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Germantown Town Center Urban Park

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Project Description

This project provides a new park in the Germantown Town Center, situated at the northern end of an 8.80-acre parcel of land owned by Montgomery County and shared with the new Germantown Regional Library.  The site is challenging to develop due to the presence of existing wetlands, existing stormwater management facilities and steep slopes.

Background

A facility planning study was conducted and a plan for the park was approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board on June 30, 2005.  Due to site constraints, the park will be passive in nature.  Features of the park include the creation of additional open space areas by placing a large stormwater management facility underground, new interpretive trails and boardwalks, lighting, overlook terraces, water features, a pavilion that could be used for community festivals and events, and enhanced wetland areas for education and interpretation of nature.   The project was approved and funded for detailed design and construction by the Montgomery County Council with the condition that Staff examine alternative approaches to stormwater management in the detailed design phase in order to reduce capital and maintenance costs.

Status/Project Update

Detailed design began in October 2008.  The stormwater management (SWM) strategy was coordinated with Montgomery County Departments of Environmental Protection,Transportation, and Permitting Services and new SWM concept was approved by MCDPS in July 2009.  The design was developed throughout 2009 and 2010, and the parks department selected and artist (David Hess) to integrate public art into the park design.  The park design was coordinated with the library, Germantown Chamber of Commerce, and adjacent associations throughout the design phase that was completed in fall 2010.  The park design features a braided path system, stone-faced retaining walls, a library plaza, a canted greenspace, a formal lawn area, a raised plaza with sculptural pergola, walking paths with wetland crossing, and overlooks.

Current Construction Photos

  • Photo 1 - Eyelid with boulders
  • Photo 2 - Braided walkway with stone wall railing
  • Photo 3 - Stone wall facing entry plaza
  • Photo 4 - Entry facing wetlands and library plaza

Calendar and Meeting Notes

Links to review meeting notes and Planning Board memos will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed.

DATE/TIME
DISCUSSION AND MEETING NOTES
LOCATION
June 30, 2005 Planning Board Meeting - Facility Plan approved M-NCPPC, Montgomery Regional Office
Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
October 2008 Design begins  
Fall 2010 Design completed  
Spring 2012 Construction begins  
Winter 2014/15 Construction completed and park opens  

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Andy Frank, Project Manager
Andrew.Frank@MontgomeryParks.org
240-367-0782

Date of last update: March 11, 2014