Kemp Mill Urban Park – Facility Plan

Division: Park Development
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Project Description

This project develops a facility plan to renovate an existing 2.7 acre park, located on Arcola Avenue at Lamberton Drive in Wheaton.  The scope of the facility planning includes preparing a site analysis, 30% design, determination of regulatory feasibility, and a cost estimate for the project.  Upon completion of facility planning, the project will be proposed in the parks Capital Improvements Program to obtain funding for final design and construction.


Kemp Mill Urban Park was originally developed during the 1960’s and received awards and acknowledgements for innovative design.  Its key feature is a man-made pond which covers about one-fourth of the park. The existing park also includes a playground, half basketball court, gazebo, pedestrian bridge and trails around the pond.  The park receives heavy use from nearby residents, patrons of the adjacent shopping center, and parents with children using the playground.  The original infrastructure of the park has seriously deteriorated over the years and accessibility is not in compliance with current ADA accessibility guidelines.

Status/Project Update

Three public meeting were held. A preferred alternative was developed based on public comments. The facility plan was approved the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday, September 15, 2011. The project is proposed in the Parks Capital Improvements Program for final design in FY 2013-2014 with construction in FY 2015-2017.

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.

Spring 2009 Site analysis work conducted
May 20, 2009 1st Community Meeting
Discuss possible park renovations.
Suggestions taken from this meeting to develop Facility Plan
Kemp Mill Elementary School
411 Sisson Street
Wheaton, MD
Oct. 7, 2009 2nd Community Meeting
Review design alternatives with the community, obtain input and comments.
Concept designs based on input from first community meeting:
Concept I
Concept II
Concept III
Kemp Mill Elementary School
411 Sisson Street
Wheaton, MD
January 12, 2011
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
3rd Community Meeting
Presented preferred plan in response to input from second community meeting.
Presentation given by consultant
Kemp Mill Elementary School
411 Sisson Street
Wheaton, MD
Spring 2011 Refine preferred design alternative. Obtain preliminary permit approvals and develop cost estimate
September 15, 2011 Planning Board Meeting for approval of Facility Plan
Facility Plan Staff Report
Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

CJ Lilly, Project Manager

Last Updated: December 13, 2017