Parks To Hold Public Meeting On Future Of Wall Park
Montgomery Parks will host a public meeting on Sept. 18 about the future of Wall Park, the North Bethesda facility that many see as the future central green space of a rapidly redeveloping White Flint. The 12-acre area at 4901 Nicholson Lane now has a small park, and 250 parking spaces for the Shriver Aquatic Center. Parks planners, residents and White Flint developers hope it ends up being a lot more. The idea is to transform the surface parking lot into a great lawn that could host programming and serve as an important civic space. A recreation center would be added to go along with the Aquatic Center, which backs up to the planned Gables Residential apartment development. Much of the new Wall Park's progress will depend on the progress of a new road network for the area of Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard. Gables can't build its 450- to 500-unit apartment building without it and Montgomery Parks is hoping to share part of the parking garage the developer plans to build. Parks staff will be looking for ideas and input from the community at the public meeting, set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Aquatic Center (5900 Executive Blvd.) Also on Sept. 18, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation will host a public hearing on the abandonment of Executive Boulevard, making it a big day for discussions on the future of this particular section of North Bethesda. The MCDOT hearing is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Executive Office Building in Rockville.