Brookside Gardens Front Entrance
AMT provided planning, design, and construction phase services for Brookside Gardens Front Entrance and Parking Lot at Montgomery County’s award-winning passive public park and display garden in Wheaton Regional Park. Brookside Gardens seeks to reorient the entrance to the Visitor’s Center as the primary entrance and to create identity to the garden and improve pedestrian and vehicular access.
AMT led the effort to implement the Brookside Gardens front entrance, parking and access improvements of the master plan. The scope included entrance improvements at Glenallen Avenue, new signage, artwork, a gatehouse, and an improved pedestrian entrance. It also included reconfiguration and expansion of permeable pavement parking, demonstration rain garden planting, entry courtyard with paved pedestrian crosswalks, bus parking and overlook deck. On site is an arrival terrace for group assembly, service and emergency vehicular access, energy efficient lighting, stormwater management facilities, landscape irrigation, and site furnishings. The design focused on using and teaching sustainable solutions to the public that can be implemented on their own property from materials to stormwater.
Major challenges for this project included various stakeholders for the project including Park design staff, Brookside Gardens staff, Friends of Brookside Gardens, neighborhood groups, and county agencies. To help develop consensus among the various opinions and ensure that all stakeholders understood the design, our design team held over 30 charrettes with stakeholders. The process developed a plan that will set the tone for the rest of the master plan implementation.