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Mission

To acquire parkland and to design, construct, and develop parks or complete major renovations of parks through the planning, preparation, and implementation of the Capital Improvements Program (CIP).

Announcements

Update: Capital Improvements Program Public Forum, April 23 at 7 p.m.

Public Forum for the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) FY2017 - 2022- Tell us what you want to see built in the county for Parks and Recreation. The capital budget funds parkland acquisitions, environmental and cultural stewardship projects, new park or facility development, and renovations and infrastructure improvements. You are invited to speak at the Public Forum and to submit written and online comments to the Planning Board. - View flyer here (PDF, 129KB)

Find a listing of projects in the current CIP... here.

Please share your ideas, questions and comments online here.

Update: ADA Improvements at Ayrlawn Local Park

Community Meeting Summary

Community Meeting Summary 2 (maps)

In 2011, Montgomery County and the Maryland-National Parks and Planning Commission entered into a Settlement Agreement (Agreement) with the United States Department of Justice. In conjunction with the Agreement and as part of its ongoing effort to improve accessibility throughout our park system for all persons regardless of ability,  Montgomery Parks will be making several improvements to enhance circulation to and through the park. All upgrades will conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended and the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

Montgomery Parks is imposing the following upgrades:

Playground/Tennis Court Area

  • The addition of 2 accessible parking spaces behind the tennis courts along the existing aisle;
  • Remove and replace an existing sidewalk to the basketball court;
  • Provide an accessible sidewalk to the tennis courts; and
  • Relocate trash cans to the walkway, and add an accessible bench and ramp near the playground. The existing benches and patio will not be altered.

Field #2 (near park entrance)

  • Remove the small turnout and add 1 accessible parking space plus 3 standard parking spaces;
  • Provide an accessible walkway to the players bench and viewing area at Field #2; and
  • Upgrade the players bench areas to improve ADA accessibility and reduce long term maintenance.

Construction work is scheduled to be completed by August 2015. For further information, please contact:

Bob Green, Project Manager
Montgomery Parks/Park Development Division
Bob.Green@MontgomeryParks.org
(301) 495-2571

Note: Public Meetings on Reuse of
Park Activity Buildings

A series of public meetings will be held at the end of February on proposed reuse of the Ken-Gar Park Activity Building, the North Chevy Chase Park Activity Building and Colesville Park Activity Building. For more details visit here.

Note: Park Improvements Begin at Woodlawn Park

M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks has begun construction work on the Stone Barn and Carriage House at Woodlawn Park. Construction is expected to last through the spring of 2015.

The grounds around Woodlawn Manor House, gazebo garden, event tent and Underground Railroad Experience Trail will remain open during construction. Visitors are urged to use caution near construction areas. Click here for additional information or call 301-495-2595.

NEW! FY15-20 Capital Improvements Program Approval

Approved FY15-20 Capital Improvements Program (CIP): Highlights, Resolutions, Expenditure Reports and Project Descriptions for all Montgomery County Agencies.


Update: WSSC Sewer Line Repairs at Rock Creek Hiker Biker Trail

Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail-Trail users should expect some impacts throughout parks and on the Rock Creek Hiker Biker Trail, Lakeside Trail, and to trails to the west of Lake Needwood in particular. Work is will continue into 2015. For more information on WSSC Consent Decree projects, please visit the WSSC website and explore their interactive project map or contact Montgomery Parks at Info@MontgomeryParks.org or call 301-495-2595.

Project Overview

Recent project awards include:

  • The Meadowbrook Parking Lot Naturalization Project received the 2014 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA) award for “Planning & Design with Environmental Protection in Mind”. The project removed over a quarter acre of asphalt in the floodplain of Rock Creek and replaced it with a thriving wetland with extensive habitat for native species. The project also captures stormwater runoff from the adjacent parking lot. Click here to view the award submission.
  • The Facility Plan for Woodside Urban Park received an Honor Award in 2014 from the Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects in the Analysis & Planning category. The project renovates an existing urban park and incorporates innovative and sustainable features. Click here to view the award submission.
  • Clare Runkles, Park Development Division Senior Design Technician, won the Tree Hugger Award and the PARC Branch Chairman Award in 2013 for her many years of service to the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association.
  • Stephen Reid, Park Development Division Engineer and Project Manager, received the James B. Coulter Award, named after Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) second Secretary, which acknowledges environmental contributions by a government employee. He was honored for his work on the Maydale Conservation Park Stream Restoration Project in Colesville, and his involvement in the dredging of Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park and restoring streams in Northwest Golf Course in Silver Spring. More information can be found here.
  • The Facility Plan for the Little Bennett Regional Park Day Use Area received the prestigious Traveling Award from the Potomac and Maryland Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Traveling Award is the top honor reserved for a project that uniquely reflects and solves the most current issues in landscape architecture through innovative design excellence. Click here to view the award submission.
  • The Maydale Conservation Park stream restoration project received the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association(MRPA) award for "Planning and design with Envionrmental Protection in Mind" at their April 2012 annual conference. The project features improvements to pedestrian bridges and a fish ladder to protect and restore 1,600 feet of stream. Click here to view the award submission.

Recently completed facility plans:

Recently completed projects: