Acorn Park facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsAcorn Urban Park
Acorn Park in 2008
|Owned by||Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M–NCPPC)|
|Administered by||Montgomery Parks|
|Open||Sunrise to sunset|
|Public transit access|
- For Arthur D. Little's office park in Cambridge, Massachusetts, see Cambridge Discovery Park.
Acorn Park is a 0.1247-acre (0.050-hectare) urban park in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, which features an acorn-shaped gazebo and an artificial grotto. The site is historically significant as it is thought to be the location of the "mica-flecked spring" that in 1840 inspired Francis Preston Blair to name his estate "Silver Spring".
Acorn Park is located at the intersection of East-West Highway and Newell Street.
The gazebo in Acorn Park was constructed in 1842 by Benjamin C. King. Francis Blair's son-in-law, Samuel Phillips Lee, had the stone grotto built at the site of the spring in 1894. It originally included a statue of a Greek nymph. The park land was purchased by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in 1942 and was refurbished and rededicated in 1955. A small additional tract of land was acquired by M-NCPPC in 1997, to make the current 0.1247-acre (0.05 ha).
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