For now, it’s called the Chevy Chase Urban Space Open Park, a rare green space in an intensely developed area the Chevy Chase Village Board this week approved for submittal to the County Planning Board.
Village Board Chair Pat Baptiste said some preliminary talk has already begun on what the park should be named. Some hope it’s named in honor of a local or county figure, others are looking for a geographical label and some have suggested the name be something that identifies it with the massive mix of upscale shopping and office space in nearby.
But whatever the result, it’s clear Chevy Chase Village and Montgomery County Parks think the park, bounded by Grove Street and Western Avenue, will be a special commodity among the hustle and bustle of Friendship Heights.
“It’s important for that reason. You have so much pavement, not very much green space all through the [Central Business Districts] of the county,” Baptiste said. “Parks are on the fringes. Projects like this are just not always possible to do because of the value of the land.”
The county and the Village bought the property, zoned residential and just outside the boundaries of past development projects, in 2002 to make it a park.
Now the process will pick up. After Monday’s approval from the Village Board, Montgomery County Parks can present the plan to the County Planning Board for permitting and construction approval.
Brenda Sandberg, with the County Park Department’s Legacy Open Space Program, said the park could cost between $150,000 and $300,000, according to the Chevy Chase Patch.
The name, for the time being, will have to wait.
“It’s just difficult to know and people have different thoughts. But it should be an interesting process,” Baptiste said.