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Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Funding Update

Montgomery Parks FY2020 budget was recently approved by the Montgomery County Council. Thanks to support from parks advocates, the council has restored nearly $2 million in Parks funding. With this restored funding, Montgomery Parks is able to hire six new staff positions for crucial programs and initiatives and provide funding for the athletic fields program.

The restored funding will also be used to operate new parks and buildings including:

  • the Wheaton Revitalization Project building which will consolidate office space for seven government agencies;
  • new capital improvement projects such as the Josiah Henson Museum and the local park collocated with the Wheaton Library-Recreation Center complex.

The restored funding also supports program enhancements, including:

  • continuing improvements to athletic fields and operations to sustain safe, playable fields;
  • addressing the backlog of needed improvements for plumbing, electrical and other essential systems in aging facilities; and
  • supporting data-driven solutions that help streamline park maintenance operations to improve level of service for park patrons.

A chart detailing Parks’ restored funding priorities is available online.

Thanks to the support of park advocates and patrons Montgomery Parks is able to continue providing a beautiful, healthy, safe park system that is enjoyed by so many people every day.

Each year, Montgomery Parks needs additional resources to operate. If we do not receive additional resources each year to care for our growing parks system, programs suffer, facilities deteriorate, and we lose the capacity to provide activities and resources for community residents.

A successful budget outcome is never guaranteed. We rely on a committed contingent of park enthusiasts to successfully advocate on our behalf. We are always looking for new voices to advocate on behalf of parks. We want the Montgomery County Council to hear from park advocates and advocacy groups on an ongoing basis in support of the parks budget.

To become a Montgomery Parks advocate, please register with the Montgomery Parks Foundation.

Thank you for the continued support!

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Last Updated: May 22, 2019