Category: Parks & Recreation

Ma and Pa Heritage Trail

World Landscape Architecture Month: Ma and Pa Heritage Trail

Ma and Pa Heritage Trail
Click the trail image above to see an aerial view of the trail, provided by MidAtlantic Photographic, LLC.
Continuing World Landscape Architecture Month, the Ma and Pa Heritage Trail is a point of cultural reference in Harford County. In the early-mid 1900s, the MA & PA Railroad ran from Baltimore to York, PA, traveling 23 miles through the county. The railroad has since been converted into a trail as part of “Rails to Trails”,  an initiative to create and connect scenic walking trails from the old railroad beds. FWA provided civil engineering design, planning, landscape architecture, and surveying services for the project. Sights of the original railroad still remain, see if you can spot any the next time you’re out on the trail!

 

The Grove Market

The Grove Market and Trail

Under an open end contract with Harford County Government, FWA provided civil engineering, land surveying, and landscape architecture services for “The Grove“, an open air farmer’s market adjacent to the Harford County Agricultural Center. The 3,200 SF pole barn acts as an incubator space for vendors to provide county residents with local goods.

FWA’s scope of work included site design affiliated with the construction of the building, including topographic and boundary surveys, the design of stormwater management and water quality facilities, water service to the building, on-site storm drainage systems, sewer service and a new septic system using Maryland Department of the Environment’s established flow rates, site layout, parking, pad grading, and paving section. Landscape architecture plans and sediment and erosion control measures, including the submission of all required permits were also provided.

A trail study and alignment, concept stormwater management and erosion and sediment control plans have also been submitted to the County for a proposed 1.5 mile walking trail at the market.

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Located at Shucks Regional Park in Harford County.

Miracle League Adaptive Baseball Field

Play Ball! FWA provided full service engineering design, surveying, architectural design, and landscape architecture services for the Miracle League adaptive baseball field located at Schucks Regional Park in Harford County.

The Miracle League of Harford County’s mission is to allow children and adults with disabilities the chance to play baseball on the specially designed rubberized fields.

Our engineering scope of services included the design of the field’s location, site layout, grading and site improvements to support the field, stormwater management and water quality facilities, sediment and erosion control, and on-site storm drainage systems.

FWA’s surveying team provided a topographic survey and construction stakeout services of the area for the field placement, the respective stormwater management facilities, and ADA parking area and accessible pathway. Architectural services were provided for the dugouts and FWA’s landscape architecture team prepared the landscape plans.

For more information on this project and its positive impact on the community, please visit https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/harford/aegis/sports/cng-ag-sp-miracle-league-field-update-0708-20200708-v6r4ysf2x5cbxh4uaqmv2nud74-story.html?fbclid=IwAR3384I5hzAK2Oi2rMGRYS-BibkBWOS-cg093eayEFMIDG69e88kKRrU_sE

Photos provided by Mid-Atlantic Photographic, LLC.

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Designed to evoke the senses, this section of the trail provides stimulation for adults and children of all abilities.

Emily Bayless Graham Park

Frederick Ward Associates provided entitlement documents for a walking trail on the Emily Bayless Graham property, which was deeded to Harford County. The proposed amenities included a new access roadway, parking lot, pavilion area, restroom facilities, two miles of walking trail, groundkeeper’s mobile home, and an approved concept stormwater management design and report.

After receiving the final site plan approval, we prepared final construction documents of which the main scope of services included a topographic survey, geotechnical investigation, final stormwater management design, erosion and sediment control design, and design services for the driveway, parking lot, and a trail.

Within the 1.5-mile trail is a 0.5-mile loop that makes up the Emily Bayless Graham Park Nature Based Sensory Trail. Designed to evoke the senses, this loop provides stimulation for adults and children of all abilities.

In addition, FWA provided services for project specification, cost estimating, permitting, and bidding phase services.

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Kentlands Community Center

As one of the first MN-CPPC BIM-designed projects, the Kentland Community Center will be the centerpiece of the community park in Landover.  The building, 32,000 square feet in size, is designed to be LEED Silver equivalent or greater.  Comprised of exposed steel, ACM panels, brick and natural stone veneer on the exterior, the building’s interior will include daylight harvesting, active and passive solar design, water efficient fixtures, energy efficient HVAC and lighting systems and life-cycle costing with durability of materials.  The site is smartly designed with a wedding court separating the new building from the existing community building and circular drives allow pick-up and drop-off points at each building.  Ample parking and handicap accessibility address the concerns of the neighborhood, with upgraded site utilities, basketball and tennis courts.  The design was completed utilizing Revit 2009, allowing M-NCPPC to visualize the building in 3D throughout the design process.

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Reckord Armory / Frederick Y Ward Park

The Frederick Ward Park at the Reckord Armory is clearly our favorite project and its design exemplifies FWA’s commitment to community.  The Reckord Armory, located in downtown Bel Air, serves as a hub for concerts and community events.  The Frederick Ward Park was added to the Armory complex in 2009 to provide a supplemental outdoor venue for local gatherings.  FWA’s architects and landscaping design team created a first class space for all to enjoy and IMARK builders constructed the project.

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Athletic Facilities

Frederick Ward Associates provided the engineering to convert numerous athletic fields from grass to synthetic turf fields. The fields designed span multiple levels of competition; from youth league intramural games to college level.  To accompany the new fields, FWA provides the design for grandstands, ticket booths, concession facilities and ADA accessibility. The upgrades to these sporting facilities are a welcome improvement to the community’s activities, physical health and sporting events the entire family can enjoy.

  • Harford Community College Varsity Ball field
  • Aberdeen Youth Development Field
  • Joppatowne High School
  • Havre de Grace High School
  • C. Milton Wright High School
  • Harford Technical High School

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