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Brookside Gardens Entrance, Parking & Access Improvements

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Project Description

This project includes improvements to the Brookside Gardens visitor's entrance, parking area and garden access, located at 1800 Glenallan Avenue, in Wheaton Regional Park. These improvements will provide a safe, sustainable and aesthetic entrance to welcome visitors accommodating pedestrian/ vehicular access, additional parking and needed reception space for the Visitors Center and garden areas.

Background

A Master Plan for Brookside Gardens was completed and approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board in March of 2005, providing a long-term vision for renewal of the Gardens.  Facility plans for the first two of fifteen phases for renovation defined in the Master Plan, Entrance Renovation and Parking and Access Improvements, were developed and approved in 2008 and 2010.  This project is to implement the combined two facility plans to visually reinforce the entrance to the Visitors Center as the primary entrance to Brookside Gardens, to expand the existing parking area to help alleviate parking shortages, and to set the tone for the visitation experience throughout the Gardens.

The scope includes new entrance signage, artwork, a gatehouse, improved pedestrian entrance from Glenallan Avenue, a reconfigured parking lot with additional 63 spaces, demonstration rain garden planting, entry courtyard with paved pedestrian crosswalks, bus parking and overlook deck, arrival terrace for group assembly, service and emergency vehicular access, energy efficient lighting, stormwater management facilities, landscape irrigation, deer control and site furnishings.  In addition to the functional improvements, it creates a greatly enhanced arrival space for the gardens.  The plan incorporates green design features such as permeable paving, recycled materials for decking and boardwalks, and rain gardens.

Status/Project Update

The design began in summer of 2012. The construction documents were advertised for bid in October of 2013. The contract has now been awarded with the Notice-To-Proceed issued in February 2014. The project will break ground in early March 2014. During construction, the main entrance and parking lot to the Visitors Center will be closed, however the Gardens will remain open to visitors. For parking alternatives, please visit Brookside Gardens Gateway for more information.

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
January 6, 2005 Planning Board Meeting - Master Plan approved M-NCPPC, Montgomery Regional Office Building
Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
July 17, 2008 Planning Board Meeting - Facility Plan approved M-NCPPC, Montgomery Regional Office Building
Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
February 25, 2010 Planning Board Meeting - Facility Plan approved M-NCPPC, Montgomery Regional Office Building
Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Summer 2012 Design begins  
Fall 2013 Design completed  
Spring 2014 - Community notice
- Construction begins
 
Fall 2014 Construction completed  

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

David Linton, Construction Manager
David.Linton@MontgomeryParks.org
301-495-2597


Date of last update: March 7, 2014