Acorn Urban Park

Division: Park Development
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Project Description

This project will renovate Acorn Urban Park, located at the intersection of East-West Highway and Newell Street in the Silver Spring Central Business District. The park contains significant historic resources, notably the original “Silver Spring” for which the town is named, and the acorn gazebo, which was part of the Blair plantation and moved to this location. The intent of the project is to rehabilitate the historic features and to improve and activate the park to better serve nearby communities.

Background

The approximately 0.3-acre park is surrounded by high density residential and commercial retail development. The northern 0.12-acre triangular parcel is owned by the M-NCPPC and the remaining area is owned by The Brick Companies addressed at 8045 Kennett Street at which Discovery Communications is occupied.  The M-NCPPC is responsible for maintaining the overall park.

Status/Project Update

M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks recently presented the Park Facility Plan to the Montgomery County Planning Board. The Planning Board did not approve the plan or cost estimate and recommended the program be re-evaluated and the budget is decreased.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

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

DATES EVENTS LOCATIONS
Fall 2016 – Project began
– Survey and preliminary assessment of site conditions were developed
March 2017 Community Meeting #1 – Rescheduled – To solicit community input
– Community Meeting Notes 3.28.2017
Silver Spring Civic Center
1 Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD
Spring 2017 Develop park renovation concept alternatives based on existing conditions assessment and community input
November 15, 2017 Community Meeting #2 – Present and receive feedback on proposed park renovation concepts
– Community Meeting Notes 11.15.2017
Eastern Village Cohousing Common House
7981 Eastern Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
Spring 2018 Develop preferred park renovation concept based on community input
May 22, 2018
7 pm – 9 pm
Focus group discussion on the historical interpretation
– Review Focus Group Notes 5.22.2018
Newell Street Loft
Social Room
8045 Newell Street
Silver Spring, MD
June 13, 2018 Historic Preservation Commission Meeting M-NCPPC Montgomery Regional Office
Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
September 25, 2018
7pm -9pm
Community Meeting #3 – Review the design development plan
– View the presentation
– View the meeting notes
Newell Street Loft
Social Room
8045 Newell Street
Silver Spring, MD
 
November 14, 2018
Begin at 7:30 pm
Historic Preservation Commission Meeting – Design consultation M-NCPPC Montgomery Regional Office
Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
May 2, 2019 Planning Board Meeting – To request plan approval
– View the recommended Facility Plan
– View the staff report
M-NCPPC Montgomery Regional Office
Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Ching-Fang Chen, Project Manager
Ching-Fang.Chen@MontgomeryParks.org
(301) 495-2572

Last Updated: May 7, 2019