The consultant preparing the Takoma Park Public Spaces Management Plan presented the plan’s draft recommendations at a community meeting, August 23, 2022. These recommendations included many ideas from the input which 20 FONTT members submitted following the previous community meeting.
Below is a comparison of FONTT members’ suggestions versus what the consultant put in the draft recommendations for the plan
- Provide sufficient budget for vegetation maintenance in public spaces
- Remove invasive plants
- Create an improved maintenance strategy and identify a revenue source for city-owned forest and open space with a focus on removing invasive species
- Support and supplement the City maintenance efforts to improve erosion control and control of non-native invasive species.
- Increase native plants through more green stormwater infrastructure in public spaces. On the surface, green stormwater infrastructure harnesses the power of native plants to control stormwater through infiltration.
- Implement more green stormwater infrastructure in public spaces, reduce impervious surfaces where possible
- Increase native plants in public spaces: Plant more native trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, grasses, and sedges.
- Make dedicated native plant gardens in parks and in small public spaces along streets. Mark with interpretative signage explaining the importance of native trees and plants to protecting habitat.
- Incentivize homeowners to plant native gardens in right-of-way strips
- Increase native plants in public spaces and create incentives for property owners to plan native plants in right-of-way strips
At least 10 FONTT members submitted individual comments to the city about the draft recommendations. The gist of some of these comments appear below.