Rockville Mayor and Council Adopt Vision for RedGate Park’s Future

by Patrick Herron

Per the City of Rockville:
The Mayor and Council adopted their vision for the future of RedGate Park in October, following months of public input and consideration, with the Reimagining RedGate Park Master Plan. The master plan will map out how the nearly 130-acre park will develop. About 90% of the park will be dedicated to passive recreation — activities such as connected trails for biking, hiking and walking, pathways, areas for picnicking, open spaces and natural habitats.

The central park area will include features and amenities interwoven with the natural habitat areas, including a new visitor center, community gardens, picnic area, playground, dog park and amphitheater. Over time, the entire park will be developed as an arboretum to feature arboretum plant and tree specimens and collections. Interpretive signage will be integrated into natural environments and park features with access along the pathway network.

Park features will be implemented in phases, particularly parkwide enhancements such as new forest, feature landscapes, collections associated with the arboretum and improvements to the pathway network. Plans for the park were developed based on the city’s strategic plan for recreation and parks; considerable engagement with, and feedback from, the community; input from the Mayor and Council; and environmental constraints of natural features at the park.

For the draft master plan and video of the master plan presentation to the Mayor and Council, find the Oct. 17 meeting listing at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter.

Map showing the plans for new features of RedGate Park

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