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Jesup Blair Park – Facility Plan

Project Description 

This Facility Plan project seeks to identify and locate the best possible uses of Jesup Blair Park and determine a strategy for the house. The end goal of the process is to plan an inspiring and engaging “park for all” – including spaces for relaxation, enjoyment of nature, social connection, and active recreation. Objectives also include year-round activating uses for a diversity of populations, generations, interests, and abilities; improving connectivity and accessibility; employing sustainable strategies; protecting tree canopy; and complementing the historic cultural landscape. Community meetings will inform future programming and amenities in the park. The Facility Plan process will result in a preliminary plan for the park, a determination of regulatory feasibility and an estimated budget for detailed design and construction. If approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board, the project will be included in the Parks Capital Improvement Program for future design and construction funding. 

A Note about the House 

Montgomery Parks recognizes that finding a successful long-term use of the house is closely tied to the success of the park Facility Plan. Park staff is analyzing the community input received during the Facility Plan’s Fall 2023 online public survey as well as during the Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan. This community feedback will help inform the potential uses for the house. Identifying future uses for the house will move forward in conjunction with the park Facility Plan. 


At approximately fifteen acres, Jesup Blair Park is the largest park in downtown Silver Spring. The park is located at 900 Jesup Blair Drive and nearly abuts Washington D.C.’s northeastern boundary. It is surrounded by Georgia Avenue, Blair Road, Jesup Blair Drive, and WMATA/CSX railroad. Adjacent land uses include multi-family residential, commercial, and institutional (Montgomery College Silver Spring/Takoma Park campus). Refer to the “Location Map” for more information. 

The rich history of the site includes bearing witness to events of the Underground Railroad, familial connections to the cabinet of President Abraham Lincoln and much more. The circa 1849-1850 Moorings house is in the core of the park – it is the only remaining Silver Spring residence of the Blair family. The Blair family bequeathed the house and property to the state of Maryland in 1933, and in 1939 they were transferred to the M-NCPPC. The house and the entire property are included on the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation.  

Existing amenities include walkways, public art, parking, a soccer field, a playground, open lawn and picnic areas, tennis, basketball, lighting, interpretive signage, and hundreds of canopy and understory trees. Refer to the “Existing Amenities” plan for more information.  

The development of the Facility Plan will be guided by the Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan (SSDAC). The SSDAC included robust community outreach and specific recommendations for Jesup Blair Park. It was approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board and the Montgomery County Council in 2022. Refer to the Sector Plan concept for more information. This concept is the starting point for the Facility Plan community outreach discussions and Facility Plan process.  

Status/Project Update 

The Facility Plan project is entering the preliminary design phase. Please continue to check in for future updates.  

Calendar and Meeting Notes

*Dates and times subject to change. Please contact the project manager for updates.

Project DatesNotes and Project Resources
Summer 2023 Fall 2023 Project Initiation Phase, including but not limited to topographic survey, tree inventory and research, preliminary archaeological investigation, and outreach
September 9, 2023Outreach event: Park cleanup
September 22, 2023Outreach event: Buckets & Beats: Silver Spring Youth Block Party
October 7, 2023Outreach event: FRESHFARM Downtown Silver Spring Market
October 23, 2023Outreach event: Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board
October 24, 2023Outreach event: Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee
October 28 and October 29, 2023Outreach events: Pop-up in the Park
Winter 2023 – Fall 2024 (anticipated) 

Investigate potential future uses of the house. Develop preliminary design concept alternatives based on existing conditions assessment, findings from community engagement and online survey, and potential house uses. Community Meeting #1

Winter 2024 Spring 2025 (anticipated) Refinement of park renovation plan alternative(s) and Community Meeting #2
Spring 2025 (anticipated) 

Recommended plan, preliminary permits, geotechnical investigation, Preliminary Consultation with the Historic Preservation Commission, 30% construction documents. Facility Plan Approval by the Montgomery County Planning Board

Last Updated: April 8, 2024