Seneca Crossing Local Park

Project Description

This project funds design for a new 27.8 acre park, located along Brink Road near Route 27 (Ridge Road) in Germantown, approximately 1.5 miles east of I-270.  The adopted facility plan includes an analysis of the site’s environmental, cultural and visual features, preparation of a 30% complete preferred plan for the park based on community input, a determination of regulatory feasibility, and a cost estimate for the project.  Design begins in FY18.


The park concept was initially conceived as part of the 1991 site plan for development of the Seneca Crossing community.  The land for the park was subsequently deeded to the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission by Winchester Homes in 1998 for use as a local park.  It is located near the Ridge Road Recreational Park and adjacent to a community of single family homes.  The park property is rectangular in shape and has been graded by the residential developer, Winchester Homes, in preparation for park development.  MD Route 27 and Brink Road were recently improved providing good vehicular access to the future park.  Local parks are intended to serve the broader community and typically provide active recreational facilities, such as permitted athletic fields, hard surfaced courts, picnic and playground areas, and sometimes recreation buildings and other facilities.

Status/Project Update

The first Public Meeting for facility planning of the park was held February 18, 2010 and was attended by over 50 community members.  Project information was presented including park background, site analysis, and illustrative concepts typical for a local park.  A question and answer period and small group brainstorming sessions provided ideas about what should go into design of the future park.  Four design alternatives were then prepared.

Public meeting #2 for facility planning of the park was held by M-NCPPC Department of Parks on February 9, 2011 (snow date) to review alternative designs.  The meeting was well attended with over 75 community members.  Project information was first presented including an overview of the site, history of the project, park context, summary of recreational and general park needs, and the program of requirements.  The four alternative designs were next introduced and explained, along with general questions and answers.  This was followed by a small group brainstorming session to obtain more specific feedback about the four plans.

Following Public Meeting #2, a preferred Facility Plan incorporating community comments and regulatory requirements was developed for Seneca Crossing Local Park.  Please click on the thumbnails above for a larger view of the preferred Facility Plan.

The Montgomery County Planning Board approved the facility plan on October 6, 2011. The project is recommended for funding in the Fiscal Year 2013-2018 Capital Improvements Program. .

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.

September 2009 Facility Planning begins, site analysis and preliminary concept plans are developed
December 2009 Review preliminary concepts with regulatory agencies
February 18, 2010
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Community Meeting #1
– Minutes 
– Written Public Input
– Obtain input and ideas and review preliminary concepts for the new park
Up-County Government Center
12900 Middlebrook Road
Germantown, MD
Summer/Fall 2010 Develop four alternative park plans
February 9, 2011
7:00pm – 9:15pm
Community Meeting #2
– Minutes 
– Review and discuss four alternative designs and preferred design ideas
– Four alternative designs
Up-County Government Center
Meeting Room ‘A’
12900 Middlebrook Road
Germantown, MD
Spring 2011 Develop preferred design plan
Early Summer 2011 Publish preferred plan and obtain community input
Summer 2011 Refine preferred plan, obtain preliminary permits, develop cost estimate
October 6, 2011 Planning Board Meeting facility plan approval
– Staff Report 
– Attachment A – Consultants Report (21mb)
– Attachment B – Community Emails (7mb)
Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Linda Komes, Project Manager

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Last Updated: January 12, 2017