On September 16, 2015, a small group gathered at the former horse stables in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates (CRE) to see a rendering of a community park that it being proposed and to receive a donation of $15,000 from Dominion.
Local engineer and Chesapeake Ranch Estates resident, Jay Hopson, displayed a drawing, including pathways with lighting, pavilions, restrooms, concession stands, and amphitheater. The drawing depicted an outer perimeter trail that could be connected to existing wooded trails in the community.
Stormwater ponds could include rain gardens and micro bio-retention facilities. One portion of the grounds could be used to create a wetland area for use in education, but soil testing needs to be done to see if it’s viable. The park was envisioned as hosting family reunions, group outings, small concerts, movie nights, plays, parking and possibly a playground.
Hopson and Zane Rettstatt, former CRE Board Member, will be looking for grants and donations from area utilities and contractors, who provide services to the community. CRE Board of Directors and General Manager Maggie Moudry pursued non-profit status for the park with Southern Calvert Environmental Resources Fund (SEARF), who will manage and oversee disbursement of funds for the park. A Park Planning Committee will be formed, and they, along with Hopson and Rettstatt, will be soliciting donations and placed in an account with SEARF. As the park moves along, funds will then be disbursed.
Travis Scott, President of the CRE Board of Directors, along with several other members, received the Dominion check, presented by Karl Neddenien, Media Relations and Community Relations Manager for Dominion Cove Point LNG, and Mike Gardner, Dominion Cove Point Plant Operations.
Park planners welcome input from the CRE community on what they would like to see included in the space and also would like to hear from anyone wishing to be a park benefactor.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon