Accessibility

 

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Montgomery Parks is working to improve the accessibility of park and recreational facilities, programs, and services throughout the county park system.

Program Access

 Park Accessibility

For inquiries regarding inclusion services, programs, and accommodations, please contact the Program Access office:
Phone: 301-495-2581
MD Relay: 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724
Email: ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org

Our goal is to make our park system accessible to people of all abilities. If you have suggestions or comments to help improve access in our parks or if you wish to identify an existing issue or concern please contact the ADA Compliance Project Manager:
Phone: 301-650-2885
Email: ADACompliancePM@montgomeryparks.org

Program Access

What is Program Access?

Program Access, also referred to as “Inclusion”, within the Montgomery County Department of Parks is how individuals with disabilities are welcome to participate in recreational programs and activities of their choice.  Reasonable modifications (also known as accommodations) are provided to enable an individual’s successful participation in a program.  Minimum eligibility requirements (age, level of participation) must be met to participate.

What are the minimum requirements for success?

Minimum requirements apply to all persons with all abilities.  These include:

  • Age and registration requirements: patron must meet the age/registration requirements of the program.
  • Following the rules of conduct (with or without reasonable modifications).
  • Voluntary participation: recreation programs and activities are voluntary in nature. Participation will be encouraged and aided, but not forced.
  • Level of participation:  with or without reasonable modifications, the participant must be engaged in scheduled activities for most of the program time.
  • Consistent form of communication: to indicate basic needs and follow simple directions (verbal or non-verbal).
  • Ability to tolerate and function, with assistance, as a member of a larger social group (12 or more people).

What are some examples of reasonable modifications available to promote successful participation in a program?

  • Ongoing training provided for staff
  • An enhanced staff/participant ratio
  • Sign language interpretation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Adaptive activity equipment and/or supplies
  • Use of companions
  • Large print/Braille
  • Disability and Sensitivity training

What services are not included when providing program access?

Program Access does not include the following:

  • Provision of a separate area or alternate activities for a significant portion (more than 25%) of the scheduled program
  • Exception to minimum compliance with the program’s rules and regulations, with or without modifications, established for the safety of all program participants and staff
  • Hiring, selection, or guaranteed assignment of a specific staff member
  • Individualized therapy within a program
  • Provision and/or purchase of personal custom devices

However, support staff may be provided to enhance the existing recreation program by providing adaptations and/or behavioral interventions.

Is Program Access the right choice/experience for me/my child?

Observe the program first-hand and ask yourself…

  • Have you/your child shown an interest in the program activity or subject matter?
  • Are you (s/he) comfortable and able to function appropriately, with or without assistance, in various inclusive environments, such as malls, restaurants, parks (etc.)?
  • Do your (or your child’s) current activities or goals prepare you for an inclusive recreation experience? 

What is the process?

There is a simple process that must be performed when modifications are needed:

  • Patron browses through and chooses programs and classes offered by Montgomery Parks (M-NCPPC)
  • Patron makes a formal request for an Americans with Disabilities (ADA) modification by contacting the Program Access office via e-mail or phone
  • The Program Access Specialist or Coordinator will follow up on request and contact the patron (usually by phone) to assess his or her needs
  • Once the modification is in place, the Program Access Specialist or Coordinator will notify the appropriate staff/supervisor before the program start date – all information is kept confidential and is on a need-to-know basis
  • Patron is welcomed into the program or class of his or her choice, along with the disability modification provided
  • Program Access Specialist or Coordinator evaluates the disability modifications provided, on-going

Accessibility and Non-Discrimination in M-NCPPC Programs and Services

Notice 15-01 provides patron guidance for requesting modifications and addressing accessibility concerns for programs and services offered within the respective departments.  Components covered are:

  • Notice under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Service Animals for People with Disabilities
  • Electronic Personal Assistive Mobility Devices
  • Accessible Seating under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Grievance Procedure under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Multi-Year Plan to Improve Accessibility

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Overview 

M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has developed a multi-year plan to enhance accessibility at parks and park facilities throughout the County. These efforts coincide with revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations (issued by The U.S. Department of Justice) that went into effect in March 2011. These regulations will impact parks, playgrounds, ball fields, picnic areas and other amenities operated by M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks as well as swimming pools, recreation centers, whirlpools, saunas and exercise rooms operated by the Montgomery County Recreation Department. Montgomery Parks performed an extensive self-evaluation of all parks and park facilities while simultaneously conducting public outreach to solicit input, comments, and suggestions regarding our approach, strategies, and priorities. The results of the analyses and public outreach are included in the Final Transition Plan. The Transition Plan also outlines the schedules and costs of all physical improvements within the park system, a summary of our program access initiatives, and provides information on the progress through 2016, as well as training and communication initiatives. Physical improvements in many parks will be an ongoing program for the foreseeable future as we continue to make our facilities accessible for the public.

Park improvement projects completed prior to 2016 can be found in the Transition Plan. The status of projects initiated since the beginning of 2016 is found in the summary below:

2018 Completed Projects

Project Scheduled Start Date /Completion Date Scheduled Work Status
Ray’s Meadow Spring 2018 Construction of improved ramps and stairs into the park, new accessible parking spaces, trail upgrades, new benches and removal of fencing at the softball field. The park will remain open during construction, but minor interruptions should be anticipated Complete
Longwood Local Park Spring 2018 Spring 2018Provide accessible parking spaces, upgrades to improve access to the courts, play area project deferred to 2020 Project deferred to 2020
South Germantown Recreational Park Summer 2018 Construction and expansion of accessible archery range and renovation of picnic shelters B, C, D and horseshoe pits Deferred to 2019
Cabin John Regional Park Winter 2018/ Summer 2018 Parking and accessibility upgrades at Field 4. Complete
Brookside Gardens
                                Replacement of the railing along deck Construction scheduled for Complete
Wheaton Regional Park Winter 2017/ Winter 2018  Reconstruction of outdoor restrooms in the athletic field area. Construction delayed until Fall 2019
Southeast Olney Local Park Spring 2018/ Summer 2018 New parking, walkways, gazebo, playground Complete
Hunters’ Woods Local Park Spring 2018/ Summer 2018 Parking, walkways, improved shelter access, basketball courts. Park is expected to remain open although shelter area will be closed during construction Complete
Viers Mill Local Park Summer 2018/ Fall 2018 Various walkways, a new patio at activity building, modified parking lot, stormwater management. Park is expected to remain open but temporary interruptions should be expected. The activity building is scheduled for renovation late summer/early fall and will be closed during construction. Deferred to 2019
Glenmont Local Park Fall 2018 The activity building is scheduled for renovations late summer/early fall and will be closed during this time. Complete
Sligo- Dennis Local Park Spring 2018 The activity building is closed during renovations.  New accessible walkway from Sligo Creek Parkway and renovated parking lot. Park remains open during construction Complete
Indian Springs Terrace Local Park Spring 2018/ Summer 2018 Construction of various accessibility improvements throughout the park including new walkways to the soccer field, playground, and basketball courts, parking lot renovations, and the addition of new benches and a picnic area. Invasive vegetation removal will occur in conjunction with the project. The park will remain open although minor interruptions should be expected. Complete
Rosemary Hills Local Park Summer 2018/ Fall 2018 Accessibility study at the park to develop long term solutions and trail/drainage improvements near the playground at Lanier Drive.Project in Design Phase Deferred to 2019
Seneca Landing Special Park Spring 2018 Possible multi-phase project to upgrade the existing boat ramp area and also provide a new accessible floating boat dock for canoeists/kayakers Deferred to 2020
Rickman Horse Farm  Spring 2018/ Summer 2018 Various improvements at the park including accessibility and paving upgrades. The park will remain open but service interruptions should be expected at various times Complete
Capital View-Homewood Local Park Summer 2018/ Fall 2018  Various accessibility upgrades including the parking lot, access to the activity building and softball fields Deferred to 2019

Johnson’s Local Park

 

 

 

Misc. Improvements at shelter and basketball court. Park should remain open although temporary closures can be expected

 

Deferred until 2020

 

2019 Current Projects

Project Scheduled  Start Date/ Completion Date Scheduled Work  Status
Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park Fall 2019 Access to the playground and the parking lot Under construction
Longwood Local Park Provide accessible parking spaces, upgrades to improve access to the courts, play area Project deferred to 2021
South Germantown Recreational Park Construction and expansion of accessible archery range and renovation of picnic shelters B, C, D and horseshoe pits Complete
Georgian Forest Local Park Fall 2019 Improve access to playground and ballfield Under construction
Wheaton Regional Park Winter 2019/Summer 2019 Upgrades to athletic field #1 Complete
Ridge Road Recreational Construction of accessibility improvements for the inline hockey rink as well as restroom upgrades. Completed
Cheltenham Urban Park Fall 2019/Winter 2019 Minor accessibility upgrades, new furniture Construction  expected to start Fall 2019/ Spring 2020
Chase Urban Park Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Remove/replace old equipment (except play area) new surfacing Construction  expected to start Fall 2019/ Spring 2020
Veirs Mill Local Park Spring 2019/ Fall 2019 Various walkways, a new patio and interior modifications in activity building, modified parking lot, stormwater management. Complete
Glenmont Local Park Minor entrance improvements will be completed at the same time the parking lot is repaved by Mo.Co. Public Schools. Complete
Sligo- Dennis Local Park Exterior improvements will be coordinated with a playground renovation project. Deferred until 2021
Rock Creek Regional Park Spring 2019/ Fall 2019 Archery Range improvements. Parking lot improvements deferred to Spring 2020 Complete
Rosemary Hills Local Park Summer 2019/Spring 2020 Trail improvements near Lanier Drive playground Construction to start Fall 2019
Seneca Landing Special Park Summer 2019/ Fall 2020 Multi-phase project to provide a new accessible floating boat dock for canoeists/kayakers; 2nd phase is to upgrade the existing boat ramp area for motorized boats. Phase 1 In Design; Phase 2 Winter 2020 Construction
Waring Station Local Park Summer 2019/Winter 2019 The playground renovation project includes parking upgrades and access to the basketball court and field. Complete
Capital View-Homewood Local Park Spring 2019/ Winter 2019 Various accessibility upgrades including the parking lot, access to the activity building and softball fields Under construction through Fall 2019
Johnson Local Park  Misc. Improvements at shelter and basketball court. Park should remain open although temporary closures can be expected Construction delayed until 2021
Brookside Nature Center-  Annex Addition of new shelter , parking, and sidewalks Complete
Druid Neighborhood Park Newly constructed walkway, ramp and picnic table Complete
South Germantown Recreational Parks ADA Access to Fields 18-22, including parking and walkway Complete
Potomac Community Neighborhood Park ADA Sidewalk extension from Falls Road bus stop into park Complete
Falls Road Local Park Addition of accessible exercise stations Complete
Olney Manor Recreation Park Addition of push button controls for miscellaneous tennis courts Complete
Good Hope Local Park addition of push button controls and lighting for courts Complete
Fleming Local Park addition of walkway lighting and push-button controls for courts Complete
Ridge Road Recreational Park addition of accessible parking spaces and walkways in Parking Lot 1, new walkway and bleachers for soccer field Complete

2020 Upcoming Projects

Project Scheduled Start Date/ Completion Date Scheduled Work Status
Rock Creek Regional Park Fall 2018/ Spring 2020 Accessibility upgrades to the parking lot to improve access to archery range. Construction delayed
Black Hill Regional Park Spring 2019/ Fall 2019 Accessibility upgrades to Shelter A including new parking and grills. Complete
Black Hill Regional Park Summer 2019/Spring 2020 Expanded Shelter C plus upgraded parking. Work may be performed in multiple phases In Design
Tilden Woods Local Park Spring 2019/Spring 2020 Various accessibility renovations to parking, court and playground access, new additional benches and tables. Construction Fall 2019/ Spring 2020
Fleming Local Park Spring 2019/Spring 2020 Upgrades to parking, access to playground, shelter, softball field, tennis courts In design.

Construction expected Spring 2020

   

Centerway Local Park

Summer 2019/Spring 2021
two phase project. First phase is accessibility upgrades at the baseball field. 2nd phase is a renovation of the playground, shelter, and parking lot
Deferred to 2021

Sundown Local Park

Spring 2019/Summer 2021
Playground renovation project as well as accessibility upgrades for shelters, softball field, gazebo, and parking In Design.  Construction to start Fall 2020

General Getty Urban Park

Summer 2019/summer 2020        Miscellaneous upgrades throughout the park including patio enhancements, walkways, picnic table, tennis court access, etc.
Design complete. Construction to start Fall 2020

Calverton Galway Local Park

Summer 2019/Fall 2021
                Renovations throughout the park including shelters, baseball field, trails
Project scoping underway

Nolte Local Park

Spring 2020/Fall 2021 Various renovations including access to the basketball courts, fields and playground Project scoping underway

South Germantown Regional Park

Winter 2020
Upgrades at restroom buildings serving the adventure playground, Miracle Field, and picnic shelter area
Project scoping underway

South Germantown Regional Park

Fall 2019/Fall 2020
Various upgrades at Fields E,F, tennis courts and basketball courts and to playground Construction  expected to start Fall 2019/ Spring 2020

Cabin John Regional Park

Fall 2019/Summer 2021
Reconstruction and renovation of the amphitheater, family picnic area. Project will be phased over several years
Project Delayed

Wheaton Regional Park

Fall 2020/Spring 2021
Upgrades in the athletic area to Field 2 and 3
Project scoping underway

Wheaton Regional Park

Spring 2020 
Shorefield area new Fitness Station, with the improvements to ADA parking spaces and accessible route
Construction  expected to start Spring 2020

Cabin John Regional Park

Winter 2019/Spring 2021
Upgrades to/adjoining Povich Field
Project scoping underway

Mill Creek Towne Local Park

Spring/Summer 2020
Minor accessibility and parking lot upgrades
Design complete

Merrimac Neighborhood Park

Spring/summer 2020
Addition of accessible picnic table and grills Design complete

Layhill Local Park

Fall 2020/Summer 2021
Accessibility upgrades to the soccer and softball fields, shelter and playground.    Project scoping underway

Olney Mill Neighborhood Park

Fall 2019/Spring 2020
Expanded parking, accessible walkway to tennis/pickleball courts, drainage improvements Design complete

Northwest Branch Recreational Park

Fall 2019/Summer 2020 Minor accessibility retrofits for parking, soccer field, and baseball field
Design Complete. Construction  expected to start Spring 2020
Saddlebrook Local Park                 
Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Upgrades accessibility to basketball courts, soccer field, and playground    
Project scoping underway
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Last Updated: November 19, 2019