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NOAA's Silver Spring Metro Center campus houses offices for all of the agency's line offices, staff offices and program groups, including the NOAA National Weather Service, NOAA's National Ocean Service, NOAA Fisheries - National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA Satellites and Information, NOAA Research, NOAA Office of Program Planning and Integration, and NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations. Situated in downtown Silver Spring, the four-building complex is home to 80 percent of the agency's Washington-area employees. It is conveniently located next to the Silver Spring Metrorail station on Metro’s Red Line and the Silver Spring MARC train station.
The greater Silver Spring area includes much of southern and eastern Montgomery County, and is one of the fastest growing commercial centers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. Bordered by Washington, D.C. to the south, Prince George's County to the east, and Howard County to the north, Silver Spring's location and amenities make it a sought-after location in which to live and work. The population of Silver Spring, MD is over 76,540 according to the 2000 U.S. Census.
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While not an incorporated city, Silver Spring is one of the most important business and residential centers in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Downtown Silver Spring, a major shopping center in the 50's and 60's, is experiencing a renaissance. Major projects currently open and under construction offer new retailers, restaurants, entertainment options, office space, lodging, and residential development. Over $400 million in private, County and State funds has been invested, and the changes are evident at every corner of downtown Silver Spring.
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Sligo Creek Park - This 10.2-mile hard surface trail is one of the oldest in the County. The trail is the heaviest-used facility in the Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park and provides recreation for persons of all ages and abilities. Several paved, and a few unpaved, trails are scattered throughout the park and connect other park facilities, schools and neighborhoods to the main trail. MNCPPC: Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park.
Brookside Gardens and Nature Center - A lovely resource for nature enthusiasts, gardeners, or anyone looking for a beautiful spot in which to relax or hold a special event. Located 7 miles from downtown Silver Spring in Wheaton, Md. 301/949-8230. http://www.mc-mncppc.org/parks/brookside/.
Acorn Park and Jesup Blair Park - Silver Spring is rooted in history. The area was founded by Francis Preston Blair, advisor to President Andrew Jackson and the first United States Postmaster General. Blair discovered a silvery spring on some wooded property outside of Washington, D.C., and became so fond of the area that he purchased it for his summer home, and named it Silver Spring. The site of the original Silver Spring, at Acorn Park, and the home of Blair's daughter, Violet, at Jesup Blair Park, are some of the town's historical treasures.
National Capital Trolley Museum - Old trains and trolleys are on display at this unique museum, just 10 miles north of downtown Silver Spring.
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Woodend Mansion - Home of the Audubon Naturalist Society - Located 10 minutes from downtown Silver Spring, 301/652-9188.
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Montgomery County, Maryland Tourism
Ocean City, Maryland
Deep Creek Lake
Washington, D.C. Tourism
Local & Regional Newspapers
The Gazette Weekly - neighborhood newspaper
The Silver Spring Voice Monthly - local newspaper
The Washington Post - major market daily newspaper
The Washington Times - major market daily newspaper
Page last edited: March 22, 2013