Montgomery Parks Official Parks Department for Montgomery County, MD Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:04:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 /uploads/2016/07/cropped-favicon-490x490.png Montgomery Parks 32 32 Updated M-NCPPC Parks Rules & Regulations Will Go into Effect July 1, 2017 /updated-m-ncppc-parks-rules-regulations-will-go-effect-july-1-2017/ /updated-m-ncppc-parks-rules-regulations-will-go-effect-july-1-2017/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:35:41 +0000 /?p=21924 The updated Rules & Regulations will improve access to parks and park amenities and enable greater flexibility in the rules.

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SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will issue updated M-NCPPC Park Rules and Regulations effective July 1, 2017. The Rules and Regulations, which were last updated in March 2001, have been revised to better reflect today’s use of the parks, facilities, and amenities.

The Updated Rules and Regulations will be available in English and Spanish, online at MontgomeryParks.org/Rules, and in hard copy at Parkside Headquarters’ Permits Offices, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, 20901.

“Some of the updates will improve access to parks and park amenities,” said Casey Anderson, Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board. “From biking to fishing to enabling greater flexibility in our rules, we are constantly striving to provide safer and more inclusive parks.”

Park Directives enable the Parks Director to supplement the existing rules with more detailed guidance for parks users.

The comprehensive update to the Rules and Regulations includes numerous changes. Some of the more substantial changes include, but are not limited to:

  • Permission to fish in all park locations, with a State fishing license, except where signs prohibiting such activity are posted
  • Permission to bicycle on paved trails for extended hours (5:00 a.m. – midnight)
  • Permission to bicycle on all official paved and natural surface trails, unless otherwise posted
  • Prohibition of smoking and vaping in parks
  • Prohibition on the use of drones and certain other aerial devices on Park property, except as authorized by permit or in designated areas.
  • Requirement for a permit for sports gatherings and other assemblies of more than 35 people

The updates to the Park Rules & Regulations were presented to the public at several community meetings and to the Montgomery Planning Board on January 19, 2017, in advance of their approval.

 

About the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Celebrating Big Milestones for Two New Facilities /celebrating-big-milestones-two-new-facilities/ /celebrating-big-milestones-two-new-facilities/#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:31:57 +0000 /?p=21757 M-NCPPC recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a ground-breaking ceremony for two large-scale building projects. Both are part of Montgomery County’s Smart Growth Initiative, which provides critically-needed public facilities by leveraging County-owned land.

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County Officials at Green Farm Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a ground-breaking ceremony for two large-scale building projects. Both are part of Montgomery County’s Smart Growth Initiative, which provides critically-needed public facilities by leveraging County-owned land.

Multi-Agency Headquarters

Participants gathered at groundbreaking ceremony

On June 4th, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for Montgomery Parks’ new headquarters. The new mixed-use facility, to be located in Wheaton, MD, will be a 14-story, 308,000 square-foot LEED Platinum building near the Wheaton Metro Station. Construction on the project began June 5th and is estimated to cost $179 million. M-NCPPC will own the building, which will replace the county-owned Wheaton Market Place parking lot.

The new headquarters will house offices and shared spaces for Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Planning as well as the county Departments of Environmental Protection, Permitting Services, Recreation and Health and Human Services, as well as the Office of Community Use of Public Facilities and the Mid-County Regional Services Center/Urban District. County agencies are expected to move into the building in 2019, while the Parks and Planning Departments are scheduled to occupy their new offices in 2020.

Once complete, hundreds of employees will be relocated to the new building, which will help to revitalize the area with more people to patronize local businesses. The town square will provide a central meeting place to attract people to this area–no such public environment existed in this location before. Staff will be encouraged to walk, bike and take transit to work, reducing traffic and adding more pedestrian and street activity to downtown Wheaton.

Montgomery County Department of Transportation is managing the design and construction of the building. The project team includes developer StonebridgeCarras and general contractor Clark Construction Group of Bethesda; architect Gensler and landscape architect Oculus of Washington, DC; mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer GHT Limited of Arlington, VA; structural engineer SK&A and civil engineer Bohler Engineering of Washington, DC.

For more information, visit the Wheaton Headquarters web page.

Green Farm Maintenance Facility

Exterior of Multi Agency Service Park - Green Farm

On May 17th, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in honor of the new Green Farm Maintenance Facility located within Montgomery County’s Multi-Agency Service Park.

The service park, located in Gaithersburg, MD, is comprised of nine buildings on 11 acres of land and houses over 170 employees from Montgomery Parks’ Facilities Management Division, Horticulture, Forestry, & Environmental Education (HFEE) Division, and the Northern Parks Division as well as Montgomery County Public Schools’ Division of Maintenance and Division of Food and Nutrition Services.

The entire facility was constructed to meet LEED Silver certification. The five buildings utilized by Montgomery Parks feature:

  • Administrative Offices
  • 10 Maintenance Shops
  • IT Training Room
  • Fitness Center
  • Warehouse
  • Fleet Maintenance and Vehicle Wash
  • Employee Lunch Room
  • Equipment Storage Areas
  • Chemical Storage and Finishing Room
  • Storm Water Management

Construction on the Green Farm Maintenance Facility began in 2012 and was completed in early 2017. The project was funded by the Department of General Services and cost $64 million. The project team included Montgomery County’s Department of General Services, the Division of Building Design and Construction, architect Giuliani Associates and contractor Hensel Phelps.

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M-NCPPC, County and State Officials Break Ground on Wheaton Headquarters /m-ncppc-county-state-officials-break-ground-wheaton-headquarters/ /m-ncppc-county-state-officials-break-ground-wheaton-headquarters/#respond Tue, 06 Jun 2017 20:16:10 +0000 /?p=21724 M-NCPPC joined County and State officials on June 4th to break ground for a multi-agency headquarters building in Wheaton.

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Officials from Montgomery County participate in a ground breaking ceremony for the new headquarters building coming to Wheaton in 2019.

Planning and Parks Departments will collocate and share amenities with four county agencies in 14-story building now under construction.

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department and Montgomery Parks, both part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, joined other county agencies, County Council members, County Executive and Maryland State Delegates at a groundbreaking ceremony for their new Wheaton headquarters on Sunday, June 4.

The 14-story building, located on Reedie Drive near the Wheaton Metro Station, will replace the county-owned Wheaton Market Place parking lot with a LEED Platinum-rated, mixed-use structure, a town square and an underground public parking garage. Several county agencies will move into the building in 2019, while the Parks and Planning Departments are scheduled to occupy their new offices in 2020.

View the Wheaton Headquarters web page on the Planning Board website.

M-NCPPC will own the 308,000 square-foot building. Offices and shared spaces for the Planning and Parks Departments will be located on the top four levels. The structure also will house the county Departments of Environmental Protection, Permitting Services, Recreation and Health and Human Services, as well as the Office of Community Use of Public Facilities and the Mid-County Regional Services Center/Urban District. The underground public garage will supply 400 parking spaces.

“We are pleased that members of the Wheaton community could help us break ground on our new headquarters building,” said Montgomery Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson at the groundbreaking ceremony. “We are excited about our upcoming move to the neighborhood and proud of the work that went into making sure this building would set a new standard for excellence in the design of public facilities in Montgomery County.”

Hundreds of government employees will be relocated to the new building complex in downtown Wheaton, which will help to revitalize the area with more people to patronize local businesses. The town square will provide a central meeting place to attract people to this area–no such public environment existed in this location before. Staff will be encouraged to walk, bike and take transit to work, reducing traffic and adding more pedestrian and street activity to downtown Wheaton.

Transparency of civic process symbolized

The mixed-use building with ground-floor retail and upper-floor offices will face directly onto a landscaped plaza and town square, designed to become the new heart of downtown Wheaton. The large, inviting entrance lobby will be framed in glass and illuminate the new plaza at night to symbolize the transparency and civic-mindedness of government. This two-story space will be used for displays, celebrations and other events. A daycare center will be located on the third floor.

The open lobby will include an information desk with public access to the Planning Board auditorium on the second floor. A living wall of greenery will extend on one side of the space to represent the building’s environmentally sensitive design.

Parks and Planning Department offices will be located on the top four floors. The departments are currently working to fine-tune the design of the interiors.

Sustainable design strategies outside and inside

The new headquarters will be one of the first LEED Platinum-certified government buildings in the state of Maryland. Green features include geothermal heating and cooling, integral solar panels, roof gardens, electricity generation and gray water reuse.

The exterior will incorporate rain screen facades, and the plaza and streetscapes will be designed with landscaped elements to manage stormwater onsite. In addition, the building is located within walking distance of Metrorail and bus lines.

The office interiors are designed to achieve a LEED Gold rating through energy efficient lighting, abundant daylight, locally sourced building materials and recycled materials.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation is managing the design and construction of the building. The project team includes developer StonebridgeCarras and general contractor Clark Construction Group of Bethesda; architect Gensler and landscape architect Oculus of Washington, DC; mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer GHT Limited of Arlington, VA; structural engineer SK&A and civil engineer Bohler Engineering of Washington, DC.

 

About the Montgomery County Planning Department
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department comprises 147 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the general public. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org.

About Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

Accessibility
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC)encourages the involvement and participation of all individuals in the community, including those with disabilities, in the planning and review processes. In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), M-NCPPC will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities in its services, programs or activities. M-NCPCC works to make its facilities and materials accessible and to hold public meetings in locations that are, likewise, accessible. M-NCPPC will generally provide, upon request, appropriate aids and services and make reasonable modifications to policies and programs for persons with disabilities (e.g. large print materials, listening devices, sign language interpretation, etc.). For assistance with such requests, please contact the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Commissioners’ Office, at least a week in advance, at (301) 495-4605 or at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org. Maryland residents can also use the free Maryland Relay Service for assistance with calls to or from hearing or speech impaired persons; for information, go to www.mdrelay.org or call (866) 269-9006. Residents may also call the TTY number, (301) 495-1331, for assistance.

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Kids Fishing Day: Get In on the Fishy Fun /kids-fishing-day-get-fishy-fun/ /kids-fishing-day-get-fishy-fun/#respond Fri, 02 Jun 2017 17:34:41 +0000 /?p=21647 Join the fun at Daddy & Me Fishing on Sunday, June 18 or Kids Fishing Day on June 24 at Black Hill Boats at Little Seneca Lake. Create memories and catch a few fishy tales of your own!

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Photo collage of kids fishing

Join the fun at Kids Fishing Day on Saturday, June 10 at Lake Needwood Boats (8:30am-10:30am), or June 24 at Black Hill Boats at Little Seneca Lake (8:30am-10:30am). Create memories and catch a few fishy tales of your own!

At this program, children and teens ages 3-15 will learn how to bait hooks with worms, put their lines in the water, and pull in fish. They’ll also learn about various types of fish, what they like to eat, how they behave, and the best ways to catch them.

“We think it’s important for kids to experience fishing. We try to make sure that they catch something and have a good time,” said Ian Garvie, staff member at Montgomery Parks. He can’t guarantee every child will catch a fish, but says most do.

About 35 children and teens attended last year and they caught over 200 fish. It’s all catch and release fishing – meaning you don’t need to plan a fish fry if your child is successful.

Types of fish caught in the past have included bluegill, sunfish, crappie, and bass. “Some of the kids want to take it home. But their parents are relieved when we say we want them to put it back,” said Garvie. “The hope is that people will continue fishing later.”

The first 25 kids registered for each Fishing Day event get a free cane fishing pole too! Prizes are given for the boy or girl who catch the biggest, smallest and greatest number of fish.

An additional bonus — if you are looking for Father’s Day fun, you can also sign up for “Daddy & Me Fishing” on Sunday, June 18 from 1:30pm-3:00pm at Black Hill Nature Programs.

For more information or to register for the upcoming kids fishing events, please click on the links below:
Kids Fishing Day at Lake Needwood Boats  (Saturday, June 10)
Daddy & Me Fishing at Little Seneca Lake  (Sunday, June 18)
Kids Fishing Day at Little Seneca Lake  (Saturday, June 24)

 

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The Butterfly Trail: Enjoy Exploring Some of Nature’s Most Beautiful Insects! /butterfly-trail-enjoy-exploring-natures-beautiful-insects/ /butterfly-trail-enjoy-exploring-natures-beautiful-insects/#respond Fri, 26 May 2017 14:51:06 +0000 /?p=21372 The Mid-Atlantic is home to many different types of trails, but a trail of a different sort is the Butterfly Trail. Stretching from Virginia to Pennsylvania, are public gardens and museums that house fluttering pollinators from all over the world.

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The Mid-Atlantic is home to many different types of trails, but a trail of a different sort is the Butterfly Trail. Stretching from Virginia to Pennsylvania, are public gardens and museums that house fluttering pollinators from all over the world.

Montgomery Parks’ Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit at Brookside Gardens is a featured stop on the Butterfly Trail. Now open through September 17, you can immerse yourself in the world of butterflies, in all its flutters, chrysalises, and fuzzy caterpillar glory.

“It’s a magical fantastical” place, according to Horticulturist and Conservatory Manager, Kathy Stevens. In addition to wowing visitors, the exhibit is also “tries to help people understand the life cycle of the butterflies and how they depend on plants.”

As you enter the South Conservatory, you will be surrounded by hundreds of brilliant live butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia. It’s truly spectacular.

Volunteer and staff are on hand to help you learn about the amazing metamorphosis and life cycle of the butterflies. You and your family can even learn how to help beautiful native butterflies thrive in your own garden or yard.

The exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is $8 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 3-12, and free for children under 3.

Find out more about Wings of Fancy and Brookside Gardens!

There are several other places in the D.C. region where you can see and learn about butterflies – it’s a veritable butterfly trail:

  • The Butterfly House at Back Home on the Farm in Harrisonburg, Virginia, opens June 18 and runs through mid-August.
  • Butterflies LIVE! at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia runs through April 14 – October 15.
  • The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo in Thurmont, Maryland also has a butterfly greenhouse with about 100 butterflies on site at any time, as well as a garden.
  • The Butterflies + Plants exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C lets you walk among 400 live butterflies. You can also visit the Smithsonian Pollinator Garden outside or the butterfly garden at the U.S. Botanical Gardens.
  • The Butterfly House at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, Maryland, offers a butterfly house exhibit from June 12 – October 9, 2017.
  • The Butterfly Atrium at Hershey Gardens in Hershey, PA is an indoor tropical paradise filled with 500-800 butterflies.

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Spirit to Serve Day Brings Hundreds of Marriott Employees to Montgomery Parks /spirit-serve-day-brings-hundreds-marriott-employees-montgomery-parks/ /spirit-serve-day-brings-hundreds-marriott-employees-montgomery-parks/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 14:08:20 +0000 /?p=21588 Spirit to Serve volunteers took on a variety of tasks in Montgomery Parks including building a new trail in Rock Creek Park, protecting new trees in Chevy Chase, planting projects at Brookside Gardens, invasive plant removal at Black Hill Regional Park, and a park clean-up at Long Branch Recreation Center.

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Marriott employees during Spirit to Serve Day

On the morning of May 24, over 400 associates from Marriott International arrived on buses at nine Montgomery Parks sites. They were excited and ready for a day of service.

Spirit to Serve, an annual tradition that dates back 19 years, engages Marriott associates in robust volunteer projects throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Spirit to Serve volunteers took on a variety of tasks in Montgomery Parks including building a new trail in Rock Creek Park, protecting new trees in Chevy Chase, planting projects at Brookside Gardens, invasive plant removal at Black Hill Regional Park, and a park clean-up at Long Branch Recreation Center, to name a few.

“We love working with corporations like Marriott”, says Lynn Vismara, Volunteer Coordinator in Montgomery Parks’ Volunteer Services Office. “They always show up ready to work and there are so many hands on deck. Projects that would have taken one staff person a week to accomplish, can be completed in a couple of hours. They always exceed our expectations!”

This year, Spirit to Serve volunteers achieved extraordinary results. At Brookside Gardens and at Brookside Nature Center, their efforts yielded:4 Marriott employees at Spirit to Serve Day

  • Over 3,700 plants, plugs and shrubs planted
  • 9 bags worth of invasive plants removed
  • 45 hibiscus and grass plants planted
  • 65 barrows of wood chips moved
  • 20 foot diameter area for new fire pit cleared
  • 40 folding chairs and tables cleaned
  • A cabin thoroughly cleaned
  • 15 lbs. of leaves raked

Each year, the service projects grow in scope and impact. Whether cleaning, clearing or planting, Marriott’s volunteers are thorough, industrious and energetic—the true embodiment of service in action. Special thanks to Marriott International and all of the associates who took time out of their day to volunteer in our parks!

To learn more about Marriott’s Spirit to Serve Day, click here.

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Montgomery Parks to present Working Draft of Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan to Planning Board on June 15, 2017 /montgomery-parks-present-working-draft-energized-public-spaces-functional-master-plan-planning-board-june-17-2017/ /montgomery-parks-present-working-draft-energized-public-spaces-functional-master-plan-planning-board-june-17-2017/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 20:27:16 +0000 /?p=21362 Montgomery Parks staff will present the Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan Working Draft to the Planning Board on June 15, 2017.

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The public is invited to attend a presentation of the Working Draft of the Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan (EPS FMP) at a Montgomery Planning Board meeting on June 15, 2017.

The Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan is an innovative and creative countywide park plan for stronger, healthier and happier communities. The goal is to locate and prioritize how to fill gaps in the outdoor public spaces system in the county’s area of highest populations. These outdoor spaces will encourage people of all ages and incomes to meet, play, relax, exercise and enjoy nature and more in the County’s areas of highest population. A Public Hearing will follow in July.

The meeting will take place at the Montgomery Regional Office Building at 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.The time of the presentation will be determined closer to the date and posted on the Planning Board agenda at MontgomeryPlanningBoard.org.

The public is encouraged to submit input online or contact the Project Manager, Cristina Sassaki, at Cristina.Sassaki@montgomeryparks.org, (301) 650-4382 or by U.S. mail at M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901.

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Montgomery Parks’ Memorial Day Weekend Operating Hours /montgomery-parks-memorial-day-weekend-operating-hours/ /montgomery-parks-memorial-day-weekend-operating-hours/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 16:42:10 +0000 /?p=21328 The unofficial start of summer means that Montgomery Parks has a great option for you, your friends, and family this weekend.

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SILVER SPRING, MD – Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, is a great time to explore and enjoy the many activities offered by Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. There’s something for everyone!

Check out Montgomery Parks’ full calendar for all park activities and make a whole holiday weekend out of it! All Montgomery Park facilities, parks, and programs will follow standard operating hours with the following exceptions:

  • Cabin John Ice Rink, Wheaton Ice Arena and Wheaton Sports Pavilion will be closed May 27, May 28, and May 29.
  • Brookside Nature Center, Meadowside Nature Center, and Locust Grove Nature will be closed May 29.
  • Pauline Betz Addie and Wheaton Indoor Tennis Centers will be closed on Monday, May 29.
  • Montgomery Parks permits office will be closed on Monday, May 29.

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About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org.

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Now Accepting Applications for Park Police Officer /now-accepting-applications-park-police-officer/ /now-accepting-applications-park-police-officer/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 13:26:53 +0000 /?p=21310 Learn more and apply online now!

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The Maryland-National Capital Park Police is now accepting applications for Park Police Officer Candidates and Lateral Officers. Please go online to http://agency.governmentjobs.com/mncppc/default.cfm to apply.

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Open Tree Map Brings the County’s Urban Forest to Your Fingertips /open-tree-map-brings-countys-urban-forest-fingertips/ /open-tree-map-brings-countys-urban-forest-fingertips/#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 20:18:58 +0000 /?p=21288 Parks users now have a valuable resource when it comes to learning about the trees that make up the County’s urban forest. Montgomery Park’s Arboriculture Division has implemented a new mobile app called Open Tree Map.

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Open Tree Map Photo Collage

Parks users now have a valuable resource when it comes to learning about the trees that make up the County’s urban forest.  Montgomery Park’s Arboriculture Division has implemented a new mobile app called Open Tree Map. There are 76 parks mapped thus far, with new ones coming on board every month.

In addition to providing useful information, Open Tree Map offers an interactive experience. App users can mark trees as favorites, take photos and share them with friends. The platform also allows users to communicate with Montgomery Parks staff about a park and share their experience with others via social media.

Signage on trees indicates that a park has been activated for use with the Open Tree Map app. The signs contain information about the ecological and community benefits of trees. Benefits are calculated using formulas from the U.S. Forest Service. Signs also include information on how to access the app.

Park visitors can access the Open Tree Map app in a few simple steps:

  • Go to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store on your phone or tablet
  • Search OpenTreeMap
  • Download the app to your mobile device
  • Go to the login page and register to create an account
  • Elect Montgomery County Parks map from list of nearby maps
  • Begin exploring the map

The Open Tree Map app brings the county’s urban forest to your fingertips. By learning about trees, park users will also gain knowledge of the important role the urban forest plays in the surrounding community.

 

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Montgomery Parks’ Family Archaeology Day /montgomery-parks-family-archaeology-day/ /montgomery-parks-family-archaeology-day/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 18:23:06 +0000 /?p=20185 Montgomery Parks' Archaeology hosted our annual Family Archaeology Day in early May. Learn more about our great Archaeology team and programs with a recap of a fun day at Needwood Mansion.

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Children in front of dirt piles on archaeology day

It may have rained a little, but Family Archaeology Day at Needwood Mansion in Rock Creek Regional Park was a big success!

More than a dozen interactive learning stations were staffed by enthusiastic volunteers and Montgomery Parks staff.  Attendees got to try out the same technology used by ancient Native Americans when hunting deer at the atlatl (spear throwing) station.

One of the more interesting stations was where children practiced the art of tinsmithing. While the children were hammering their designs, volunteers explained that archaeologists find these pierced tin designs. Children learned that tin was widely used in the 19th century before refrigeration; food was kept in a ventilated pie safe (pantry) that would keep bugs out.

Children also tried out quill writing using feathers and ink. And their sharp eyes picked out seeds at the identification table faster than most adults, noted Keenan Holmes, programs assistant archaeologist.

An interpreter dressed as Dr. Stonestreet, the first public health officer in the county and a surgeon during the Civil War, talked about how injuries were treated. Costumed interpreters led tours of the Needwood Mansion. The pre-Civil War era federal style home is open twice a year to the public and is now used as offices for Montgomery Parks.

The goal of the day was to help families understand the role archaeology plays in helping us understand the past. Holmes said that children, teens and adults enjoyed excavating two mock archaeological dig sites, where they found bones, pottery, metal knickknacks, and other items.

And of course, there was plenty of time for old-fashioned games. Children made marbles and learned how to shoot them, and even chased rolling hoops with sticks around the grounds. Even with a little mud, Holmes said the tug of war was a lot of fun. The event is held annually in the spring.

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Parks on Bikes: Coming to a Trail Near You /parks-bikes-coming-trail-near/ /parks-bikes-coming-trail-near/#respond Tue, 09 May 2017 19:46:15 +0000 /?p=20069 During a stroll along a park trail in the County, you may notice a team of bike riders wearing bright yellow and green jerseys. They are Montgomery Parks employees putting a unique spin on customer service, thanks to our Parks on Bikes Program.

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During a stroll along a park trail in the County, you may notice a team of bike riders wearing bright yellow and green jerseys. They are Montgomery Parks employees putting a unique spin on customer service, thanks to our Parks on Bikes Program.

The Parks on Bikes Program allows staff to perform trail safety inspections, conduct community outreach, champion health and wellness, and gain first-hand knowledge of the trails system–all while lowering the carbon footprint of work previously done by car.

The program was started in 2012 by Bill Tyler, Division Chief of Montgomery Parks’ Southern Region. Parks on Bikes is a voluntary program that benefits employees and the general public. Tyler says, “This is a great opportunity for us to interact with and build relationships with the public. We want to know how we can make parks better.”

Tyler, an avid bike rider, initially created the Managers on Bikes program as a means to encourage managers to get out from behind their desks and interact with park users. Over time, the program has evolved to include a new name and a broad range of parks staff.

Throughout the spring, summer and fall, about 25 employees participate in the program and ride park-owned bikes on both paved and natural surface trails. Bike safety training is mandatory. Once cleared to participate, Parks staff can ride as often as they wish; some choosing to ride every week. They often start on the trails early in the morning, around 7am and generally ride for about three or four hours.

“You can start riding at one location and end up on the other side of the County because so many of the trails connect,” says Jessica Furr, Senior Administrative Assistant with Montgomery Parks. “I’ve done over forty miles during a ride.”

As administrator of the Parks on Bikes Program, Furr handles the schedule and the tour log that tracks which riders are going where. After each ride, staff report back to her with the maintenance issues they observed on the trail as well as any other park data.

The program has built a strong following over the last several years and is gaining traction as a model for other Parks systems nationwide. Whether at conferences or through social media, Tyler and Furr say they have heard from staff from parks all over the country who want to create their own Parks on Bikes program.

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Author Florence Williams Will Discuss the Healing Powers of Nearby Natural Settings at the Planning Department on May 22 /author-florence-williams-will-discuss-healing-powers-nearby-natural-settings-planning-department-may-22/ /author-florence-williams-will-discuss-healing-powers-nearby-natural-settings-planning-department-may-22/#respond Wed, 03 May 2017 21:11:01 +0000 /?p=19994 The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is partnering with Brookside Gardens in Wheaton to present a lecture by Washington, DC-based writer Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix.

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The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is partnering with Brookside Gardens in Wheaton to present a lecture by Washington, DC-based writer Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix.

The free event will be held on Monday, May 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD).  The public is welcome to attend.

The presentation is titled “Nearby Nature and its Power: Providing Open Space to Improve Community Health and Well-Being.” Williams will draw on research from her book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative (W.W. Norton, 2017), to show how nature can improve health outcomes in our communities for people of all ages. In the book, she incorporates data, personal history and the power of storytelling to make a compelling and practical case for improving local access to nature.

A fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature, and a visiting scholar at George Washington University, Williams focuses on issues related to the environment, health and science. She is a contributing editor at Outside magazine and a freelance writer for many newspapers and magazines.

Learn more about Williams and her book, The Nature Fix.

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Join Montgomery Parks for the 2017 Capital Improvements Program Public Forum: May 18, 2017 /join-montgomery-parks-2017-capital-improvements-program-public-forum-may-18-2017/ /join-montgomery-parks-2017-capital-improvements-program-public-forum-may-18-2017/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:31:22 +0000 /?p=19868 Tell us what you'd like for your parks in the future. Stop by the CIP Public Forum on May 18th. and share your ideas.

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Forum begins at 7 p.m.; a special presentation on the history of Montgomery Parks will take place starting at 6:000 p.m.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will host a public forum on May 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. on future capital improvement projects (CIP) for parks for fiscal years 2019-2024.  A special presentation on the history of Montgomery Parks, and a book signing with author and Former Montgomery Planning Board Chair Royce Hanson will take place in advance of the forum, at 6:00 p.m.

Details about the forum and pre-forum presentation are below.

WHO:       The public is invited to Montgomery Parks Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Forum.

WHAT:     A Public Forum for the Proposed FY 2019-2024 Capital Improvements Program (CIP)             Budget and a pre-forum presentation on the history of Montgomery Parks

WHEN:     Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (pre-forum presentation begins at 6 p.m)

6:00 p.m.:  History of Montgomery Parks presentation by Montgomery Parks Planner Rachel Newhouse and former Planning Board Chair Royce Hanson discusses his new book, “Suburb, planning politics and public interest.”

7:00 p.m.:  Capital Improvements Program Public Forum

WHERE:  Montgomery Regional Office Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

WHY: Learn about the Montgomery Parks CIP and provide input on future project proposals.

To share your ideas:

  • Sign up to speak at the public forum (limit of 35 speakers), please call (301) 495-2534 by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017
  • Email comments to Katelyn.Bentley@MontgomeryParks.org
  • Snail mail comments to The Montgomery County Planning Board, Casey Anderson, Chair, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910 by Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Background on Capital Improvement Program
The Capital Improvement Program is a six-year funding plan for capital projects that is approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board and Montgomery County Council every two years.  The CIP for Montgomery Parks includes projects for parkland acquisitions, renovation of park facilities, and new development within parks.  The Recreation Department’s CIP includes projects for new community/recreation centers and aquatic facilities, and for renovations to existing facilities.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission – Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

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Autism Awareness Glow Walk Fun Run /autism-awareness-glow-walk-fun-run/ /autism-awareness-glow-walk-fun-run/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:21:16 +0000 /?p=19826 April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. Montgomery Parks invites families to celebrate National Autism Awareness Month by participating in its Glow Walk & Fun Run at Wheaton Regional Park on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. It is a great time to discuss the importance of showing respect and appreciation for the unique aspects of individuals of all abilities. Montgomery Parks invites families to celebrate National Autism Awareness Month by participating in its Glow Walk & Fun Run at Wheaton Regional Park on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Glow Walk & Fun Run is a family-friendly event that will include an evening stroll or run through the park (your choice of .5 or 1.9 miles), face painting, a carousel ride, and ice skating (for an additional fee). Monica Martinez, mother of one of the first participants of the Program Access program at Montgomery Parks and co-founder of the locally based group Partnership for Extraordinary Minds, will speak at the event. Partnership for Extraordinary Minds is a unique organization that focuses on improving the educational experiences and outcomes of students on the autism spectrum. Representatives from Special Olympics MD, MoCo Movement, ZamDance and other organizations will also attend to provide information about local resources and services for families.

Montgomery Parks welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in recreational programs and activities of their choice. Program Access, also referred to as “Inclusion Services”, provides modifications, accommodations, trained support staff, sign language interpreters, auxiliary aids, various trainings to promote disability awareness, and sensitivity to ensure an individual’s successful participation in a program.

Find out more and register now!

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Montgomery Parks Ice Rinks: Closed Sunday, April 16 /montgomery-parks-ice-rinks-closed-sunday-april-16/ /montgomery-parks-ice-rinks-closed-sunday-april-16/#respond Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:52:53 +0000 /?p=19634 In observance of the holiday, Montgomery Parks’ Cabin John Ice Rink and Wheaton Ice Arena will be closed Sunday, April...

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In observance of the holiday, Montgomery Parks’ Cabin John Ice Rink and Wheaton Ice Arena will be closed Sunday, April 16. Thank you for your understanding!

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Park Construction Permit Information /park-construction-permit-information/ /park-construction-permit-information/#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:44:52 +0000 /?p=19694 The Park Development Division of the M-NCPPC Department of Parks issues permits approving work to be done on properties owned...

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The Park Development Division of the M-NCPPC Department of Parks issues permits approving work to be done on properties owned or managed by the M-NCPPC and on properties to be dedicated to the M-NCPPC. To streamline the process for the applicant and the Park’s Department, we have created an online submittal via ePlans. Please click on the links below to see the procedures, user guide, and online training.

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Heritage Interpreter Mike Robinson Enriches the Visitor Experience in Montgomery Parks /heritage-interpreter-mike-robinson-enriches-visitor-experience-montgomery-parks/ /heritage-interpreter-mike-robinson-enriches-visitor-experience-montgomery-parks/#respond Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:12:00 +0000 /?p=19561 After retiring from an IT position in 2000, Mike Robinson chose to pursue his passion—history. He has spent hundreds of hours volunteering as an archaeologist, interpreter, and reenactor at historic sites, and has gained experience he never imagined.

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Ten yeCultural Interpreter Mike Robinson speaks to a tour groupars ago, Mike Robinson attended the Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hike led by a volunteer interpreter at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. Afterward, he thought to himself, I think I’d like to do that.

He has served as a volunteer interpreter at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park ever since.

After retiring from an IT position in 2000, Mike Robinson chose to pursue his passion—history. He has spent hundreds of hours volunteering as an archaeologist, interpreter, and reenactor at historic sites throughout Maryland, DC and Virginia, and has gained experience he never imagined.

Robinson initially came to Montgomery Parks in 2001 as a volunteer in the archaeology program. During that time, he participated in digs at various historic sites across the county including Darby Store, Dowden’s Ordinary, Palmer-Robinson Rockshelter, Blockhouse Point, Agricultural History Farm Park, and Little Bennett Regional Park.

These days, teaching history to visitors as part of the Underground Railroad Experience Trail hikes brings Robinson immense joy. For him, interpreting is all about providing the proper context. Robinson says, “I don’t like lectures, so I make sure the hikes are interactive. I want visitors to walk away with an understanding that America has a constantly evolving political system.”

Heritage interpreter Mike Robinson speaks to tour groupRobinson sets the historical context of Woodlawn Manor—a place that commemorates the involvement of Montgomery County residents in the Underground Railroad and celebrates the Quaker heritage and traditions of Sandy Spring, Maryland. During the Underground Railroad Experience Trail hikes led by Robinson, visitors stop at the large field near the spring. He asks them to silence themselves for a moment so they can contemplate the historical significance of the ground upon which they stand.

“The question of who is included in the political system and in our society changes. There are times when we move backwards,” he explains. “Those are the times when I think interpreters are even more important, in order to show the history of the Unites States so that we can move forward towards more inclusiveness.”

Learn more about the Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hike. Interpreters lead guided hikes each Saturday from April through November. Guided hikes are available during the week by request for groups of 10 or more.

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Montgomery Parks’ Regional and Recreational Athletic Fields to Open Saturday, April 1, 2017 /montgomery-parks-regional-recreational-athletic-fields-open-saturday-april-1-2017/ /montgomery-parks-regional-recreational-athletic-fields-open-saturday-april-1-2017/#respond Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:17:39 +0000 /?p=19537 Montgomery Parks athletic fields will open Saturday, April 1, 2017. Updates on field conditions are available 24 X 7 online or by phone at the Parks' Rainout Line.

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Updates on field conditions are available 24 X 7 online or by phone at the Parks’ Rainout line.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will open athletic fields at regional and recreational parks on Saturday, April 1, 2017, weather permitting. Fields located at local parks opened March 23, 2017.

Montgomery Parks, along with Montgomery County Recreation and Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF) offer field status updates via a convenient RainoutLine system. This information is also available by phone at 301-579-5610, (enter field’s designated extension – available at www.MontgomeryParks.org/rainoutline) or via a free RainOut Line app—once downloaded simply type Montgomery Parks in the search bar to access updates.

Montgomery Parks operates and manages 296 athletic fields for a wide range of sports including football, soccer, lacrosse and cricket among other activities.

Athletic fields at local parks are closed from December 1 – March 14; and athletic fields at regional and recreational parks are closed from December 1- March 31 and August 1 – August 15.

In certain circumstances play is not permitted on athletic fields such as during renovations / repair, if there is standing water on the field, when the soil is frozen, wet or spongy, when steady rain is falling and during an electrical storm.

For additional information and updates about fields contact Montgomery Parks and Community Use of Public Facilities athletic field rainout line at 301-579-5610 or register for Montgomery Parks ALERT notifications at /media/alerts.shtm to receive text updates on field conditions. Updates regarding field status will also be available at www.MontgomeryParks.org/rainoutline

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Accessibility
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages the involvement and participation of all individuals in the community, including those with disabilities, in the planning and review processes.  In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M‑NCPPC) will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities.  M‑NCPPC works to make its facilities and materials accessible and to hold public meetings in locations that are, likewise, accessible. M‑NCPPC will generally provide, upon request, appropriate aids and services and make reasonable modifications to policies and programs for qualified persons with disabilities (e.g., large print materials, listening devices, sign language interpretation, etc.).  For assistance with such requests, please contact the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Commissioners’ Office, at least a week in advance, at (301) 495-4600 or at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org .  Maryland residents can also use the free Maryland Relay Service for assistance with calls to or from hearing or speech-impaired persons; for information, go to www.mdrelay.org/ or call (866) 269-9006.

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Take a Walk Through History: Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park /take-walk-history-woodlawn-manor-cultural-park/ /take-walk-history-woodlawn-manor-cultural-park/#respond Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:21:56 +0000 /?p=15997 Nestled in Montgomery County is a historic treasure – Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. With newly installed Woodlawn Museum exhibits located in the historic Stone Barn and Carriage House, the park provides historical interpretations of Woodlawn Manor, its outbuildings, and the popular Underground Railroad Experience Trail.

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Nestled in Montgomery County is a historic treasure – Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. “Woodlawn is a great place to come and get an idea of how Montgomery County might have looked back in the 1800s. It gives you a chance to step back in time,” said Jennifer Legates, facilities manager for the Woodlawn Museum.

With newly installed museum exhibits located in the historic Stone Barn and Carriage House, the park provides historical interpretations of Woodlawn Manor, its outbuildings, and the popular Underground Railroad Experience Trail.

The manor house at Woodlawn was built between 1800 and 1815 by the Thomas family. It is a beautiful Federal-style house with Flemish bond brick. The house functioned as a private Quaker school for a time, and was even visited by Francis Scott Key, author of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The manor house is currently used as a special event center, though it will soon transition into an interpretive center focused solely on sharing the history of Woodlawn Manor with tours and public programs.

The estate was purchased in 1822 by Dr. William Palmer, a Quaker physician. Dr. Palmer was also a progressive farmer who grew wheat, oats and Indian corn. Despite his religious affiliation, Dr. Palmer and his wife, Cleorah owned 13 enslaved persons. They worked alongside free blacks tending the fields and caring for the nine Palmer children.

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In 1832, Dr. Palmer hired Isaac Holland, a neighbor and skilled stone mason, to construct of fieldstone a three-story bank barn featuring a prominent stone-arched forebay. It is the only structure of its kind still standing in Montgomery County.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission acquired the property during the mid-1970s to protect the historic structure and provide opportunities to tell the story of a bustling farm, its community, and the enslaved people who made a bold bid for freedom.

“Sandy Spring was a perfect storm of circumstances. It was an ideal place to escape and evade,” said Mark Thorne, program manager for the Woodlawn Museum. He noted that the area was ripe for Underground Railroad activity, as enslaved people followed the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River through the county and sought the assistance of freed blacks and Quakers nearby.

In the summer of 2016, the Stone Barn and Carriage House became the new Woodlawn Museum with interactive exhibits showcasing the Underground Railroad, the Quakers in Sandy Spring, enslaved and free African American communities, and the barn as a feature of the county’s agricultural landscape. The barn also showcases a dynamic multimedia show projected onto interior stone walls.

Visitors can tour the historic Stone Barn exhibits and explore the Underground Railroad Experience Trail at the Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park from April through November; an admission fee is charged. Groups or individuals can choose either a guided or self-guided hike along the trail. Among the group tour experiences offered is a new field trip for students in grades 3-5 called “The World of Young Benjamin Palmer.”

For more information, call 301-563-7505 or visit HistoryInTheParks.org.

 

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Celebrate Earth Month in Montgomery Parks /celebrate-earth-month-montgomery-parks/ /celebrate-earth-month-montgomery-parks/#respond Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:29:00 +0000 /?p=19409 Montgomery Parks is celebrating Earth Month with a wide variety of fun, family-friendly activities. From cleanups to tree plantings and scavenger hunts, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

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Silver Spring, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is celebrating Earth Month with a wide variety of fun, family-friendly activities. From cleanups to tree plantings and scavenger hunts, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

During Earth Month, Montgomery Parks will host the following festivities:

  • Scavenger hunt at Maydale Conservation Park on Saturday, April 8
  • Earth Day campfire at Maydale Conservation Park on Friday, April 21
  • Earth Day campfire at Meadowside Nature Center on Saturday, April 22
  • Earth Day Festival at Brookside Gardens and Brookside Nature Center on Sunday, April 23

Montgomery Parks will also collaborate with several partners to organize cleanup events throughout April, including regional environmental organizations such as Friends of Sligo Creek, Rock Creek Conservancy, and the Alice Ferguson Foundation.

Students, adults, friends and families can participate in various service projects to strengthen parks, including:

  • Park and stream cleanup projects at various locations throughout the month
  • Weed Warrior workdays projects at various locations throughout the month
  • Earth Day Festival at Brookside Gardens and Brookside Nature Center on Sunday, April 23

For more information on Earth Month activities in Montgomery Parks, visit: Montgomeryparks.org/earth-month.

About the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Accessibility
Montgomery Parks encourages and welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in all Parks programs. Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has developed a multi-year plan to enhance accessibility at recreational facilities and parks throughout the County. For more information on our efforts, visit our Accessibility webpage.

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Montgomery Parks Facilities Management Division Relocates to New Building /montgomery-parks-facilities-management-division-relocates-new-building/ /montgomery-parks-facilities-management-division-relocates-new-building/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:17:49 +0000 /?p=19245 Montgomery Parks Facilities Management Division has relocated to a new maintenance facility in the Multi-Agency Service Park.

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Silver Spring, MD–Montgomery Parks’ Facilities Management Division has recently moved from the Crabbs Branch office location, informally known as Shady Grove, to a new maintenance facility in the Multi Agency Service Park (Green Farm Maintenance Facility) located at 8301 Turkey Thicket Drive, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879. During the transition, the division will be providing limited services and field operations and all services will resume on or by April 3, 2017.

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Montgomery Parks Athletic Fields Opening Delayed Due to Inclement Weather /montgomery-parks-athletic-fields-opening-delayed-due-inclement-weather/ /montgomery-parks-athletic-fields-opening-delayed-due-inclement-weather/#respond Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:51:26 +0000 /?p=19128 Due to the recent snow event, the opening of Montgomery Parks athletic fields will be delayed. Fields will be evaluated on March 20th to determine when they can be opened.

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Possibility for fields opening will be re-evaluated on March 20th.

SILVER SPRING, MD –The opening of all Montgomery Parks park and elementary / middle school athletic fields (excluding synthetic turf fields) will be delayed until March 20th at the earliest, due to the recent winter storm. Field conditions will be assessed on the 20th to determine if they are suitable for use. Until then, teams are not permitted to play or practice on fields as a safety precaution and to prevent damage to the fields.

Montgomery Parks, along with Montgomery County Recreation and Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF) offer field status updates via a convenient RainoutLine system. This information is also available by phone at 301-579-5610, (enter field’s designated extension – available at www.MontgomeryParks.org/rainoutline.) or via a free RainOut Line app—once downloaded simply type Montgomery Parks in the search bar to access updates.

Montgomery Parks operates and manages 296 athletic fields for a wide range of sports including football, soccer, lacrosse and cricket among other activities.

Athletic fields at local parks are closed from December 1 – March 14; and athletic fields at regional parks are closed from December 1- March 31 and August 1 – August 15.

In certain circumstances play is not permitted on athletic fields such as during renovations / repair, if there is standing water on the field, when the soil is frozen, wet or spongy, when steady rain is falling and during an electrical storm.

For additional information and updates about fields contact Montgomery Parks and Community Use of Public Facilities athletic field rainout line at 301-579-5610 or register for Montgomery Parks ALERT notifications at /media/alerts.shtm to receive updates on field conditions. Updates regarding field status will also be available at www.MontgomeryParks.org/rainoutline

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Accessibility
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages the involvement and participation of all individuals in the community, including those with disabilities, in the planning and review processes.  In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M‑NCPPC) will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities.  M‑NCPPC works to make its facilities and materials accessible and to hold public meetings in locations that are, likewise, accessible. M‑NCPPC will generally provide, upon request, appropriate aids and services and make reasonable modifications to policies and programs for qualified persons with disabilities (e.g., large print materials, listening devices, sign language interpretation, etc.).  For assistance with such requests, please contact the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Commissioners’ Office, at least a week in advance, at (301) 495-4600 or at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org .  Maryland residents can also use the free Maryland Relay Service for assistance with calls to or from hearing or speech-impaired persons; for information, go to www.mdrelay.org/ or call (866) 269-9006.

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Grow with Parks: Montgomery Parks Launches a New Hiring Campaign /grow-parks-montgomery-parks-launches-new-hiring-campaign/ /grow-parks-montgomery-parks-launches-new-hiring-campaign/#respond Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:59:58 +0000 /?p=19052 Montgomery Parks has job opportunities of all kinds and is looking to fill a variety of positions across many disciplines.

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Are you a scientist? An archaeologist? A plumber? An arborist? Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has job opportunities of all kinds.

The department is looking to fill a variety of positions across many disciplines. To expand its applicant pool, M-NCPPC Human Resources has launched the “Grow with Parks” social media campaign.

“People may not realize the broad spectrum of jobs required to run Montgomery Parks,” said Darlene Douglas, Assistant HR Manager for Montgomery Parks. “It really takes a village – with people from many backgrounds and abilities including people who work in professional trades such as plumbers, carpenters, painters to administrative positions to park managers and natural resource specialists, among many others.”

poster about Montgomery Parks hiring with people who work at Montgomery ParksThe campaign features actual Montgomery Parks employees. The premiere social media posts and tweets show a natural resource specialist and maintenance staff workers, highlighting jobs that are currently open. Look for the content on Montgomery Parks’ Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts February through April.

 

About Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks is part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. The department offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.  For more information on job openings and how to apply, visit www.mncppc.org. Click on the “Job Opportunities” link on the right hand menu.

Applicants with Disabilities that qualify under the American with Disabilities Act. If you require accommodations or special arrangements due to a qualifying disability, please notify the Recruitment & Selection Services Unit at the time of application at 301-454-1411 or 301 454-1400 (TTY). M-NCPPC will make all efforts to reasonably accommodate you.

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Agricultural History Farm Park Brings the County’s Past to the Present /agricultural-history-farm-park-brings-countys-past-present/ /agricultural-history-farm-park-brings-countys-past-present/#respond Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:05:34 +0000 /?p=18897 Montgomery Park's 455-acre Agricultural History Farm Park offers rolling hills, hiking and equestrian trails, historic buildings, is home to a variety of heritage breed farm animals, and new educational programs!

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County residents and visitors have no need to travel far in search of a serene setting or historic farm! Montgomery Park’s 455-acre Agricultural History Farm Park offers rolling hills, hiking and equestrian trails, historic buildings, educational programs, and is home to a variety of heritage breed farm animals.

One of the most amazing things Lisa Berray, Manager of Interpretation and Visitor Services, has seen in the park, is watching people’s stress levels diminish when they arrive. “I think that is the big draw – not only what we can teach, but what people can discover for themselves in a landscape that is not entirely manmade. We offer a connection to a place that is very grounding.”

Farmstead House at Agricultural History Farm ParkIt is like taking a walk into the past. The Magruder-Bussard farmstead is a well-preserved example of a Montgomery County farm at the turn of the 20th century. There’s an 1898 bank barn, as well as a farmhouse, a log smokehouse, chicken coop, corn crib, broody house, carriage shed, hay barracks, equipment shed, granary, and even a privy (yes, there are modern bathrooms on-site).

Today, you can visit the farm between sunrise and sunset to enjoy a stroll, see the animals, and attend educational programs. The farm is home to goats and chickens, with hogs, turkeys and draft mules coming soon.

And there’s a variety of educational programs. The park will host a gas powered and steam engine show from April 8-9 with crafts, demonstrations, farm animals, and music.

The Little Farmers Storytime is held on Tuesday in March, April and May for preschoolers ages 3-5. The “little farmers” get to hear a story, do a craft and explore the farm. A program for public schools will be added later.

The Music on the Farm program shares pre-World War II era music and is typically the third Saturday of the month and is offered May through November.

Visitors to the Agricultural History Farm Park picnic on the grass outside the large barn

This park is marking the centennial of World War I this spring by showing how Montgomery County and agricultural communities supported the war effort. The program “Sowing the Seeds of Victory” will be held April 29-30. Visitors can try their hands at planting a “victory garden” and enjoy food, music and farmhouse tours. They can also learn about suffragettes and women working on the farm as part of the “land army” while men were away at war.

Berray is building on the work of dedicated volunteers to create a thriving museum-level experience with hands-on activities that demonstrates agricultural techniques used from the 1890s to the 1940s. Their palette is one of the largest continuously operating farms in the county, which began in the 1780s. And it still offers many lessons for us today.

For more information, go to aghistoryfarm.org.

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Woodlawn Museum Hosting Hidden Treasures Appraisals /woodlawn-museum-hosting-hidden-treasures-appraisals/ /woodlawn-museum-hosting-hidden-treasures-appraisals/#respond Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:27:26 +0000 /?p=18830 Montgomery Parks is hosting a free appraisal event at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park’s Woodlawn Museum in Sandy Spring. The Hidden Treasures Appraisals event will take place on March 25 and 26 inside the historic Woodlawn Manor house.

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SANDY SPRING, MD Montgomery Parks is hosting a free appraisal event (registration required) at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park’s Woodlawn Museum in Sandy Spring. The Hidden Treasures Appraisals event will take place on March 25 and 26 inside the historic Woodlawn Manor house.

A stack of books, a pocket watch, and a kettle image are inserted over an image of Woodlawn Manor

“Montgomery Parks has historic treasures throughout our parks and there is a rich history throughout the County. The Hidden Treasure Appraisals event is a great way to allow people catch a glimpse into their own past,” said Mark Thorne, Woodlawn Visitor Center Program Manager. “We are excited to see the ‘hidden treasures’ that may be uncovered!”

Professional appraisers from Caplan’s Auction Company will be on site to value participants’ “hidden treasures” and will provide their expertise for one item per person. Appraisals session will take place at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., on both days.

Registration is required and spots will go fast! In the event of inclement weather, please check www.MontgomeryParks.org for updates.

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New Deal-Era Cabin in Kensington to be Revitalized with Support from The Cupid Foundation Inc. /new-deal-era-cabin-kensington-revitalized-support-cupid-foundation-inc/ /new-deal-era-cabin-kensington-revitalized-support-cupid-foundation-inc/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:54:49 +0000 /?p=18618 A donation of $150,000 from the Cupid Foundation will assist with the rehabilitation of the historic Kensington Cabin. The log cabin – initiated under the New Deal – will both retain its Kensington Cabin name and be dedicated as the Mayor Jayne H. Plank Kensington Cabin.

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Historic cabin, built by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for recreation will be dedicated to former Kensington Mayor Jayne H. Plank.

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery Parks Foundation, an independent non-profit organization promoting the values and benefits of Montgomery Parks, announces today a donation of $150,000 from the Cupid Foundation to assist with the rehabilitation of the historic Kensington Cabin. The log cabin –  initiated under the New Deal – will both retain its Kensington Cabin name and be dedicated as the Mayor Jayne H. Plank Kensington Cabin. Plank’s son Kevin is the founder and CEO of Under Armour.

“Kensington Cabin was important to Kevin Plank and his friends and brothers in their early years. Safe recreational places are vital for young people. As we invest heavily in those places for children in Baltimore, this is a great opportunity to do the same for Kevin’s hometown and to honor his mother’s distinguished life in public service,” said Tom Geddes, CEO of Plank Industries and Executive Director of the Cupid Foundation.

The county also contributed monies for the cabin’s renewal, and has supported other public historic building projects in the county and Kensington, including the removal of the nursing home and stabilization of the nearby Brainard Warner mansion.

People in the community of Kensington have worked for years to bring the cabin back after its closure due to infrastructure failure. The citizens worked to get the building designated on the County’s Master Plan for Historic Preservation and helped with the initial fundraising effort. Mr. Plank, who grew up spending summers at Kensington Cabin with his siblings, donated funds based on wonderful memories of the cabin and a desire to preserve it for future generations.

The cabin, located in Kensington Cabin Local Park, was planned as a Civic Works Administration project, but was built by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) following a cut in the Federal program.  In 1934, Blanche C. Armstrong of the Woman’s Club of Kensington, who had proposed the creation of Kensington Park nearly 10 years earlier, cut the ribbon at a large community celebration.

“The history behind Kensington Cabin is simply fascinating,” said Michael Nardolilli, Executive Director of the Montgomery Parks Foundation. “It dates back to the days of the Great Depression and tells the story of how a community came together during these tough times to create a special space and gathering site for play, relaxation and connecting with nature. Partnering with the Cupid Foundation makes it possible for us to share this important story and values with people for years to come.”

The rehabilitation of the cabin is already underway, and is expected to be complete in late 2017.  It will be available for the same types of gatherings it always hosted, including birthday parties, camps and other fun programs through the Parks Permitting Office.

According to Jennifer Gurney, a native Kensingtonian who worked to list the cabin on the county’s Master Plan for Historic Preservation, “Even though the cabin had such humble beginnings, these are the kinds of buildings that can be the greatest symbols and unifiers of a community. The cabin has been closed since 1991, but the cabin’s rehabilitation is proof that it may take decades to turn things around, but these things can happen. It was a strong symbol for me and my brothers and neighbors… this is the little cabin that could!”

About The Montgomery Parks Foundation

The Montgomery Parks Foundation is a 501c3 organization that champions Montgomery County Parks cultivating financial support and public engagement of county residents and businesses as members, donors, sponsors and advocates.  www.MontgomeryParksFoundation.org

About The Cupid Foundation, Inc.

The Cupid Foundation, Inc., is the private foundation of Kevin A. Plank and his family. The Foundation focuses on education, entrepreneurship, and access to sport, particularly in underserved communities in Baltimore City.

About the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other park systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Wedding Vendor Showcase at Brookside Gardens /wedding-vendor-showcase-brookside-gardens/ /wedding-vendor-showcase-brookside-gardens/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:02:25 +0000 /?p=18579 Planning your dream wedding or a family celebration? Get inspired for your next big event at Brookside Gardens’ Wedding Vendor Showcase on Sunday, March 5 from 11 am – 2 pm!

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WHEATON, MD— Planning your dream wedding or a family celebration? Get inspired for your next big event at Brookside Gardens’ Wedding Vendor Showcase on Sunday, March 5 from 11 am – 2 pm!

A variety of vendors, including photographers, makeup artists, caterers, lighting and décor specialists, event planners, DJs, and florists will be on hand to answer questions from attendees.

WHAT:         Wedding Vendor Showcase at Brookside Gardens

WHEN:         Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:      Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902

  • Samples & demos from caterers, makeup artists, photographers, florists and more
  • Garden tours
  • Vendor discounts
  • Raffle & door prizes

Admission is free, but pre-registration is preferred: http://bit.ly/2jZHrgE.

 

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A Valentine’s Day Wedding at Montgomery Parks /valentines-day-wedding-montgomery-parks/ /valentines-day-wedding-montgomery-parks/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:25:52 +0000 /?p=18434 It was no ordinary Valentine’s Day for Diana and Alex. At sunrise, the happy couple said their “I Dos” at Brookside Gardens. In the brisk, still morning on Gude Island, excitement and laughter echoed across the frosty water as about 30 family members and close friends warmed the Japanese Tea House Pavilion.

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It was no ordinary Valentine’s Day for Diana and Alex. At sunrise, the happy couple said their “I Dos” at Brookside Gardens. Both Diana’s parents and grandparents were married on Valentine’s Day, though not so early in the morning! Even their program, titled, “Your Practical Guide to Surviving the Wedding of Alex and Diana,” pokes fun at their early ceremony time.

In the brisk, still morning on Gude Island, excitement and laughter echoed across the frosty water as about 30 family members and close friends warmed the Japanese Tea House Pavilion. Diana’s father was by her side as he met her at the foggy bridge and escorted her down the aisle. Just after Alex and Diana exchanged their vows, resident geese flew over and provided a chorus of congratulatory honks. It was truly a Brookside Gardens moment!

After warming up with custom coffee cups made for the occasion, their guests enjoyed breakfast in the Auditorium—fresh fruit, spinach mini quiches, crispy bacon, and blueberry French toast casserole by Festive Occasions Catering.

Cheers to Alex and Diana!

Are you planning a wedding or other special event? Montgomery Parks invites you to get inspired for your big event at Brookside Gardens’ Wedding Vendor Showcase on Sunday, March 5 from 11 am – 2 pm. Or to schedule an individual tour and consultation, contact Event.Manager@MontgomeryParks.org or 301-962-1404.

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Montgomery Parks Solicits Public Input for Future Park and Recreation Projects /montgomery-parks-solicits-public-input-future-park-projects/ /montgomery-parks-solicits-public-input-future-park-projects/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:13:09 +0000 /?p=17139 Montgomery Parks wants to hear from the public about what they want in their parks. People may submit ideas via a new online open town hall, the centerpiece of this interactive outreach campaign, “Parks of the Future: Voice Your Vision.”

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New multi-faceted outreach campaign, “Parks and Recreation of the Future: Voice Your Vision,” engages diverse audiences to share ideas on creating and renovating parks and facilities.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) wants to hear from the public about what they want in regard to parks and recreation. People may submit ideas via a new online open town hall, the centerpiece of this interactive outreach campaign, “Parks and Recreation of the Future: Voice Your Vision.” Other channels for providing input include in-person community meetings, email and mail.

The information provided will impact the future of parks as determined by three park plans: the 2017 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan, a new county-wide Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan and the Capital Improvements Program update—which takes place every two years.

As part of this newly launched outreach effort, Montgomery Parks staff are meeting with people at events and various locations in the community to ask them what they want in their parks.

“We engaged people at recreation centers in parks, local grocery stores, faith organizations and events. We are meeting people where they are in their day-to-day lives to make it easy for them to participate in the future of parks,” said Michael F. Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “As part of this effort we are aiming to reach diverse audiences from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, people who may not typically engage in this process.”

“We want to know what people enjoy most about their parks and where we can improve,” said Kristi Williams, Chief of the Public Affairs and Community Partnerships Division. “Whether it’s adding more dog parks, or creating new parks where there are none, or renovating a playground—the public is critical to these planning efforts. These are their parks after all!”

Montgomery Parks will share the outcomes from the “Parks and Recreation of the Future” campaign on its Open Town Hall site. Staff will present findings to the Montgomery Planning Board in the spring.

People interested in having Montgomery Parks staff present to their specific community groups or organizations should submit a request via email to Melissa.Chotiner@MontgomeryParks.org or in writing to Montgomery Parks, Attn: Melissa Chotiner, Parks of the Future, 9500 Brunett Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20901.

For more information on the “Parks of the Future: Voice Your Vision” campaign please visit www.Montgomeryparks.org and click on “Open Town Hall” under the Quick Links menu on the left side of the webpage.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

Accessibility
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages the involvement and participation of all individuals in the community, including those with disabilities, in the planning and review processes.  In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M‑NCPPC) will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities.  M‑NCPPC works to make its facilities and materials accessible and to hold public meetings in locations that are, likewise, accessible. M‑NCPPC will generally provide, upon request, appropriate aids and services and make reasonable modifications to policies and programs for qualified persons with disabilities (e.g., large print materials, listening devices, sign language interpretation, etc.).  For assistance with such requests, please contact the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Commissioners’ Office, at least a week in advance, at (301) 495-4600 or at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org .  Maryland residents can also use the free Maryland Relay Service for assistance with calls to or from hearing or speech-impaired persons; for information, go to www.mdrelay.org/ or call (866) 269-9006.

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