The State of Maryland has a standard for local governments to achieve a goal of 30 acres of parkland for every 1,000 residents. The state standard allows for not only using county and municipal acreage, but can also include eligible state and federal parkland, as well as a portion of public school property and a percentage of Natural Resources Lands. The state standard allows for the parkland acreage requirements but does not address public access to the site nor recreational amenities that may be needed to meet public demands. Since Frederick County has 37 acres of parkland for every 1,000 residents, they currently meet the state standard.
Based on projected increases to the population of Frederick County, consideration will continue to be given to acquiring additional parkland in areas of the county that are deemed appropriate. Likewise, municipalities should be encouraged to develop goals to meet their constituents’ needs for recreational opportunities by acquiring or expanding their respective neighborhood and community park acreages.
Based on the Adopted Frederick county’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2022 Capital Improvements Program, the top priorities for acquiring park property include the following:
Emmitsburg / Thurmont Area Regional Park
New Market / Spring Ridge Area Community Park
Green Valley / Monrovia Area Community Park
Sites are tentatively named according to the area. A formal name will be determined during the master plan process.