Park Construction Permit Procedure

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 make the process easier for the applicant and the Park’s Department, we have created an online submittal version.  Click following link: Park Construction Permit Procedure document to review procedure.

ADA Improvements

Montgomery Parks is making improvements to our facilities to enhance circulation to and through the park system. All upgrades will conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended and the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.  For further information.

Update: Long Branch-Wayne Local Park Renovation Project

Parks staff presented the Long Branch-Wayne Recommended Concept Plan to the Planning Board, Thursday, July 20, 2017 during the morning session.  Parks staff held several community meetings to discuss the renovations.  Residents were encouraged to provide feedback on the park amenities and usage.  The Recommended Concept Plan will include a new playground, better use of open space, improve parking and access to the park.  Visit the Long Branch-Wayne Local Park Project Page to review project and timeline.

Update: Dewey Local Park Recommended Concept Plan

Park Planning staff presented the Recommended Concept Plan for Dewey Local Park to the Planning Board on Thursday, July 20, 2017.  Click here to review the project and timeline.

WSSC Sewer Line Repairs throughout Parks

Trail users should expect some impacts throughout parks as WSSC work will continue through 2017. Current work areas include Parklawn  Local Park, Rock Creek Stream Valley Park, Aspen Hill Local Park, Northwest Branch Trail, and Cabin John Stream Valley Trail Area

For more information on WSSC Consent Decree projects, please visit the WSSC website and explore their interactive project map or contact Montgomery Parks.

Upper Paint Branch Limited Area Trail Plan

Montgomery Parks is starting a new Natural Surface Trail Plan in the Upper Paint Branch area.  Staff is working on a proposed preliminary natural surface trail plan that strikes the best balance between public access and resource stewardship the the Upper Paint Branch Watershed.  Learn More.

Update: Energized Public Spaces

An innovative and creative countywide park plan for stronger, healthier and happier communities, The Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan (EPS FMP)  will allow park planners to quickly adapt to changing park needs in some areas of the county for Parks in Mixed Use and Higher Density Residential Areas. The public is invited to review and comment on the 2017 Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan Public Hearing Draft (PDF, 4MB).  The public record for this project will remain open until 5pm on August 3, 2017.  Learn more.

Project Overview

Recent project awards include:

  • The renovation of Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park achieved three-star certification in 2015 as a pilot project for the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), a national rating system and guidelines for sustainable landscapes, with or without buildings. The project is one of 46 in the nation to achieve certification and one of only ten projects to achieve a three-star rating or higher.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Maydale Conservation Park stream restoration project received the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association(MRPA) award for “Planning and design with Environmental 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.
Last Updated: August 9, 2017