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Posted on: February 8, 2024

Willowbrook Outdoor Wellness Center (WOW) – Project Getting Underway

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Cumberland, MD, December 18, 2023- The vision for the Willowbrook Outdoor Wellness Center (WOW) took center stage at the County Commissioners Public Business Meeting held on Thursday, December 14, 2023. The project was officially introduced to both the Commissioners and the public, marking a significant milestone in its development. 

Public surveys conducted in 2020 and 2021 were instrumental in shaping the proposed recreational park. The results, unveiled during the presentation, highlighted key amenities such as turf football/soccer field, natural grass multi-use fields, an outdoor classroom, walking track/trail, a national fitness court sponsored by First Peoples CFCU, concession/restrooms/storage facility, and possible turf field lighting. The development is set to take part in two phases. 

The project, initiated in the fall of 2019, secured a 50/50 grant through the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), sponsored by the National Parks Service, making it a collaborative effort with the Department of Natural Resources for the Phase I project. 

The Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) further solidified its commitment to the community by generously donating the project site at the end of Old Willowbrook Road, adjacent to the college. This donation is intended to serve as a future funding match to acquire additional LWCF funding through the National Parks Service for the Phase II project.

The construction timeline predicts for work to start on Phase 1 in early 2024, and wrap up by Fall 2024. Phase 2 projected future timelines could go to bid in Fall of 2024, with work being complete during 2025. In this phased approach, many factors could alter these Phase 2 timelines. 

The WOW Center is envisioned to serve as a public space, open for use by the surrounding community. Spaces such as these contribute to improved mental health, reduced stress, and enhanced quality of life for residents. The WOW Center represents a commitment to creating a communal haven that promotes a healthy lifestyle and encourages connections among community members.

Additional public engagement opportunities will be available as plans for additional phases are finalized, ensuring the community's voice remains central to the project's development. Stay tuned for more updates as this exciting project unfolds.


**In the below image, ORANGE represents Phase 1 & GREEN represents Phase 2.

To view the presentation by Director of Public Works, Adam Patterson, click here and use the bookmarks feature on the right to jump to item 5A:

WOW Center Project Plans

For media inquiries, please contact:

Kati Kenney
PR & Communications Manager
Allegany County Government

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