Proposed parking lot improvements
Our new plan to improve accessibility and increase capacity in the Visitors Center parking lot goes before the Montgomery County Council on February 9, 10, and 11. These public hearings will consider the FY11-16 CIP (Capital Improvement Program), which includes funding of Brookside Gardens’ parking lot improvement project (as part of our larger Master Plan).
If you were unable to attend the January 7 public meeting presenting the plan, here is a short summary. The parking lot improvements include:
• Addition of 63 parking spaces that will help to alleviate overflow parking into the surrounding neighborhood and traffic back-up onto Randolph Road and Georgia Avenue during high attendance events.
• Conservation measures to retain stormwater on the premises, preventing potential for polluted runoff to enter surrounding waterways. Two specific methods to control stormwater runoff are the use of pervious paving and the inclusion of rain gardens in green areas of the parking lot.
• Improved safety for pedestrians and better circulation patterns for vehicles.
• Limited loss of green space, as trees and landscaping have been integrated into the parking lot design. Great care has been taken to create an aesthetically pleasing parking lot – one that enhances the visitor’s garden experience, rather than detracting from it.
Please click here to view the parking lot plan online.
For more information, contact:
Montgomery County Department of Parks
9500 Brunett Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Master Plan December 2004
Brookside Gardens Master Plan 2004 Revision was presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board on January 6, 2005 and approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board on March 3, 2005.
The Brookside Gardens Master Plan was initiated by staff to articulate the need for a renewed facility to meet the needs of present and future visitors. The Plan creates a timeline to guide our work, including prioritizing essential maintenance, planning renovations to existing structures, and anticipating the development of new amenities and facilities.
Brookside Gardens has enjoyed over three decades of continuous use, offering visitors beautiful gardens to stroll, superior plant collections, and inspiring educational programming. Despite devoted care, time and visitors have taken their toll. Changing programs, changing uses and users, and an aging infrastructure all pointed to the need for a critical assessment of the facilities and their functions before the necessary capital expenditures could be justified.
Since November 2000, a staff committee has worked closely with the firm EDAW, Inc. to oversee and guide the Plan. An integral part of the planning process has been to solicit input and feedback from not only Brookside Gardens and commission staff, but from our community of users, including volunteers, neighbors, Friends of Brookside Gardens, and peer professionals in related horticultural, educational, public service, and cultural arts fields. To this end, a series of three public meetings were held to invite the scrutiny of the Gardens’ most frequent users. These meetings were held in January, March, and May 2001.
The Brookside Gardens Master Plan was presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday, October 18, 2001. A public hearing was held on Thursday, November 15, 2001.
The Plan proposes a sequence of phased development over a 25 to 30-year period.