Walker Mill Regional Park Master Development Plan
Master Plan Update
Park Police Trailer Removal
The trailer that was intended to be occupied by the M-NCPPC Park Police as a temporary police substation at the overflow parking lot along Walker Mill Road was removed due to challenges in obtaining permits to meet the county’s recently updated building codes. As such, the Park Police were not able to occupy the trailer and it was subsequently removed from the park.
Future improvements to the safety and security of Walker Mill Regional Park are being evaluated through the master development planning process. The draft plan includes recommendations on how and where best to accommodate a Park Police presence in a permanent structure within the park, and recommendations on how to utilize the area where the trailer was originally installed. For more information on the Walker Mill Regional Park Master Development Plan recommendations, review the presentation from the December 9, 2021 community meeting.
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December 9, 2021, Community Meeting
The project team hosted a virtual community meeting on December 9, 2021, to present the Draft Master Development Plan. The team also reviewed how the master development plan will be implemented and funded over the next 20-25 years.
Below is the recording of the meeting and presentation materials:
June 30, 2021, Community Meeting
On June 30, 2021, the Department of Parks and Recreation presented two (2) concept plans that lay out programs and activities envisioned at the park. Click here to view/download the concept plans and presentation materials. Below is a recording of the meeting.
January 30, 2021, Community Meeting
On January 30, 2021, the Department of Parks and Recreation hosted a public meeting to update the community on the master planning process, and how it will be used to guide the future development of the park. Polling questions were asked during the presentation to collect input on potential themes for programming and development. Below is a recording of the meeting
Below are three brief videos that explain the background on the planning process, the history of the park, and the important natural resources that are part of the park.
- Click here for more history on the Ridgley Family
The park Master Plan will establish a comprehensive vision for the future of Walker Mill Regional Park by developing a blueprint that balances competing demands on the park’s resources and responsibly guides development through the next 20-25 years. The blueprint will be shaped by recommendations generated from an analysis of existing conditions, an evaluation of the park's natural resources, community input collected through multiple civic engagement tools, and a robust level of service assessment.
The Department of Parks and Recreation has selected LSG Landscape Architecture, a nationally recognized park planning consulting firm, to work with the department and the community to shape the vision and propose a path toward achieving countywide goals outlined in Formula 2040: Functional Master Plan for Parks, Recreation and Open Space, and the Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plan.
Under the direction of the Park Planning and Development Division, the consultant will perform the following tasks to inform and develop a strategic framework to guide the Park Master Plan Development:
- Inventory the existing site characteristics and conditions, and assess the current and future users of the park
- Inventory the natural resources
- Conduct a comprehensive public engagement process to better understand community needs and desires
- Develop a vision for the future development of the park
- Prepare a final plan document with recommendations and an implementation strategy