University Park in Hagerstown

Hagerstown, Maryland

The former location of a McCrory’s store, this urban site was transformed into a pocket park at the same time the Historic Baldwin Hotel was receiving an addition and being renovated to create a satellite campus for the University of Maryland.

Hired by the City of Hagerstown, Mahan Rykiel conducted a charrette for community input. The resulting park is a formal predominantly green space. The design allows for passive recreation, but can accommodate large crowds for weekly concerts.

The gated park has brick and gravel paths, shaded and open lawn spaces, and has quickly become a lunchtime meeting place, outdoor study area and venue for many events.


Outstanding Commercial-Institutional Preservation, Hagerstown Historic Preservation Award