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Olney Family Neighborhood Park – Playground Renovation

Landscape drawing Olney Family Neighborhood Park is presented. proposed playground area will be 5,622 square feet, new features unity web climbing structure. 5 – 12-year-old play structure that is located to the lower right of the unity web. two benches, swings. 2–5-year-old play structure will be in 5-12 play structure, , and a truck spring rider in the. a proposed ADA accessible route to reach the playground and a renovated existing trail. The existing playground to be removed
Concept design drawings for Willow Grove Road (playground #1)

Project Description

Two playgrounds are being renovated at Olney Family Neighborhood Park. The playground located near Treadway Road (playground #3) was recently constructed, while the main playground on Willow Grove Road (playground #1) is in final design with construction scheduled to begin in 2024.

In addition to the playground renovation at Willow Grove Road, other minor improvements in the area will include:

  • Resurfacing of the existing basketball court
  • Improvements to the existing drive and parking lot at Willow Grove Road
  • Stormwater management upgrades
  • ADA accessibility improvements

Background 

Olney Family Neighborhood Park is a long and narrow park that runs through several neighborhoods and has multiple playground areas. The park’s playgrounds were last renovated in 1988, since then, one of the smaller areas with just swings was removed due to the location and no easy route for maintenance. Another playground that had outlived its play value and was not being used was removed in 2018. Since both current playgrounds were installed prior to the final rules for the Americans with Disabilities Act going into effect, they are currently not accessible. The renovations would not only provide the necessary accessibility for the playgrounds to comply with the law, but they would also provide more amenities for people of all physical abilities.

Mike Riley, the Director of Parks, and staff in the Park Development Division met with State Senator Craig Zucker and representatives from the Olney Mill Homeowners Association in December 2019. Three concepts were presented along with the possible scheduling of each concept. The Board and Senator Zucker agreed on two of the options for the locations on Treadway Road and Willow Grove Road.

Status/Project Update

The state bond bill for the playground on Treadway Road (playground #3) was approved in March 2020, with its construction completed fall 2022.

Another state bond bill was approved in 2022 for the playground at Willow Grove Road (playground #1). Construction is scheduled to begin fall 2024.

Playground #1: Willow Grove Road Calendar and Meeting Notes

DateDiscussion/Meeting Notes
Fall 2022Refine prior design concepts based on existing conditions assessment.
Winter 2023Post recommended concept for community notification.
Summer 2023Summer 2024Finalize design and obtain permits.
Fall 2024Construction to begin.

Playground #3: Treadway Road Calendar and Meeting Notes

DateDiscussion/Meeting Notes
Fall 2021Refine prior design concepts based on existing conditions assessment.
Fall 2021Post recommended concept for community notification.
Summer 2022Playground design and community feedback.
Fall 2022Construction completed.

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

Last Updated: May 28, 2024