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Little Bennett Regional Park - Day Use Area

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Design Approach

Project Description

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.

Background

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 camp fire ring, amphitheatre, 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.

Status/Project Update

The facility plan was approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board on October 6, 2011.  This project is proposed in the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) for design in Fiscal Years 2017-18 and construction starting beyond Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.

As recommended by the 2007 Little Bennett Regional Park Master Plan, an interim project to provide a public park entrance along MD Route 355 is planned and currently funded with State grants and matching funding from the FY 2012-13 CIP.  It is considered Phase 1 and includes a vehicular entrance, signage, access drive, parking area, terrace and picnic area.  The intent of the project is to design and obtain permits for the entire Phase 1 study area, and construct an interim entrance within the initial budget.  This will work toward permanent improvement of the Day Use Area and provide a safe and functional visitor access to the site from MD Route 355.  Construction was started in September, 2013 and anticipates completion by spring of 2014.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

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.

DATE/TIME
DISCUSSION AND MEETING NOTES
LOCATION
Fall - Winter 2009 Facility Planning begins. Pre-design (project preparation, survey, data collection, site reconnaissance, design research)  
Spring 2010 Develop program of requirements
Procurement of multi-disciplinary consultant
 
Spring - Summer 2010 Schematic Design, develop design approach and concept  
Sept. 29, 2010
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Community Meeting to obtain input from the community Cedarbrook Community Church
23700 Stringtown Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871
May 23, 2011 Project presented to the Clarksburg Civic Association for comments  
June 15, 2011 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
* Appendices

Montgomery Regional Office Building
Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

September 2013 Construction began  
Spring 2014 Projected completion  

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Ching-Fang Chen, Project Manager/Landscape Architect
Ching-Fang.Chen@MontgomeryParks.org
301-495-2557

Date of last update: October 11, 2013