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Park Site Selection Studies Initiative

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Project Description

The Department of Parks is launching a new initiative to select sites for needed park facilities including

  • Dog Parks
  • Community Open Space
  • Skate Parks
  • Community Gardens

These facilities were identified in the Vision 2030 Strategic Plan and the 2012 Park Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan as needed, particularly in areas of high population density.

Staff will examine the needs for each facility type in each part of the County and then analyze existing and potential future parks that can accommodate them. Not surprisingly, the areas inside the Beltway and along the I-270 Corridor have been identified as having fewer park facilities than in other parts of the County, when population is factored in.

In some areas it will not be possible to build facilities on additional land and the only solution to meeting needs will be to repurpose underutilized facilities to more needed ones, while strategically seeking opportunities in other areas for new parkland. In addition, co-location with other public facilities to achieve efficiencies will be examined.

Once the potential sites for the various needed facilities are identified, staff will develop priorities and produce recommendations for implementation. The results will help us ensure that the parks and recreation system meets the needs of our growing population and continues to play a major role in shaping Montgomery County’s high quality of life.

Map of the existing dog parks on parklandStudies In Progress

Dog Park Site Selection Study: Downtown Silver Spring
Currently Staff is working to identify potential sites for a new urban dog park in downtown Silver Spring with a fenced, off-leash exercise area. Ideas from the public will be welcome throughout the process and there are a number of opportunities for early input.

Contact Us

To submit written comments or request more information, please contact:

Brooke Farquhar, Project Coordinator | 301-650-4388

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