Preserving Our Past
Long before our children raced up and down the fields of the OBGC Community Park, Falling Green was home to some of Montgomery County’s most significant early settlers, the Brooke family. Quaker planter Basil Brooke built the home c. 1770, of hand-shaped bricks laid in Flemish Bond. Members of the Brooke family maintained it for nearly two centuries. Today the home stands as one of the county’s finest expressions of Georgian architecture. It is located at the heart of the Olney Boys and Girls Community Sports Association’s 118-acre youth athletic park and serves as a reminder of the Olney area’s rich Quaker heritage. The land was part of a 2,000-acre grant from Lord Baltimore to Basil’s father, James Brooke, who with wife Deborah became founding members of the Sandy Spring Quaker Meeting. Falling Green is registered with the Maryland Historic Trust.
Founded in 1969, OBGC provides after-school sports programs that foster the emotional and physical development of 7,000 county children annually. For many of these years it was forced to turn children away from its programs due to inadequate athletic facilities. To address this, in 2001 OBGC purchased the 118 acre parcel surrounding Falling Green and built the Community Park at Freeman Fields.
The project is estimated to cost $1.8 million, which includes a $200,000 endowment to maintain the building. OBGC is nearing completion of Phase I and is now seeking additional private and public funds, with the vast majority coming through private and corporate donations. Your support will help us achieve our goal and bring this community treasure back to good use. A list of naming opportunities and other forms of recognition is available.
You can be assured your tax-deductible gift will be put to good use as OBGC’s annual administrative operating cost are just 14% of its $2.1 million budget. OBGC has an established track record of successful financial management, and won awards from the National Association of Youth Sports, Montgomery County Civic Federation, and the Olney Chamber of Commerce, and has maintained Maryland Nonprofits’ “Seal of Excellence” since 2004.
Timeline and Phases:
- Phase I — anticipated completion: Summer 2011
- Develop complete set of architectural plans, provide structural stabilization, site preparation including civil engineering, and demolition of old additions. Projected cost $250,000
- Phase II — anticipated completion Summer 2012
- Core Construction to include: exterior masonry repair, 2-story addition, geothermal and new utility systems. Projected cost $850,000
- Phase III — anticipated completion Fall 2012
- Interior Construction to include: wall and ceiling plaster repair, window, door and trim restoration, hardwood floor refinishing, fixture installation. Projected cost $500,000.
- Phase IV — anticipated completion Winter 2012
- Falling Green Maintenance Endowment. Projected cost $200,000