Meadowbrook Stables: Covered Riding Ring Project

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Meadowbrook Stables proposed covered riding arena map rendering of Meadowbrook Stables

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Project Description

Meadowbrook Stables has begun construction of 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 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 stormwater management/bio-retention facilities surrounding the newly covered ring. The improvements have been privately financed and were included in a  2002 Development Agreement and approved by the Planning Board in May 2019.  The construction timeline is included below under the Fall 2020 Calendar.  Additional information can be found on the Meadowbrook Stables’ website.

Road view of new horse riding arena at Meadowbrook stables

Background

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.

Status/Project UpdateSky, Construction

  • The plan was presented to the Montgomery Planning Board on May 14, 2020, and was approved. To see the full staff recommendation that was approved go to the archives at MontgomeryPlanningBoard.org.
  • On May 7, 2020, the project plan was presented to the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) and was approved.  The plan will now be presented to the Montgomery Planning Board scheduled for May 14, 2020. The public can view the presentation by visiting www.ncpc.gov/review/archive.
  • A community meeting was held on January 16, 2020, to collect questions and comments.  A frequently-asked-questions document has been created and will continue to be updated in response to questions and comments we receive. Please keep your eyes on this project page for updates and take note that construction will rely on the approvals of multiple federal, state, and county permitting agencies.
  • A 2003 Development Agreement with M-NCPPC spelled out two distinct phases of improvements. In Phase 1, which was executed between 2003 and 2005, Meadowbrook invested $3 million to re-fence, grade, and improve the four current sand rings; improve public picnic and walking areas; fence grass pastures as grazing areas for the horses; install numerous trees and other plantings to improve the appearance, screen the building, and add shade; and construct a utility building to house manure dumpsters and equipment.

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.

  Ways you can comment on this project during the commenting period:

  1. The deadline for submitting a comment/voting on the Parks Open Town Hall was May 7, 2020.
  2. The deadline for submitting a statement and/or testify at the National Capital Planning Commission public hearing was May 7, 2020.
  3. The deadline for submitting a statement and/or testify at the Montgomery Planning Board public hearing was May 14, 2020.
  4. Email project manager.

Project Exhibits

(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.

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.

 

DATE/TIME
ITEM / EVENTS AND MEETING NOTES
LOCATION
Summer 2019 Staff Review
Winter 2020
January 16, 2020 Public Meeting

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
March 15, 2020

May 7, 2020

The 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

– Staff Memo

Montgomery Regional Office Building, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901
Fall 2020 Construction Phases Starting
October-November 2020 Phase I. Excavation and foundation Work will take place weekdays 7a.m. – 5p.m. and weekends 9a.m. – 5p.m.
November-December 2020 Phase II. Building and Installation For more information, visit MeadowbrookStables.org
December-April 2020-21 Phase III. Interior and exterior finishing
Spring 2021 Phase IV. Landscaping

* Date and time subject to change. Please contact the Project Manager for updates.


Contact

M-NCPPC Staff

David Tobin, Project Manager
David.Tobin@MontgomeryParks.org
(301) 495-2478

Last Updated: May 20, 2021