Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park – Facility Plan

Project Description

The Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park is located at 12001 Skylark Road in Clarksburg, MD. The park’s active recreation area currently includes ballfields, playground, and trails. This project develops an overall concept plan to expand the development of the active recreation area to create a special space for family activities and a central gathering spot for Clarksburg and surrounding communities.. The proposed elements include an amphitheater, community green and kite lawn, carousel, picnicking, water play, adventure playground, teen adventure play, skateboarding, fitness/track facility and dog park. Future improvements to the athletic fields could include lighting and irrigation.


Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park is a 290-acre park located in the Clarksburg Planning Area east of Interstate 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, as a part of the gift was a stipulation that a carousel, currently serving Wheaton Regional Park in Wheaton, Maryland, have its final location in the Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park. A park master plan was adopted in 1995 and updates to the plan were approved in late 2014. The master plan divides the site into three segments by geographic features from West to East: Active Recreation, Natural Area, and Organic Farm Demonstration.

Status/Project Update

A facility plan for the 80-acre Active Recreation portion of the park, fronting Skylark Road, was approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board on September 24, 2015. The project is proposed to be phased, and an initial phase of the active recreation portion was approved for inclusion in Department of Parks’ Fiscal Year 2017-22 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) for design and construction. This first phase includes the carousel, amphitheater, playground, and a skate park. The approved facility plan report is posted on the Planning Board Agenda web page. The public is encouraged to participate in the CIP approval process by participating in the Montgomery County Council’s upcoming public hearings or by e-mailing written testimony to the Council President.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

Opportunities for public participation are shown below.  Links to review meeting notes and Planning Board memos will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed.

January 2015 Facility Planning began; different locations for siting the carousel and other amenities were explored
June 3, 2015
7pm – 9pm
Community Meeting #1 to solicit community input
– View the presentation (12.5mb)
Rocky Hill Middle School
22401 Brick Haven Way
Clarksburg, MD 20871
Summer 2015 Develop 30% plan and cost estimate
September 24, 2015 Planning Board Meeting – Park staff will present the findings of the Facility Plan
– View the Planning Board Report, Item 3 (click on Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park) – Approved
– View the Planning Board minutes which includes conditions to the approval (September 24, 2015 – page 5, #3)
Copies of these studies produced as part of the facility plan can be found here:  Traffic Study and Acoustic Report.
Montgomery Regional Office

8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Kimberly Paniati, Project Manager
(301) 495-2465

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Last Updated: August 31, 2017