Trail Improvement Project at Wall Park

Montgomery Parks will start an improvement project at Wall Local Park. The project will start in late October and will take several weeks to complete. This work will interrupt trail access. As part of the project, we will be installing interpretive signs to direct traffic to the Josiah Henson Museum and Special Park.

This project will renovate the trail in Wall Local Park, located at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Nicholson Lane in North Bethesda. The intent of the project is to make the trail ADA accessible from the parking lot to the Nicholson Lane entrance and to enhance the trail with interpretive and wayfinding signage, and with decorative pavers from donors to the Josiah Henson Museum & Park. There are two retaining walls at the Nicholson Lane entrance that need repair. The project will renovate this access point with new retaining walls, special paving, and a concrete walkway to create a more visible pedestrian entrance to the park and the parking lot.

Picnic in Wall Park — Now With Booze as Well as Food

If you’ve found yourself enjoying parks across the county but suddenly feel the need to leave to find food, look no further! Parks has teamed up with Visit Montgomery and MoCo Eats to offer our new Picnic in the Park program. And now you can legally consume alcohol in designated areas within 9 parks selected for the pilot.  

Our local park – Wall Local Park — is part of the Picnic in the Park program.

Picnic in the Park brings your favorite foods and drinks to you – simply find the designated signs in the following parks and take a photo of the QR code to be shown all the available restaurants to deliver food right to you in the park! Each park comes with a designated delivery zone, along with multiple picnic circles that are physically distanced to make sure you can enjoy your meal safely.

Picnic in the Park locations are:

A Dog Park in Wall Park?

Montgomery Parks is gathering public input about where to put a new dog park and where to hold future dog-friendly pop-up like yappy hours.

The Dog Parks Site Suitability (DPSS) Study will help guide the location design and development of future dog parks in high-density areas of the County; serve as a reference tool for pop-up event planning; and outline several different types of dog facilities that may be suitable for various locations.

One of the proposed sites is Wall Park. Other sites near the White Flint/Pike District area include Timberlawn Park and Fleming Local Park.

Montgomery Parks wants your input! Tell them what you think about future dog parks and pop up dog events in the White Flint/Pike District area. Visit the Open Town Hall and click Dog Park Suitability – Bethesda Chevy Chase area to complete the survey. Once you’ve clicked, scroll to the bottom to take the survey.

County Executive’s CIP Budget Released

The CIP Budget is Montgomery County’s Capital Budget. We’ve been studying the CIP budget and talking with county officials about the CIP budget since it was released a few days ago. You can read the budget details here. Below are some of the parts of the CIP that most affect the White Flint area.

One of the first things to notice about the budget is that it eliminates funds for the second White Flint metro entrance. Funding was shifted to beyond the six year period due to affordability and the intention to pursue WMATA funding,

The plan also eliminates funding for Montrose Parkway East. Costs to construct the previously approved project have been eliminated and planning funds have been added to evaluate less costly alternative options for addressing safety and congestion concerns.

The CIP includes funding for a new five bay Fire and Rescue Station in the Rockville/White Flint area and the purchase of associated apparatus. The new facility will be located on an acquired site at the south-east quadrant of Route 355 and Randolph Road, Space has been added to co-locate a future Police Substation at the fire station

The Josiah Henson Park project received funding to rehabilitate the existing Josiah Henson Park and create a heritage tourism destination. The project includes converting the historic Riley/Bolten House to a public museum; constructing a new 2.900 square foot visitor center with bus-drop off area and five-car parking lot on the former Rozier property; and new landscape sitework and outdoor interpretation that will make the park more accessible for visitors and convey its former appearance as a plantation.

Finally, funding for the Wall Park garage was pushed back, too.

Stay tuned as we delve further into the CIP and determine our advocacy plan. Please share your thoughts on the County Executive’s CIP Budget with us at info@whiteflint.org.

Check out the vision for the interim Wall Park

On Monday, the Parks Department presented the plan for the interim Wall Park.  As you probably know, once the new Wall Park/Shriver Aquatic Center garage is built, the current paved parking lot will be ripped up and replaced with much-needed green space. Here are some of the more essential slides from Monday’s presentation. (Click on each slide to enlarge.)

You can learn more at the Wall Park project page and you can see the entire presentation by clicking here.

Community Meeting On The Interim Plan To Improve Wall Local Park Experience

A Community Meeting to discuss the interim plan to improve Wall Local Park, will be Monday, November 13, 2017.  The meeting will start at 6:30 pm.  It will be at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center at Wall Park.  Under the guidance of the current White Flint Sector Plan, Parks staff will present the interim plan as well as review future plans to the park. 

Part of the interim plan will feature the realignment of Executive Boulevard and Market Street to allow construction of a new parking garage.  They plan to remove the parking lot to develop more green space in the park.  Visit the park project page for more information.

 

A Wonderful Win for Wall Park!

Yesterday, the County Council voted YES on the Supplemental Appropriation and CIP Amendment for $6,582,000 for the Wall Park Garage and Park Improvements!! Friends of White Flint has advocated for more than a year and a half for the County to “un-pave paradise and pull up the parking lot” and yesterday, the Council voted to do just that.

Pallas resident Beth Robinson prepares to testify at the County Council

Friends of White Flint’s Executive Director Amy Ginsburg, the White Flint Implementation Committee, and Pallas resident Beth Robinson testified at the public hearing in favor of building the Wall Park Garage and creating a great green space for all to enjoy.

Specifically, the Council voted to “fund the relocation of surface parking from the Wall Park and Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center (KSAC) to an adjacent parking garage on private property, as suggested by the White Flint Sector Plan. This increase is needed because the relocation of the surface parking to a parking garage will provide for an urban park with amenities in an area with significant multi-family residential development. This appropriation will facilitate development that will provide the opportunity for the County to obtain right-of-way through dedication from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Upon completion of the garage project the County will own 30 percent of the parking spaces under a condominium regime that affords voting rights and ownership to the County for a specific portion of the garage.  This recommended amendment is consistent with the criteria for amending the CIP because it offers the opportunity to achieve significant savings through a public private partnership that takes advantage of economies of scale, which will provide the parking garage at a lower cost than if the County had to build its own garage.”

In just a couple of short years, we will all be enjoying the Great Lawn at Wall Park.  Look for more information from FoWF about opportunities to give input on this new green space for the Pike District.

Pop Ups in the Park in the Pike District

The Pop Up in Montgomery Parks campaign is part of an ongoing “activate urban parks” initiative that was launched last year. There are two coming to the White Flint area.

Touch a Truck

Whether they are climbing into the cab of a backhoe, riding in a bucket truck or turning a police cruiser lights on children of all ages can explore and learn about the trucks that help upkeep Montgomery County’s urban parks.

Rock Wall

Have you ever wanted to go rock climbing but just haven’t worked up the nerve? Why not give Montgomery Parks mobile climbing wall a try first? The climbing wall is twenty- six feet tall and you can try your hand at rock climbing skills in a local park.