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Minority Report: Farquhar

Minority Report: Farquhar

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M
ONTGOMERY
C
OUNTY
D
EPARTMENT OF
P
ARKS
 
MARYLAND-NATIONAL
 
CAPITAL
 
PARK 
 
&
 
PLANNING
 
COMMISSION
PARK PLANNING & STEWARDSHIP DIVISION
9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910Office:
 
301-650-4370 Fax: 301-650-4379www.ParkPlanningandStewardship.org
Response
to
the
Report
of 
the
Site
Selection
Committee
for
Bethesda

Chevy
Chase
Middle
School
#2
Brooke
Farquhar,
Supervisor,
Park
and
Trail
Planning,
Park
Planning
and
Stewardship
Division,
M
NCPPC
Department
of 
Parks,
Montgomery
County
March
8,
2012
The
following
comments
reflect
my
individual
views
as
a
park
planner
and
do
not
necessarily
reflect
the
views
of 
the
Director
of 
Parks,
the
Planning
Board
Chair,
or
members
of 
the
Planning
Board.
I
disagree
with
the
conclusions
of 
the
Site
Selection
Advisory
Committee
for
Bethesda
Chevy
Chase
Middle
School
#2
and
offer
this
response
to
highlight
my
concerns.

1.
 
MCPS
should
choose
a
site
that
does
not
take
away
existing,
needed
park
and
recreation
facilities
and
lands.

The
two
candidate
sites
recommended
in
the
SSAC
report
would
lose
needed
adult
rectangular
athletic
fields
if 
converted
to
a
school.
The
Policy 
 for 
Parks
,
adopted
by
the
Full
Commission
in
1968
and
reaffirmed
by
the
Planning
Board
in
the
1988
Parks,
Recreation
and 
Open
Space
Plan
(PROS)
(M
NCPPC,
1988),
states
that:
Lands
and 
 facilities
under 
the
control 
of 
The
Maryland 
National 
Capital 
Park 
and 
Planning
Commission
are
held 
as
a
 public
trust 
 for 
the
enjoyment 
and 
education
of 
 present 
and 
 future
generations.

The
Commission
is
 pledged 
to
 protect 
these
holdings
 from
encroachment 
that 
would 
threaten
their 
use
as
 parkland.

The
Commission
recognizes
that 
under 
rare
circumstances
non
 park 
uses
may 
be
required 
on
 park 
 property 
in
order 
to
serve
the
greater 
 public
interest.” 
Whether
or
not
one
calls
the
need
for
a
new
middle
school
in
Bethesda
a
"rare"
or
“extraordinary”
circumstance,
it
is
one
that
deserves
extraordinary
solutions.

It
is
widely
known
from
surveys
that
parks
and
schools
are
two
of 
the
top
reasons
people
choose
to
live
and
stay
in
Montgomery
County.

Therefore,
whatever
solution
the
Board
of 
Education
chooses
should
aim
to
maintain
the
highest
level
of 
park
and
recreation
AND
education
service
possible
in
the
Bethesda
Chevy
Chase
area,
where
population
is
growing
but
there
is
little,
if 
any,
developable
land,
and
redeveloping
private
land
is
costly.
The
recently
completed
Vision
2030
Strategic
Plan
 for 
Parks
and 
Recreation
,
which
was
based
on
a
thorough
inventory,
a
great
deal
of 
public
participation
and
review,
and
was
approved
by
the
Planning
Board
in
June
2011,
finds
that
the
South
Central
area
of 
the
County,
including
Bethesda,
has
the
lowest
level
of 
overall
park
and
recreation
services
per
population
in
the
County.

With
this
in
mind,
decision
makers
should
strive
to
increase,
rather
than
delete,
needed
parkland
and
facilities
to
meet
the
needs
of 
existing
and
future
residents
in
the
area.
Every
five
or
so
years,
Parks
staff 
completes,
and
the
Planning
Board
approves
a
Parks,
Recreation,
and
Open
Space
(PROS)
Plan
that
estimates
future
park
and
recreation
needs
for
the
next
10
years.

Preliminary
analysis
for
the
2012
PROS
Plan
shows
a
consistent
unmet
need
for
adult
rectangular
athletic
fields
in
the
Bethesda
area

yet
it
is
not
in
a
part
of 
the
County
where
we
can
build
our
way
out
of 
the
problem
with
new
parkland
or
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