Lyttonsville Area- Future Neighborhood Park Project at Talbot Bridge

Division: Park Development Division
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vicinity map showing Talbot Bridge Neighborhood Park in Lyttonsville Aerial photography, Architecture, Urban area, Bird's-eye view

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Project Description

This project develops a facility plan for a new neighborhood park in Lyttonsville at 2205 Kansas Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland. The intent of the project is to create a neighborhood green and a rest-stop with amenities along the Capital Crescent Trail while providing environmental benefits, accessibility and social connections.

Background

The 0.84-acre parcel is adjacent to the existing Georgetown Branch and the CSX/WMATA right-of-way at the end of Talbot Avenue between Kansas Avenue and Michigan Avenue.  The parcel fronts the future Capital Crescent Trail and Purple Line light rail on the north side and is approximately ¼ mile from the future Purple Line Lyttonsville Station.  The land is to be transferred to the M-NCPPC upon completion of the Purple Line as part of the Capital Crescent Trail greenway corridor.  The cleared formerly forested site is currently used as a construction staging area.

Lyttonsville was an all-black enclave in Silver Spring founded in the 1850s by a freed slave, Samuel Lytton.  The Talbot Avenue bridge is a historic, one-lane wood and steel bridge that crossed the CSX railroad tracks between Hanover Street and Lanier Drive.  The bridge was once the only way for African Americans in Lyttonsville to go to downtown Silver Spring to work and shop.  The bridge represents a historic connection between the segregated communities.  The deteriorating 100-year old bridge was demolished in spring 2019 and will be replaced with a new bridge in conjunction with the construction of the Purple Line.  The project intends to incorporate remnants of the historic bridge into the park to commemorate the unique history and culture of Greater Lyttonsville.

Status/Project Update

Talbot Bridge over railroad tracks

The facility planning process began in the winter of 2019.  The 1st community meeting has been scheduled for March 31, 2020, at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center has been postponed until further notice.

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 / TIMES EVENTS & MEETING NOTES LOCATIONS
Winter 2019 Project begins
Postponed: March 31, 2020
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Community Meeting #1 – Solicit community input.  Date postponed until further notice Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center, Classroom
2450 Lyttonsville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Spring & Summer 2020 Develop park concept alternatives based on the program of requirements and community input
Fall 2020 Community Meeting #2 – Present and receive feedback on proposed park concepts TBD
Winter 2020 Develop design and cost estimates based on community input
Spring 2021 Planning Board Meeting – Obtain facility plan approval Wheaton Headquarters

2425 Reedie Drive

Wheaton, MD 20902

* Date and time subject to change. Please confirm the schedule on the Montgomery Planning Board Agenda webpage closer to the date.


M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Ching-Fang Chen, Project Manager
Ching-Fang.Chen@MontgomeryParks.org
(301) 495-2557

 

Last Updated: April 7, 2020