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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

If no meetings are listed here, meeting notices can also be found on the Parks Events Calendar and the M-NCPPC Planning Board Schedule.

Countywide Park Trails Plan logo Countywide Park Trails Plan Amendment
Planning Board Worksession #3* - Thursday, September 29th*
After a final review, the Planning Board is expected to approve the new "Loops and Links" countywide park trail system at this worksession. Learn more about the future of trails in Montgomery County here.

* Note: Planning Board item times can change, please check for a more precise time on the Planning Board agenda closer to the meeting.

News & Events

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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