Community Meeting to Discuss Proposed Sensory Trail at Montgomery County Park Takes Place on Nov. 12

Montgomery Parks invites the public to a community meeting and walking tour at Fairview Road Urban Park to discuss the proposed sensory trail at the park. The meeting will take place on November 12, 2023, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. The rain date is December 3, 2023, 2 – 3:30 p.m. During the meeting, park planners will present two concepts for the potential sensory trail location with a detailed introduction to the various sensory stations planned along the trail. Below is a list of sensory stations proposed for this trail:

  • Music station
  • Tree touch
  • Picture frame
  • Communication Board with sign language and tactile signs
  • Visual and hearing station with hanging wind chimes and decorations
  • Sensory walk with different materials to provide a more challenging walking experience.
  • Seating areas that promote interaction and motion experiences
  • Trellis
  • Planting beds

Sensory trails are designed outdoor spaces that stimulate and engage the senses. They are typically used as an inclusive environment for people of all ages and abilities, including those with sensory processing disorders, autism, are blind or have low vision or other disabilities, as well as individuals seeking relaxation and sensory exploration. The project will be a first for Montgomery Parks and will help to make our parks more inclusive and welcoming to all our visitors.

WHAT:  Fairview Road Urban Park community meeting, including a brief presentation followed by a walking tour, and question and answer session.

WHEN:   Sunday, November 12, 2023, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

(Rain date: Sunday, December 3, 2023, 2 – 3:30 p.m.)

WHERE:  8900 Fairview Road, Silver Spring
Parking is available at the Cameron Street Garage and there is limited street parking (Parks will reserve four spaces for meeting attendees on a first-come-first-served basis.), Attendees may be dropped off in the park via the curb cut facing the playground.

This meeting will be held outdoors and there is no paved walkway inside the Fairview Urban Park. The walking tour is expected to be a few hundred feet long on the turf surface. Please wear appropriate shoes for the walking tour. There will be a mock-up rope guide. A sign language interpreter will be available at the meeting. An ADA guide will meet attendees at the Spring Street / Fairview Road intersection.

Registration for the meeting is optional but encouraged so attendees can be updated on future developments in the project. Register by completing this form. Learn more about the proposed sensory trail at Fairview Road Urban Park, please visit the project page.

 About Fairview Road Local Park: Fairview Local Park is a two-acre park that serves the local community and people who work in the area, due to its location between downtown Silver Spring and the Woodside neighborhood. The park features a playground and a picnic area and is a relatively recent addition to the M-NCPPC park system.

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