Two projects designed to bring new life to parks in Silver Spring are expected to take shape with some Thursday decision-making by the Montgomery County Planning Board.
First on the docket is a plan to renovate the Long Branch-Wayne Local Park by spending an estimated $5.5 million to overhaul the playground area, refresh the athletic field and install fitness equipment.
Planning staff developed a number of concept plans for improving the 6.1-acre park at 509 E. University Blvd. in Silver Spring. Through a string of community meetings, staffers arrived at a recommended proposal to spruce up the park, solve access issues and make the space more enjoyable.
Current layout for the Long Branch-Wayne Local Park. Credit: Montgomery County Planning Department.
Right now, there aren’t many ways to enter the site on foot, and the existing 18-space parking lot is undersized, causing cars to overflow onto neighborhood streets. Planning staff recommend adding pathways and new park entrances, widening East Wayne Avenue, adding spaces to the existing parking lot and building a new 25-space lot.
The proposed renovations would also upgrade the picnic shelter, set up new fitness stations, expand the playground and provide a variety of new benches and other furnishings.
The second project is to improve Dewey Local Park at 11720 Dewey Road in Silver Spring. Facilities at the 14.5-acre park are aging and deteriorating, and the basketball court is in such poor condition that it’s been closed for several years, according to a staff report.
The proposed renovations carry an estimated $2 million price tag and will include the installation of a new playground with a “ropes and bridges” theme. Parks staff recommended installing an outdoor gym with fitness stations and a 22,000-square-foot dog park. The working plan also calls for building a court that could accommodate street hockey games and serve as the park system’s first futsal court. Futsal is similar to soccer, but played on a hard surface.
The project as envisioned would also add 11 parking spaces at the park.
The board is scheduled to hear a staff presentation on both projects during Thursday’s meeting and will be asked to approve the recommended plans.
Proposal for future Dewey Local Park in Silver Spring. Credit: Montgomery County Planning Department.