Sparrows Point ParkBaltimore County Property Management

This site was last utilized as a train yard, and remnants of rails, ties, and rail beds still remain along with debris from the former steelworks.

Statistics

Construction Cost
$16 Million
Year Completed
2022
Square Feet
15,000
Acres
22

Team Members Involved

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Marianne K. Crampton, PE
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Steve McCalmont
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Seth Glasser​
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Ned Masek, PE, LEED AP

Partners

Architect | Manns Woodward Studios

10839 Philadelphia Rd
White Marsh, MD 21162
(410) 344-1460

Project Overview

This study assessed the feasibility of a new Baltimore County Park and Recreational Facility on a site last used as a train yard associated with the Bethlehem Steel Mill. Thorough study of the site identified unsuitable soils, invasive species, and wetlands, and also determined that the site lies in a floodplain and the Critical Area. This requires coordination through both MDE and the USACE. Careful design sited a new community center and recreational features to limit impact to the existing environment.

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Our Approach

MK researched existing property characteristics and regulations that would impact potential site development. Once the feasibility study was approved by the County, we began site/civil engineering design for infrastructure and stormwater management to support the development of this 22-acre park. The design project proposes to construct a new multi-purpose field, recreation center, soft area playground, parking lot with bus loop, and walking trail. The park amenities will also include a kayak launch and fishing pier for waterside access.

The Results

A network of pedestrian pathways was designed to connect program elements, provide access to the wooded area of the park, and create a bridge over an existing stream. The design seamlessly integrates proposed site improvements, recreational amenities, and stormwater management areas.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools Meade High School

MK’s participation in planning and design improves this high school, seen as a lynchpin for revitalizing this neighborhood which borders the Fort Meade Army installation.

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Frederick County Public Schools Blue Heron Elementary School

A new elementary school in Frederick County was created in response to growing population and development in the County. This school required extensive coordination with the developer of the adjacent community.

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Carroll County Public Schools Career & Technology Center

CCCTC’s site design juggled a number of competing interests – construction phasing, vehicular circulation, and stormwater management. MK created a design that balances all these requirements and more.

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Baltimore City Public Schools Mary E. Rodman Elementary School

On a postage stamp site, MK dramatically improved the play area and outdoor community spaces while also upgrading the infrastructure.

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