Greenbriar Park is a 25-acre park located in Montgomery County, Maryland, featuring trails, interpretive play, soccer, basketball and volleyball, a forested stream valley, re-created meadows, and integrated storm water management. The Landscape Architects led a multidisciplinary team, including public agency staff, through a collaborative process beginning with a sustainable sites initiative evaluation, through design development and construction administration.
Glen Road, a designated “Rustic Road”, provides park access. Creating a “Rustic” park befitting the character of the surrounding rural area was a guiding principal. At its heart is a custom designed play area, highlighting the “Journey of a Raindrop” interpreting how water moves through our watershed from Appalachian mountain streams to the Potomac River to the Chesapeake Bay. Design elements were subtly abstracted to represent topography and regional materials and are supported by interpretive signage.
Site features were sensitively located by creatively manipulating topography, integrating innovative stormwater management, and capitalizing on natural views. Locally sourced materials including stone from the last operating quarry in Montgomery County were used in walls, paving and piers. All plant material was custom grown in the public agency’s nursery.
Since its Fall 2016 opening, the park has become a popular community gathering space providing opportunities for play, education, exercise and relaxation in a natural and rustic setting.
This project was awarded the Presidential Award of Excellence, the organization’s highest honor, by the Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2018.
In 2019, Greenbriar received a Merit Award from the Potomac Chapter of the ASLA.