Frederick County Government will develop a new north county regional park located between Emmitsburg and Thurmont on land purchased from Mount St. Mary’s University. Feb. 5, 2021 Press Release.
The 152-acre property adjoins the campus, on the east side of U.S. 15, straddling Motters Station Road. The parcel is currently zoned agricultural and features both forest and open land.
A concept plan, funded by the university, shows the potential for multiple sports fields, walking trails, a dog park, and other features for active and passive recreation.
There will be many opportunities for public input into the park’s design. The Frederick County Division of Parks & Recreation will form a Master Plan Advisory Committee to develop plans for the future park. Members will include representatives from local recreation councils and sports leagues, civic associations, neighboring property owners and others. Master Plan Process.
The total purchase price for the land is $857,000, of which Program Open Space is providing $807,000. $50,000 will come from County recordation funding.