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Park Planning & Stewardship Division


The Park Planning & Stewardship Division works to support the Vision, Mission and Values of the Department of Parks to achieve the right balance recreation and stewardship through a comprehensive park and trail planning program that is closely aligned with management and protection of our county’s best natural and cultural resources on parkland. - Balancing Park Stewardship and Recreation- Focus on Natural Resource Presentation (pdf, 2.25MB)

The Park Planning & Stewardship Division includes the following Sections:

Public Meetings & Planning Board Dates

News & Events

  • History in the Parks Events 2016
    The History in the Parks event season runs from April to November with many ongoing and special events for the whole family.
  • Countywide Park Trails Plan Amendment
    The plan amendment is almost complete! Check out what's in store for the future of trails in Montgomery Parks.
  • Please give us your opinion.Wheaton Regional Park Master Plan Update
    The public outreach for this plan update has begun. Learn more and share your comments and ideas with us!
  • Trail Volunteer Workdays - Helping hands are always needed and appreciated
  • Save the Forest! - Just one hour of your time can make a big difference. Check out our Weed Warrior program today
  • Wild Montgomery - Enjoy and explore Montgomery County’s beautiful wild places! Check out our list of "Green Getaways" for some of the best natural sites in the county
  • Lyme Disease Awareness - Be ready to hike!
  • Stormwater Pollution in Parks - Controlling stormwater pollution is key to ensuring a healthy environment for park patrons as well as for the fish and wildlife that live in our parks
  • Deer Management Program
    Montgomery County residents have been seeing more white-tailed deer than ever before. But, for an increasing number of residents there is a growing concern that we may have "too much of a good thing."
  • Park Planning
    Parks has a number of park master plans and planning initiatives in progress.
  • Urban Parks Guidelines
    Staff is working on the second phase of the Guidelines. Tell us what you think about this planning tool.
  • Kensington Historic Buildings
    Parks is investigating options to activate and enhance three of Kensington's historic buildings, Warner Circle, Kensington Cabin and the Noyes Library for Children.
  • ICC Environmental Stewardship Projects in M-NCPPC Parks - Many of the State Highway Administration (SHA) Intercounty Connector (ICC) Environmental Stewardship and Compensatory Mitigation projects will take place in M-NCPPC parklands
  • Vision Montgomery 2030 - Planning for both parks and recreation for the next 20 years

Park Plans in Progress

  • Visit our Park Planning Section to find out more about current park plans and initiatives in progress and the approved Park and Trail Plans available online as well.
  • After a park plan has been approved by the Planning Board, the Park Development Division manages the construction of new parks.

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Resource Analysis Section

The Resource Analysis Section staff plans and coordinates inter-agency and volunteer efforts for the inventory and monitoring of aquatic macro-invertebrates, fish and aquatic habitats in County Park streams, ponds and lakes in support of the Countywide Stream Protection Strategy, Watershed Restorations Plans, Area and Park Master Plans, Operation & Use Plans and special projects. Staff coordinates with Federal, State and local agencies on intra-agency watershed restoration efforts affecting County parkland, as well as the retrofit and maintenance of stormwater facilities on parkland.

The Resource Analysis Section also provides GIS capability to create, store, retrieve and analyze, accurate, up-to-date GIS data on natural and cultural resources in parks. Sensitive areas are mapped for all park projects during the earliest stages of the planning and development process. GIS mapping efforts facilitate maintenance, management and public safety efforts performed by staff in various Divisions in Montgomery County Parks. The GIS-based work effort also contributes important data to assess agricultural lease agreements and limits of these lease boundaries.


Jai Cole - | 301-650-4366

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