Walker Mill Regional Park-Woodland Wonderland Playground located in Capital Heights, MD. The natural setting of the park inspired lead landscape architect, René Albacete to design the 8,200 square foot playground into a “Woodland Wonderland”, as it contains numerous large stately trees, which remain from the original farm property use. Once part of a former tobacco plantation, the park maintains its rural character with features such as the historic Concord Manor house, red-roofed outbuildings and barns, farm fields, a fishing pond and an old family cemetery.
Diligent measures were taken to save the trees during the design phase. Even the accessible route was re-designed to work with the existing steep slopes and capture the mature “forest-look” of the site. Two thousand square feet of the playground is designated as a misting zone, which allows for water play during the warm months. When the weather cools down the water is turned off and it reverts to a standard playground.
The entrance is set high on a woodland knoll, where the playground is full of delights as you walk through the gates. A motion-activated hollow log gateway greets children with the musical sounds of nature. The accessible walkway leading up to the playground is detailed with colorful spiraling leaf imprints, which replicate the images of the surrounding maple tree habitat in the park.
The walkway is an integral part of the play experience that provides both exercise and entertainment for all visitors in the form of a joking gnome, crawling critters, rabbit talk tubes, a Rastafarian frog drum, and even an abacus, and hints at the anticipated surprises that will meet them at the top of the hill.
Restrooms are available.