2017 Park, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan Update

Help us predict tomorrow’s parks today

Tell us what’s #trendinginparks! We need your help with the 2017 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan Update to predict future needs and determine how to put the right parks in the right places and steward our natural and cultural resources.

Project Update:

Two public meetings were held on March 22 and 29 as public input gathering continues.

What’s Next?

The next steps will be the presentation of the Working Draft Plan to the Planning Board on April 27 followed by a Public Hearing on May 25. Please see the project calendar at the bottom of this page for meeting details.




Montgomery County Parks, in coordination with the Montgomery County Department of Recreation is in the process of preparing the 2017 PROS Plan. The PROS Plan will substitute for the state-mandated Land, Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plan (LPPRP) which is required every five to six years to maintain Program Open Space grant Funding eligibility.  This plan must be completed in conformance with Maryland State Guidelines. The PROS Plan was last updated in July, 2012. The schedule mandated by the State requires final plan to be completed by July 1, 2017.

Parks and open spaces are essential to the high quality of life for Montgomery County residents. In the future, one of the greatest challenges will be to balance recreation facilities needed for the active lifestyles of a growing population with the stewardship of our park system’s sensitive environmental and cultural resources. The 2017 PROS Plan will be a guide to meeting this challenge.


The purpose of the PROS Plan is developing strategies to deliver the “right parks in the right places.” In an era of increasing competition for limited land and resources for a growing population, the PROS Plan provides priorities for park acquisition, renovation, development and preservation. The plan will include a policy framework, identify future facility needs, and resource conservation priorities. Plan chapters will include information on Policy Framework, Urban Parks, Recreation and Park Needs, Natural Resources Stewardship, Cultural Resource Stewardship and Agricultural Land Preservation.

The 2017 PROS Plan Update will prioritize urban parks funding and service delivery, while strategically planning trails and athletic fields to best meet future needs. It will include methods to achieve social equity, health, and conservation, the three Pillars of the National Parks and Recreation Association.

The 2017 PROS Plan Update supports the park and recreation goals and objectives contained in the County’s 1993 General Plan Refinement – Goals and Objectives.. The new Plan will also build upon and expand the work of the current 2012 PROS Plan (.pdf, 4MB). That plan introduced a new methodology and typology for urban park planning, service delivery strategies for 27 facility types, funding priorities for historic resources, and resource- based recreation.
When completed, the 2017 PROS Plan Update will provide guidance for:

  • park and recreation recommendations in area and park master plans
  • priorities for park acquisition, renovation and development
  • recreation facility needs in the County up to the Year 2030
  • urban parks acquisition and development
  • natural resource stewardship
  • priorities for stewardship of important historic resources in the County
  • local agricultural land preservation programs

How is the 2017 PROS Plan Update different from the Vision 2030 Strategic Plan?

In 2010, the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks, Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Department of Recreation completed the Vision 2030 Strategic Plan for Parks and Recreation in Montgomery County, MD, which will significantly enhance the 2017 PROS Plan update by its many recommendations and products.

The Vision 2030 Strategic Plan is much broader in scope, focusing on priorities rather than on specific needs for land acquisition and facilities. It addresses all aspects of operating the parks and recreation systems, such as programming, facility renovation and construction, maintenance, operations, policing, management and marketing. The Vision 2030 Strategic Plan also helps us understand where generally underserved areas are in the County. Together, these two documents will enable us to set clear priorities for acquisition, renovation, and development of our Park System, as well as guide our recommendations in area master plans and park master plans and the Capital Improvements Program (CIP).

The PROS Plan summarizes guiding policies. It also includes a park inventory and estimates needs for neighborhood, community and countywide facilities, natural, historic/cultural and agricultural preservation and establishes implementation priorities.

The Plan Process

A majority of the input for the 2017 PROS Plan will be based on a statistically valid survey, public meetings, an online survey, and meetings with advisory boards and focus groups. The timeline for this plan is shown in the calendar below.

Public Input

Ideas and comments from the public are welcome throughout the planning process with a number of opportunities for early input. Make sure to check out the topic at our OPEN TOWN HALL discussion and survey link.

Tell us what you think

Please don’t hesitate to submit an online comment or contact the project manager directly with your ideas and feedback as the Plan progresses.

Staff will rely on this web page to keep citizens updated throughout the planning process. Interested citizens and civic groups are encouraged to attend Public Meetings and contact the project manager to join our e-mail list.

Public outreach for this project will include this project web page, public meetings, press releases and email campaigns to Homeowner and Civic Associations. We will also use our online comment toolE-newsletter, social media channels using the hashtags: #MoCo2017PROS and #FutureParks, on Facebook and Twitter, and the Parks Department Media Center.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

The Plan schedule and presentation materials are listed on the calendar below. You may also want to review all outreach from the Vision 2030 Strategic Plan including, surveys, public meeting notes, and focus group notes.


Jan. – Feb.

Focus Group Meetings: staff have been meeting with various citizen groups to gather input for the 2017 PROS Plan.


 March 22  Upcounty Public Meeting on 2017 PROS Plan 7-9 pm

Public Meeting Presentation (3MB, PDF)

Upcounty Service Center, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown, MD
March 29


Downcounty Public Meeting on 2017 PROS Plan 7-9 pm M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
April 27 Planning Board Presentation
Discussion and approval of 2017 PROS Plan Working Draft
 Montgomery Regional Office Building Auditorium,
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
May 25 Public Hearing: PROS Plan 2017 M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD – Please check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.
To sign up to testify and to check time of item call 301-495-4600.
Email written testimony to mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org or mail to: Planning Board Chairman, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
SPRING Planning Board Work sessions M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD – Please check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.
June Request Planning Board Approval of Plan M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD – Please check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.
June Development of final plan, Executive Summary and materials requested by the State
FALL Presentation to the Montgomery County Council PHED Committee


We will post links to press releases, print articles, videos in our newsroom.

Contact Us

  • Attend the Public Meetings – check the calendar above
  • Sign up for InfoShare, our e-newsletter
  • Contact the project manager directly

Project Coordinator:

Brooke Farquhar, Project Coordinator


Last Updated: March 31, 2017