Gaithersburg’s Crown Farm Park, an Upcoming 1.5 Acre Park, Now in Design Phase

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The City of Gaithersburg has started planning for its newest park, a 2.99 acre parcel located at the corner of Decoverly Drive and Steinbeck Avenue in Crown. The park will occupy a portion of the original 175-acre property that was annexed into the City in 2006. While the parcel is a generous size, after accounting for required easements and stream valley buffers, the usable park space will be about 1.5 acres.

Crown Farm Park is currently in the design phase with construction to take place in FY25. A community outreach meeting will be held in the coming months to share the proposed design. The 2.99-acre parcel located at the corner of Decoverly Drive and Steinbeck Avenue in Crown will feature walking paths, a playground, native species landscaping, and open space for community enjoyment. In addition to the upcoming Crown Farm Park, the City of Gaithersburg is currently in the final phase of completing Pleasant View Park— a 9.54-acre park at 10901 Darnestown Rd. with parking, community gardens, a bicycle skills course (pump track), open space, pavilions, a playground, fitness pods, and a welcome plaza.

The 19th century Corn Crib Barn is the oldest surviving structure from the former England-Crown Farm and recently underwent preservation. Additional info from in-depth feature article in the spring, 2021 edition of inGaithersburg Magazine: Just 15 years ago, the Crown neighborhood was a farm, the last one in Gaithersburg. The 175-acre property was annexed into the City in 2006, and it’s now a vibrant (and still growing) community with restaurants, retail shops, commercial space, and thousands of condominiums, apartments, town- houses, and single family homes. It’s also home to a future high school. Most of the expansive property is in the hands of private developers, but a few acres were deeded to the City for use as a park.

Technically called the England-Crown Farm, it operated as a dairy farm by the England, Garrett and Crown families in the 19th and 20th centuries. The little piece that will become a park includes two silos, a concrete block garage with an attached storage shed, a corrugated metal grain bin, and that intrigu- ing corn crib. Also on the site, but privately owned and in the process of being renovated, are a 19th century Manor House, a smoke house, and an early log house. All of these structures have been officially designated by the City as historic resources.

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