Proposed Kelley Park Elementary School

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Proposed Kelley Park School Site

A small portion of Kelley Park, a 28-acre amenity featuring three ballfields, playgrounds, tennis courts, sand volleyball and open space, has been proposed by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) as a site for a new elementary school in the Gaithersburg Cluster. The park is known locally for hosting the Gaithersburg Giants (a Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League) during the summer months.

A Site Selection Advisory Committee was convened in 2017, consisting of representatives from MCPS, Montgomery County, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village, Washington Grove, Montgomery County Council of PTAs and the NAACP. The Selection Committee unanimously selected Kelley Park after evaluating potential sites based on criteria such as location within the Gaithersburg Cluster; acreage and topography; access and utilities; physical condition; availability and timing; and cost.

As proposed, the school building would be situated on 3 to 4 acres of land, with a total of 7 to 9 acres potentially being utilized for shared facilities and fields. MCPS has not presented any plan indicating exact acreage, as the site is still being studied by MCPS’s architectural firm. A formal proposal is expected in the 4th quarter of 2019.

While security guidelines are expected to limit access to school grounds during school hours, the remainder of the park would be available during the school day. The full site would be available during non-school hours. Siting and operation under a shared use agreement would be similar to that of the Lakelands Park Middle School, adjacent to the City-owned Lakelands Park.

Submission of Comments

Comments or questions on this project may be directed to Seth Feriano, Project Manager, Division of Construction, Montgomery County Public Schools, at 240-314-1000 or seth_a_feriano@mcpsmd.org.

Comments to Mayor & City Council on this proposal may either be mailed to: 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD, 20877, or emailed to cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov.

Project Status

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December 2, 2019
August 12, 2019
May 7, 2019
April 5, 2019
March 12, 2019
March 6, 2019
2018 Updates
2017 Updates