Josiah Henson Park- Renovation Project

Division: Park Development
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Project Description

The Josiah Henson Park is a 3.34-acre park located at 11420 Old Georgetown Road in the Luxmanor Community of North Bethesda. The goal of the park project is to create a museum dedicated to telling the story of resilience and perseverance in overcoming slavery, based on the detailed words and experiences of Josiah Henson – enslaved in Montgomery County for much of his life. The project includes:

  • The conversion of the historic Riley/Bolten House into a public museum
  • The construction of a new 2,900 SF visitor center with a bus-drop off
  • Additional parking on the former Rozier property
  • The installation of exhibits that educate and interpret African American History in Montgomery County
  • The exhibits will include a first-person narrative of Josiah Henson

Background

In June 2013, the Montgomery County Planning Board approved the Josiah Henson Park Facility Plan. The facility plan included the recommendation to rehabilitate Josiah Henson Park including the conversion of the historic house into a museum, the construction of a new orientation building, and a new site design that would make the park more accessible for visitors.

Status/Project Update

The Parks Department has completed construction documents and obtained final construction permits for the project. Construction started in Fall 2019.  The construction is scheduled to be completed in Winter 2021. The park is currently closed for the duration of the construction activities.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

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

DATE/TIME
DISCUSSION AND MEETING NOTES
LOCATION
December 2010 Planning Board Meeting
– Master Plan (Approved)
M-NCPPC
Montgomery Regional Office Building
Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
June 6, 2013 Planning Board Meeting
Staff Report
– Facility Plan (Approved)
M-NCPPC
Montgomery Regional Office Building
Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
July 2016 The design team, led by Ziger/Snead Architects, selected to design and permit the project
May 25, 2017 Community Meeting
– Luxmanor Citizens Association
January 10, 2018 Community Meeting
– Friends of White Flint
February 5, 2018 Community Meeting
– Luxmanor Citizens Association
September 17, 2018 Community Meeting
– Luxmanor Citizens Association
October 18, 2018 Community Meeting
– Luxmanor Citizens Association
Fall general meeting
– PowerPoint Presentation
October 18, 2018 Planning Board Meeting
– CIP Amendment and Special Appropriation (Approved)
Staff Report
M-NCPPC
Montgomery Regional Office Building
Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
October 30, 2018 Montgomery County Council
Public Hearing
– CIP Amendment and Special Appropriation
Council Office Building
Third Floor Hearing Room
100 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
November 13, 2018 Montgomery County Council
Work Session
– CIP Amendment and Special Appropriation (Approved)
Council Office Building
Third Floor Hearing Room
100 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
Fall 2018 Complete construction documents and obtain final permits
February 2019 Construction begins
Spring 2021 Anticipated park opening

Dates and times are subject to change. Please contact the Project Manager for updates


M-NCPPC Staff Contacts

David Linton, Construction Manager
David.Linton@MontgomeryParks.org
(301) 495-2597

Samantha Shron, Project Manager
Samantha.Shron@MontgomeryParks.org
(301) 495-2542

Last Updated: May 20, 2021