The plan includes a competition pool. Photo from Max Pixel for illustrative purposes only.

The County Council will hold a hearing next week on Expedited Bill 18-17 that would authorize the planning, design and construction of the South County Regional Recreation and Aquatic Center in downtown Silver Spring.

The center is part of a proposal to redevelop and expand Elizabeth Square into a mixed-use development with retail and residential units including workforce, affordable and senior housing, along with the recreational facilities.

The complex is planned for the area bordered by Fenwick Lane, Second Avenue, Apple Avenue and the Metro right-of-way.

The center would include an 11-lane competition pool with therapy pool, leisure pool, sauna and spas, along with a gymnasium with high-school size basketball court and space for badminton, pickleball and volleyball.

The hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.

The hearing will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM) on Cable Channels 996 (high definition) and 6 (standard definition) on Comcast; Channels 1056 (HD) and 6 (SD) on RCN; and Channel 30 on Verizon. It also will be available live via streaming through the Council website.

Those interested in testifying at the public hearings can start signing up online today or by calling 240-777-7803. The deadline to sign up is 5 p.m. on Monday, June 19.

The bill is posted online or interested residents can call 240.777.7910 to get copies.

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Council to hold hearing on proposed Silver Spring recreation center

Council to hold hearing on proposed Silver Spring recreation center

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Council to hold hearing on proposed Silver Spring recreation center
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