The following projects are contained within the adopted FY2019-2024 Capital Improvements Program (CIP), either under design and/or construction, with completion scheduled sometime in FY2022 through FY2024.
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.
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.
Development funding will provide recreational facilities not normally associated with the regular FCPS program such as a regulation size gym, recreation room, office, and storage. Park School facilities generally are placed at elementary schools. FCPS is requesting Park School facilities for East County Elementary School in FY2022. Costs for construction are estimated to be $800,000 for each Park School, based upon data provided by FCPS Staff.
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.
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/built for this project is scheduled for FY2023.
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.