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Urban Parks and Public Spaces (UPPS) Design Guidelines

Division: Park Planning and Stewardship
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Designing public spaces where the most people live and work.

Background | Public Input | Calendar & Meeting Notes | Contact Us

Background

The purpose of the Urban Parks and Public Spaces (UPPS) Design Guidelines is to create energized, inviting, easily accessible, attractive, comfortable, and safe public spaces.

When complete, the Urban Parks and Public Spaces Design Guidelines will be a companion document to the Energized Public Spaces (EPS) Functional Master Plan.

The UPPS Design Guidelines will provide overall direction for major features of parks and public spaces design including the recommended size, type of experiences and amenities for each park type should provide.

“Urban parks serve as critical public places for recreation and civic engagement, essential to quality of life in urban centers. Parks help provide solutions to a myriad of national and community issues: providing healthy places to exercise, managing stormwater runoff and helping clean the air, catalyzing economic and community development, and providing safe, close to home recreation options.”
– the National Recreation and Park Association

The Vision & Goals

These guidelines will aim to create places within a short walk where people of all ages and incomes can meet, play, relax, exercise, enjoy nature and more in a range of parks and public spaces where we have the most people.

The guidelines will:

  • Develop flexible guidelines for urban parks and public spaces
  • Create a common language for planners, developers and citizens
  • Integrate examples from case studies.

Public Input

Ideas and comments from the public are welcome throughout the planning process. The public is welcome to;

Public Outreach

Public outreach for this project includes this project web page, Urban Parks Advisory Group Monthly Meetings, media releases and email campaigns to individuals and registered Homeowner and Civic Associations.

Notices and updates will be sent out through the Commission E-newsletter, our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #FutureParks and via the Parks Department News Center.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

The chart below shows the plan schedule and associated notices, memos to Planning Board and County Council, and presentation materials.

DATES / TIMES EVENTS & MEETING NOTES LOCATIONS
2018
SUMMER
June 28 Planning Board Meeting – Project Briefing – item #4staff memo (PDF), video link, and powerpoint presentation (PDF, 3MB) M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium,
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Please check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.
WINTER Public Review Period – Plan Working Draft for public review and comments Coming: Draft UPPS Design Guidelines (PDF),
Planning Board Worksession #1 & Public Comments
Coming: Meeting notice (PDF), Board Memo (PDF), PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)
M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium,
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Please check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.
Planning Board Worksession #2
Coming: Meeting notice (PDF), Board Memo (PDF), PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)
M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium,
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Please check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.
Final Plan Approval

Contact Us

Cristina Sassaki, Project Coordinator – Cristina.Sassaki@MontgomeryParks.org

Last Updated: November 5, 2018