Montgomery Parks invites the public to participate in a virtual community meeting about a new neighborhood park in the Lyttonsville community of Silver Spring. The meeting will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Parks staff will present information about the proposed new park and encourage input and questions from meeting attendees.
The site is currently being used as a staging area for purple line construction and will be transferred to M-NCPPC upon completion of the Purple Line. The intent of the project is to create a neighborhood green, and a rest stop with amenities along the Capital Crescent Trail while providing environmental benefits, accessibility, and social connections.
Lyttonsville Area Future Neighborhood Park Online Community Meeting
WHEN: June 29, 2022, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
WHERE: Zoom. Watch and submit questions by joining the online meeting
About the Proposed New Lyttonsville Park:
The 0.84-acre parcel is adjacent to the existing Georgetown Branch and the CSX/WMATA right-of-way at the end of Talbot Avenue between Kansas Avenue and Michigan Avenue. The parcel fronts the future Capital Crescent Trail and Purple Line light rail on the north side and is approximately ¼ mile from the future Purple Line Lyttonsville Station. The land is to be transferred to the M-NCPPC upon completion of the Purple Line as part of the Capital Crescent Trail greenway corridor.
History of the Lyttonsville Area:
Lyttonsville was an all-Black enclave in Silver Spring founded in the 1850s by a free Black laborer, Samuel Lytton. The Talbot Avenue bridge is a historic, one-lane wood and steel bridge that crossed the CSX railroad tracks between Hanover Street and Lanier Drive. The bridge provided Black residents access to employment, shopping and recreational opportunities unavailable in Lyttonsville. The bridge represents a historic connection between the segregated communities. The deteriorating 100-year-old bridge was demolished in spring 2019 and will be replaced with a new bridge in conjunction with the construction of the Purple Line. The project intends to incorporate remnants of the historic bridge into the park to commemorate the unique history and culture of Greater Lyttonsville.