Category: Park and Planning

Demolition begun on house to allow park expansion

Photo by Mike Diegel. Demolition work has begun on a Montgomery Parks-owned house at 8915 Colesville Rd. that will allow for the expansion of Ellsworth Urban Park. The addition will expand the park’s acreage by about 30 percent, Dominic Quattrocchi, planner coordinator for the department, said in May. Interim features in the expanded park area will include a pavilion, seating, landscaping, a passive recreation area and decorative fencing, all to the north of the Ellsworth Dog Park. Quattrocchi said construction should be completed by mid-fall. Montgomery Parks has owned the house for about 30 years, he said. A number...

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Pump Track part of Montgomery Parks’ Pop-Up Programming

Montgomery Parks’ Pump Track, part of its Pop-Up Programming, is available at Fairview Road Urban Park. (David Lay/Source of the Spring) A Pump Track has appeared at Fairview Road Urban Park in Downtown Silver Spring, as part of Montgomery Parks’ Pop-Up Programming. As part of an effort to attract more visitors to its parks, Montgomery Parks is offering free programming at select parks. Several activities are being offered at select locations around Montgomery County: Make and Take: Create something special to take home right in your neighborhood park. Pop-Up Recess: Join a Montgomery Park Play Specialist in a park near you...

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Public invited to comment online about Bicycle Master Plan recommendations

Graphic from Montgomery County Planning Department The Montgomery County Planning Department is seeking additional public comments on the preliminary bikeway recommendations from the Bicycle Master Plan. The department has launched an interactive Bikeway ReactMap on its website to encourage reactions to the preliminary recommendations. Users can view the map and its legend, review a description of bikeway facility types and add comments about the recommendations. Planners began working on the master plan in July 2015, considering ways to implement the newest types of bikeways, such as separated bike lanes and neighborhood greenways, as well as secure bicycle storage facilities at...

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Rental Housing Study to be presented to council committee

While new construction has brought many condos and apartments to downtown Silver Spring, there’s a lack of affordable rental units. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. The key findings and recommendations of a countywide Rental Housing Study is expected to be presented to the County Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee following a recent presentation to the Planning Board. The two-year study was done for the Montgomery County Planning Department and the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs by consulting firms RKG Associates and Lisa Sturtevant and Associates. Many of the recommendations are technical and primarily affect developers, such as...

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Updated park rules go into effect July 1

North Four Corners park photo by Mike Diegel. Montgomery Parks has updated rules and regulations for the use of county parks that will go into effect July 1. This is the first comprehensive update of the rules since March 2001. Some of the major changes include: Except where otherwise prohibited, fishing is allowed in all park locations, as long as the angler has a state fishing license Hours for bicycling on paved trails is now allowed from 5 a.m. to midnight Bicyclists may now use all official paved and natural trails unless otherwise prohibited Smoking and vaping is prohibited...

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