Horsepen Park Development

Project Background/Description

Horsepen Park is a new Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) park located in Bowie, MD.

This property was previously a Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) treatment facility. WSSC retains and operates a portion of the site between the parking lot and the park. Once the park is complete, it will act as a multi-functional trailhead for the Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis (WB&A) Trail and feature Prince George’s County’s first bicycle practice and training courses, which includes a beginner level bicycle pump track, an intermediate level pump track, a bicycle skills area, and a bicycle repair station. The park will also have two playgrounds, a picnic pavilion, and a passive recreation area. The site is fenced and surrounded by environmentally sensitive areas that include wetlands.

Project Schedule/Status

Last Updated August 2020
Currently, the project is in the "Construction" phase.

The demolition of the old WSSC facilities was completed in 2009. Construction of the beginner level bicycle pump track, learning pavilion, picnic area, and playgrounds was completed in 2019. The current construction phase includes an intermediate level bicycle pump track and a bicycle skills course.

A summary of the project milestones follows:

  • Fall 2017 – Summer 2020 – Design and construction of the park
  • Summer 2020 – Fall 2020 – Post construction / As-built drawings
  • Fall/Winter 2020 – Grand Opening

Actual dates for the completion of the milestones are subject to change dependent upon weather conditions and COVID-19 updates.

Project Contact

Joseph “JJ” Arce, Central Area Park Planner