The following projects are contained within the adopted FY2020-2025 Capital Improvements Program (CIP), either under design or construction, with completion scheduled sometime in FY2020 through FY2022.
Ballenger Creek Park Maintenance Area & Widrick House Rehabilitation
Adjacent to Ballenger Creek Park, the George Widrick House was acquired in 2010. The house, which was built circa 1795, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service. Parks and Recreation staff has researched and explored potential uses of the property, which would include renting the house and surrounding property as an event facility. In addition, this project will look at rehabilitation of the nearby Park Maintenance Building and Yard, to accommodate potential offices for Parks and Recreation operations staff, additional space for equipment and material storage, restroom facilities and event parking. In order to determine the best use of the house and site, a concept study, scheduled for FY2022, will need to be completed prior to design and construction and to ascertain cost estimates for future CIP requests.
This project anticipates future maintenance required for park components that have reached the end of their life cycle, including but not limited to: shelter roof replacements; fencing; repair and paving of parking lots and paths, including sidewalk and curb; replacement of park signage, security cameras, etc.
Middletown Community Park Development & Rehabilitation
This project includes both an expansion to the existing Community Park and a rehabilitation of current facilities, were appropriate. The expansion portion of the project is requested to emphasize development in the eastern section of the Park. Construction may include the development of a soccer/football field, little league field, parking lot, playground, restroom, and pond dredging with bank erosion protection. Construction of a restroom on the western edge of the pond and installation of athletic field lighting for two (2) softball and two (2) little league fields and replacement of existing perimeter guardrail may also be accomplished. The rehabilitation portion of the project is intended to make improvements to park components that have reached the end of their life cycle. Park amenities and facilities projected to be included in this portion of this project may include, were appropriate, replacement of both entrance signs; repair/resurfacing of road/walkway paving; install paved sidewalk over dam; replace bleacher pad pavement with concrete; pave maintenance yard and enlarge overflow parking lot; replace shelter, shop and concession roofing; replace shelter electrical systems; dredge and make other improvements to pond; replace aerator system; replace truck shed and wood shop; install bulk storage bins; replace maintenance yard fence, replace all backstops/overthrow and outfield fences, replace fountains, valve vault and valves and water piping as needed, rehab restroom interior and replace street lights where needed, install lights along maintenance road and recycling area, and install security lighting/camera system in shop yard. Some miscellaneous park equipment may also be replaced, as appropriate. Design for this project is scheduled to begin in FY2019, with construction in FY2021.
Rose Hill Exhibit and Storage Barn
The Rose Hill Manor Park & Museum Master Plan was completed in 2009. In this Master Plan, a proposed exhibit barn was identified on the north side of the stream. Letters of support for the construction of this proposed barn have been received from the Frederick County Farm Museum Association, Rose Hill Museum Council and the Frederick County Parks and Recreation Commission. This barn will provide 4,500 square feet of exhibit and storage space for the Frederick County Farm Museum Association, as well as 1,500 square feet of storage space for the Division of Parks and Recreation. Barn exterior will closely match the appearance (materials/colors) of the existing dairy and bank barns, including siding, roofing, windows and walk through doors. The barn will also provide sliding exterior doors to accommodate large farming equipment, concrete/cement flooring, loft area for material storage, electric service with interior/exterior lighting and outlets, interior ventilation/fans and frost-free water hydrants. Design/build for this project is scheduled for FY2022.
Point of Rocks Pedestrian Bridge
The installation of the pedestrian bridge would coincide with the Office of Sustainability and Environment Resource's Point of Rock Stream and Pond Retrofit project. The bridge will allow residents of the surrounding community to continue to have access over the modified stream and pond. Design for this project is scheduled to begin in FY2020, with construction in FY2021.
Utica District Park Phase 2
Facilities included in this second phase of development area roads & parking, water service, electric utilities, shelters, athletic fields (two of which are synthetic turf fields), athletic field lighting, playgrounds (included an inclusive playground), restrooms, basketball courts, tennis courts, trails, and the construction of a vehicular bridge to cross the creek. Improvement were also made for facilities that were not constructed in Phase 1 due to funding constraints. For FY2020, funding is allocated under site improvements to continue preservation work on the Snook family farmstead possibly utilizing the partnership agreement with the NPS. The first priority would be to renovate the main house and to undertake any stabilization work as needed on the remaining structures. Phase 2 construction began in the summer of 2018 and is estimated to be completed by the end of the 2019 calendar year.
Old National Pike District Park Phase 2
Development will include construction of facilities in the center of the park such as picnic shelters, basketball courts, tennis courts, athletic fields, athletic field lighting, playgrounds, volleyball courts, restrooms, an amphitheater, roads and parking. Design for this project is scheduled to begin in FY2021, with construction in FY2023.
Point of Rocks Regional Park Master Plan
A site was acquired in 2010. The purpose of a Master Plan is to create a long-range comprehensive vision for the park to be used as a guide to future development. During the master planning process, the site is considered in the context of the surrounding neighborhood, as well as one park of many within the Frederick County Parks and Recreation system. When approved, this document will serve as a long-term decision making tool to be referred to during future design and construction projects. Master Planning is scheduled to begin in FY2019.
Bikeways / Trails Program
The Frederick County Bikeways and Trail Plan is in the process of being updated to assist County Staff in identifying and planning for sites and areas to develop potential trail corridors in the County. In this CIP request, the County will be scheduling alternating design and construction funding years from FY2020 to FY2023. Funding may be needed and used for potential trail acquisition or easements, as needed. County Staff will also look at utilizing 50/50 matching grants from the Federal Transportation Enhancement Grant Program (TEP) for eligible trail projects.
River Access Master Plan
This project combines the Bridgeport Monocacy River Access (PR3005) and Rocky Ridge Landing Monocacy River Access (PR3006) Master Plans that were included in the Fiscal Years 2018-2023 Approved CIP into one River Access Master Plan to achieve cost and time efficiencies. A large portion of both properties are in the 100-year flood plain, so all improvements to the sites must be reviewed by the Zoning Administrator prior to approval of any Park Master Plans. Boundary surveys must be completed at both sites and monuments installed at all property corners. In addition to the construction of entrances off Bridgeport Road and MD RT 77, development contemplated at each site includes roadway; parking; picnic area; bulletin board; portable restroom enclosure; concrete ramp to the river for carry-in boat launch; ADA accessible access for fishing; guardrail; park signage; landscaping. The feasibility of adding a picnic shelter, a small playground, and vaulted restroom at each site will also be investigated. The Master Planning process is scheduled to begin in FY2021.
Park School facilities provide recreational facilities not normally associated with the regular FCPS program such as a regulation size gym, recreation room, office and storage and are generally placed at elementary schools. Currently a park school facility is planned for the Rock Creek School and will focus on program participants with disabilities. Costs for construction are based on per square footage costs data provided by FCPS Staff. Construction funding for this project is scheduled for FY2021.