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CLOSING EARLY: Wings of Fancy

Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar show will be closing early today, July 25, 2016. The last tickets will be sold at 1 p.m.

NOTICE: Public Hearing On Proposed Park Rules and Regulations

Help Improve The Parks! The Montgomery AnnouncementCounty Planning Board will hear testimony on Thursday, July 28, 2016 to consider recommendations on the proposed revisions to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Park Rules And Regulations. Click here for more information  

NEW: Changes to Rules Regarding Smoking & Tobacco Use in Parks

Effective July 1, 2016, changes to smoking and tobacco use rules in parks and facilities will go into effect in order to comply with State regulations. Learn more!

NEW: Pesticide Application & Reduction Program

Beginning July 1, 2016, Montgomery Parks will inform the public of pesticide applications in our parks via advanced web notifications and signage. We will also discontinue the use of pesticides on all playgrounds (except in emergency situations), begin a pilot program to eliminate the use of pesticides in 11 of our local parks, and develop and implement pesticide usage protocols in our parks. Find pesticide alerts and information on the pesticide reduction program.

NOTICE: Removal of Inviasive Species Scheduled at North Four Corners and Wheaton- Claridge Local Parks

Invasive species management work is scheduled the week of 7/25-28 at Wheaton- Claridge and North Four Corners Local Parks.  Park staff will be on site removing harmful vegetation and overgrowth throughout the week, weather permitting.  Please use caution around work areas.

Community Meeting On Park Activity Building Lease Renewal

Montgomery Parks will host a community meeting on August 10, at 7 p.m. to discuss the current lease renewal for the Lynnbrook Local Park Activity Building. The public is invited to learn more and provide input on the current use of the Lynbrook Park Activity Building. Click here for further information.

Work To Improve Sligo Creek Trail at Forest Forest Glen Road Underway

Intersection improvements and modifications at Sligo Creek Stream Valley Trail located at Forest Glen Road and Sligo Creek Parkway have begun.  Work is scheduled to improve access to the Sligo Creek Trail by adding a safety crosswalk at Forest Glen Road. Click here for additional information.

NEW: Olney Manor Dog Park To Be Closed 7/25

Dog Park Users, please note the Dog Park at Olney Manor Recreational Park will be closed on Wednesday, July 27 for the day as Park Staff will work on removing a large tree from the area. Please visit one of our other Dog Parks in Montgomery County including our newest at Ellworth Urban Park.

Pedestrian Bridge Installation

Trail users should practice caution around Piney Branch Road (MD 320) and Sligo Creek Parkway Trail as MD-SHA begins work installing a pedestrian bridge.  For additional information, click here...

Tennis Courts Closed for Renovations

As part of the Outdoor Tennis Court Renovation Program, tennis courts at Calverton-Galway Local Park, Randolph Hills Local Park, and Battery Lane Urban Park will be closed. All work is expected to be completed this summer. Please click here for a list of other parks with tennis courts available for use near you.

Tree Work on Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail Continues

Montgomery Parks arboricultural staff continue to work in the Rock Creek Stream Valley areas to remove Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infected trees that pose risks to the safety of trail and park users. For more information on tree inspection and maintenance, please click here.

Western Grove Urban Park Closed for Renovations

Western Grove Urban Park, formerly the Chevy Chase Open Space Urban Park  is closed for renovations. Montgomery Parks is working in partnership with the Chevy Chase Village, to enhance the park amenities.  The park will be closed until spring of 2017.  Click here for additional information on the project.

Work to Close Part of Old West Baltimore Road at Black Hill Regional Park

The section of Old West Baltimore Road, between Black Hill Regional Park entrance and Clarksburg Road is closed to vehicular until late August. See detour to enter Black Hill Regional Park.

Carroll Ave. Bridge over Sligo Creek and Sligo Creek Parkway to Be Closed

Major rehabilitation of the MD 195 (Carroll Avenue) Bridge over Sligo Creek and Sligo Creek Parkway is in progress, closing the bridge and detouring traffic. The work will have little effect on the use of Sligo Creek Park Trail, but please exercise caution around work areas, and please share the road with bicyclists. For more info, click here.

Trail Bridge Closed in Little Bennett RP

The bridge on the Beaver Valley Trail in Little Bennett Regional Park is impassible due to recent flooding. The bridge will not be accessible until repairs can be made. Please use caution around the area. To view other trail options or a map of the trail system at Little Bennett Regional Park, please click here.

UPDATE: Playgrounds Scheduled to Close for Renovations

Renovations to the playgrounds at Plumgar Local Park, Camp Seneca Special Park, and John Haines Neighborhood Park are underway. The playgrounds will be closed as part of the Playground Renovation Program.  Work will include storm water management and improved access to park facilities. Playgrounds are scheduled to reopen in Spring/Summer 2017.

Improvements to Indian Spring Terrace Local Park Continue

Scheduled access improvement work will continue at Indian Spring Terrace Local Park. Park will remain open with limited access around work areas. Click here for additional information

Renovations to Kemp Mill Urban Park to Begin

Kemp Mill Urban Park is closed until Spring / Summer 2017. Renovations to the park will improve the overall park access, and include an updated water feature and expanded playground.  Click here for more information.

Black Hill Regional Park Trail Connector Project In Progress

Work on a new shared-use six-mile natural surface trail along the western side of Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park is complete. The project improved the connections to the existing trail network of Black Hill Trail and Ten Mile Creek. Click here for more info.  

UPDATE: WSSC Construction Projects in Parks

WSSC has a number of projects taking place in parks, including Magruder Branch, Sligo Creek, Rock Creek, Seneca Creek, and Long Branch Stream Valleys. Portions of the Paint Branch Trail between East Randolph and Fairland Roads have restricted access; but detours are available.

Temporary access roads and sewer bypass pipes have been constructed, and trails will be accessible to park patrons. Please use caution around construction sites.  Work is expected to continue through 2016.

  • NOTICE: Work is scheduled to begin in summer 2016 at the Quince Orchard Valley Neighborhood Park. Work will include the removal of the tennis court and hard surface path to allow reforestation. Please use caution around work areas.
  • Work continues on the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail in Rock Creek Regional Park near Dewey Local Park and work on Sligo Creek Trail near Kemp Mill Road. Please follow detour signs and use caution in these areas.

For more information, please visit the WSSC Sewer Repair, Replacement and Rehabilitation Program site or call 301-206-8732.

Accessibility Improvements in Parks Scheduled

Montgomery Parks is working to improve the accessibility of recreation facilities, programs and services throughout the county. The following park projects are currently in progress:

  • NEW: Improvements at the Meadowside Nature Center courtyard will start in late July. The courtyard will be closed for construction through September. The improvements will include an accessible staff walkway and a view deck that will provide better viewing experiences for visitors and quieter habitat for the birds, and to the mews/bird cages.
  • UPDATE: Ken-Gar Palisades Park: Work has begun to improve access to the park facilities including better ways to the tennis courts, the play area, and exercise equipment. Trail work will also be scheduled that will affect daily use intermittently but will not require the trails to be closed.
  • Clearspring Local Park: Access work to to the park facilties is scheduled to begin this spring which will feature improved access to ball fields and parking. Park will remain open with minimal disruption during work.
  • Ayrlawn Local Park: Access and parking upgrades to provide access to tennis courts and playground, scheduled through Spring 2016.
  • Improvements to Falls Road Local Park continue to improve ADA access on trails. Park trail access will be intermittently inaccessible starting in April. Ongoing work includes upgrades to parking lot and park entrance. Click here for more info on park project.

For additional information please visit Accessibility Information for Montgomery Parks.

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Community Corner

2017 PROS Plan Update

Tell us what's #trending in parks! 2017 PROS Plan Update logo We need your help with the 2017 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan Update to predict future needs and determine how to put the right parks in the right places, and steward our natural and cultural resources. Park staff will give the outline, schedule and outreach strategy presentation to the Planning Board on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Visit ParkPlanning.org for more information.

New Giant Chess Game at Germantown Town Center Urban Park

Giant Chess at Germantown Town CenterCheckmate! Play giant (we’re talking life-sized!) chess set at Germantown Town Center Urban Park and enjoy fun, sun and new friendships to boot. Capture your opponent’s king while having fun playing a popular and challenging game all while exploring the outdoors. The giant chess set is available to sign out at the Germantown Library. Game on!

NEW: Public Input Invited on Updates to Park Rules and Regulations

Montgomery Parks invites the public to provide input on proposed revisions to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's Park Rules and Regulations. More information is available here.

Public Input Needed on Wheaton Regional Park Master Plan Update

Montgomery Parks is updating theWheaton Regiaonl Park Map Wheaton Regional Park Master Plan and is soliciting input from the public. To find out more about the plan and how you can share your ideas, please visit www.ParkPlanning.org

UPDATE: Countywide Trails Plan Amendment

The Countywide Park Trails Plan Amendment is almost http://files.ctctcdn.com/ecda4b77001/bef2c32d-c81f-4bce-9c79-e28578fd2867.pngcomplete! Check out what's in store for the future of trails in Montgomery Parks as the Planning Board continues their final review. Click here for more information.

Woodlawn Visitor Center Now Open

Make plans to visit and explore the county's newest historical exhibit that The Woodlawn Visitor Centerechoes the past and tells the story of a bustling farm, County Council Tour of Woodlawn Stone Barn Visitor Center. Opening June 2016its community, and those who made a bold bid for freedom on the Underground Railroad. The Woodlawn Visitor Center, is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm through November. The trail and grounds are open year-round, sunrise to sunset. Click here for more info.

MC-DOT To Propose Crosswalk From Arlington Road To Capital Crescent Trail Connector

MC-DOT hled a Community Meeting on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at the B-CC Regional Service Center on a proposal to install a crosswalk at the Capital Crescent Trail Connector at Arlington Road. Click here for more info.

Register for Summer Camps!

There are still openings in some of Montgomery Parks' summer camps. Get more details and register online at www.ActiveMONTGOMERY.org We have programs for all ages, skill levels and interests.

Ellsworth Urban Park Dog Park is Open

The parks newest dog park at Ellsworth Urban Park is open. Click here for more info.

Learn More About The Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash BorerThe Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a non-native invasive beetle, has been detected in Montgomery County. Find out more about its' affects on our canopies in the parks by clicking here.

Rockwood Manor Special Park Feasibility Study

As part of the Rockwood Manor Special Park Feasibility Study, Montgomery Parks recently hosted an onsite field walk to review the proposed alternatives to improve access and circulation at Rockwood Manor Special Park.  Click here for additional information.

Community Meeting To Review Olney Manor Rec. Park Southern Entrance Closure

Montgomery Parks hosted a community meeting to discuss plans to permanently close the southern entrance to Olney Manor Recreational Park. The public was invited to attend and hear the current park plan and comment. Click here for more information on the meeting and review the presentation.

Long Branch- Wayne Local Park Community Meeting

A community Meeting to present renovation plans for Long Branch-Wayne Local Park was held this spring. The public was invited to hear the park plan and offer comments and input to improve the park. Click here for more information on the meeting.

Community Meeting to Review Renovation Plan For Dewey Local Park

Montgomery Parks recently held a community meeting to review the renovation plans for a new playground for Dewey Local Park. Park staff recevied public input and ideas on the renovation and reuse of the existing hard surface courts. For more info, click here.

Rent a Park Activity Building

Are you planning a birthday party, reunion, or other event? We have just the location for you! Park Activity Buildings are conveniently located throughout Montgomery Parks, and include kitchen facilities and the interior space to handle events ranging in size from 40 to 180 people. Find photos and floor plans, check availability and reserve your Park Activity Building online now!

Montgomery Parks ADA Enhancements

Montgomery Parks has completed an Interim Transition Plan to bring the park system into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   Visit Accessibility Information for Montgomery Parks for updated information and to provide your comments regarding the plan.

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