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Long Branch-Wayne Local Park – Renovation

Division: Park Development
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Project Description

The Long Branch-Wayne Local Park is located at 509 E. University Blvd. in Silver Spring between E. Wayne Avenue and Glenville Road. The park is located between Long Branch Stream Valley Unit #2 to the west and University Boulevard (MD 193) to the east. Wayne Avenue runs along the north edge of the park and provides vehicular access to the existing parking lot. The park is located within the Brookside Forest Neighborhood, which is comprised primarily of single family homes and local schools.

The goals of this project is to develop a design for the short and long-term renovation of the park, including a detailed cost estimate and permits. The design process will focus on identifying opportunities to improve the park as an amenity for the local community, while balancing that with the challenges that accompany an active recreation facility. Although the park’s location along University Boulevard provides visibility and access to the greater community, improvements to the park must also consider impacts to adjacent residences and environmental features that contribute to its identity. The project will also identify and upgrade site elements that are non-compliant with the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

Ultimately, the implementation of park improvements may occur through a phased approach, based on available funding. Phase I construction will include, at a minimum, the renovation, expansion, and possible relocation of the existing playground.

Background

Originally acquired in 1984, this 6.1-acre park’s amenities include a playground, softball field, multi-use field, basketball court, covered pavilion, and a paved parking lot. The site slopes dramatically from east to west, resulting in a unique quality to the park. Large deciduous shade trees comprise a majority of the eastern half of the park with some open lawn areas in between. Although the combination of significant grade change and wooded areas contributes to the park’s uniqueness, it also limits visibility into the park and adds to a sense of disjointedness between park amenities.

Along the park’s perimeter, a narrow sidewalk parallels University Boulevard and connects pedestrians to the park, with vehicle access occurring along East Wayne Avenue. Beyond the park’s boundary to the west, a narrow footpath and bridge leads pedestrians across Long Branch to a steep set of steps that connects to the continuation of Wayne Avenue.

The site contains concrete pathways, steps, site furnishings, and a porta-john. Wood picnic tables and a grill are provided at the covered pavilion.

Status/Project Update

The Planning Board approved the Facility Plan on July 20, 2017.  The Detailed Design phase will begin when funding is available.

 

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
March 2016 Community Meeting #1 – Solicit community input
– View the meeting notes
– View the presentation
Oak View Elementary School
All Purpose Room
400 East Wayne Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Summer 2016 Develop park renovation concept alternatives based on existing conditions assessment and community input
September 20, 2016 Community Meeting #2 – Present and receive feedback on proposed park renovation concepts– View the
– View the meeting notes
– View the proposed Concept Plans, including feedback
(Red Dot, Green Dot Exercise)
Key: Green dot= ‘prefer’, red dot= ‘do not prefer’

– View the presentation

Oak View Elementary School
All Purpose Room
400 East Wayne Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Fall 2016 Develop preferred park renovation concept plan based on community
November 2, 2016 Meeting notes with Pickwick Village HOA Board Of Directors
Winter 2017 Preferred Concept Plan, based on community feedback to date
February 2017 Community Meeting #3 feedback on proposed preferred concept plan
– View proposed Preferred Concept Plan, including feedback
View the presentation
– View the community feedback from community meeting #3
(Red Dot, Green Dot Exercise)
Key: Green dot= ‘prefer’, red dot= ‘do not prefer’

Long Branch Community Recreation Center
8700 Piney Branch Road
Silver Spring, MD 20901
May 2017

Recommended concept plan posting for community review.
-View the proposed recommended concept plan

July 20, 2017 Planning Board Meeting  – Facility Plan approved
– View the Staff Report
M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Regional Office
Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
Summer  2018 Finalize concept design plans and preliminary permits


M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Lucas Bonney, Project Manager
Lucas.Bonney@MontgomeryParks.org
(301) 495-2572

Last Updated: May 22, 2018