More than just a traditional playground, the new Hollofield Play Space at Patapsco Valley State Park complements the environment through the use of simulated hollow logs, tree stumps, rocks, and toad stools. With components made of recycled materials, the Play Space is sustainable, permeable, and low-maintenance. The first of its kind in a Maryland State Park, this fully accessible, American Disability Act-compliant Play Space is designed to allow visitors of all abilities to connect to nature through play, exploration, and reflection while blending beautifully into the surrounding park. The Hollofield Play Space is a collaboration between the Maryland Park Service and the Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization credited with bringing many unique projects to fruition at the park.
The purpose of the Hollofield Playspace was to create a playground designed to allow a child with mobility challenges such as a wheelchair/braces/ etc to be able to play with their siblings and friends or a parent or wounded veteran or grandparent with mobility challenges to be able to play with their children or grandchildren by designing a playspace that is not only accessible to everyone but is designed to have features all can enjoy together including a custom surface.
We worked with Dr. Zosha Stuckey- Towson University, Professor of English and her student grant writers, grants were received from Coldwell Banker Cares- Sally Griffin, John J. Leidy Foundation- Lu Pierson, The Finish Line Youth Foundation- Michael Lockard, The Community Foundation of Howard County, Beverly White-Seals, Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks, John Byrd and corporate sponsors were The Elkridge Furnace Inn- Dan Wecker and Williamsburg Homes- Bruce Harvey.
Nita Settina- Superintendent, Maryland Park Service headed up the project at the state level.