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This could be huge for South Silver Spring and Silver Spring as a whole if done correctly.

The Planning Department's proposal would be a home run, and would give South Silver Spring its own Ellsworth/Veteran's Plaza. The key here is to make sure the park is well designed, central and ample. We have plenty of pocket parks in the area, most of which are poorly designed and little used. A good urban park right near the metro is exactly what we need.

I agree with others that developers should pay into a fund instead of developing pocket parks, except where appropriate. The large pocket park between The Veridian and The Silverton is large because it is a combined park between two buildings and is well used because of this (it is a bit over programmed, however). It's location also works well. Others actually hurt our community by making things farther apart and making it harder for people to see retail.

Putting a park in where all that asphalt sits would be huge for Silver Spring, and a much better idea than building a park a half mile from the metro on the DC border. We really need to make sure this happens.

by Patrick Thornton on Nov 27, 2012 1:56 pm • linkreport

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