Ongoing Park Projects
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Ward Farm Recreation Area
Improvements continue at Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park. The new playground opened summer of 2023 and the entire trail system reopened after a brief closure to repair a pond embankment. A major field lighting project was completed in late spring 2023, along with a state-of-the-art irrigation system. Future upgrades include shaded dugouts, a 9-hole disk golf course, and an overlook pavilion.
We invite you to view the Ward Farm Master Plan park development layout map, completed in 2015, for a glimpse at what's to come!
Dunkirk District Park
Construction will soon begin on the new tennis and pickleball facility! The existing tennis courts are currently well past life cycle and in need of replacement. Rather than resurface current structures, Calvert County is preparing to improve on the amenities offered to the public by relocating the tennis courts to a new location near the existing dog park. This will accommodate five tennis courts, four exclusive pickleball courts, and a climate-controlled restroom facility that will allow year-round use. Additional parking will be added to accommodate use. This work should begin in early fall 2023.
See below for the new tennis facility site plan.
Breezy Point Beach & Campground
The Breezy Point Beach and Campground living shoreline restoration has begun! Parks & Recreation is working with Calvert County Soil Conservation District and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources on this project. In the end, our efforts will protect the severely eroding shoreline on the south end of Breezy Point Beach and Campground and mitigate the damage caused by flooding and other environmental conditions.
In July 2023, contractors installed erosion and sediment control measures, removed the existing groins, and installed new offshore breakwaters that will protect the shoreline from a 100-year storm. These will run parallel with the shoreline unlike the previous breakwaters that ran perpendicular to the shore.
During the summer of 2023, Breezy Point Road will experience increased traffic for approximately 20-30 days due to trucking of sand and other construction materials. This will be necessary because it was fiscally impossible and environmentally hazardous to deliver the materials to the site via barge. This phase of work is slated for completion in the fall of 2023.
Eventually, upland grasses will be planted behind the breakwaters. These will stabilize the beach sand and provide habitats for wildlife. In addition, this living shoreline will help control flood water, reduce wave energy, and filter runoff.
Chesapeake Hills Golf Course
The Chesapeake Hills Golf Course Clubhouse is currently under construction and is slated for opening fall 2023. The current plans are for an 8,149-square-foot clubhouse building and outdoor patio situated where the old clubhouse once stood. It will include a banquet area, a grill room and restaurant, in addition to amenities for golfers. The rendering below shows what the completed clubhouse will look like.
In addition, two rain shelters are in the permitting process and are slated for completion in late 2023.
A new playground will be installed at Broomes Island Park in the fall of 2023. It will replace the outdated play equipment and goes beyond ADA requirements to allow children with different mobility, neurological, and intellectual needs to play freely. The inclusive playground will feature new swings, a spiral slide, two glide slides, a ribbon climber, a rock climber, a beanstalk climber, and several tactile inserts. In addition, several new benches will flank the play area.
These images, drawn by the manufacturer, show what the playground will look like.
Southern Community Center
A new swing set was installed at the Southern Community Center in July 2023. This was modified equipment from the previous Dunkirk District Park playground that is still in excellent shape. Thank you to our maintenance team for installing and for their clever adaptive reuse!
Battle Creek Nature Center
Plans are underway to reconstruct and reopen the Nature Center that was damaged in a November 2022 fire. We are grateful to Calvert County Fire-Rescue-EMS who extinguished the fire very quickly and there was relatively little structural damage. However, the smoke damage was extensive. Parks and Recreation staff are now working with a consulting team to repair and restore the 50+ year old facility and make needed upgrades.
While the park and trails remain open during normal business hours, the Nature Center is slated for reopening in the summer of 2024.
Cove Point Park and Dominion Energy Regional Park
Cove Point Park is located at 750 Cove Point Road in Lusby. Dominion Energy Regional Park is located at 10495 S Solomons Island Road in Lusby. The future park property was previously used by Dominion Energy Cove Point during the liquefaction export expansion project. At the completion of the project in 2018, Dominion donated approximately 100 acres to the county to develop a regional park. Combined with an additional adjacent property owned by the County, the park totals 179 acres. Park design and initial construction will be funded in part through generous donations from Dominion Energy. The master planning process for the new park and updates to the existing Cove Point Park began in January 2019. Public meetings and online surveys were conducted in both May and October of 2019. On August 11, 2020 the BOCC adopted the Cove Point Park and Dominion Energy Regional Park Master Plan.
Parks & Recreation is currently finalizing construction plans for the first phase of Dominion Energy Regional Park. The initial construction phase will include required park infrastructure, an entrance roadway and parking. First-phase construction is also expected to include some planned amenities such as athletic fields (including one artificial turf field) and flex green space.
Dominion Energy Regional Park will be developed as a destination park appropriate for larger scale activities. Amenities will include tournament quality rectangular fields, a large recreation center, trails and paved paths, large picnic pavilions, event space, and an outdoor fitness center. Cove Point Park will remain a district park most appropriate for smaller scale activities while improving amenities available to all users. Upgrades to Cove Point Park include a small recreation center to replace Southern Community Center, upgraded areas for fields and courts, a trail system, and an expanded waterpark.