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(Continued on page 22) p l a y g ro u n d Above Bonnie View Park, Pikesville, Md., is an important source of recreation and relaxation for the neighbors who live nearby, and its focal point is the playground that sits in the middle of the open space. The park and playground are part of a 327 single- family home community called The Parke at Mt. Washington, built by Beazer Homes, of Columbia, Md. Playground Specialists Inc., Thurmont, Md., installed the playground. Urbanscape/Wabash Valley made and installed the benches and trash receptacles. Bonnie View Park, just north of Baltimore, is less than an acre in size, and its playground is even smaller, tucked in the middle of the site. They might be modest in scope and scale, but it took the combined effort of two private entities and a government agency working cooperatively to make them happen. The players in this project are: Beazer Homes, the developer; Daft McCune Walker Inc. (DMW), Landscape Architects, Planners, Civil Engineers, Environmental Professionals and Surveyors; and Baltimore County and its Department of Parks and Recreation. First, a brief bit of background. Bonnie View Country Club was built in the 1930s, and it didn't take long for the homes surrounding the 18-hole private golf club to become known as Bonnie View Estates. In its heyday, Bonnie View Country Club was well respected and enjoyed an air of prestige in Pikesville, Md., an unincorporated community of about 31,000 people, just north of Mt. Washington. It went through decades of widespread use and became something of an icon in the view of townsfolk. But then the economy went into a tailspin in the early 2000s. The national economic turmoil, coupled with competition from other golf clubs, pretty much sealed Bonnie View's fate. Beazer Homes bought the 140-acre property, took steps to convert the land use to a single-family home subdivision, and gave its soon-to-be built community a new name: The Parke at Mt. Washington. The homebuilder began constructing the first of its 327 homes in 2008. Before that, Beazer was required to include an open space amenity in The Park as one of the conditions of development. At about the same time, community members and others lobbied to prevent the name Bonnie View from going into extinction, saying it should somehow be kept alive. "The intent was that it (Bonnie View Park) serve the residents of the larger surrounding community as well," said Edward Tom, landscape architect and project manager at Daft McCune Walker. "Beazer agreed, hence, the name Bonnie View Park," Tom, RLA, said. So while the housing subdivision is called The Parke at Mt. Washington, the nearby park is named Bonnie View. Bonnie View is rectangular-shaped, about a half-acre in size, and is surrounded by a 4-foot-tall steel picket By Michael Miyamoto, LASN / Landscape Architecture by Daft McCune Walker, Inc.,Towson, Md. Bonnie View Park Playground 20 Landscape Architect and Specifier News PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAFT MCCUNE WALKER, INC., LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS