The following projects are contained within the adopted FY2019-2024 Capital Improvements Program (CIP), either under design or construction, with completion scheduled sometime in FY2019 through FY2021.
Othello Regional Park
The BOCC, along with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of "green" infrastructure for future park improvements and for establishing conservation and habitat restoration areas on the property. Design for the first phase of development was initiated in FY2015. Future development will include standard facilities for Regional (formally referred to as District) Parks. As indicated in the 2017 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan (LPPRP), a Regional Park is oriented to providing active recreational uses such as athletic fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, and shelters. The Frederick County Parks and Recreation Commission has recommended that one of the future multipurpose field be synthetic turf. Once cost estimates are determined, the proposed synthetic turf field may be designed with an add-alternate, included in this development project. Additional phases will be determined in 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.
Utica District Park Phase 2
Facilities scheduled for development in Phase 2 include roads & parking, water service, electric utilities, shelters, athletic fields (two synthetic turf fields), athletic field lighting, playgrounds, restrooms, basketball courts, tennis courts, trails, and the construction of a vehicular bridge to cross the creek. Some of these improvements would be for facilities that were not constructed in Phase 1 due to funding constraints. 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. Construction is scheduled to begin in FY2019.
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 initial phase of the Bikeways/Trails Program involves the development of the Ballenger Creek Corridor. Subsequent sites will involve trail development in corridors identified in the Frederick County Bikeways and Trail Plan. In this CIP request, the County would be scheduling alternating design and construction funding years beginning in FY2020. In the future, funding may be needed for trail acquisition or easements. It is anticipated that County construction funds can be matched with 50/50 matching grants from the Federal Transportation Enhancement Grant Program (TEP) for development phases.