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Lyttonsville Area – Future Neighborhood Park

Division: Park Development Division

Map Talbot Bridge Neighborhood Park in Lyttonsville       Aerial Photo of Laytonsville Park


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.

Background

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 Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) upon completion of the Purple Line as part of the Capital Crescent Trail greenway corridor. The site which was formerly forested has been cleared and 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 the spring of 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.

Status/Project Update

The facility planning process began in the winter of 2019 but was put on hold due to the delay of the Purple Line construction. The project restarted in the spring of 2022.  A virtual community meeting was held on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, and an Open Town Hall survey was available for community members to share ideas for the project.

A virtual community meeting was held on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 to present preliminary concepts based on initial feedback and an Open Town Hall survey is available for public input.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

Links to review meeting notes and presentations will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed.

Date/Time Discussion/Meeting Notes Location
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
Comment period ended August 31, 2022
Tuesday

October 25, 2022

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Community Meeting #2
Present preliminary concepts and solicit public input
Watch a recording of the meeting

View the presentation

View the meeting notes

Visit Open Town Hall and vote on your preferred concept. Comment period ends January 25, 2023.

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
Wheaton Headquarters
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
Email Ching-Fang.Chen@MontgomeryParks.org
(301) 495-2557

 

Last Updated: December 8, 2022