Rockwood Manor Special Park – Feasibility Study

Division: Enterprise
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Project Description

This project evaluates existing facilities at Rockwood Manor Special Park in order to identify issues and opportunities to plan for future improvements to the property.  The park occupies approximately 30 acres of hilly, forested parkland adjacent to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Potomac, Maryland.  Nestled within this idyllic property is the Rockwood Manor House, managed as an event center by the M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks Enterprise Division.  Several smaller structures near the manor house provide overnight accommodations for event guests.


Park staff began a project to study and address the width of the entrance driveway, which does not allow two-way traffic and has been problematic for the facility for many years.  Instead of taking a piecemeal approach to solve one issue in isolation, park staff decided to take a holistic look at the needs for the entire property.

Park staff brought together a wide range of in-house and consulting expertise to identify as many opportunities and issues facing Rockwood Manor Park as possible.  A list of programmatic and site opportunities and constraints was developed, as well as some preliminary ideas for improvement.  The range of ideas included safety issues, environmental concerns, circulation, site utilization efficiency, and accessibility improvements. Preliminary findings were presented to the public in 2014, and residents had the opportunity to identify additional concerns, challenges and opportunities for the site.

Park staff and consultants completed the feasibility study to identify the many, interrelated challenges facing the future of the park and prepared a menu of suggestions for improvement, while preserving the site’s rustic character.  Staff presented the findings and proposed recommendations to the community and to the Planning Board in 2015.  Operations and Enterprise staff continued working with residents to address programmatic and operational concerns expressed by park neighbors.

The Montgomery County Planning Board deferred a decision on the driveway improvement recommendations from the feasibility study.  They requested that staff study additional alternatives for the driveway, including alternatives to provide two-way traffic, and bring them back to the Planning Board for review.

Status/Project Update

The feasibility study was approved by the Planning Board on June 23, 2016 and the first phase of work is currently in the construction documentation phase.  This initial project will convert the existing driveway into a one-way only drive and construct a new exit drive onto Belfast Road.  Enhancements to the accessible parking spaces and improvements to the site’s stormwater management are included in this project.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

Links to review meeting notes and Planning Board memos will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed.




April 2014 Staff Meeting
Existing Conditions Maps
– Vegetation
– Hydrology
– Slopes
– Topography
– Aerial photograph
– Tree survey
– Context
Rockwood Manor
11001 MacArthur Boulevard
Potomac, MD 20854
May 14, 2014
7:15pm – 9:00pm
West Montgomery County Citizens Association Meeting
– View the presentation
– View the meeting notes
Potomac Community Center
11315 Falls Road
Potomac, MD 20854
May 20, 2014
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Meeting with the Woodrock Homeowners Association Board of Directors Rockwood Manor
11001 MacArthur Boulevard
Potomac, MD 20854
January 14, 2015
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Public Meeting to review and discuss the Feasibility Study
–  Feasibility Study– including the Traffic Analysis (20mb)
– View the  presentation
– View the meeting notes
– View the Acoustic Engineer’s Study
Rockwood Manor
11001 MacArthur Boulevard
Potomac, MD 20854
July 30, 2015 Planning Board Meeting – Park staff will present the findings of the Feasibility Study
– For accurate time of the meeting go to Montgomery Planning Board-Agenda Archives 
– To sign up to testify, visit: Montgomery Planning Board-Sign up to speak
M-NCPPC Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
May 9 thru June 6, 2016 Public comment period for Driveway Alignment Alternatives (2mb)
June 23, 2016 Planning Board Meeting – Park staff will present Driveway Alignment Alternatives (2mb)
– For accurate time of the meeting go to Montgomery Planning Board-Agenda Archives 
– To sign up to testify, visit: Montgomery Planning Board-Sign up to speak
M-NCPPC Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
FY 2017 – 2022 Design and construct improvements to driveway and parking


M-NCPPC Staff Contacts

For questions about facility operations:
Nancy Cadigan, Enterprise Coordinator

For questions about planning and design:
Aaron Feldman, Project Manager

Last Updated: October 11, 2017