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View the Meeting on the Proposed Concept

The City of Rockville hosted two community engagement meetings to present the latest concept plan and entertain your thoughts and feedback. If you missed either of the meetings, please view the recording of the virtual meeting below.



What should RedGate Park look like in 10 years? Twenty years?

When the 131-acre RedGate golf course closed, the City of Rockville Mayor and Council voted unanimously to keep the land — one of the city’s largest remaining areas of open space — as a park.

But the question is, what kind of park? What amenities should RedGate Park have? 

Now it's time to decide the details: trails for walking, biking and hiking? A dog park? Picnic areas? Natural areas for birdwatching and habitat preservation? An amphitheater for events? New sports fields with lights?

Over the next year, we invite to join your city to envision — and design — the future for RedGate Park.


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View the Meeting on the Proposed Concept

The City of Rockville hosted two community engagement meetings to present the latest concept plan and entertain your thoughts and feedback. If you missed either of the meetings, please view the recording of the virtual meeting below.



What should RedGate Park look like in 10 years? Twenty years?

When the 131-acre RedGate golf course closed, the City of Rockville Mayor and Council voted unanimously to keep the land — one of the city’s largest remaining areas of open space — as a park.

But the question is, what kind of park? What amenities should RedGate Park have? 

Now it's time to decide the details: trails for walking, biking and hiking? A dog park? Picnic areas? Natural areas for birdwatching and habitat preservation? An amphitheater for events? New sports fields with lights?

Over the next year, we invite to join your city to envision — and design — the future for RedGate Park.


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Meetings to Gather Community Input on RedGate Park Proposed Concept

Members of the public will, at two community meetings in April, have an opportunity to review and comment on the Mayor and Council’s preferred concept for the future of the 131-acre RedGate Park.


7 P.M. TUESDAY, APRIL 19

Virtual meeting, held via WebEx.

Join on the day from the meeting link:

https://rockvillemd.webex.com/rockvillemd/j.php?MTID=m635a9e8ef35f1826b1f92dffcc61ae89 

Meeting number (access code): 2634 377 4327

Meeting password: rXpCJfPe732 

Join by phone   

+1-408-418-9388


10 A.M.-NOON, SATURDAY, APRIL 23

RedGate Park, 14500 Avery Road.

An in-person meeting, conducted in an open house format. Exhibits will provide information about the proposed concept and staff will be available to answer questions and receive comments. No formal presentation or discussions are planned. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at their leisure between 10 a.m. and noon.


The preferred concept includes a small-scale amphitheater, community gardens, a nature playground, an arboretum, picnic areas, a network of trails and renovating the existing clubhouse.

Plans for the park were developed based on the city’s strategic plan for recreation and parks in Rockville, considerable engagement with and feedback from the community, input from the Mayor and Council, and environmental constraints of natural features at the park.

 For more information, and to see the presentation to the Mayor and Council, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter, and click the TV icon next to the Feb. 7 agenda item.

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    My research suggests low development w/ minor enhancements is what our community needs

    by mmfgs, 5 months ago

    I’ve read all the comments through 7/11, reviewed the plans and my suggestions are:

    • NO amphitheater – revitalize/invest in current civic center park/FS Theater instead. Keep this park more natural/nature park and don’t allow large events
    • No more lights/No night lights - where can we go for a dark sky environment nearby? Let’s not make it worse than it already is.
    • Keep it a NO MOW or very low-mow park
    • NO to an entrance fee for city of Rockville Residents – Provide donation box at the nature center with suggested donation amt for residents and nonresidents earning < or >$40K... Continue reading
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    Go Big or Go Natural

    by Suneater , 6 months ago
    Watched the proposed plan meeting and my assessment is Rockville isn't thinking big enough. The current plan develops the area just enough to alter the natural open area everyone loves. An alternative would be to build a large revenue generating amphitheater like Wolftrap or Meriwether vs. a small and likely unused amphitheater. Rockville doesn't seem to have a clear proposal other than development of the space into areas which isn't needed. Refurbish the clubhouse for an event picnic area and leave the rest alone or go big and put in a Meriwether style amphitheater with a plan on how to... Continue reading
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    Must Improve Walking/Biking/Roadway Infrastruction

    by EMFulton, 7 months ago
    Regardless of what the city does “inside” RedGate park, it is imperative that we work with MDSHA and MCDOT to improve the conditions around and leading to the area.. it is very dangerous, difficult, and uncomfortable to walk from anywhere in the city to RedGate park, Sidewalks are often missing and bike lanes are almost non existent. There are little public transportation options, and arriving from the west requires crossing MD 28 at the signalized intersection.


    The Rec & Parks Commissioin made several strong recommendations to connect RedGate to the surrounding community allowing easier non-vehicle access and I think all... Continue reading

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    Wild & Connected

    by cmceig, 7 months ago
    Thank you for so many comments in favor of as little human development as possible. I was surprised to see a totally suburban style plan, not just the infrastructure but the cost to build, staff and maintain. A tax burden for generations. Similar to the bike trails, Rockville needs a park-to-park experience. Many parks are under-used (Maryvale) or have fields with play grounds that could be improved such as by Mark Twain School. If an amphitheater is needed (which I can't imagine), why not at Civic Center Park where there is already parking, bathrooms and space to rehearse? BTW, FS... Continue reading
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    red gate future: retain some of existing along with new

    by JohnBcares, 7 months ago
    suggest city leaders and staff consider the following:

    1. try to retain and incorporate the existing golf cart trails which provide a thorough workout due to their changes in elevation with additional trail that are of low/no elevation changes so that people of various abilities can utilize a very special feature of the former golf course.

    2. re-purpose the existing "red gate" landscaped sign layout on the lawn just before turning into the parking area before the current club house. repairing the existing bricks, installed white crushed stone background, repair/replace the wood border continues the theme this was a former... Continue reading

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    Keep RedGate Park as natural as possible

    by Woodlands Girl, 7 months ago

    Please keep RedGate Park as natural as possible and with as minimal changes as possible to its current state: e.g. no athletic fields, no playgrounds, no picnic areas, no dog parks, no bike trails, no bright lights which are disturbing to wildlife, no amphitheater and certainly no events like Hometown Holidays which is not appropriate for the park and much better suited for spaces like Rockville Town Center.

    While this region already has many other “active” parks for people to participate in sports, playground activities, picnicking, etc., with ever-diminishing wild areas it is vital to allow this park remain as... Continue reading

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    I agree with "Don't develop and don't host large-crowd events at Redgate"

    by chdrapkin, 7 months ago
    It's been such a blessing to have this open space to walk in, and to see nature come back on the RedGate Park over the past couple of years. The wind and the clouds and the sun and the wildlife, in any season, give plenty of stimulation and relaxation at the same time.

    Public bathrooms are good. Maybe the old clubhouse and the terrace out front can be used for smallish community gatherings.

    Keep dogs on a leash, maybe provide for a fenced-in dog park in one area. Otherwise, let us enjoy this semi-wild atmosphere, no floodlights, no sports fields... Continue reading

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    Don't develop and *don't* host Hometown Holidays at Redgate

    by 2mambo, 7 months ago

    Don't develop anything that will deliberately attract large crowds

    Don't host Hometown Holidays at Redgate

    Keep Redgate WILD

    There are improvements in the plan that are beneficial such as the additional of natural, pervious pathways connecting existing paths and offering more level terrain for a less challenging stroll.

    Do less work and spend less money. Limit construction and mow less. Keep Redgate WILD. Everyone benefits when nature is left to thrive in the meadow-like environment that attracted the plethora of birds. Do less work and keep the wildlife undisturbed. In 10 or 20 years I'd like to see a park... Continue reading

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    Dogs of all sizes

    by Leslie Loomis, 7 months ago
    Dogs: I forgot to mention that once the park is finished dogs should of on a leash no exceptions. If there is a separate dog park that is fine for them to run around. If they are out and about in the Red Gate Park they need to be on a leash just like Rock Creek Park and the owners need to pick up after them. Thank you for your consideration.
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    Please do not develop Redgate Park

    by FI, 7 months ago

    Like many of the views expressed in the public consultation, I have strong reservations about the Proposed Concept for Redgate Park. It is currently a totally unique, one-of-a-kind beautiful, wild expanse solely dedicated to nature, that is perfect for meditation and quiet walks, birding, and so on. No such other space exists in Rockville, and we should be proud to retain it.

    There are already playgrounds in Rockville, there are picnic areas in Rockville. And why would we even consider introducing an ampitheater--to attract large gatherings of people and attendant noise and food and trash-- to such a location?

    I... Continue reading

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