This project develops a facility plan for a new neighborhood park in Lyttonsville at 2205 Kansas Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland. The intent of the project is to create a neighborhood green and a rest-stop with amenities along the Capital Crescent Trail while providing environmental benefits, accessibility, and social connections.
The 0.84-acre parcel is adjacent to the existing Georgetown Branch and the CSX/WMATA right-of-way at the end of Talbot Avenue between Kansas Avenue and Michigan Avenue. The parcel fronts the future Capital Crescent Trail and Purple Line light rail on the north side and is approximately ¼ mile from the future Purple Line Lyttonsville Station. The land is to be transferred to the M-NCPPC upon completion of the Purple Line as part of the Capital Crescent Trail greenway corridor. The cleared formerly forested site is currently used as a construction staging area.
Lyttonsville was an all-Black enclave in Silver Spring founded in the 1850s by a free Black laborer, Samuel Lytton. The Talbot Avenue bridge is a historic, one-lane wood and steel bridge that crossed the CSX railroad tracks between Hanover Street and Lanier Drive. The bridge provided Black residents access to employment, shopping, and recreational opportunities unavailable in Lyttonsville. The bridge represents a historic connection between the segregated communities. The deteriorating 100-year old bridge was demolished in spring 2019 and will be replaced with a new bridge in conjunction with the construction of the Purple Line. The project intends to incorporate remnants of the historic bridge into the park to commemorate the unique history and culture of Greater Lyttonsville.
The facility planning process originally began in the winter of 2019 but was put on hold due to the delay of the Purple Line construction. The project restarted in spring 2022. A virtual community meeting was held on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 and Open Town Hall survey was available for community members to share ideas for the project.
The department will host a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm to present preliminary concepts based on initial feedback and solicit community input. To join the meet, visit MoCoParks.org/LyttonsvilleTownHall or by phone: 301-715-8592, webinar ID: 869 4809 5561
Links to review meeting notes and presentations will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed.
|March 2022||Project begins|
|June 29, 2022||Community Meeting #1
Solicit community input.
|Watch a recording of the meeting
View the meeting notes
Visit the Open Town Hall forum
to share your thoughts on the concept plan.
Comment period will end August 31, 2022
October 25, 2022
7:00pm to 8:30pm
|Community Meeting #2
Present preliminary concepts and solicit public input
|Zoom Link – MoCoParks.org/LyttonsvilleTownHall
Webinar ID: 869 4809 5561
|To be determined||Develop design and cost estimates based on community input||To be determined|
|To be determined||Planning Board Meeting
Obtain facility plan approval
2425 Reedie Drive
Wheaton, MD 20902
Date and time subject to change.
Visit the Montgomery Planning Board Calendar to confirm the schedule closer to the date.
M-NCPPC Staff Contact
Ching-Fang Chen, Project Manager