Woodside Urban Park Renovation

Division: Park Development
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Playground at Woodside Urban Park Fountain at Woodside Urban Park

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Project Description

This project is located at 8800 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland.  The approved facility plan will update the overall design and program of an existing aging facility to be a 21st-century urban park and fulfill the project goals of experiential complexity, environmental sustainability, economic efficiency, urban connectivity, and social vibrancy.  The facility plan offers a flexible framework for adaptable uses and provides balanced active and passive recreation for the community.  The scope of the project includes a natural resources inventory, landscape architecture, engineering, environmental site design, and cost estimating to provide up to 30% completed construction documents.  The design was initially proposed in the FY 2013-2018 Capital Improvements Program.


The 2.34-acre park was designed in the early 1970s and is one of the three major urban parks in the North and West Silver Spring master planning area.  The adjacent Silver Spring Community Service Center (formerly Woodside Elementary School) was conveyed to the County from Montgomery County Public Schools with the approval of the Montgomery County Planning Board in 1984.  The park was expanded to include the gym building, basketball court, and a playground.  The existing park includes a decorative fountain, seating areas with trellis structures, a playground, pavilions, lighting, picnic areas, a basketball court, and handball courts.  The park includes many mature trees with changes in grading, which are significant assets to the park; however, they will create challenges for the renovation.

Status/Project Update

  • The Fiscal Year 2019 to 2024 Capital Improvement Program significantly reduced the project budget.
    • The project scope will be revised accordingly and will include improvements to park infrastructure and amenities.
  • Park staff is currently exploring design concepts and will begin soliciting public input in Spring 2021.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

Opportunities for public participation are shown below. Links to review meeting notes and Planning Board memos will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed.

Fall-Winter 2009 Facility Planning begins, Pre-design (project preparation, survey, data collection, site reconnaissance, design research)
May 2010 Procurement of multi-disciplinary consultant
May 17, 2010
Community Meeting #1
– Gathered input and ideas for the long-term renovation of the entire park
PowerPoint presentation
Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Spring-Summer 2010 Schematic Design, develop a program of requirements and concept alternatives
December 15, 2010
Community Meeting #2
– PowerPoint Presentation for Background
– Review and discuss concept alternatives
– PowerPoint Presentation for Concept A
– PowerPoint Presentation for Concept B
– PowerPoint Presentation for Concept C
– PowerPoint Presentation for Access
Montgomery Regional Office
3rd Floor Conference Room
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Winter 2010-Spring 2011 Design Development, develop a preferred concept
Spring 2011 Final Design, refine the preferred plan, obtain preliminary permits, develop a cost estimate
July 25, 2011
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Community Meeting #3
Facility Planning for Woodside Urban Park and The Department of Health & Human Services Building
Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
October 6, 2011 Planning Board Meeting Facility plan approved
– Facility Plan report
– Staff memo
– Appendices
Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Spring 2015 Detail design began
April 9, 2016
9:30am – 11:30am
Community Meeting #4
To review the final design and status of the project
– Meeting report
– Background report (8mb)
– Design 75% complete (7mb)
Woodside Urban Park
8800 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Winter 2016 Construction documents completed
Fall 2018 Construction on hold
2019 – 2021 Concept redesign, community input, and planning board review
2022 – 2023 Final design and construction

*Dates and Times are subject to change.  Please contact the Project Manager for the most recent updates

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Christie Ciabotti, Project Manager

Last Updated: April 26, 2021