeting for approval of facility plan (open for public testimony)
– Facility Plan Report
– Staff Memo
|Montgomery Regional Office Building
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
|September 2013||Interim Phase construction began|
|Fall 2014||Interim Phase completed|
|Spring 2019||Phase I – Design begins|
|2021||Phase I – Construction begins|
Ching-Fang Chen, Project Manager/Landscape Architect