Hillandale Local Park- Construction Project

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Project Description

The goal of this project is to develop the Facility Plan for the renovation of Hillandale Local Park based on a thorough analysis of the site’s attributes, constraints, character, the recreational needs of the service area, desires of the Community, and maintenance objectives.

Background

Hillandale Local Park is an existing 24.5-acre park located at 10615 New Hampshire Avenue, in Hillandale, Maryland, just outside and north of the I-495 Capital Beltway. The land was acquired by the Commission in 1943. The park was developed with active recreational facilities and a small parking lot in the early 1950s. These facilities which remain largely intact today include two Softball fields (with a soccer field overlay), two lighted Tennis Courts, two lighted Basketball Courts, and a playground. In addition, a two-story circa 1975 brick office building exists in the northwest corner of the park, adjacent to the fire station. The building was acquired by the Commission in 2007 and is approximately 5,500 square feet in size.

Vehicular access to the park is provided via two separate entrances from New Hampshire Avenue. The southern entrance provides access to a small parking lot consisting of approximately 28 spaces. Sight distance is poor at this point. The second access point provides access to the Hillandale staff office building parking lot, tennis courts, and playground.

Pedestrian access to the park is provided via existing public sidewalks along New Hampshire Avenue. There is currently no access to the park, through the stream valley, from the residential neighborhoods east of the park.

The park contains 13.2 acres of environmentally sensitive land, including a stream buffer, located along the eastern side of the park. Approximately 1.4 acres of this land is currently improved with park facilities. The remainder is predominantly forested and constrained by the stream valley, steep slopes, floodplains, or erodible soils. A perennial tributary to the Paint Branch lies directly downhill from the forested area, mostly within an undeveloped road right-of-way.

Status/Project Update

The park Facility Plan was approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board on July 9, 2015. The scope of the project and its budget was reduced by  $850,000.00 in May of 2018 to meet spending affordability guidelines. Funding for final design and construction of this project is in the Department of Parks approved Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for Fiscal Year 2017 to 2022.

The detailed design of the park improvements, construction documents, and regulatory approvals are anticipated to be completed at the end of 2020, with construction anticipated to begin in the spring of 2021. The park is currently scheduled to reopen during the spring/summer of 2023.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

Links to review meeting notes and Planning Board memos are attached to each applicable calendar event.

DATE/TIME DISCUSSION AND MEETING NOTES LOCATION
July 24, 2013

7:30pm – 8:30pm

Community Meeting #1 – To discuss possible improvements to the park
March 19, 2014
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Community Meeting #2 – Present concept plans to the community for review and discussion
– View the presentation (6.0mb)
– Meeting minutes
White Oak Community Recreation Center
Social Hall
1700 April Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20904
July 9, 2015 Planning Board Meeting – The Planning Board approved the Facility Plan including the proposed budget for design and construction M-NCPPC, Montgomery Regional Office Building
Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
May 2018 Budget reduced to $850,000 to meet spending affordability guidelines
Late 2020 Detailed park improvement design, construction documents and regulatory approvals complete
Summer 2023 Park scheduled to reopen

* Dates subject to change.  Please contact the project manager for most recent updates


M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Linda Komes, Park Project Manager
Linda.Komes@MontgomeryParks.org
301-650-2860

Last Updated: August 18, 2020