Monday, October 5, 2009

what's up the pike: let the tent be struck

- Neighbors of Evans Parkway Park in Wheaton complain that it's become a haven for sex and drugs, say the Gazette. One anonymous resident quoted in the story claims seeing black and Hispanic kids fighting in the park and once saw "teens passing around what smelled like a marijuana cigar." (What, can't the kids smoke regular cigars anymore?) The park is directly across Georgia Avenue from a former school that residents would like to turn into another park.

- Moorenko's Ice Cream is starting an open mic series for the kids, filling a void for youthful expression in Downtown Silver Spring. The Art N Soul Teen Open Mic will be held the first Friday of every month, starting this Friday at 7:30pm. Moorenko's is located at Georgia and East-West Highway, next to Arts Alley.

- The East County Regional Services Center is hosting a collection drive for victims of domestic violence. Bring toiletries, books, or toys to the center at Briggs Chaney and Robey roads anytime through October 23. They'll be compiled into kits for visitors to the Betty Ann Krahnke Center in Rockville, serving families affected by domestic violence. For more info, call 240/777-8400.

- The proposed Fairland Park subdivision inches one step closer to fruition as the Prince George's County Planning Board approved plans (warning! PDF file.) for the project last month. Straddling the MoCo/P.G. line at Route 198, the bi-county development will have 398 single-family homes and townhomes on roughly 250 acres. The Montgomery side, approved by the planning board there in May, will include 38 moderately priced dwelling units (MPDUs) and land for a future elementary school. A fifty-three acre parcel on Route 198 originally slated to hold an additional 109 homes was purchased by Montgomery County in July for an addition to the Fairland Recreational Park.

- Come back later today for more photos of last weekend's South Silver Spring Block Party and Fenton Street Market. In the meantime: which general loosely related to Silver Spring said "let the tent be struck"? Leave your guess in the comments! The winner (revealed tomorrow) will get the satisfaction of being good at history.


Cilla said...

Robert E. Lee

Patrick said...

I'm as pro-green space as anyone, but Montgomery County clearly can't manage the parks it has.

I drove down Sligo Creek Parkway this morning and noticed that a wooden playground set (near Dennis Avenue) that was a mess of splinters when we left the neighborhood 8 years ago had not been replaced.