Category: Park and Planning

WSSC Work, Park Improvements to Affect Access to Two Four Corners Parks

The park entrance from University Boulevard, the lot and the ball field seen beyond, will close this month for improvement work. Photo by Mike Diegel. Improvements scheduled to begin this month will affect users’ access to two parks in the Four Corners area of Silver Spring, according to announcements from the county’s Parks Department. WSSC will be installing a new sewer line at the entrance to the Fall Line Trail along the Northwest Branch, which begins just south of Burnt Mills East Special Park on Colesville Road. A portion of that trail, which splits after it leaves the parking...

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Planning Department Launches Online Tool for Sector Plan Feedback

Graphic from the Montgomery County Planning Department The Montgomery County Planning Department has launched a new interactive online tool that will allow residents and property owners in the Montgomery Hills and Forest Glen communities to comment on the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan. The MCReactMap can be accessed via a computer or smart phone to comment, raise concerns and answer planners’ questions, suggest improvements, and agree or disagree with other comments and ideas. Users can click pins on the map to answer questions about different neighborhoods in the planning area. Beginning next week, residents and visitors to the plan...

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MNCPPC issues request for proposals for Nolte Park building

Nolte Park activity building, MNCPPC photo The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has issued a Request for Proposals for the adaptive reuse of the park activity building at Nolte Local Park, located at 200 Denver Rd. Proposals must include a business plan and financing structure that meets the commission’s general goals for adaptive reuse, which includes enhancing the park’s stewardship without disrupting “surrounding park activities and community character.” The building is being offered on an “as-is” basis and bidders will be expected to not only propose rental and interior/exterior maintenance fees, but also to be prepared to invest...

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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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