Capital Improvement Program

Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission's (M-NCPPC) Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is the primary mechanism for planning and budgeting capital projects such as new or renovated parks. The CIP is a six-year program, with the first year being the Capital Budget year and the outer five years comprising the planned capital expenditures for the following years. Typically, requests for funding a new or renovated park are placed in the outer years of the CIP and eventually funding is provided when that outer year becomes the Capital Budget year.

Priority System

Since M-NCPPC receives many requests for CIP funding, a system of prioritizing the requests has been developed based on factors such as:
  • Citizen and county support
  • Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Compliance with building codes
  • Maintaining existing facilities
  • Need
  • Prior funding commitments
  • Safety concerns
Residents may request that projects be placed in the CIP by testifying at one of the scheduled Planning Board Budget Forums that takes place each autumn and/or at the County Council Budget Hearing that takes place each spring.

Citizen Requests

In addition, residents are urged to work with a local recreation council, municipality or civic association, and send your requests in writing to their elected County Council representative. During this process, residents are encouraged to contact the park planner assigned to their area for input regarding the development of a design program and associated cost estimates. Park planner contact information for a particular area of the county may be obtained by calling the Help Desk at 301-699-2255.