Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers approved the concept plan for a park to be created in the open space between Western Avenue and Grove Street.
While it's not ready yet for the "high-heel test"—the test to determine whether a person wearing high-heeled shoes can walk easily from one end of a park to the other—the open space between Western Avenue and Grove Street in Chevy Chase Village is one step closer to becoming a real park, with landscaping, paths and places to picnic, play and rest. The Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers approved the concept plan for the property at 5409 Grove St., which used to have a house on it and which was purchased by the county and the village (which paid 25 percent of the cost) in 2002 to become a public park. Features of the concept plan include: paths (one running diagonally across the property, from the northeast corner to the southwest corner…
Friday, November 18, 2011
Chevy Chase residents, county park planners and leaders of the church next door gathered together at the open green space between Western Avenue and Grove Street to envision how to turn that space into a peaceful, naturalistic oasis.
Friendship Heights isn't all bricks, mortar and high-end merchandise. Just next door is a pleasant public park with healthy, mature trees, azalea bushes and a gently sloping hill—a true urban oasis of green plants and oxygen. And, in a few years, that green space will start to have a few more amenities—like, perhaps, some benches, tasteful lighting, a human sundial, a naturalistic playscape for children, a water feature and a pathway surfaced with pervious pavement to accommodate high-heeled commuters cutting through the park on their way to the Metro. The park—known for the time being as the Chevy Chase Open Space Urban Park—was once private property with a house on it, but it's now publicly owned, and Chevy Chase residents are working …
Monday, October 31, 2011
The Chevy Chase Open Space Committee meets on Tuesday, Nov. 1, to continue discussions on how to design the property at Western Avenue and Grove Street into an urban oasis of quiet, green parkland.
It may not look like much right now, but someday, the park at 5409 Grove St. will be an oasis of quiet, green space in a rather densely developed neighborhood at the border of Friendship Heights and Chevy Chase Village. The park (which is adjacent to Western Avenue and is behind the Giant supermarket on Wisconsin Circle) is the former Wohlfarth property, which has been vacant for some years, Patch reported earlier this year. The single-family house that once stood on the property was demolished in 2007. Montgomery County and Chevy Chase Village jointly purchased the property in 2002—the Village chipping in 25 percent of the cost—and now, the property is in the early planning stages to become an urban park. "An oasis of unplanned activities…
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Scenes from two parks on Western Avenue in Chevy Chase: the Chevy Chase Open Space Urban Park and the Chevy Chase Playground.
The two parks—the Chevy Chase Open Space Urban Park and the Chevy Chase Playground (also known as the Livingston Street Playground)—are almost right across Western Avenue from one another, but while one has brand-new playground equipment, completed only recently with a soft pavement perfect for jumping and running (and falling down) on, the other is just in the beginning stages of design. See what the two parks look like in this week's Viewfinder.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Representatives from Montgomery County's parks department take suggestions from Chevy Chase residents on how to turn the vacant Wohlfarth property at 5409 Grove St. into an urban park.
Some suggested picnic tables. Others, nature exploration areas for children. A few women asked that the paths be made smooth enough to meet the “high-heel test." The suggestion-makers were brainstorming ideas for the Chevy Chase Open Space Urban Park to be developed on the former Wohlfarth property at 5409 Grove St. (adjacent to Western Avenue and behind the Giant supermarket on Wisconsin Circle in Friendship Heights). The property has been vacant for some years, and the single-family house that had been on the lot was demolished in 2007. Montgomery County and Chevy Chase Village jointly purchased the property in 2002, the Village chipping in 25 percent of the cost. Invasive shrubs and other plants make the lot look overgrown and run-down…