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Meadowbrook Stables is proposing to build a covered riding ring on the southeastern corner of the property, farthest from Rock Creek. The proposed ring will be a pavilion-like structure (125′ X 225′) with transparent, seasonal enclosures (e.g. garage-door type retractable sides), and will function as an open pavilion for most of the year. The project will also construct a new horse/ pedestrian path between the ring and a driveway to the west, remove an existing fence surrounding the ring, plant additional landscaping, and install new rain barrels and bio-retention facilities surrounding the newly covered ring. The proposed ring will be privately financed and was laid out in the 2002 Development Agreement.
Founded in 1934, Meadowbrook Stables is one of the oldest and last remaining urban equestrian facilities in the United States. The facility currently consists of about nine acres, including a historic barn and farrier (blacksmith) shed, utility building, four, sand riding rings, fenced grass pastures, and public picnic seating areas. The property is bounded by
East-West Highway to the north, Meadowbrook Lane to the east and south, and Rock Creek to the west. The property is owned by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), and the facility is operated by the Meadowbrook Foundation under a lease agreement.
The Meadowbrook Foundation, operating as Meadowbrook Stables, is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. It operates pursuant to a lease with the M-NCPPC. The facility is used for riding lessons, summer camps, and related programs, teaching more than 450 students each year, housing 50 horses, and employing more than 25 full- and part-time staff, as well as up to 25 youth in summer programs.
The sole focus of the Development Agreement’s Phase 2 is the covered ring. In 2002, as part of the comprehensive development approach contemplated by the Development Agreement, M-NCPPC approved Phase II consisting of a pavilion-style riding ring cover over a ring immediately to the west of and adjacent to the historic stable. The current proposed location is the third riding ring (C) furthest from Rock Creek, as shown. That structure was not built at the time. When completed, the $1.5 million covered riding arena, like the $3 million in improvements previously made under the Development Agreement in 2003 – 2005, will be donated to M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks.
(All exhibits are subject to review and approval by Montgomery Parks and other regulatory agencies, and will be updated on this site.)
The following are links to exhibits related to this project. If you require assistance to read the exhibit materials, please contact David Tobin, the project manager at (301) 495-2478.
Links to review meeting notes and presentations will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed.
ITEM / EVENTS AND MEETING NOTES
|January 16, 2020||Public Meeting
A frequently-asked-questions document has been created and will continue to be updated in response to questions and comments we receive.
There are several ways you can comment on the plan
|Meadowbrook Park Activity Building, 7901 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815|
May 7, 2020
|Deadline for public Comment/Vote can be submitted through the Open Town Hall has been rescheduled for May 7, 2020
(Please review the FAQ before commenting)
|Montgomery Parks Open Town Hall webpage|
|May 7, 2020||The National Capital Planning Commission public hearing.||National Capital Planning Commission, 401 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004|
|May 14, 2020||Montgomery County Planning Board Session||Montgomery Regional Office Building, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901|
* Date and time subject to change. Please confirm the schedule on the Montgomery Planning Board Agenda webpage closer to the date.