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Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan (EPS FMP)

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An Innovative and creative countywide park plan for stronger, healthier and happier communities

The Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan (EPS FMP) for Parks in Mixed Use and Higher Density Residential Areas will allow park planners to quickly adapt to changing park needs in some areas of the county.

Project Update

Staff gave a Project Update Report to the Planning Board on April 20 – Meeting Notice (PDF, 200KB), Board Memo: Agenda item #3, and PowerPoint Presentation (PDF, 4.25MB)

What’s Next?

Planning Board Working Draft Presentation
Thursday, June 15, 2017*

M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Please check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time, and the meeting notice for more details.

*Please check the Planning Board agenda for a copy of the memo and a more exact time closer to the meeting.

Project Background

The Goal

To create outdoor spaces where people of all ages and incomes can meet, play, relax, exercise, enjoy nature and more in a range of parks and open spaces in the highest populated areas of the County. The plan will:

  • Identify where parks are needed most
  • Propose funding sources to purchase new parkland
  • Prioritize funding

The Plan will offer a comprehensive approach to how and where we create parks and public spaces throughout the county. This will help Montgomery Parks better identify needs, anticipate trends, and promote important goals such as health and social equity.

Park design, maintenance and safety will all be taken into consideration as part of the new plan. To support the plan, Montgomery Parks will recommend two new funding projects within our Capital Improvements Program (CIP): Parks Land Acquisition and Parks Facility Planning.

“Urban parks serve as critical public places for recreation and civic engagement, essential to quality of life in urban centers. Parks help provide solutions to a myriad of national and community issues: providing healthy places to exercise, managing stormwater runoff and helping clean the air, catalyzing economic and community development, and providing safe, close to home recreation options.” – the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Tell Us What You Think! 

Help us make sure every community has a great park. Ideas and comments from the public are welcome throughout the planning process. There will be multiple chances to weigh in on this plan throughout the Planning Board review and again during the County Council review.

Public Outreach

Public outreach for this project will include this project web page, public meetings, focus group meetings, media releases and email campaigns to individuals and registered Homeowner and Civic Associations.

Notices and updates will be sent out through the Commission E-newsletter, our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #FutureParks and via the Parks Department Media Center.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

Please find information below related to the plan schedule, meeting notices, memos to Planning Board and County Council, and presentation materials.

DATES / TIMES EVENTS & MEETING NOTES LOCATIONS
2016
FALL
December 8 Planning Board Presentation – Scope of Work
Meeting notice, Staff Memo, PowerPoint Presentation
M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium,
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Please check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.
 2017
February 28  Public Meeting Meeting Notice (PDF, 197K), PowerPoint Presentation (PDF, 4MB), Presentation Video  M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.

 April 20

Planning Board Presentation – Project Update Report
Meeting Notice (PDF, 200KB),  Board Memo: Agenda item #3, and PowerPoint Presentation (PDF, 4.25MB)
 M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.
NEXT: June 15 Planning Board Presentation – Working Draft Document
Meeting notice, Board Memo, PowerPoint Presentation (TBD)
M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Please check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.
July 27 Planning Board – Public Hearing M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD – Please check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.

Sign up to testify online or call 301-495-4605. Email written testimony to mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org or mail to: Planning Board Chairman, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

September Planning Board Work Session(s) M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD – Please check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.
 September Planning Board Draft Plan Approval
 October Submit Draft to the County Council and County Executive
Montgomery County Council PHED Committee Presentation TBD
 

Stay In Touch

  • Attend the Public Meetings – check the calendar above
  • Sign up for InfoShare, our e-newsletter
  • Contact the project manager directly

Project Manager:

Last Updated: May 23, 2017