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Acorn Urban Park
Acorn Park
A photograph taken in the year 2008, of Acorn Park
Acorn Park in 2008
Type Urban park
Area 0.12470618-acre (0.050-hectare)
Established 1942 (1942)
Etymology Acorn–shaped gazebo
Owned by Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M–NCPPC)
Administered by Montgomery Parks
Open Sunrise to sunset
Public transit access
  • WMATA Red.svg Silver Spring Metro
  •   Brunswick Line
  • Bus transport Metrobus
  • Bus transport Ride On
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).


A photographic view of the park that illustrates the grotto.
A view of the park showing the "Grotto."
A picture of Acorn Park in the year 1917.  The acorn shaped gazebo is on the left side.
Acorn Park in 1917– the acorn-shaped gazebo is visible at left.
A photo of a commemorative plaque inscribed with the details of the founding of Silver Spring.
The commemorative plaque details the founding event.
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