Other events include a post-holiday potluck dinner, which is generally attended by more than 200 people, a community picnic and a garden tour. “In addition to these activities, many residents hold block parties and other smaller activities that foster mutual support and community spirit,” Coates said. The community park, adjacent to the elementary school, has a new turf field, playground and running track, which Gorman says brings many people out “to meet and play.”
That mutual support helped draw Gorman to Shepherd Park; he said he liked the “feeling of an established residential neighborhood,” including “the interesting and dignified homes and the location.” He and his wife wanted to remain in the city but require access to the Beltway and transit for work. Because they live less than a mile’s walk to downtown Silver Spring, they have dining and retail options.