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South Germantown Adventure Playground Renovation

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Project Description

This project renovates the South Germantown Adventure Playground located at 17920 Germantown Park Dr. Germantown, MD 20874. The proposed program seeks to provide multi-purpose high performance play activities and nature play for children of all ages and ability levels, opportunities for intergenerational play and prospects for learning and social interaction. The project intends to adopt the current framework which provides loop access to individual play areas to maximize efficiency and adaptability. Besides play components, the project elements will include accessible walkways, multi-purpose terraces, open space, picnic area, game/workout area, site furnishings, tree shade, signage, related stormwater management, and landscape improvements.


The Adventure Playground is part of South Germantown Recreational Park in Boyds, Maryland. The 695-acre park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities serving the residents in northern Montgomery County. The 7-acre playground on the west side of Germantown Park Drive is one of the many attractions in the park. It has been a popular destination for families, school groups and camp programs for the surrounding residents and throughout the DC metropolitan area. The playground was completed in 2003 and consists of five themed play areas. It was the County’s largest and most unique playground with areas intended to challenge youngster’s minds as much as provide fun activities. Although it has served the community well over the years, the playground is deteriorating, outdated, and facilities need an overall renovation. Existing facilities include themed play structures, climbing wall, concrete sculpture, swings, slides, musical play, maze, picnic areas, paved play spaces, walkways, and mature trees. There is a parking lot and restroom nearby to support the playground uses. This project is in an environmentally sensitive watershed.

Status/Project Update

The project started in the summer of 2022. Montgomery Parks will host an on-site community outreach event to gather public input for the renovation. Links to review meeting notes and presentations will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

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

Project TimelineProject EventsProject Resources
Summer 2022Project Kickoff Site SurveyN/A
May 6, 2023Community Meeting #1
Solicit public input.
17920 Germantown Park Drive
Germantown, MD 20874
May 1 – June 30, 2023Parks Open Town Hall ForumOpen Town Hall Forum
Summer 2023-Spring 2024Finalize concept, Construction Documentation, Final Permitting Phase
Concept Plan (accessible pdf)
Summer 2024Construction BeginsN/A
Last Updated: June 3, 2024