Joint PHCA/SOECA Civic Association Mtg. – Tonight!

Park Hills residents,

My apologies for the late notice.

Much has been accomplished on the Park Hills Civic Association front, but last week’s “surprise” phone call from the County Executive’s office (about the newly-designed intersection at Wayne and Dale) tripped me up from getting everything accomplished in time since last October’s PHCA meeting, where new officers were elected.   I had hoped to postpone the joint Park Hills-SOECA meeting until after MCPS’s spring break, but SOECA had already published this date on its hard copy newsletter before I had received word from the County Executive about the new plan.  (Not to worry – Park Hills and SOECA are already in discussion about planning a joint meeting in May where the new Purple Line design for the Wayne corridor will be formally unveiled).

Tonight’s meeting details

Date:  Tuesday, April 4th

Time:  7:30 – 9:00 pm

Place: SSIMS Cafeteria  (Silver Spring International Middle School – 313 Wayne Ave)

  • Approval of Minutes
  • Business update
  • Announcements
  • Purple Line Discussion
  • Committee reports
  • New business

Much is going on behind the scenes.  First of all, you may already be aware that the Park Hills website has been updated from top to bottom.  Just wanted to mention that when you click on the tab What is PHCA and scroll to the bottom, you will see a collection of ‘Park Hills History Moments’ that incorporate vintage documents from the civic association archives.   The latest entry in the series references the “2000 seated” stadium proposal for the former Montgomery Blair High School on Wayne Avenue.  Those of you who are familiar with WordPress might consider posting newsworthy announcements on the “News” side of the PHCA website.

Second, I just got done distributing to every Park Hills residence a two-page PHCA “identity” flyer that includes a color map that highlights all of our community “assets.”  The map makes it clear that if the Park Hills serving area really were supposed to be on the south side of Wayne, then you can see for yourself how comically-undersized Park Hills would be with just a relative few streets and only 200-something homes.  Even with 330-something homes in our actual serving area, we are still one of the smallest Silver Spring civic associations.

Third, members of the Wayne Working Group (including myself) will be meeting with representatives from the County Executive’s office, Dept. of Transportation and MTA/Purple Line Partners to receive information about the newly-designed intersection at the school crossing on Wayne.  This meeting is a long-awaited follow-up from the Wayne Working Group’s meeting with the County Executive in October, 2016.  Again, In a perfect world, Park Hill and SOECA would postpone their joint civic association meeting until after all of us have had time to receive and clarify this information, but alas that was not meant to be.   However, I do have a sense of what the basic design changes will be – happy to share what I know, with the understanding that a formal debriefing is to take place later this week.

More community highlights to be shared this evening – looking forward to seeing everyone tonight.  I will bring some Park Hills “vintage” history from the PHCA archives to share at tonight’s meeting.

Chris Richardson