Category: Park and Planning

Pinecrest Park to close for renovations

Park photo by Mike Diegel The Pinecrest Local Park, adjacent to Pinecrest Elementary School at 301 St. Lawrence Dr., will close this month for extensive renovations, according to the Parks Department. The 5.6-acre park, acquired in 1944 and developed into a park in the 1950s, includes a playground, tennis courts, softball field, multiuse field, parking lot and an activity building. A temporary chain link fence and orange blaze fencing will close off all park facilities during construction. The renovations will include: Reconfiguring and re-grading the fields and surrounding area Constructing an internal loop trail Improving the field drainage conditions...

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Traffic, safety principal concerns raised at sector planning kick off

Graphic courtesy Montgomery County Planning Department (M-NCPPC). Traffic congestion and pedestrian safety along Georgia Avenue were the principal concerns among attendees at a presentation kicking off planning for a Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills sector plan. The comments primarily focused on the difficulty crossing Georgia Avenue at Forest Glen Road to get to and from the Metro, and at Seminary Place to get to shops and restaurants. Over and over, attendees said “you take your life in your hands” at those crossings. The purpose of this planning process is to consider “long-term land use and transportation strategies in response to the SHA...

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First planning meeting for updating Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills set

Montgomery County Planning Department photo. The county’s Planning Department will hold the first public meeting to discuss updating plans for Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills tonight at Park and Planning headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave. The department will start the process with a traffic study along Georgia Avenue from 16th Street to the Forest Glen Metro station, according to a press release. The planning area will include the Montgomery Hills commercial section. The department lists the sector plan priorities as: Balancing regional traffic demands with the needs of enhancing and protecting the existing residential neighborhoods. Evaluating existing conditions and providing...

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Pilot program in Silver Spring to offer dockless bike sharing

Montgomery County will be the first suburban jurisdiction in the country to offer residents dockless bike sharing under a new agreement with Mobike, the largest such company in the world. County Executive Ike Leggett (D) said the agreement would be a pilot project that would bring 400-500 bikes to Silver Spring for riders to test the concept. The trial is expected to start later this month. [In the photo above is Matt Johnson, Department of Transportation project manager for the protected bike lanes; Jillian Irvin, Mobike’s head of U.S. government affairs; Council Vice President Hans Riemer; Washington Area Bicyclist...

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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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