The Inner Arbor Trust released several new designs planned for the development of Symphony Woods.
There's a large green, open amphitheater; an earthworks "caterpillar" that separates the back of Merriweather Post Pavilion from Symphony Woods; a play maze; a glass and mirror "butterfly" guest-services building; and an estimated 200-foot long raised AstroTurf "picnic table".
The initial designs are focused on the 16.5 acres in the front of the park that is located between Merriweather and Little Patuxent Parkway.
Here are some of the details from the Howard County Times report about the project:
- The "picnic table" is about 200-feet long and sits about two feet off the ground, covered in AstroTurf it's designed to be a gathering place.
- The amphitheater will likely be built first and help to start the development. It's called the "Chrysalis" and was designed to be a public pavilion as well as an event space.
- The gust services building is planned to be 6,000 square feet, with two food vendors, an art gallery, a teared deck, and a rooftop deck. It's composed of glass and mirrors.
- The "caterpillar" would serve as the boundary between Merriweather and Symphony Woods and would include live plants.
- The arts village, a cluster of buildings that is planned to hold the future Columbia Association headquarters, is now being called the "Black Barn" and is being designed to include an arts venue, two theaters, a restaurant and an art gallery.
- The project is estimated to cost approximately $30 million and may not be finished for over a decade.
The only part of the project that's currently funded is the amphitheater, which the county provided $3.5 million for in the current budget.
McCall told the Howard County Times the Inner Arbor Trust has about $500,000 left from the $1.6 million provided by Columbia Association. He said about $700,000 has been spent during the design phase.
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