How Sligo Park Came To Be

In 1927 a group of environmentally concerned citizens formed to protect all of the headwaters which were flowing into DC. The people in this group were the founding fathers of the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, which they established in 1927.

“Sligo Creek Park was formally developed as a result of the Capper-Crampton Act of 1930, which provided $1.5 million in federal funds to pay for parkland along tributaries of Rock Creek and the Anacostia River. Much of the land acquired for the park was donated by adjoining property owners such as E. Brooke Lee.” (from North Hills of Sligo Creek, Sally Gagné, pg. 167).

Most of this land was available for the park because it was considered useless to developers at the time. The width of the park represents the flood plain of Sligo Creek. In the early ages of development most companies would not build on flood plains or steep slopes because it was not optimal land for buildings. Where there are large high rise buildings along the park there tend to be what are called military ridges, which are steep banks covered with trees. These allow for the park-goers to enjoy the natural beauty of undeveloped nature while also allowing the apartments to have a view of the park.

Sligo Creek Park is 543 acres, including the Sligo Creek Golf Course, and was added to over time through the purchase of private lands and public land acquisitions. The acreage of the park is determined by adding up the acres on the deeds to the land which make up each section of the park. However, since Friends of Sligo Creek works outside the stream valley slightly we actually do work on 613.9 acres of parkland.

M-NCPPC decided to split the park into units (and various local and neighborhood parks) along existing large roads that already separated areas of the park. For a long time these were kept written on 4 x 6 cards in Parks headquarters and later in the computer era stored in a database. The 6th unit, Unit 1a, was created when the county line between Prince George’s County and Montgomery County was moved, giving Montgomery County more park land. Prince George’s County made the entire Sligo Creek Stream Valley one unit, PG Unit 5, which consists of 78.6 acres. This acreage also includes two Community Recreation Centers, Parklawn and Green Meadows.

SLIGO MAPS

Unit 1a: The County Line to just below Chaney Drive 17.6 acres
Unit 1: Chaney Drive to Piney Branch Road 36.8 acres
Unit 2: Piney Branch Road to Colesville Road 39.4 acres
Unit 3: Colesville Road to Just Past the Beltway Overpass 73.5 acres
Unit 4: Just Past the Beltway Overpass to University Boulevard 107.6 acres
Unit 5: University Boulevard to Arcola Avenue 90.1 acres
PG Unit 5: The County Line to the Streams Confluence with Northwest Branch 78.6 acres

Friends of Sligo Creek does also work in the Takoma Park and Long Branch areas, which are considered separate entities by M-NCPPC. The Long Branch Stream Valley is broken into two sections, upper and lower. The lower section is then split into two units. The upper section is considered a neighborhood park. There are also two other neighborhood parks and two local parks attributed to Long Branch.

LONG BRANCH MAPS

Takoma-Piney Branch Local Park: Located behind Piney Branch Elementary School to the end of Darwin Avenue 12.7 acres
Lower Long Branch Unit 1: Carroll Avenue to Piney Branch Road 13.4 acres
Lower Long Branch Unit 2: Piney Branch Road to East Melbourne Avenue 13 acres
Upper Long Branch Neighborhood Park: East Melbourne Avenue to just above the intersection of Hamilton Avenue, Wilmer Street, and Seminole Street 1.7 acres
Long Branch Arliss Neighborhood Park: Located Behind the Long Branch Library 6.2 acres
Long Branch Garland Neighborhood Park: Located at the intersection of Doer Avenue and Garland Avenue 3.8 acres
Long Branch Local Park: Located on Piney Branch Road 400 feet before Barron Street 14 acres
Long Branch Wayne Local Park: Located just before the intersection of East Wayne Avenue and Route 193 6.1 acres

Sligo Creek Park also has two parks and five neighborhood parks associated with the watershed:

PARKS IN SLIGO MAPS

–Arcola Local Park: Behind the Washington Christian School, and connecting to Unit 5 of the park 4 acres
–Becca Lilly Neighborhood Park: Located off Merwood Avenue in Unit 1 of Lower Long Branch 2 acres
–Colt Terrace Neighborhood Park: Located off Colt Terrace Avenue in Unit 5 of the park 5 acres
–Dale Drive Neighborhood Park: Located at the intersection of Dale Drive and Hartford Avenue in Unit 2 of the park 2.3 acres
–Sligo-Bennington Neighborhood Park: Located Between Greenbrier Drive and Ellsworth Drive on Bennington Lane in Unit 2 of the park 6.3 acres
–Sligo-Dennis Local Park: Located 700 feet past the intersection of Dennis Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway in unit 4 of the park 5.3 acres
–Sligo Cabin Neighborhood Park: Located on Wayne Avenue 700 feet from the intersection of Wayne Avenue and Mansfield Road in Unit 2 of the park 1.3 acres
–Sligo Creek North Neighborhood Park: Located at on Sligo Creek Parkway just past the intersection of Sligo Creek Parkway and Flower Avenue 1.3 acres
–Sligo Creek Golf Course: Located on Sligo Creek Parkway in Unit 4 of the park 71.9 acres

Unless otherwise stated, all material on Montgomery County is based on maps from, and conversation with, Gene Elliott, Senior Park Planner, M-NCPPC. All materials on Prince George’s County are based on maps from Eileen Nivera, Planner-Coordinator, M-NCPPC.