The vision for this park is an active recreation space that will complement the historic and contemplative setting of Acorn Urban Park. Montgomery Parks will be implementing the first phase of the proposed South Silver Spring Park with multiple spaces for active recreationsuch as a multipurpose court (basketball, soccer, volleyball, other) and exercise area;playsuch as games (ping pong, corn hole, bocce), playground, and nature play area; and social interactionsuch as a community plaza and terrace. The park’s first phase is expected to be opened in 2023.
The park is in the South Silver Spring District – a large district with a great diversity of housing types, commercial and educational uses, and public spaces. The rail tracks separate this district from the rest of downtown making the South Silver Spring Park a critical walk-to public space for the community in this district. The Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan recommends this park to serve as both a park and a through-block connection between East-West Highway and Kennett Street. The park offers a direct connection to the proposed Green Loop – connecting major public spaces among the different districts within this area. The Plan’s recommendations incorporated feedback from over 500 stakeholders who live, work or play in the Silver Spring downtown.
In late 2021 M-NCPPC purchased this property (formerly National Tire and Battery) situated on one acre in downtown Silver Spring with the intent of demolishing the building and constructing the first phase of an active urban recreational park. The site is in the process of being prepared for demolition. Pre-demolition work has included surveys for hazardous materials that may have been left by the previous uses, removal of hazardous materials to ensure safety during demolition, applying for permits, and planning of the demolition process. Pre-demolition work will take place through much of this year with demolition expected toward the end of 2022. During this time, the park planning will continue and will be informed in part by community feedback through our Open Town Hall Survey.