The new route is a critical step toward development of the planned regional park. The realignment will improve access to the park interior and alleviate a traffic bottleneck that occurs at Md. 180/Jefferson Pike and Butterfly Lane. Frederick Parks and Recreation Deputy Director Bob Smith welcomed the start of this road construction, launching further park development. A memorandum of understanding is already in place with Sophie and Madigan’s Playground as the first amenity for Westside Regional Park.

“We are very excited to begin this phase of the development at Westside Regional Park,” Smith said. “The internal park road, Contender Way, opens up the land bays within the park itself for future development.”

“That construction will coincide with the completion of the park road and parking lot,” Smith said. “We are all very eager to move forward.”

Mayor Michael O’Connor regarded the groundbreaking as a visible sign of the work needed to develop much-awaited improvements to the park and the City’s west side.

“We are making progress on this very important public facility, and that starts with transportation improvements that will benefit our residents who use Butterfly Lane as part of their daily activities,” O’Connor said. “The new park road is also another step in the process of fulfilling the promise of the Westside Regional Park Master Plan.”

The public is invited to attend the June 13 groundbreaking. Parking for the event is generously offered by First missionary Baptist Church: 6430 Jefferson Pike, Frederick.


  • Occurred Thursday, June 13th, 2019 @ 11:00 am


parking at First Missionary Baptist Church

6430 Jefferson Pike
Frederick, MD

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