Western Grove Park
Western Grove Park Development
Created to be a tranquil oasis on the edge of a bustling urban center in our nation’s capital, Western Grove Park was established with preservation in mind. Acquired through the unique Legacy Open Space program that protects undeveloped land, this rare 1.9 acre parcel is focused on the protection and enjoyment of nature: natural landscape, harmonious features, areas for contemplation, and a natural playspace, constructed without metal or plastic, with textures and elements to unlock a child’s imagination.
A pioneering project for the Montgomery County Parks Department, in a local partnership with neighboring Chevy Chase Village, Western Grove celebrates green space in an urban setting. Upon completion, it will be the first urban park of its kind in all of Montgomery County.
The park’s unique concept design interweaves the latest in 21st century sustainable materials and amenities like WiFi with protection of the land. Construction is slated to begin in June 2016 and finish in six to nine months.
* * * The Friends of Western Grove was created to help bridge the gap between the Park’s final cost and the public money appropriated, as well as to provide long-term support for additional aesthetic amenities like flower beds and modest neighborhood events in the Park.
A Forward-looking Fundraising Plan:
To complete the Park’s full design, the Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers has generously donated an additional $50,000 to the Park (it provided $1.59 million to fund the land purchase and a portion of the design and construction), asking that its contribution be matched by donations from the larger community. Our goal is to raise $150,000 by mid-June so that all elements of the park can be completed during construction. All donations are tax deductible and larger donations can be spread over multiple tax years. Donations at any level are greatly appreciated.
Three levels of donors will receive special recognition within the Park.
- Red Oak—$10,000
- Flowering Dogwood—$1,000
Donations below $1,000 will be recognized as members of “The Grove” for Friends of Western Grove Park and will be honored in the Montgomery County Parks Foundation’s publications and at a special ceremony in the completed Western Grove Park, as well as on the Park’s dedicated website.
A fourth category, naming rights, allows larger donors to permanently name a specific feature of the park. This is a wonderful way to honor a family member or other loved one or simply to leave a beautiful, lasting legacy.
Features available for individual naming:
- Natural Playspace $30,000
- Human Sundial $25,000
- Bluestone Seating Plaza $20,000
- Waterfall Feature $20,000 (already named, thanks to a generous donation, final details pending)
- Grove Street Welcome Entrance $15,000
Please support Western Grove Park today, so that this exciting park can be completed with all design elements added during the original construction.
Meredith Wellington, Chair
Friends of Western Grove Park
Members: Nina Bang-Jensen, Susie Eig, Diane Kartalia, Virginia Leachman, Jay Treadwell, Lyric Winik, Peter Yeo
*Established by the CCV Board of Managers to work with Montgomery County Department of Parks and the Montgomery Parks Foundation
Summary of Park Features
Park Feature detail drawings
Gift Commitment/Donation FormFinal Construction Plans for Park
Western Grove Park Facility Plan
Over the past year, the Village's Chevy Chase Open Space Committee has been working the Park& Planning staff to develop a concept plan for the park. Now that the concept plan has been drafted community feedback is sought on the plan and to develop a list of features the community feels are priorities for implementation.
Click here to view the updated concept plan for the Chevy Chase Open Space Park
Park & Planning PowerPoint Presentation regarding updated concept plan
Chevy Chase Open Space Committee Presentation to the Board of Managers - January 9, 2012
Chevy Chase Open Space Visioning Meeting Minutes - June 15, 2011
Montgomery Parks Project Webpage: www.parkplanning.org (click on "Chevy Chase Open Space Urban Park" under Plans in Progress)
Click here to view the Visioning Meeting Public Notice
Chevy Chase Open Space Urban Park Update - May 2011
Memorandum from Park and Planning Staff to the Montgomery County Planning Board Regarding the Planning Process and Demolition of Existing Buildings
FINAL--Resolution No. 02-01-08: Vote of Intent (Structures)
Memorandum of Understanding between Montgomery County, Maryland and Chevy Chase Village
Montgomery County Department of Park and Planning Vicinity Map