Silver Spring Intermediate Neighborhood Park – Improvement Plan

Division: Park Development Division
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Project Description

Silver Spring Intermediate Neighborhood Park is located at 7801 Chicago Avenue in Takoma Park, just south of downtown Silver Spring. The park is surrounded on three sides by single family homes and on the fourth side by Montgomery College’s Takoma Park Campus.

The goal of this project is to enhance access to the park and connections between park amenities, improve the existing athletic fields and address ongoing drainage issues. Existing amenities within the park will remain. Potential new amenities may include a shade structure, viewing area for the fields and additional walkway connections.

Background

The 3.6-acre Silver Spring Intermediate Neighborhood Park is the former site of the Silver Spring Intermediate School.  Following demolition of the school buildings in the 1970s and 1980s, amenities such as the parking lot, basketball court, tennis court, ballfields and playground were gradually installed in the park in the 1980s and upgraded in 2000s.

Vehicular access to the existing parking lot occurs from Chicago Avenue. The 21-space parking lot was built for the school’s gymnasium, which remained in operation for several years after the remainder of the school was demolished. The gym was demolished and turned into a rectangular youth field in the 1980s.

Evidence of the school’s footprint can still be seen within the site grading and several retaining walls. There are also many mature trees that remain from the site’s previous use as a school. The steep slope along Philadelphia Avenue (MD 410) is covered in dense, invasive vegetation that significantly limits visibility into the park and constricts the already narrow sidewalk along the western edge of the park.

There are four entrances into the park but only two provide accessible routes to amenities. Within the park, steep slopes and series of steps complicate wheelchair and stroller access to several of the park’s amenities. The path leading to the tennis court is often inundated with water. The playground is isolated from the rest of the park.

Parks Staff performed basic interim improvements to the site in 2017. The interim improvements include: newly painted basketball court with new fence, additional dog waste stations, and removal of non-native invasive plants along MD 410. More improvements are expected in the next couple years.

Status/Project Update

A third Community Meeting was held on May 29, 2019 to present the final concept plan to the public.  The improvement plan is scheduled to go to the Planning Board later this summer.

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.

DATES
EVENTS AND MEETING NOTES
LOCATIONS
April 18, 2018 Community Meeting #1 – Present and receive feedback on proposed park renovation concept plan
– Meeting notes
– View the presentation
– Online comments at Open Town Hall Forum
M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Regional Office
Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
June 12, 2018 Community Meeting #2Present updated concept plans for park improvements based on feedback received in the first community meeting
– Meeting notes
– View the presentation
– Online comments at Open Town Hall Forum
Sligo Avenue Neighborhood Park
Activity Building
500 Sligo Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
January 2019 Final Concept Plan presented.  

– Online comments at Open Town Hall Forum accepted until February 18, 2019

May 29. 2019 Community Meeting #3 – Present updated concept plans for park improvements based on feedback received in the first and second community meeting
– Meeting notes
– View the presentation
– Online comments at Open Town Hall Forum
Sligo Avenue Neighborhood Park
Activity Building
500 Sligo Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Summer 2019 Planning Board Meeting – Request Detailed Design approval M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Regional Office
Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Winter 2019 Finalize Detailed Design and obtain necessary permits
Winter 2020 Construction complete and park reopens

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Wen Huang, Project Manager
Wen.Huang@MontgomeryParks.org
(301) 495-2466

 

Last Updated: June 11, 2019