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Dewey Local Park Renovation

Division: Park Development
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Project Description

Dewey Local Park is located at 1720 Dewey Road in Silver Spring, approximately 2000 feet south of its intersection with Randolph Road. The Rock Creek Stream Valley forms the park’s western and southern property lines. The Dewey Road right of way forms the eastern property line. The park is located within the Veirs Mill Village neighborhood which is comprised primarily of single-family homes and local schools.

The goal of this project is to develop a renovation plan which replaces the aging facilities within the park and addresses both the recreational needs of area residents of the neighborhoods around the park as well as those living beyond the immediate planning area.

Background

Originally acquired in 1951, this 14.5-acre park includes a small playground, four tennis courts, a basketball court, multi-use rectangular field and two small paved parking lots. The Rock Creek Bike Trail runs along the entire length of the park parallel to Dewey Road.

In 1984 WSSC sought approval to locate a storage facility within the park. The storage facility was entirely enclosed and buried. In exchange for use of the land, WSSC offered to rebuild and expand community recreation facilities on top of the storage facility, including four tennis courts and the enlargement of the existing soccer field to “scholastic size.” They also constructed a new shorter service road to the facility and parking lot off Dewey Road. Dewey Local Park operates under a joint use agreement between WSSC and MNCPPC.

Over the years the recreational needs of the community have changed and four tennis courts are no longer needed or are being used, particularly after the renovation of the courts in nearby Randolph Hills Local Park. In addition, the aging tennis courts and basketball courts are in serious need of repair and have become very difficult to maintain. The basketball court has been closed for several years.

Montgomery County Parks Staff held a community meeting on June 28, 2016 at the Veirs Mill Activity Building within Veirs Mill Local Park. During the meeting five different plans with a variety of different types of facilities were proposed for the community to discuss and provide input. Following the meeting staff continued to receive comments and suggestions from the community. Based on these comments a concept plan was developed. A copy of the latest recommended concept plan is shown above. The five concept plans presented to the community and meeting notes can be viewed by clicking on the links in the schedule below.

Status/Project Update

The park facility plan was approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board on July 20, 2017. Funding for final design and construction of this project is in the Department of Parks approved Capital Improvements Program (CIP) for Fiscal Year 2015 to 2019.

Detailed design is complete and the project is currently in construction documentation and permitting phase. Demolition of the court fencing is expected to begin in January 2018, with preparation and repair of the court surface to follow in the Spring of 2018. Construction of the playground will begin in July 2018.  Construction is expected to be complete in November 2018.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

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

DATE/TIME
DISCUSSION AND MEETING NOTES
LOCATION
 June 28, 2016 Community Meeting – Solicit community input
– View the Community Meeting Notes
– View the Concept Plans
Veirs Mill Activity Building
4425 Garrett Park Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906
July 20, 2017  Planning Board Meeting
– View the memo to the Planning Board
– View the staff PowerPoint presentation
M-NCPPC
Montgomery Regional Office
Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
July 2017 Begin detail design
Spring 2018
Construction documents complete
Summer 2018  Construction to begin
Fall/Winter 2018  Construction complete

 

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Linda Komes, Project Manager
Linda.Komes@MontgomeryParks.org
301-650-2860

Last Updated: April 30, 2018