Ongoing Park Projects
Ward Farm Recreation Area
See the original full Ward Farm Presentation
Ward Farm Master Plan park development layout map.
In 2013, Calvert County purchased what is now known as Ward Farm Recreation & Nature Park for the development of a regional park. The 209 acre property is located at 10455 Ward Road in Dunkirk. The Master Plan was completed in 2015. The Master plan is broken down into multiple phases. Funding for the first phase of the project which includes roadways, parking, pier and athletic fields was secured and a groundbreaking for the project was held in October of 2018. After completion of the design and permitting process Phase 1 construction began in early 2020 and is currently well underway. Phase I is slated to open to the public in Fall 2021.
Check Out the Ward Farm Construction Time Lapse Video
Ward Park Development Photos
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 working through the design for the first phase for Dominion Energy Regional Park. Construction may begin as early as fall 2022. 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 community event space, playgrounds, a fitness challenge course, 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.
Dunkirk District Park
Dunkirk District Park is slated for a replacement of the existing playground, the addition of a new sprayground, and the construction of new tennis courts in a new location. Both the playground and sprayground will feature the theme “Chesapeake Bay: Above and Below Water” with emphasis on two iconic structures, the W.B. Tennison and the Drum Point Lighthouse in collaboration with the Calvert Marine Museum. The playground replacement will be the first phase of this project.
Three design proposals were submitted for the playground and a survey was put out to the public via social media to get community input on the designs. We received more than 600 responses. A follow-up survey was then put out to narrow down specific aspects of the two most popular designs and from the more than 195 responses a vendor was selected. Playground Specialists met with CCPR staff onsite in late November for a walkthrough to finalize the design. Demolition/construction is slated to start in late May of 2021.
The second phase of the project which will include construction of new tennis courts in a new location to provide much needed improved courts as well as allow for construction of the sprayground where the existing tennis courts are currently located.