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

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

UPCOMING: Community Meeting Scheduled to Review Renovation Plan For Dewey Local Park

Montgomery Parks will host a community meeting on Tuesday, June 28 to review the renovation plans for a new playground for Dewey Local Park. Park staff will also seek input on ideas of the renovation and reuse of the existing hard surface courts. The meeting will be held at the Veirs Mill Local Park Activity Building. For more info, click here.

Pedestrian Bridge Installation

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

Tennis Courts Closed for Renovations

As part of the Outdoor Tennis Court Renovation Program, tennis courts at Calverton-Galway Local Park, Olney Manor Recreational Park- Battery A,Randolph Hills Local Park, and Battery Lane Urban Park are scheduled to be inaccessible to the public. All work is expected to be completed by early June. Please click here for a list of other parks with tennis courts available for use near you.

UPDATE: Tree Work on Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail Continues

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

NOTICE: Trail Closure Scheduled at Rock Creek SVU- Beach Drive

Large scale tree removal on the Rock Creek Hiker- Biker Trail, Beach Drive will require the portion of the trail to be temporarily closed July 6-7. Work is scheduled between Jones Mill Road and East West Highway.  Trail users should seek alternate routes as the trail will be closed from 10-2pm daily.

Trail Work Scheduled on Northwest Branch Trail

Trail work is in progress south of Wheaton Regional Park to replace a bridge connecting the Northwest Branch Trail to the Rachel Carson Greenway Trail.  Trail users should exercise caution around work zone. Click here for more info.

Western Grove Urban Park Scheduled To Be Closed

Western Grove Urban Park, formerly the Chevy Chase Open Space Urban Park  is scheduled to be closed for renovations beginning in June 2016. The 1.9 acre project, in partnership with the Chevy Chase Village, will enhance park amenities including improved accessible walkways, lighting, a paved seating area, natural play area, green space, fencing, and a water feature.  The work will require the area to be inaccessible to the public with completion planned by the spring of 2017.  Click here for additional information on the project.

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

A section of West Old Baltimore Road, between Black Hill Regional Park entrance and Clarksburg Road will be closed to vehicular traffic on or around June 8, for approximately 6-8 weeks. See detour to enter Black Hill Regional Park.

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

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

Trail Bridge Closed in Little Bennett RP

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

UPDATE: Playgrounds Scheduled to Close for Renovations

Renovations to the playgrounds at Saddlebrook Local Park, Timberlawn Local Park, Plumgar Local Park and John Haines Neighborhood Park are underway. The playgrounds will be closed as part of the Playground Renovation Program.  Work will include storm water management and improved access to park facilities. Playgrounds are scheduled to reopen in Spring/Summer 2016.

Public Input Needed on Wheaton Regional Park Master Plan Update

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

Improvements to Indian Spring Terrace Local Park Continue

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

Renovations to Kemp Mill Urban Park to Begin

Kemp Mill Urban Park will be closed this winter season as renovations are scheduled to begin.  This one-year project will improve the overall park access, including an updated water feature and expanded playground.  Click here for more information.

Black Hill Regional Park Trail Connector Project

Work on a new shared-use six-mile natural surface trail along the western side of Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park is underway. Construction phases will take place over the course of the next year to enhance connections to the existing trail network of Black Hill Trail and Ten Mile Creek. Click here for more info.  

WSSC Construction Projects in Parks

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

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

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

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

Accessibility Improvements in Parks Scheduled

UPDATE: Ken-Gar Palisades Park: Work has begun to improve access to the park facilities including better ways to the tennis courts, the play area, and exercise equipment. Trail work will also be scheduled that will affect daily use intermittently but will not require the trails to be closed.

Clearspring Local Park: Access work to to the park facilties is scheduled to begin this spring which will feature improved access to ball fields and parking. Park will remain open with minimal disruption during work.

Ayrlawn Local Park: Access and parking upgrades to provide access to tennis courts and playground, scheduled through Spring 2016.

Improvements to Falls Road Local Park continue to improve ADA access on trails. Park trail access will be intermittently inaccessible starting in April. Ongoing work includes upgrades to parking lot and park entrance. Click here for more info on park project.

For additional information please visit Accessibility Information for Montgomery Parks.

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Community Corner

July 4th Holiday Weekend Operating Hours

The annual "Germantown Glory" Fireworks display takes place at South Germantown Recreational Park. Find out more here.

Woodlawn Visitor Center Now Open

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

Register for Summer Camps!

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

Ellsworth Urban Park Dog Park is Open

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

Learn More About The Emerald Ash Borer

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

Rockwood Manor Special Park Feasibility Study

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

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

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

Countywide Trails Plan Amendment

The first Planning Board Worksession was held May 12 to begin the Master Trail Amendment Flyer final review on the Countywide Park Trails Plan Amendment. More information is available at www.ParkPlanning.org.

Long Branch- Wayne Local Park Community Meeting

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

Public Information Hearing Held for Quince Orchard Valley Neighborhood Park

The Maryland Department of the Environment held a Public Information Hearing regarding the wetland and waterway permits for the WSSC- Sewer Repair, Replacement and Rehabilitation Project. For additional information, Click here.

Rent a Park Activity Building

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

Montgomery Parks ADA Enhancements

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

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