Montgomery Planning led a collaborative placemaking initiative in 2018 to reimagine part of the Randolph Hills Shopping Center in White Flint as a dynamic public space and park. The six-month collaboration with residents, local businesses, civic associations and non-profit organizations culminated in the White Flint Placemaking Festival. This public event was held on October 13 and 14, 2018 and drew more than 1,000 people to the county’s first pop-up park, which continues to serve the surrounding community.
By the Numbers
One dozen community organizers from the Randolph Hills Civic Association and more than 50 volunteers from the Randolph Hills neighborhood spent hundreds of hours:
Painting a 200-foot-long mural.
Building 90 feet of tables, dozens of chairs and tables, four swings, two fire pits.
Stringing 350 feet of lights.
Spreading out three truckloads of mulch to make safe surfaces for kids to play.
Moving 30 trees and 50 potted plants to make a garden out of a patch of grass.
Applying 67 gallons of surface paint to make a basketball court and a bike track.
During the event, 11 local bands, 14 small businesses and 13 fitness and cultural programming partners provided more than 12 hours of activities.