The Olney Manor Skate Park adds a new and dynamic dimension to the Olney Manor Recreational Park, which was built in the late 1970s. In addition to the new skate park, Olney Manor Recreational Park features softball and baseball fields, an indoor swim center, playgrounds, and basketball, handball, volleyball, racquetball and tennis courts. The Department of Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), spearheaded the development of the new 14,000-square-foot skate park in response to community-driven support. A student from Sherwood High School approached M-NCPPC about building a park for the county’s young people, specifically skateboard riders. Subsequent fundraising and lobbying by the Friends of the Olney Skate Park (FOOS) turned this student’s advocacy into reality. FOOS was able to secure private donations from the Carl Freeman Foundation, Carl Freeman Retail, Giant Food, Winchester Homes, Sandy Spring Bank, and Ruppert Nurseries to contribute to the cost of constructing the park. The first of its kind in Montgomery County’s 400+ park system, the skate park was operated by Montgomery County Department of Recreation through November 2010, and is now operated by Montgomery Parks. For current information on the Skate Park, visit OlneyManorSkate.com.
Project management, design and construction of the skate park was provided by: Ellen Masciocchi, Project Manager; Mike Little and April O’Neal, Olney Manor Recreational Park Managers; Linda Rodecap, Contract Specialist; Bob Kane, Construction Manager; Jim Poore, Site Inspector; California Skateparks, design company; Phoenix Engineering, site improvements consultant; and Creative Finishes, site improvements contractor.
For more information on the planning and development of the Olney Manor Skate Park, please contact:
Ellen Masciocchi, Project Manager
The Olney Manor Skate Park is now operated by Montgomery Parks. For current information on the Skate Park, visit OlneyManorSkate.com.