Parks Department spends millions to move a ball field and destroy a beautiful green space, home to a nearly 200 year old tree
For the last several years the Montgomery County Parks and Planning Board have been planning the destruction of the meadow at North Four Corners Local Park (colloquially, “The Rachel Carson Meadow”) and its replacement by an adult-sized soccer field and 50-car parking lot. While ostensibly working with the community on this plan (the board plans to plant trees on an existing ball field to create a “meadow-like space” with no net gain in the number of ball fields), Parks and Planning have consistently ignored the local resident’s desires to keep the existing meadow.
- Do not waste nearly $5,000,000 of county money on this project
- Save “Rachel Carson Meadow” with its complex topography, 10 potential champion trees, and 61 specimen trees so it can continue to function as Urban Woods & as a Community Green for down county neighborhoods.
- Add minor upgrades to the park such as a natural playground, and manage exotic invasive plants per Weed Warriors program standards.
- Keep the existing youth baseball/soccer field and continue to permit youth teams there.
- Renovate Parks' existing soccer fields using natural turf techniques developed at the Soccerplex, and improve maintenance, management, and permitting of existing fields so as to increase the number of playable fields throughout the county.
Thank you for your time, consideration, and support.
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Lauren Byers, United States11 months ago Comments: -
Melissa Ferguson, United States11 months ago Comments: I am new to the neighborhood and this meadow is a lovely place to bring old and young family members. We enjoy the beauty and the peacefulness of the space. In our very densely populated community, this is an oasis we can all share. Furthermore, the money that would be spent to carve out the meadow and replace it with a blacktop parking lot and a soccer field is money that would be better spent restoring existing fields.
JOAN P DELORENZO, United States12 months ago Comments: Frankly,I don't understand why MNCPPC even goes through the charade of having meetings before they do things. From what I have seen, they just do what they want anyway, regardless of what the citizens want. Shame on you MNCPPC! How is it that the County doesn't have enough money for us to keep our Rec Center, but there are sufficient funds to build a soccer field we DON"T want?
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