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Fee Assistance Program

Reduced Fees Available for Qualified Applicants

Did you know that Montgomery County Parks has a Fee-Reduction Program? This program is open to Montgomery County residents only and provides a 50% fee reduction for the following facilities/programs:

This program includes two ways to help you get active in the Parks.

Part 1 - Fee Reduction for a Class, Camp or Program

Part 2 - Half Off admission coupons to some of our seasonal facilities

Both offers 50% fee reduction, awarded based on a family receiving eligible outside public assistance. (see application for specifics)

Applications are approved on a seasonal basis for certain classes, camps or programs published in “The Guide” (Parks Facilities and Activities are in the GREEN section) at

for; Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. (see application for list of accepted programs)

The Fee Reduction Program is open to Montgomery County residents only and proof of residency is required.



There are many programs, activities and events throughout the year offered in our Parks, at our Nature Centers and many of our Facilities that are FREE.  Go to the Montgomery Parks web site and view all the activities and upcoming events offered in “The Guide” each season. (Parks Facilities and Activities are in the GREEN section)

Of course, enjoying the outdoor spaces, playgrounds and beauty of our Parks is always FREE!


Part 1 – Classes, Camps, Programs


  • An application for a 50% fee reduction to the programs listed below must be submitted to the facility administering the program at the time of registration.
  • The facility manager will review the application.  If approved, and registration is open, you may register for the program at that time in person.
  • Applicants for fee reduction must compete for space in a program, class, etc., on a first-come, first-served basis the same as anyone else.
  • Each approved person in the family will be permitted one program, group lesson class or camp fee reduction per season (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter).
  • You may submit your application during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, at the facility.

Eligible Facilities / Programs for Fee Reductions

Camps - Archaeology, Summer Fun Ice Skating Camp, Tennis & So Much More, Golf & So Much More, Nature Centers, Week in the Park (Only one camp session per applicant each Summer)
Group Lessons - Ice Skating courses (Snowplow Sam 1, Snowplow Sam 2, Snowplow Sam 3, Basic 1, Basic 2, Basic 3 and Teen/Adult 1 only), Tennis courses (Beginner and Intermediate only)
Programs – Brookside Gardens, Nature Centers (Not all Nature Center programs are eligible for fee reduction. Check with hosting facility to confirm the eligibility of the programs you are interested in)

(Please call for hours of operation and directions)
Brookside Gardens 301-939-8231
Brookside Nature Center 301-962-1480
Cabin John Ice Rink 301-765-8620
Pauline Betz Addie Tennis at Cabin John 301-765-8650
Locust Grove Nature Center
Meadowside Nature Center
Hillandale Headquarters – Enterprise Office
Wheaton Ice Arena
Wheaton Tennis 301-905-3030
* Seasonal Facilities


Part 2 - Half Off Admission Coupons

How to Receive Admission Discount Coupon Books

1) Mail a completed application to: M-NCPPC Hillandale Park Office, 10611 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903 or
2) Fax the application to 301-434-4796 or
3) In person Monday through Friday at the Hillandale Park Office.

Allow up to 2 weeks for processing and delivery of coupon books if approved, for applications mailed or faxed.
Coupon books of three discount tickets each will be issued on a seasonal basis to the head of household once the application is approved. Tickets are non-transferable and are good for any one of the following:

ADMISSION COUPON – 50% off one admission fee for:

  • A Train Ride at Cabin John or Wheaton Regional Park
  • A Carousel Ride at Wheaton Regional Park
  • A hourly Boat Rental or Pontoon Boat Ride at Lake Needwood or Black Hill Regional Park
  • A General Skating Session at Cabin John or Wheaton Ice Rink (Does not including Skate Rental)
  • The Splash Park or Miniature Golf Course at South Germantown Recreational Park
  • A regular bucket of balls at the South Germantown Driving Range
  • A non-electric campsite at Little Bennett Campground


  • Mail to:
    M-NCPPC - Hillandale Park Office
    10611 New hampshire Ave.
    Silver Spring, MD 20903
  • Fax to:

View or download Fee Reduction Program Procedures/Application (pdf, 120KB)

For more information, call 301-495-2530

Date of last update: February 2, 2015