The goal of the first phase of development of Catoctin Creek Park is to provide environmental education facilities, which will appeal to a broad range of park users in Frederick County. Construction for this phase of development will include a 6,100 square foot nature center with a vegetated roof, a receiving pavilion, a new entrance drive, parking, a well and septic system, bioretention pond, geothermal well field, landscaping, playground, picnic pavilion, and a handicapped-accessible loop trail. Construction is scheduled to begin October 2009 and is to be completed by the summer of 2010.
Catoctin Creek Park will be an asset to Frederick County by providing park facilities in harmony with the site and community. The park plan proposes a focus on environmental education utilizing the existing natural heritage found at this site. Youth programming, classes and summer camps will be a large focus for this facility. We will also offer school field trip options for students to learn more about the environment. However, educational activities will not be limited to youth. Staff will be leading and directing many environmental programs and recreational activities throughout the year including canoe trips, and evening educational programs that will be available for the entire family.
The nature center will host a variety of nature displays and exhibits in addition to incorporate various “green” building construction elements including a geothermal HVAC System, energy efficient wall systems/insulated roof panels/clad wood windows, low-emitting paints/adhesives/sealants/carpeting, southern facing windows to provide natural daylight in all regularly occupied spaces, vegetated roof to provide pre-treatment for rainfall and assist with conserving energy and the use of water efficient plumbing fixtures. Future phases of Catoctin Creek Park will include a pedestrian creek crossing, primitive camping locations, a maintenance facility, wildflower and native grass meadows, and additional trails.
The park will capitalize on the natural beauty of the site while providing varied recreational opportunities, as well as the amenities needed to make visits enjoyable.