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 current park includes a small recreation building that was built in 1944 as a prototype for future park recreation buildings. The building is not connected to the public sewer system. In 2008, the Montgomery County Department of Health, Well and Septic Division, placed limits on the use of the recreation building to no more than 3 times a week with a 50 person maximum group capacity. The permit is valid until 2013, following which the M-NCPPC plans to demolish the building. 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.

The park was developed with active recreational facilities and a small parking lot in the early 1950’s. 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.

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 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 detail design of the park improvements for the reduced scope project began in June of 2017, and is anticipated to be complete in March of 2019. The construction documents and regulatory approvals are expected to be completed in late 2019 with construction beginning in the summer of 2020. The park is currently scheduled to reopen during the summer of 2022.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

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
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
June 2017 Begin design of detailed park improvement plan
May 2018 Budget reduced to $850,000 to meet spending affordability guidelines
March 2019 Detailed park improvement design complete
Late 2019 Construction documents and regulatory approvals complete
Summer 2022 Park scheduled to reopen

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

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

Last Updated: February 4, 2019