Email County Council and Attend a Hearing — Let’s Create a Park Paradise in the Pike District!

Email County Council and Attend a Hearing — Let’s Create a Park Paradise in the Pike District!

The clock is ticking, and I am pleading. Please help us create an eight-acre park with room for sports, heart-healthy walks, quiet contemplation, a children’s playground, public events, and maybe even a dog park in Wall Park. (That’s the park that’s mostly a parking lot right next to the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center.)
Please email the County Council and tell them you want them to fully fund the Wall Park Garage in the CIP so we can pull up the parking lot and un-pave paradise. You can quickly and easily email the County Council by clicking HERE.
Got a few spare minutes? Here’s how you can do more to create a Park Paradise in the Pike District:
  • Attend the County Council Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee Hearing at 2 pm on Monday, February 8, 7th Floor Hearing Room,100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850. (We’ll have Wall Park T-shirts for to wear and keep.)
  • Attend the Council Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Hearing this Tuesday, February 9th, 7 pm, Third Floor Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850. (We’ll have Wall Park T-shirts for folks to wear and keep.)
  • Email council membersWhile we have an email template (see the green button above) you can use, it is even more effective if you draft your own email. Your email should be short, to the point, and sent to each of the council members at the addresses below. (Please also copy us at info@whiteflint.org.The key points to include are: 1) Constructing the Wall Park Garage now is cost-effective and the best use of County land and funds. 2) Wall Park is a vital community amenity that is important to you and essential to creating a thriving Pike District/White Flint area. 
Here are the email addresses for the council members. Please send your email urging funding of the Wall Park Garage to all of them.
councilmember.floreen@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Riemer@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Leventhal@montgomerycountymd.gov
councilmember.berliner@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Katz@montgomerycountymd.gov
councilmember.hucker@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember.Navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov
councilmember.rice@montgomerycountymd.gov
councilmember.elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov
Why should we build the Wall Park garage now?
  1. The County can realize significant savings and construction efficiencies if the Wall Park garage is built at the same time as Gables builds their apartment garage.
  2. There is currently very little park space for residents to enjoy in the Pike District, and the thousands of people in the White Flint area deserve a full-fledged park. Green space is an important promised feature of the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan.
  3. The White Flint Sector Plan is transforming this area, and green space is one of the most attractive amenities to both residents and businesses. Wall Park’s Great Lawn, which is part of the approved White Flint Sector Plan, is essential to attracting the people, retailers, and offices needed to create a thriving, successful White Flint community.
  4. If the County fully funds a convenient, safe Wall Park Parking Garage in the Capital Improvements Program (CIP), we can have a park paradise in just two to three years.
Will you join our fight for a park paradise in our neighborhood? Will you urge the Council to “un-pave paradise and pull up the parking lot?” Will you tell your friends and neighbors about this campaign and urge residents to become involved? We won’t succeed without lots of support from community residents. Thank you very much for your time and help!

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 Please read the Bethesda Beat article that discusses Roger Berliner’s letter on this topic.

Amy Ginsburg

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