Greening of a Park: Kemp Mill Urban Park gets a green makeover!

Kemp Mill Park
June 27, 2017
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Montgomery Parks has just renovated Kemp Mill Urban Park. The park is situated in Wheaton, adjacent to a busy shopping center in an urban community. Originally opened in 1970, the park has not been updated since then. The renovation incorporated many innovative design and landscaping elements that greatly benefit the environment.

The amount of pavement was significantly reduced and replaced with planting beds to benefit air quality and treat stormwater run-off. Two bio-retention facilities were added to treat run-off also.

Montgomery Parks nearly tripled the number of trees planted in the park, maintaining a mature tree canopy around the edges and planting a diverse mix of flowering, evergreen and canopy trees in the park’s interior.

Many native plants were added, grown from locally collected seeds and nurtured in Montgomery Parks nursery. We included many plants that attract pollinators. In addition, various elements were incorporated to deter geese in the park, such as adding barriers around the ponds and moving water in the ponds.


Design drawing of the Kemp Mill Urban Park renovation

Design drawing of the Kemp Mill Urban Park renovation


Kemp Mill Urban Park is open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset. It is located at 1200 Arcola Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20901. For more information please visit


Join us in celebrating the reopening of Kemp Mill Urban Park!

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m, Montgomery Parks invites you and your family to celebrate the reopening of Kemp Mill Urban Park.

The July 12th celebration will feature family-friendly activities such as Pop-Up Tennis, Cornhole, Sidewalk Chalk, and Large Games, as well as nature-themed activities.  Montgomery Parks partner, Go Ape, which operates a treetop adventure course, will be on-hand with giveaways. Montgomery Parks Volunteer Services Section will be available to discuss volunteer opportunities and provide demonstrations about the environment on an interactive education model.  The event will open with brief remarks and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.


ByMelissa Chotiner, Montgomery Parks

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