Sligo Stream Valley Park – Kennebec Playground Renovation & Park Improvements Project

Division: Park Development
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Project Description

This project renovates a playground, parking lot, and hiker/biker trail at Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park (Kennebec) located at the intersection of Sligo Creek Parkway and Kennebec Avenue in Silver Spring.  The scope of the work includes replacing the playground, relocating the parking lot, improving accessibility, realigning the trail, and improving stormwater management.


Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park includes Sligo Creek and the Sligo Creek Hiker/Biker Trail.  Many smaller parks and amenities line the creek and are included as part of the overall park.  This roughly 10.2-mile hard surface trail is one of the oldest in the County.  The acquisition of the stream valley park started in the 1930s and continued through the mid-1970s.  Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park at Kennebec includes a very heavily used wooden playground, a parking lot, the hiker/biker trail, and shaded open lawn areas.  The existing playground was installed in 1986 and is well past its lifecycle for replacement.

A new playground will be installed within the park.  Local park playgrounds are typically 3,500 to 5,000 square feet in size and include playground equipment to meet the needs of children from ages 2-12, and seating for caregivers.  Typical types of equipment include swings, play structures and smaller freestanding pieces.

Status/Project Update

A virtual community meeting was held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, to discuss the project and gather input from the community.  Community members had an opportunity to provide input on the project by completing the survey on the Parks Open Town Hall Forum page. The survey closed on December 31, 2020.

Additional work to improve access to the Stream Valley Area as part of the Vision Zero initiative is scheduled for Spring 2021. Work will improve the nearby road intersection and crosswalk to the playground, to improve accessibility and provide a better line of sight.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

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

Spring 2020 – Project initiation
– Survey and preliminary assessment of site conditions
November 17, 2020 

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Community Meeting #1  To explain the project and solicit community input and ideas

  • View postcard
  • View the meeting notes
  • View the recording of the virtual meeting
Winter 2020 Parks Open Town Hall commentary period ended December 31, 2020
Summer 2021 Develop design concept based on community input.
Summer 2021 Sligo Creek Parkway and Kennebec Avenue intersection improvements and raised crosswalk construction
Fall 2021 Post  playground concept on Open Town Hall for community review and comments.  Comment period ends October 20, 2021.
Spring 2021 Construction of parking lot and trail improvements
Fall 2021/Winter 2022 Finalize design and construction documents for playground
Summer 2022 Playground construction to begin

* Dates and time subject to change. Please contact the project manager for updates.

M-NCPPC Staff Contacts

Kathleen Dearstine, Project Manager for Playground
(301) 650-2883

Andrew Tsai, Project Manager for Vision Zero Improvements
(301) 495-2508

Last Updated: October 19, 2021