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.
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.
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.