Stop the Destruction of Rachel Carson Meadow

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.

 

PETITION

  • 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.


Sponsor

Bulldozers will roll within the next month or two The bulldozers will roll despite the community’s representatives in Annapolis having listened to their constituents and having removed nearly four million dollars from the Maryland state budget that would have gone toward this five million dollar project. Without the state funding, Parks and Planning have decided to reallocate the four million dollars from other projects in the county such as renovating up to 11 existing ball fields that are in need of repair, developing a long-requested park in South Silver Spring, effecting repairs at the Sligo Creek Golf Course, completion of the Metro Branch Trail or the development of the Josiah Henson Park. The county plans to spend five million dollars on the destruction of the meadow to the detriment of these other much needed projects. This petition is a last ditch effort to persuade the Montgomery County Council to halt this wasteful use of capital funding. If you are against spending five million dollars of county money to fill and level the beautiful knolls and swales of the meadow to develop a flat expanse of ball field and parking lot, please sign below to let your voice be heard. Sponsored by the NFCCA. The Northwood-Four Corners Civic Association represents the residents in North Four Corners, Northwood Park, and Forest Knolls. The NFCCA seeks to represent the interests of every resident in its territory—approximately 1,490 homes in the Four Corners area of Silver Spring.

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The Plan--Note that the 200 year-old tree, while now being kept, is right on top of the soccer field.  How long will it last with its root system undermined and balls bouncing off its branches?

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    Lauren Byers, United States

    12 months ago Comments: -
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    Melissa Ferguson, United States

    1 year 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.
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    JOAN P DELORENZO, United States

    1 year 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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