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 Farm and moved to this location. The intent of the project is to restore the historic features and to improve and activate the park to better serve nearby communities.


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

The 3rd community meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Social Room of Newell Street Lofts located at 8045 Newell Street in Silver Spring, MD.  Staff will review the design development plan for the park.  M-NCPPC is encouraging interested residents to participate.

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.

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
7pm – 9pm
Focus group discussion on the historical interpretation
Review Focus Group Notes 5.22.2018
8045 Newell St Condominium
Social Room
8045 Newell Street
Silver Spring, MD
June 13, 2018 Historic Preservation Commission Meeting M-NCPPC Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
September 25, 2018
7pm -9pm
Community Meeting #3Review the design development plan 8045 Newell Street Condominium
Social Room
8045 Newell Street
Silver Spring, MD
Fall 2018 Develop detail design

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Ching-Fang Chen, Project Manager
(301) 495-2557

Last Updated: September 11, 2018