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Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park Master Plan Update

Division: Park Planning and Stewardship

After extensive public outreach the Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park Master Plan Update (PDF, 6MB) was approved and adopted the Planning Board on November 20, 2014.

This project has moved to our Park Development Division which has begun the facility planning for this park.

The Final Plan

Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park Master Plan Update (PDF, 6MB)

Table of Contents page#
Purpose of the Plan 1
Guiding Documents 1
The Park Today 5
Site Description 5
The History 11
Opportunities 13
Potential Constraints 13
Plan Recommendations 15
Active Recreation Area 15
Event Area 19
Home Food Gardens and Organic Farm Area 22
Expanded Trail System 27
The Future Clarksburg Community Recreation and Aquatic Center 29
Appendices 31
Acknowledgements 48

Background

Located at 12001 Skylark Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871, Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park is a 290 acre park located in the Clarksburg Planning Area east of I-270 and south of the Clarksburg Town Center. The park was a donation from Hallie Wells in 1981 in honor of her husband, Ovid. Included in the deed(PDF, 2MB) as part of the gift was a stipulation that the carousel, currently serving Wheaton Regional Park visitors, have its final location in the Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park. At the time this plan update effort began, there were approximately 60 acres of developable land left outside the environmental buffers and steep slopes within the park.

The Plan Process

DATE | TIME NOTES AND PRESENTATIONS LOCATION | DESCRIPTION
2013
December Staff meetings to review background.
2014 Online comment tool – Personal information such as names and addresses is not included in the comments summary
January – March Attend regularly scheduled public meetings and events including the Clarksburg Civic Association, Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board, the Upcounty Recreation Advisory Board and School PTA meetings to hear the issues. Publicize online comment tool. Locations vary.
Jan 27 Clarksburg Civic Association – Introductory presentation (PDF, 2.5MB)
February 19 Upcounty Recreation Advisory Board Meeting- agenda (PDF, 180KB) | Introductory presentation (PDF, 1.8MB) Germantown Community Recreation Center
18905 Kingsview Drive, Germantown, MD
March 29 Kites Over Clarksburg (PDF, 101KB) – Parks Staff attended Kites Over Clarksburg event to meet with the public, tour the park and discuss the plan update. –handout (PDF, 385KB) Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park
12001 Skylark Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871
April 28 Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board Meeting – Introductory presentation (PDF, 1.8MB) Upcounty Regional Office
12900 Middlebrook Road, Suite 1000, Germantown MD
May 1 Staff presentation – Park Ridge HOA Meeting
May 22 Issues and Outreach Report to the Planning Board – agenda item #15. Staff will present the issues heard to date from the public and will present and outreach strategy and date for the public meeting for the Planning Board to approve. – staff memo (PDF file) – PowerPoint presentation (PDF file). M-NCPPC Main Regional Office (MRO) Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
May 22 Arora Hills HOA meeting – Staff presentation
May 28 Public meeting #1 – Preliminary Recommendations Presentation. Links to meeting notes and presentation materials will be posted as soon as they are available. – PowerPoint presentation (1.8MB PDF) Little Bennett Elementary School Cafeteria
23930 Burdette Forest Rd, Clarksburg, MD 20871
June 16 Public Meeting #2
Present and gather public input on Concept Plans and Preliminary Program of Requirements (PPORs) for the master plan update. – PowerPoint Presentation (PDF, 2.25MB)
Arora Hills Community Center
23030 Birch Mead Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871
July 17 Planning Board Staff Draft Plan Review – Please see Planning Board – agenda item #13 for a copy of the memo and for a more exact time closer to the meeting. – PowerPoint Presentation (PDF, 4MB) M-NCPPC Montgomery Regional Office(MRO) Auditorium- 8787 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Review period for the public – After review by the Planning Board, Parks Staff invites you to review the Public Hearing Draft of the Ovid Hazen Wells Rec Park Master Plan Update (5.2MB PDF), and Appendix 9 – The Deed of Compliance(7.9MB PDF)in order for you to give public testimony at a public hearing on the following date.
October 2 PUBLIC HEARING – Please check the Planning Board agenda item #12 for a copy of the memo and a more exact time closer to the meeting.
– Public Hearing Announcement (PDF, 275KB)
– Public Hearing Draft of the Ovid Hazen Wells Rec Park Master Plan Update (5.2MB PDF), including
– Appendix 9 – The Deed of Compliance (7.9MB PDF)
M-NCPPC Montgomery Regional Office(MRO) Auditorium – 8787 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
October 2 – 16 Record Closed – The record remained opened until 6pm on October 16, 2014 – an additional two weeks for the public to provide input into this plan.
November 20

Plan Approval and Adoption

Planning Board Work Session #1: Planning Board Final Review and Plan Adoption – Decision: Approved
– Agenda item #4 (web page)
– Planning Board memo (PDF, 2.9MB)
– PowerPoint Presentation (PDF, 4.2MB)
– Draft Plan (PDF, 5MB)Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park Master Plan Update (PDF, 6MB)
M-NCPPC Main Regional Office (MRO) Auditorium
8787 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Implementation of this project has moved to our Park Development Division which has begun the facility planning for this park..

Media Center

This is where we will post links to press releases, print articles and community links regarding this project.  If you would like to see additional links added to this site, please contact the Project Coordinator.

MEDIA RELEASE: Montgomery Parks, February 19th, 2014 – Montgomery Parks Invites Public Input on Master Plan Updates for Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park
MEDIA RELEASE: Montgomery Parks, June 5th, 2014 – Montgomery Parks Hosts Second Public Meeting on Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park Master Plan Update
MEDIA RELEASE: Montgomery Parks, June 25th, 2014 – Montgomery Parks to Deliver Staff Draft Presentation to Montgomery Planning Board on July 17 on Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park Master Plan Update
MEDIA RELEASE: Montgomery Parks, September 12th, 2014 – Montgomery Parks Hosts Public Hearing on the Ovid Hazen Wells Master Plan Update

Contact the Project Coordinator

To submit written comments or request more information, please contact:

Rachel Newhouse Rachel.Newhouse@montgomeryparks.org | 301-650-4368
M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks, 9500 Brunett Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20901

Last Updated: October 2, 2018