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Public Space Management Plan

About the Public Space Management Plan

The purpose of this project is to develop a Public Land Management Plan to provide a vision, goals, and guidance on how public space will be used and maintained in Takoma Park. This plan will be an update to the City’s 1994 Open Space Plan (amended in 1999).

Public space, in the context of this plan, includes parks (operated both by the City of Takoma Park and M-NCPPC), plazas, and open green space. The plan will also incorporate public rights of way within the City including streets, sidewalks, medians, neighborhood paths, and paper streets and corresponding programs and activation.

Current Project Status

Staff has developed set of draft goals for possible which were reviewed by Council on January 22, 2020. A condition assessment of all parks in the City is currently underway to be completed in April 2020. Public outreach will begin in Winter/early Spring 2020.

City staff presented a revised scope of work for the plan on November 14, 2018. Background information on the project was first presented at the March 2, 2015 City Council Work Session.  An inventory of amenities in City was conducted and the Takoma Park Streetscape Manual, which deals with public space improvements in the right-of-way, was adopted by City Council on July 20, 2016.

Project Lead & Contact Info

Jamee Ernst
Phone: 301-891-7213

Public Space Management Plan Details

Project Info & Timeline

  • Current target completion date: Ongoing
    • Project initiation date: 2014 – October
  • Takoma Park’s role in project: Lead
  • Departments involved: Housing & Community Development

Budget & Funding Source

N/A (City staff time)

Links & Notes

January 22, 2020 — Council Work Session to Review Scope of Work, Draft Goals, and Timeline for Public Space Management Plan

November 14, 2018 — Council Work Session on the Review of Scope of Work for Public Lands Management Plan

July 20, 2016 — Resolution Adopting the Takoma Park Streetscape Manual

March 3, 2015 — Council Discussion of Public Land and Open Space Management Planning

Research Documents

2016-04-01City Parks Amenities Inventory
2016-07-20Streetscape Manual
1994-12-121994 Open Space Plan

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