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Discovery Park

Planned and designed as a neighborhood amenity near the Quince Orchard and Lakelands neighborhoods of Gaithersburg this 3-acre park features active and passive recreational opportunities for adjacent residents and the Astra Zeneca day care facility. It includes a 7-acre forest conservation easement and recently restored stream valley – areas that are undisturbed and make important contributions to the ecological diversity of the overall park.

With access limited to bicycles and pedestrians, the park is organized around a half-mile walking loop which connects several picnic areas and two small playgrounds; the playgrounds feature creative play components for younger children. The trail wraps around open lawn areas for informal play and through a variety of new planting environments – a butterfly garden, naturalized bulb displays, and native understory shrubs. These plantings provide spatial definition of the various park areas and feature multiple seasons of interest throughout the year.

The park opened in 2020.

Project Category: Parks & Recreation

Location: Gaithersburg, MD

Client: City of Gaithersburg

Contractor: Patriot

Engineer: Triad Engineering

Project Costs: $1,100,000

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