The Woodmere Neighborhood Association Evening in the Park will be held on Tuesday, October 15th in Woodmere Park from 6:00 - 7:30 PM. WNA Board Member Wil Glasgow has graciously opened his backyard up and is our host for this event since his backyard backs up to Woodmere Park. Tom Sellers & Son who has provided our entertainment in the past will join us again. We will also fire up the grill to cook hot dogs in addition to having other snacks. To join us, you can park in the Woodmere Park parking lot, hop on the walking trail and in the park and head toward the music. We hope that you will bring a chair and join us for this event so that you can meet your Woodmere Neighbors and board of the Association. There is no cost to attend this event. We hope to see you there!
Woodmere is a well-established, master-planned community in East Montgomery. Known as the “Arts”
community, one of the neighborhood’s key assets is Woodmere Park—a 23 acre park that traverses throughout
the community. The park offers over a mile of walking trails through a variety of interesting settings. A centerpiece to the park is the large pond and nearby grove that offer a relaxing and heavily-shaded setting.
Unfortunately, the park is bisected by Woodmere Drive—a wide street that induces high speed traffic through the
middle of the park. A key goal of this Plan is to “calm” the traffic speeds on Woodmere Drive by increasing on-street parking while decreasing lane widths. This “road diet” will make Woodmere Drive a safer intersection for the pedestrians and other non-vehicular users of in the park while still accommodating for parking and traffic needs. The end result is that, instead of acting like two different parks bisected by a high speed street—Woodmere Park will return to its roots as a relaxing, linear park that places the safety and comfort of the park user first and foremost in the design of the park.
The Woodmere community has adopted the theme of “Beautiful Parks and Home to the Arts”. To fully realize
this theme, outdoor public art should be incorporated into the park to better tie the park into the neighborhood. By
re-branding Woodmere Park into Woodmere Arts Park, the park itself takes on a more defined identity—an identity that re-establishes a common theme among the park and neighborhood.
One way to do this is to develop a signature outdoor art piece that provides a terminated vista between the pond
and Blount Cultural Park. Terminated vistas are important tools in providing orientation to locations, including parks.With the long views from the Blount Cultural Park entrance at Woodmere Boulevard into the pond area, an ideal location for a terminated vista that would serve as a park icon as well as a connecting piece between these two parks is found in this part of the park.
A key goal of this Plan is to precisely identify this terminated vista and work with the community to identify what
type of outdoor public art should be installed to represent this important connection to Blount Cultural Park.
For a detailed plan including pictures, click here.
At the May 9th Woodmere Neighborhood Association meeting, two members of the Montgomery Department of Development shared a vision for the East Montgomery Park Trail. By adding a few crosswalks and connector paths our Woodmere Park would be joined with Blount Cultural Park and Ida Belle Young Park in a way that would greatly enhance our neighborhood.
Our park would be called Woodmere Arts Park with new pathways, a sculpture, and perhaps a fountain in the pond. Woodmere Drive would be narrowed some to slow traffic and a raised crosswalk to make it easier for pedestrians to cross. New park signs similar to those in Blount Cultural Park would tie all three parks together. Paths for walking, jogging, and/or biking would connect the parks, making it possible to hold 10k events in our neighborhood.
All of this will attract new home buyers to our area and increase the value of all of our property. Your Woodmere Neighborhood Association is working with the city to make this enhancement a reality reflecting our slogan “Beautiful Parks and Home to the Arts”.
In addition to this project, your Woodmere Neighborhood Association has completed or currently performs the following functions:
The WNA promotes such projects through volunteer labor and voluntary annual dues from folks like you. All memberships are only $25.00 per year. If you have not already joined and would like to join us in these and other projects, please take a moment and fill out the membership form that can be found here (http://woodmeremontgomery.com/forms.html) and return it along with your annual dues. We appreciate your support and look forward to working with you for a better future for Woodmere.