Playground Renovation Program

Division: Park Development
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Project Description

This program renovates approximately six to eight existing playgrounds each year.  The designed life expectancy for each playground is approximately twenty years.  The playgrounds in the current schedule for replacement are at the end of their life cycle.


The Montgomery County Department of Parks has approximately 275 playgrounds within the park system.  The Parks’ Capital Improvements Program (CIP) is currently funded to renovate or replace approximately five playgrounds each year.  These renovations include playgrounds that have aged beyond the point where replacement parts can be ordered, equipment that has been removed because of vandalism or wear that could affect safety, or playgrounds in neighborhoods where the population has changed and the need for new equipment has increased.  The priorities for playground renovations are determined by the Department’s playground safety inspectors based on the safety and condition of the playground, the level of use, compliance with codes, and availability of equipment to meet the needs of children from ages 2-12.  Once the priorities are established and funding is available, meetings are set up with each community to obtain their input for what they would like to see in their playground.  A design is prepared based on those needs and the standards of the Department to assure delivery of a playground which the community helps to create and will enjoy for years to come.

View the slide presentation explaining the playground renovation program, the process for community input and the suggested types of equipment suitable for each age group.

Project Status

Design Development

The following parks are in final design development and are scheduled for construction in 2018. Please select a project link to find more information on the status of each playground.


The playgrounds listed below are in the pre-design stage. Montgomery Parks (M-NCPPC) invites input from the community. To share your ideas, contact the Project Manager shown at the bottom of this page.

List of Future Projects

The following list of projects are upcoming priorities for renovation as soon as the current projects are completed and funding becomes available.

  • Cabin John Regional Park – Family Picnic Area
  • Glen Hills Local Park
  • Greenwood Local Park
  • Gunners Lake Local Park
  • Long Branch-Wayne Local Park
  • Scotland Neighborhood Park
  • Sligo Avenue Neighborhood Park
  • Sligo Creek SVU #1 – Kennebec
  • Sligo Dennis Local Park
  • Washington Square Neighborhood Park

playground installation at north chevy chase local park

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Kathleen Dearstine, Project Manager


Last Updated: November 8, 2018