Burtonsville Placemaking Festival Will Be Held This Weekend

October 2, 2019

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Food and retail vendors, play spaces and outdoor activities will enliven a pop-up park within the Burtonsville Crossing Shopping Center on October 5 and 6

SILVER SPRING, MD –The Montgomery County Planning Department and Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), and the Dallas-based nonprofit Better Block Foundation are cosponsoring a special initiative to reimagine part of Burtonsville’s commercial center as a lively public space and park.

As part of this placemaking initiative, a community festival will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 4 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Burtonsville Crossing Shopping Center (15701 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866) to bring together residents, visitors, local business owners and representatives of civic associations.\

The Burtonsville Crossing Shopping Center comprises approximately 13 acres at the intersection of Old Columbia Pike and Sandy Springs Road. The shopping center was previously anchored by a Giant supermarket that was relocated to the Burtonsville Town Square Shopping Center in 2010. The original Giant building remains vacant, along with some empty office and retail space at the shopping center.

The transformed outdoor space at the shopping center will host food and retail vendors, Montgomery Parks’ activities and features, and a fun and inviting place for residents during the October public celebration. Details of the festival layout and activities are available online.

The festival is located west of the Burtonsville Park and Ride. Free parking is available at the shopping center and in a designated area in the Burtonsville Park and Ride.

Learn more about Burtonsville Placemaking.

The project is modeled on the White Flint Placemaking Festival that took place in October 2018 and drew more than 1,000 people. The Burtonsville festival will build on the success of this event to demonstrate the power of placemaking.

The placemaking effort will realize a recommendation stated in 2012 Approved and Adopted Burtonsville Crossroads Neighborhood Plan to transform Burtonsville into a complete community through design by providing a public open space.

What is Placemaking?

Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of the community. It strengthens the connections between community members and the places they share. Placemaking refers to a collaborative process that shapes our public realm in order to maximize value. This concept goes beyond just promoting better urban design principles.  Placemaking facilitates creative thinking, capitalizes on community assets and contributes to the community’s health, happiness and well-being. More than livable, these places are loved.

Purpose of the Burtonsville Placemaking Festival:

  • Highlight the vision and recommendations of the approved and adopted Burtonsville Crossroads Neighborhood Plan.
  • Demonstrate ways of achieving plan recommendations for public spaces through short-term solutions before major investments are made.
  • Embrace placemaking as a means of capturing shared values and generating ideas for public spaces.
  • Engage local businesses, schools and community members in a dialogue about the role of public spaces and streetscape designs within their community.
  • Encourage property owners to plan for the long-term transformation of their properties.
  • Use temporary placemaking as a tool to gather data and help inform permanent designs for successful public spaces and streetscapes in the Burtonsville Crossroads Neighborhood Plan
  • Make a positive impact on the community with a public space that can be used for community events after the placemaking festival and was underutilized before the event.

For more information, contact Angelica Gonzalez at angelica.gonzalez@montgomeryplanning.org or 301-495-4583.