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Legacy Open Space

The County Council and Park and Planning announced the acquisition of four sites in the Legacy Open Space Program on Monday, Sept. 30, one of them along the C&O Canal just northwest of Potomac.

Hossein Sarrami and Zohreh Bakhshizadeh donated 106-acres of property, the first piece of the new Broad Run Stream Valley Park, to the County. The site, valued at $400,000, abuts the C&O Canal Historic Park and other federal lands, southwest of Poolesville.

The County also purchased the Wohlfarth property, 10 lots with one existing house on Western Avenue near Wisconsin Ave adjacent to Chevy Chase Village. The property is one of six urban open spaces targeted for acquisition in the Legacy Open Space Functional Master Plan.

The other acquisitions include the Red Door Store Property in Sandy Spring and Maiden's Fancy Fancy in Burtonsville.

Legacy Open Space is a 10-year initiative proposed by the Planning Board and approved by the County Council to conserve and steward land of exceptional value. The Legacy Open Space Functional Master Plan identifies methods for protecting sensitive natural resources, water supply areas, heritage resources, greenways and trail connections, farm land and rural open space and urban open space. A total of 1,290 acres of land has been protected throughout the County under the program since its inception in 2000.