Which plan for Columbia Local Park do you like best?
Montgomery Parks is looking to activate the northern portion of Columbia Local Park and we need your help determining the best use of the space. Parks staff developed three site plan options based on input received at a previous community meeting held on April 24, 2018.
Please vote on your favorite option and provide any additional comments for further improving these plans. While all park users are encouraged to vote on their favorite option, special consideration will be given to residents of the neighborhoods adjacent to the park. Voting will be open until July 17. Parks staff will use public input to inform a Facility Plan to be presented to the Planning Board this fall.
Option 1- In this option, the tennis courts would remain in their current location. Striping for two pickleball courts and a futsal court would be overlain on the tennis courts and futsal goals would be built into the tennis court fence. Four new pickleball courts would be built on approximately one-third of the currently unprogrammed paved area. The remainder of the paved area would become a dog park, separated from the pickleball courts by a solid wall. New drinking fountains would be included the dog park and between the two court areas. Benches would be added to the dog park and adjacent to the pickleball courts. A shade structure in the dog park would cover portions of both the large dog area and small dog area. A new, ADA compliant trail come from the neighborhood to the north, wrap around the tennis court and connect to the parking lot.
Option 2- This option proposes to convert the two existing tennis courts into a dog park with small dog area, large dog area, benches, shade structure and drinking fountains. The open paved area would be converted into six pickleball courts and one tennis court with a junior tennis overlay. Benches would separate the tennis court from the pickleball courts and a new drinking fountain would go just outside the court area. A new path with stairs would come between the dog park and the court area, connecting the park with the neighborhood to the north.
Option 3- Similar to Option 2, a dog park would replace the two tennis courts. A futsal court, four pickleball courts, and a tennis court would occupy the open paved area. The tennis court would be overlain with two pickleball courts to create a total of six possible pickleball courts. A new shade structure, benches and drinking fountain would go next to the futsal court and pickleball courts. A new path and stairs would connect the park with the neighborhood to the north.
The deadline for posting positions was 11:59 PM on July 17, 2018
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