Underpass at Park Road Art Project
The City of Rockville, in collaboration with WMATA’s Art in Transit Program and CSXT, is seeking an artist to create a site-specific artwork to beautify the underpass at Park Road. The project encompasses the concrete walls on each side of the underpass. Each wall is composed of two sections, one owned by WMATA and the other by CSXT. Rain falls through the tracks onto the concrete panels, causing vertical rust lines from the top to bottom of the underpass. There is an open area between the two WMATA tracks, as well as between the WMATA and CSXT tracks, which allows water penetration onto the walls. The city owns the lights and conduits in the underpass, and the lighting connects to city streetlights.
The Park Road Underpass is near two residential neighborhoods, East Rockville and Lincoln Park, and is close to the downtown area known as Rockville Town Center.
East Rockville is a residential neighborhood located in the northeastern section of Rockville, bounded by the Rockville Metro Station and Stonestreet Avenue corridor on the west, Veirs Mill Road on the south, First Street on the east, and the Lincoln Park neighborhood and Southlawn industrial area to the north. The community consists primarily of single-family homes and includes two small commercial centers, three parks and a forest preserve. Historic homes line Baltimore Road, but the majority of houses were built in the 1940s.
Lincoln Park is one of the oldest historically African-American communities in Montgomery County. Established in the 1850s, the neighborhood today is primarily a single-family residential community, composed of an eclectic mix of housing types. The Lincoln Park community is abutted on three sides by a variety of non-residential land uses and shares its southern border with the East Rockville community. The Metro line and CSX tracks separate the neighborhood from Rockville Town Center to the southwest, where residents can meet their everyday shopping and retail needs.
Rockville Town Center
Rockville Town Center is the city’s downtown and the seat of the county and city government. Rockville’s Town Center is a dynamic and thriving neighborhood with a hometown feel featuring fantastic amenities, unique, locally-owned shops and restaurants, and a pedestrian-friendly Town Square.