Category: Park and Planning

Deadline for Comments on Park Improvements is Midnight Tonight

Residents have until midnight tonight to enter online comments on the final conceptual site plan for improvements to the Silver Spring Intermediate Park. The 3.6-acre park, which is bounded on three sides by Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston avenues, is on the site of the former Silver Spring Intermediate School. It is still owned by the school system, but is managed by Montgomery Parks, which installed the parking lot, basketball court, tennis court, ball fields and playground in the 1980s. The final plan was developed following a series of community meetings in 2018, including a June meeting where residents could...

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Registration for County Summer Camps Begins Next Week

There may be plenty of snow on the ground, but parents can begin thinking about the county’s summer camp opportunities for children now. Registration for both the Recreation Department and Montgomery Parks summer camps begins one week from today—Tuesday, Jan. 22. The guide to the camps being offered this year is online; printed copies of the guides also are available at recreation and aquatic facilities around the county and include registration forms. The Recreation Department offers more than 150 camps covering interest areas including art, music, dance, cooking, STEM, filmmaking, sports, therapeutic recreation and more. Montgomery Parks offers outdoor...

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Parks Seeking Comment on Nolte Community Garden Proposal

Montgomery Parks is soliciting public comments on a proposal to create a community garden on the grounds of Nolte Local Park at 200 Denver Rd. The garden would be created at the location of the current activity building, which is scheduled to be demolished this year. The department issued a Request for Proposals for reuse of the building in March 2018, but was unable to find a suitable tenant. The activity building would be the only part of the park disturbed by the garden proposal, according to the department—no trees or other park features would be disturbed. In its...

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District 5 Population Grows by 6.5 Percent, Second Highest Rate in County

County Council District 5 had the second highest rate of population growth from 2010-2016, according to a new demographic report released by the county’s Planning Department. Councilmember Tom Hucker (D) represents the district, which includes the Source’s Silver Spring-Takoma Park coverage area and continues up the U.S. 29 corridor, along the border with Prince George’s County up to the Howard County line. The district’s population grew by 6.5 percent to an estimated 206,638 people during the period covered in the report. That represents 20.1 percent of the county’s total estimated population of 1,026,371. District 2 (upcounty, north of Gaithersburg...

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County Program Provides Trees for Urban Areas to Increase Canopy

During this fall planting season, interested property owners can help to increase the tree canopy in the county’s urban areas with a free tree. Under the Planning Department’s Shades of Green program, qualifying property owners can get a free tree planted, under certain conditions. For example, trees can’t be planted in street rights-of-way (publicly owned lands that typically include streets and sidewalks), and a site evaluation will be conducted to ensure the location is proper and there’s enough space for the tree. Locally, the urban areas that are eligible for the program are Flower/Piney Branch, Montgomery Hills and the...

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