84-year-old rehabilitated building will be named in honor of former Kensington mayor, Jayne H. Plank.
Silver Spring, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will celebrate the rehabilitation of Kensington Cabin, located at 10000 Kensington Parkway, Kensington, MD, with a special reopening and dedication ceremony on Saturday, October 20, 2018, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. The rehabilitation project was made possible in part due to a generous donation to the Montgomery Parks Foundation from The Cupid Foundation, Inc., a charitable organization created by Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour, Inc. Plank and his siblings grew up spending summers playing at Kensington Cabin and made the donation in honor of their mother, and former mayor of Kensington, Jayne H. Plank. The cabin will be renamed the Mayor Jayne H. Plank Kensington Cabin.
“I’m so pleased that the Kensington Cabin has been brought back to life,” said Jayne H. Plank. “It was a center of activities for my boys and their friends – a place to meet, play, learn and grow! My favorite memories of the cabin are the Fourth of July bike parades and Labor Day celebrations. I’m grateful to all who worked so hard to make this a reality. I love to hear the voices, basketball bounces and happy laughter from the park!”
The Mayor Jayne H. Plank Kensington Cabin is located in Kensington Cabin Local Park, a 4.3-acre park featuring a playground, softball fields, lighted basketball court, two tennis courts and a picnic area. The cabin is available to permit for meetings, events and community gatherings. The building has a restroom and is air-conditioned and accessible
The reopening ceremony will celebrate the building’s history and include appearances by costumed historical figures, old-fashioned lawn games, a community bike parade, ribbon cutting and cabin tours. All residents are encouraged to bring their bikes and participate in the parade.
History of the Cabin:
Kensington Cabin originally opened on October 13, 1934. The construction of the log cabin began as a Civil Works Administration project, an arm of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Program, but after a cut in federal funding, construction was completed by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). The cabin’s simple rustic design and stone chimney exemplify a unique architectural style that was promoted by the National Park Service in the 1930s, now known as “parkitecture.” The cabin served as a community hub, hosting summer camps, community meetings, town plays, birthday parties and classes up until the building was closed in 1991 due to failing infrastructure.
After the cabin’s closure, members of the community came together in support of its rehabilitation. Montgomery Parks worked closely with the Kensington community and the Kensington Historical Society on the rehabilitation of the cabin, from the initial research phase through the project’s completion.
In 2011, the group’s efforts resulted in Kensington Cabin receiving designation in the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation.
Montgomery Parks Restoration of the Cabin:
The extensive rehabilitation project focused on restoring the cabin’s historic character and making the building compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Non-historic paneling was removed from the interior and the original log walls were repaired inside and out. The interior and exterior were stained a dark chocolate brown. The asphalt shingle roof was replaced with a green roof, a roof color that was popular when the cabin was built. Existing windows were repaired and repainted. New lighting fixtures, electrical, heating, cooling and plumbing were installed. The non-historic front door was replaced with one that matches the design shown in the original drawings. To make the interior of the building ADA-compliant, the floor level of the south vestibule and the west wing were raised to match the floor level of the main room and the roof structures of these two areas were raised accordingly to allow for proper head clearances. An exterior doorway was cut into the south vestibule, interior doorways were widened, and a new ADA ramp and single occupancy ADA restroom were added. In March 2018, the project was recognized with the “Rehabilitation of a Historic Resource for Public Use Award” from Montgomery Preservation, Inc.
About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 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. 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.