Playground Renovation Program

Division: Park Development
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Project Description

This program renovates only six 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.


Playground at Parkland Local Park

The Montgomery County Department of Parks has approximately 276 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

Planning/ Construction

Playground at Seek Lane Neighborhood ParkThe following parks are in final design development and are scheduled for construction. Please select a project link to find more information on the status of each playground.



Dewey Local Park Under Construction
Damascus Recreational Park Construction in Summer 2020
General Getty Neighborhood Park Construction in July 2020
Colt Terrace Neighborhood Park Construction in Fall 2020


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
  • Washington Square Neighborhood Park
  • Long Branch Garland Neighborhood Park
  • Calverton-Galway Neighborhood Park
  • Fox Chapel Neighborhood Park
  • Olney Family Neighborhood Park


Playground at Olney Square Neighborhood Park

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Kathleen Dearstine, Project Manager



Last Updated: July 15, 2020