The public is invited to enjoy local food, arts, music, kids’ activities and a fitness zone within a pop-up park built by the community
SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department and Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), are co-hosting a special initiative to reimagine part of the Randolph Hills Shopping Center as a lively, dynamic public space and park. The White Flint Placemaking Festival will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 4 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, October 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Randolph Hills Shopping Center (4921 Wyaconda Road, Rockville, MD).
For these two days, an underutilized field of grass and a small portion of the shopping center parking lot will serve as a pop-up park with food, arts, children’s play areas and a fitness zone. The event will offer a host of building and play activities for all ages and abilities. Local artists and makers will showcase their artistic talents. Local musicians will play throughout the two days, local restaurateurs will sell food and drinks, and local fitness businesses will host free classes for kids and adults.
The Planning and Parks Departments are organizing the event in partnership with the Dallas-based Better Block Foundation, Randolph Civic Association of North Bethesda and AR Kronstadt Realty Investors of Rockville. Better Block is an internationally acclaimed urban design nonprofit that aims to educate, equip and empower communities and their leaders to reshape and promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.
About the Community Placemaking Effort:
Since May 2018, the Montgomery County Planning Department has been working with residents, local businesses and other stakeholders in the Randolph Hills neighborhood to reimagine a piece of the Randolph Hills Shopping Center as a public space. This project was undertaken to:
After months of weekly calls with residents, on-the-ground conversations and more than 100 survey responses, the team found that the community wants a beautiful, well-programmed green space with a neighborhood bar, coffee shop, local restaurants and activities for kids. This plan will be put into action, beginning on Wednesday, October 10 when residents, community members and volunteers will construct the pop-up park.
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Local businesses interested in supplying food or fun should contact the project managers Atul Sharma at tel. 301-495-4658 or Atul.Sharma@montgomeryplanning.org, or Colin Amos at email@example.com.
About the Better Block Foundation
The Better Block Foundation is a Dallas-based nonprofit that teaches citizens about placemaking principles on the neighborhood level. Placemaking is a people-centered approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. It involves looking at, listening to, and asking questions of the people who live, work and play in a particular place to discover needs and aspirations and using the feedback to create a common vision for that place. Placemaking can be used to improve streets, sidewalks, parks, buildings and other public space so they invite greater interaction between people and foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities. The Better Block Foundation helps facilitate this process by offering tools to educate and equip residents, stakeholders and government leaders, and enable them to reshape their communities into vibrant, sustainable places. For more information, visit betterblock.org. To check out Wikiblock, go to betterblock.org/wikiblock.
About Montgomery Planning
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of M-NCPPC, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department comprises about 150 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, County Council, County Executive, other government agencies and the public. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org.
About Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland and 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org
Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information.