Scott Dorio and his Husky-mix, Ginger, walked along a newly-paved trail at Urbana District Park Tuesday, past a mulched area where children scampered over slides, jungle gyms and monkey bars.
The park’s official opening was less than an hour away, but Dorio, of Urbana, and his dog already liked what they saw.
Dorio said he would often check on the park’s progress when he drove by, anxious for another spot to explore.
“Walking around the neighborhood is fun, but this is better,” he said.
The $5.6 million project includes two multipurpose fields, one football/lacrosse field, one baseball field, one softball field, a Little League field, walking and biking trails, four picnic pavilions and two playgrounds.
The park’s development along Md. 355 didn’t happen overnight, Frederick County Board of County Commissioners President Blaine Young (R), said at the opening ceremony.
Discussions on the park began in 2000, and involved four county commissioners’ boards, he said. The master plan was adopted in 2002, and the land donated in 2004.
Barbara Taylor, chairwoman of the county’s parks and recreation commission, told the gathering, “I know we’ve all been waiting for a long, long time to have this happen.”
The park is an example of what the community, county and the private sector can accomplish when they work together, said Tom Natelli, whose Monocacy Land Company donated the park’s 95 acres in 2004.
“What we’re doing here, this is going to last for generations and generations,” Natelli said.
Una Holland, pushing her son, Randy, on one of the swings, said it looks like the park has some nice amenities. Residing in Ijamsville, Holland said they usually go to Urbana Community Park down the street, or Old National Pike Park in Mount Airy. But they’ve been keeping an eye on when the new park would open.
“This will probably be our main one,” she said.