Update from City Staff

City Public Works Director Daryl Braithwaite provides the following update on the Takoma Park dog park....

As you know we have been awaiting an easement agreement from Montgomery County Public Schools to allow construction of the required stormwater facility adjacent to their tennis court to address run-off and erosion coming down the slope. Last week we received confirmation that they have approved the easement request and we are awaiting the signed documents. With this agreement, we can possibly start construction on the one portion of stormwater management facility.

We have been in bi-weekly contact with MNCPPC staff with regard to our permit application to use the parking area on Darwin Avenue for staging of materials and equipment when we construct the park and for permission to construct the entrance area to the dog park across MNCPPC land. There is grading work and two curb cuts required as well as removal of a small tree and protection of additional trees. That permit request is still working it’s way through their process. As soon as I have any other updates, I will let you know.

We are still anticipating starting construction in the late fall and winter. There may be some aspects of the project that will not be able to be done due to freezing temperatures, but we are in discussions with our on-call contractor about phasing the construction work......

A few days later we received this additional update from Daryl....

The City received confirmation last week that MCPS approved the easement agreement request to enable the city to construct the needed stormwater management facility adjacent to the tennis courts to eliminate erosion and run-off issues from that area to the dog park site. We anticipate receiving the final paperwork shortly. In the meantime we will be meeting with our on call contractor to determine if we can start construction of a portion of the stormwater facility while we await MNCPPC’s approval for the staging and access through their parking lot and adjacent land to the dog park.