Monday, August 27, 2012
Tell us in comments your dreams for Symphony Woods.
A plan to revamp Columbia’s Symphony Woods park that included more pathways and a fountain could take a little longer to come to fruition than originally thought. The Columbia Association, the developer of Symphony Woods, may delay completing development plans until Howard Hughes Corp. has a more defined idea of how it will redevelop the adjacent Merriweather Post Pavilion, according to the Howard County Times. "The advantages (of the delay) would be to optimize park and Merriweather integration, to make the best decision about site resources," CA Landscape Services Manager Jan Clark said, according to the Times. "The design team sees a lot of value in pausing at this time." The first phase of the Symphony Woods redevelopment plan was …
Friday, July 20, 2012
Planning Board unanimously approves somewhat amended plan.
The phase 1 final development plan for Symphony Woods was unanimously approved by the Howard County Planning Board at its meeting on Thursday evening. The initial development includes a pathway system that would connect to the mall and Little Patuxent Parkway, a fountain near the entrance and a network of pathways throughout the north side of the park, according to images provided to the board and a description of planned improvements at the board's previous meeting last Thursday, July 12. Do you think this plan will make Symphony Woods a vibrant park? Tell us in comments. As part of the approval, the board requested that the Columbia Association, the developer of Symphony Woods, make attempts to build pathways without removing trees, …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Residents worry that too many trees will be removed as part of the development of the Town Center park.
The Howard County Planning Board delayed a decision on the final development plan for Symphony Woods after the Columbia Association detailed the plan. Residents, however, lamented the loss of mature trees in the park. “We imagine Symphony Woods being the softer, greener, park space,” said Charlie Bailey, from the landscape architecture firm Mahan Rykiel Associates, during his presentation to the board. “It will contribute to the rich network of downtown open space.” Bailey’s presentation included detailed drawings of the proposed developments to Symphony Woods that showed where features like new pathways, a fountain and connections to Merriweather Post Pavilion would be built. “The vision for the park is that it will be a celebration of…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The Final Development Plans for the development of the Mall in Columbia and Symphony Woods come before the board on Thursday.
Update 1:30 p.m. - This article was updated to reflect new information on what will happen with the parking at the mall near the development. The Final Development Plans for projects to alter the Mall in Columbia and Symphony Woods are scheduled to be voted on by the Howard County Planning Board on Thursday evening. The plan for the mall calls for the removal of 31,500 square feet of existing retail in the area of Nordstrom, L.L. Bean, Sears and J.C. Penny. The space would then undergo an addition of 75,000 square feet of proposed retail and restaurant space, according to the plan. General Growth Properties, the mall developer, gave a public presentation on its plans to develop the mall back in February. Representatives said the proposed …
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Patch was out at the first day of the 20th annual Wine in the Woods festival to capture the moments that make the event special.
There is something magical about Symphony Woods that makes the annual Wine in the Woods festival such a huge success. Patch was there taking photos to capture some of that magic. If you missed it on Saturday, you can still attend Sunday. Tickets are $35 at the door, and doors are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, May 18, 2012
30,000 people are expected to attend the 20th anniversary of the festival in Columbia this weekend.
Paul Farragut was serving as a Howard County Council member back in 1990 when he first pitched the idea to invite Maryland wineries to showcase their wines in Howard County. He said he had seen the success of the Maryland Wine Festival in Caroll County and believed it could be emulated. “It came as a simple suggestion when it came to the Council,” Farragut said about Howard County’s premier festival—Wine in the Woods, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend. “I’m not even sure I suggested Symphony Woods,” said Farragut in an interview this week about the origins of Wine in the Woods. “I was thinking of two areas at the time; Symphony Woods and the Howard County Fairgrounds.” He took the idea to the County Executive at the …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The annual holiday tradition offers walking and driving tours of the light spectacular and a number of special events this year.
With Thanksgiving just a week away and Christmas right around the corner, many are already feeling the holiday spirit. A great way to kick off the holiday season is a drive or walk through the lighted displays of Symphony of Lights, which officially opens this weekend. Howard Hospital Foundation spokesperson Victoria Khomutetsky said the tradition is a not only a great event but also benefits a worthy cause. “The Symphony of Lights is a fun holiday activity that families can enjoy while giving back to Howard County General Hospital,” she said. Admission for Symphony of Lights is $20 per car or van, $45 per large passenger vehicle and $125 for buses and other large vehicles. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. For more information visit …
Monday, September 26, 2011
"It needed to be more metropolitan to be more successful,” said Jim Oremland, the chairman of the event.
Amid declining attendance, American Cancer Society’s “Taste For Life” food and wine event that has been traditionally held in Clarksville will be changing its location to the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore and becoming more food-centric this year. For 12 years, the event, which usually attracts 400 to 600 guests and donates all proceeds to the ACS, was held at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. But this year, organizers decided to revamp the event’s focus and location. “It was a much-needed change; it needed to be more metropolitan to be more successful,” said Jim Oremland, the chairman of the event. “It had run its course here.” Oremland also said that despite the renewed focus on food, the event is still about wine, too. “Although it will…
Friday, August 26, 2011
The Columbia Association debates whether certain trees will be preserved in the park renovation plan.
Several Columbia Association board members said at a meeting Thursday night they were concerned about the number of trees that might be cut down to accommodate paths in a plan to redevelop Symphony Woods. Such concerns about older trees might put the timeline for the project in jeopardy, said CA Board Chair and River Hill Representative Michael Cornell. “I’d hate to see this project get delayed on what trees can be saved,” Cornell said. “We have to let go of every little thing and let the designers do their jobs.” CA board member Alex Hekimian, the Oakland Mills representative, who is also chairman of the planning and strategy committee, was among those concerned about possible tree removal. “Some of these trees are rather older, stately …
Friday, July 29, 2011
The Columbia Association is working on fine-tuning its vision of the park.
Columbia Association President Phillip Nelson said he was surprised at a Howard County panel’s critical reaction to the association’s design plans for Symphony Woods, the forested area that encircles Merriweather Post Pavilion. The Columbia Association recently pitched its plan to the Howard County Design Advisory panel, a group of experts that advises Howard County planners, in one of the first major moves to redevelop downtown Columbia. Members of the design panel said at the meeting earlier this month that the association’s proposal for the 36.2-acre park lacked a “vision,” with some saying the park should be as important to Columbia as Central Park in New York City, according to the Howard County Times. The proposed development plan of…