The $5.6 million for FY’25 is part of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and is a projected budget subject to annual approval and changes based on funding and priorities.
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The Kanode Farm Park Project is the first Frederick County Park on a MALPF easement. This unique special park will have various Agriculture potential features such as trails, equestrian riding rink, improved farm buildings, educational farming spaces, with the purpose of providing farm education and Agricultural recreational experiences to our community.
Planned features include an entrance road driveway, upgrades to farm buildings, a covered and uncovered equestrian riding rink, trails, a parking lot, utilities, and landscaping.
Public input is gathered through advisory committees and public meetings. It helps shape the project's priorities, design, and future use, ensuring community needs and preferences are considered.
The Master Plan & Design phase was funded in FY’23 and is expected to take about 18 months. Construction funding is currently proposed for FY’25.
Changes in scope or funding due to factors like inflation, funding limitations, or priorities can lead to adjustments in the project's design, timelines, or specific features.
The Parks and Recreation Commission provides recommendations to the Planning Commission, which conducts a non-binding review to ensure consistency with the County’s Comprehensive Plan and can suggest presenting the plan to the County Executive for consideration.
The park is under a MALPF easement and will comply with those restrictions for all farm related activities onsite. Potentially a variety of passive recreational activities, including equestrian-related activities, and provide an educational setting to learn about local ecology, history, and agriculture.