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South Gunner’s Branch Local Park

Division: Park Development

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Project Description

This project renovates and replaces the existing playground in South Gunner’s Branch Local Park, located at 12919 Prairie Knoll Court, Germantown, MD.


This project will occur in two phases: improvements to the playground will happen first, followed by accessibility improvements to bring the park in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The first phase will remove the 4,000 square foot playground and replace it with a completely new playground. The concept of the new playground is to utilize net structures to maximize visibility to and through the playground without diminishing play value. The new playground will include equipment to meet the needs of children from ages 2 to 12 and will incorporate universally accessible equipment to include children of all abilities. A small rain garden will also be constructed to treat runoff from the playground.

The second phase will reinforce the retaining walls that separate the playground from the parking lot. The path that wraps around the retaining wall will be reconstructed and handrails will be added to provide an ADA-compliant ramp to the playground. The accessible parking spaces will be shifted to the opposite side of the parking lot and a new connection will be built to connect to the parking spaces to the ramp.

Status/Project Update

Construction is anticipated to be complete in May, 2018.  Please contact construction manager Jay Childs at 301-495-2574 or with any questions.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

Links to review meeting notes and presentation materials will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed.

Spring 2016 Concept design and public comments
Summer/Fall 2016 Develop construction documents
Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Under construction
Spring 2018 Anticipated completion of construction


M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Aaron Feldman, Landscape Architect

Last Updated: June 22, 2022