Montgomery Parks Official Parks Department for Montgomery County, MD Wed, 18 Nov 2020 21:01:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 /uploads/2016/07/cropped-favicon-150x150.png Montgomery Parks 32 32 Montgomery Parks Announces Operating Hours for the Thanksgiving Holiday /montgomery-parks-announces-operating-hours-for-the-thanksgiving-holiday/ /montgomery-parks-announces-operating-hours-for-the-thanksgiving-holiday/#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2020 19:24:59 +0000 /?p=66509 Learn what's open and what's closed during the holiday week

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WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces programming and operating hours for the Thanksgiving holiday.   

What’s open on Thursday, November 26, 2020 

What’s closed on Thursday, November 26, 2020 

  • Montgomery Parks’ Headquarters, Customer Service, and Permit Offices (also closed Friday, November 27, 2020) 
  • Brookside Gardens’ Visitor Center  
  • South Germantown Driving Range 
  • Cabin John Ice Rink 
  • Wheaton Ice Arena  
  • Pauline Bentz Addie Tennis Center 
  • Wheaton Indoor Tennis 
  • Wheaton Sports Pavilion 
  • Indoor Nature Facilities (Black Hill Visitor Center, Brookside Nature Center, Locust Grove Nature Center, Maydale Nature Classroom, Meadowside Nature Center (Closed until Spring 2021)

Use of Montgomery Parks’ facilities must be in accordance with Montgomery County’s Executive Order 122-20, COVID-19 Local Order – Phase 2.   Gatherings are limited to 25 people.  Visitors must stay six feet apart and wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible.  Park visitors are encouraged to bring their own wipes and hand sanitizer and clean their hands before and after use of shared surfaces such as benches and playground equipment.  Visit MontgomeryParks.org for complete operating hours for all facilities. 

About Montgomery Parks    
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Accessibility   
Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information. 

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Montgomery Parks to Extend Open Parkways Program for the Thanksgiving Holiday /montgomery-parks-to-extend-open-parkways-program-for-the-thanksgiving-holiday/ /montgomery-parks-to-extend-open-parkways-program-for-the-thanksgiving-holiday/#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2020 14:27:59 +0000 /?p=66575 Montgomery Parks will extend the open parkways through the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Adjustments to hours and operations will be implemented for the winter months.

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is extending its Open Parkways initiative for the Thanksgiving holiday to allow pedestrians and bicyclists to use parkways starting on Wednesday, November 25 at 12 p.m. through Sunday, November 29 at 4 p.m. for recreation and exercise.  The parkways have been typically open for pedestrians and bicyclists (closed to motor vehicles) on weekends beginning Friday morning through Sunday evening.

The Open Parkways initiative began in April 2020 to expand safe access to park facilities for recreation and exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Thanksgiving weekend, the program includes more than six miles of Sligo Creek Parkway, Beach Drive, and Little Falls Parkway:

  • Sligo Creek Parkway:
    • Old Carroll Avenue to Piney Branch Road (1.1 miles)
    • Forest Glen Road to University Boulevard West (1.5 miles)
  • Beach Drive from Connecticut Avenue to Knowles Avenue (2.7 miles)
  • Little Falls Parkway from Massachusetts Ave. to Arlington Rd. (1.3 miles)

Montgomery Parks will be making adjustments to the Open Parkways program for the winter months beginning on December 4, 2020:

  • Little Falls Parkway will be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists for the winter months (and reopened to vehicles);
    • Beach Drive and Sligo Creek Parkways will remain open to pedestrians for walking and biking Friday through Sunday but end two hours earlier, at 4 p.m. on Sundays.

People using the parkways should follow COVID-19 safety guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as those established by Maryland and Montgomery County.

For the most up to date information please visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/COVID-19

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org.

Accessibility
Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information.

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Montgomery Parks and Casey Trees Host Virtual Urban Tree Summit, December 2, 2020 /montgomery-parks-and-casey-trees-host-virtual-urban-tree-summit-december-2-2020/ /montgomery-parks-and-casey-trees-host-virtual-urban-tree-summit-december-2-2020/#respond Tue, 10 Nov 2020 15:02:55 +0000 /?p=66313 Virtual summit will focus on the health and welfare of trees in our increasingly developed landscapes.

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WHEATON, MDMontgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is hosting the 9th Annual Urban Tree Summit online on December 2, 2020 from 8:45 – 3:15 p.m.  The summit brings together experts in the field of arboriculture to share insights and research on recent and innovative trends in urban and suburban landscaping.

Registration for the event is $25 and includes access to all presentations.  Continuing education credits are available.

WHAT:          9th Annual Urban Tree Summit

WHO:             Hosted by Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and Casey Trees, Washington, DC

WHEN:          December 2nd from 8:45am to 3:15pm

WHERE:       Sessions will be held online. Click here for more information and to register.

Presentations will focus on the health and welfare of our trees in our increasingly developed landscapes. This year’s presenters include, Nina Bassuk, Professor, Cornell University; Greg Dahle, Professor, West Virginia University; Guy Meilleur, Principal Arborist, Historic Tree Care; John Ball, Professor, South Dakota State University; and Earl Eutsler, Associate Director of Urban Forestry, DC Department of Transportation. 

As a leader in urban arboriculture and landscaping, Montgomery Parks continues to provide opportunities for arborists, landscape, environmental and green industry professionals, engineers, designers and interested citizens, to learn new techniques and concepts on what can be done to ensure the survival of trees in our built environment.

For more information and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/montgomery-parks-and-casey-trees-tickets-121720670803?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC is nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

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Montgomery Parks Announces Operating Hours for Veterans Day /montgomery-parks-announces-operating-hours-for-veterans-day/ /montgomery-parks-announces-operating-hours-for-veterans-day/#respond Tue, 03 Nov 2020 14:11:21 +0000 /?p=66186 Montgomery Parks Headquarters, Permits Office and Customer Service Office are closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

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WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces operating hours for Veterans Day weekend.  Montgomery Parks Headquarters, Permits Office and Customer Service Office are closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

Facilities that are open to the public include:

  • Brookside Gardens (Gardens open sunrise-sunset, Visitor Center open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
  • Little Bennett Campgrounds
  • South Germantown Driving Range
  • Cabin John Ice Rink and Wheaton Ice Arena (open for individual athletic training only)
  • Wheaton Indoor Tennis, outdoor tennis and pickleball courts
  • 250 miles of natural surface and hard surface trails
  • Dog Parks
  • Skate Parks
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic Shelters (may require permit)

Visit MontgomeryParks.org for complete operating hours for all facilities.

About Montgomery Parks   
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org  

Accessibility  
Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information.

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Explore From Home Activities /explore-from-home-activities/ /explore-from-home-activities/#respond Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:52:00 +0000 /?p=58311 Are you looking for educational activities for your kids to do while they are home? Our naturalists and facility staff have come up with fun, educational activities and we have compiled a list of them here.

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Are you looking for educational activities to do with your family from home? Our naturalists and facility staff have come up with fun, educational activities and we have compiled a list of them below.

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Looking for more activities?

For more activities, visit our Nature Center and Facilities Facebook pages listed here:

Agricultural Farm History Park Black Hill Nature Programs Brookside Gardens Brookside Nature Center Cabin John Ice Rink
Locust Grove Nature Center Meadowside Nature Center Needwood Mansion Wheaton Ice Arena Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

Animals

Eagle Eye Vision

Join our naturalist to learn about eagle eye vision. Can you see like an eagle?

Five-Lined Skink

The Meadowside Nature Center staff had a surprise visitor in the halls. The colors of this five-lined skink will fade with age, but look at how beautiful this juvenile is!

Box Turtle Vibrations

The box turtles at Meadowside Nature Center usually spend their day interpreting vibrations caused by visitors to the Curiosity Corner, but it has been a little quiet around there lately!

How do box turtles hear? Box turtles do not have external ears. Instead, they have skin on the sides of their head that forms a tympanic membrane and protects their inner ears. The hearing range of a box turtle is more limited than humans, picking up low vibrations.

Visit the Meadowside Nature Center Facebook page for pictures of Tulip the box turtle experiencing sound vibrations during her music in the tub enrichment.

American Carrion BeetleInsect, Leaf, Invertebrate, Leaf beetle, Plant

Summertime is beetle time! The beetle is one of the most diverse groups of insects in the world. Beetles are fascinating creatures! These six-legged bugs provide pollinator services to magnolias and pawpaws as well as decomposer services – just roll over a crumbling log the next time you are hiking in Wheaton Regional Park, and you may find a beetle at some stage of its life cycle!

This adult American carrion beetle and its larvae serve the ecosystem by feasting on animal carcasses. Beautiful beetles, important jobs!

For more Animals activities, visit our Online Animals & Nature page.

Arts and Crafts

Make Your Own Butterfly

Make your own Butterfly! September is the peak of butterfly season. All around you we see so many types of butterflies in all colors of the rainbow. Be inspired by these winged insects and create your very own butterfly!

Painting Ice

Did you know that ice rinks are painted? In fact, in order to repaint an ice rink, you have to melt the ice to do it!

Why not paint some ice of your own at home? With a baking tray, some watercolors and a towel (to soak up any mess), you can create a wonderful masterpiece! Check out the naturesource.com website for step-by-step instructions.

Ice Castle Excavation

Looking for a fun, easy, at-home activity to keep your children occupied and learning? How about an ice excavation? This is a neat, easy-to-do activity that only requires a sand castle bucket, some toys (that can get wet), and water! Check out these step-by-step instructions.

Rainbow Melting Ice Experiment

What combines ice, fun, coloring and learning? Typically our summer camps do just that, but, with no camps this year, we hope that you have fun doing this rainbow melting ice experiment from the Powerful Mothering website to bring the ice, fun, coloring, and learning to your home!

DIY Nature – Botanical Art

Text, BotanyBotanical art is the depiction of plant life through art. While oftentimes beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, it depicts accurate information and scientific details about the plant.

This form of art is important to sharing and understanding information about the natural world and the role plants play in it. And now you can take part in the fun as well! Visit the Black Hill Nature Programs Facebook page for step-by-step instructions to create your own.

For more Arts & Crafts activities, visit our Online Arts & Crafts page.

Health and Exercise

Dynamic Warmup

How do you stretch? Static warmups used to be taught to athletes of all sports, but scientific data now show that dynamic warmups better prepare you physically and mentally for exercise. Watch this video from former National Hockey League player Gary Roberts on how to have an effective dynamic workout at home.

Olympic Day Workout

We celebrated Olympic Day on June 23! Get into the spirit, be good to your body and move along with the athletes in this 30-minute video from the largest ever 24-hour digital-first Olympic workout.

Importance of Sleep

Would you call yourself a “Sleep Champion?” Whether you are still constantly training or dialing down your activity levels these days, sleep is crucial in restoring your physical condition and optimizing mental health. During your time off the ice, get lots of sleep, but first watch this Team USA video on the importance of sleep.

Physical Literacy and Athletic Excellence

Now is the time to grow your physical literacy and to help your friends and family do the same. There is no time like the present to focus on your ability, competence and desire to be active for life. Learn more about physical literacy and athletic excellence with these resources from USA Hockey – American Developmental Model.

For more Health & Exercise activities, visit our Online Health & Exercise page.

History

Ceramic Butter Dish Insert

This ceramic butter dish insert (pictured to the right) was recovered during excavations at Needwood Mansion. Prior to refrigeration, butter was served in round dishes that helped hold the shape of the butter at room temperature. Dishes generally contained a metal or ceramic drainer insert that suspended the butter over a lower chamber collecting ice drippings from above. An 1885 patent for an improvement to the butter dish shows the placement of the drainer below a metal disk (US Patent US330193A).
For more information on butter dishes, view this National Museum of American History webpage.

Copper Alloy Straight Pins

Text, FontThese copper alloy straight pins (pictured to the left) were recovered from the kitchen trash midden at the Josiah Henson Museum and Park. Pins like these could have been used to make or repair clothing, hold garments, or affix a hat to the head.

For more information on straight pins, visit this Mount Vernon collections page.

Preparing for Winter

Property, Home, House, Building, RoofThe Palmers of Woodlawn Manor, like many early eighteenth century farmers, would be making final preparations in October in order to survive the winter. They would salt or smoke meat and prepare grains, dry fruit and pickle vegetables. The Smokehouse and combination Icehouse at Woodlawn was essential for this task.

To learn more about how the Palmers prepared for the winter season, visit the Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park Facebook page.

Dairy Farm at Sunnyside

Property, House, Farm, Land lot

Photo Credit: Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties, Inventory Number M: 22-35

In 1925, brothers Edward Palmer Beall and Frank Beall established a dairy farm at Sunnyside. Dairying continued on the property through the mid-twentieth century. This 1947 photograph (pictured to the right) shows Needwood Mansion prior to major renovations undertaken by the Stickle and Eckles families.

In 1948, Wilmer Franklin Stickle and Ruth Breuninger Stickle replaced the block dairy barn roof and interior. Four years later, the property was sold to Charles Eckles, who constructed the brick west wing and modernized the dairy.
Eckles installed machinery to milk the cows, automatize feed, and transfer the products through pipelines to tank trunks. By the 1950’s, the dairy housed 120 cows.

For more History activities, visit our Online History & Archaeology page.

Nature

Plant of the Week

Salvia (Sage)

Flower, Flowering plant, Plant, WildflowerSalvia is the largest genus of plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. There are over 900 species of shrubs, biennials, perennials and annuals with distribution ranging from Central and South America (600 species), Central Asia and Mediterranean (250 species) and Eastern Asia (90 species).
The most well-known salvia is Salvia officinalis, which is the popular sage used in cooking. Salvias are also known for their medicinal properties used as a diuretic and to treat headaches, diarrhea, rheumatism, and anemia.
Come check out Brookside Gardens’ salvia “library” located next to the Fragrance Garden, where we grow over a dozen different types.
Fall blooming asters
Butterfly, Cynthia (subgenus), Monarch butterfly, Insect, Brush-footed butterfly, American painted lady, Moths and butterflies, Flower, Vanessa cardui, InvertebrateThere are many different types of fall blooming asters with the majority known for being easy-to-grow perennial plants. Asters provide a bright pop of autumn color and last until a hard frost sets in. Fall asters provide a much-needed source of pollen and nectar for bees, wasps and butterflies including migrating monarch butterflies.
While most asters prefer full sun, the White wood aster does well in shady wooded areas. New England asters offer the gardener a great option of colors ranging from purple through pink and white. Tartarus asters are native to China and its roots have been used by herbalists for hundreds of years. It is one of the 50 fundamental herbs of Traditional Chinese medicine and modern scientists studying the Tartarus aster have found it has anti-neuroinflammatory effects.
Whichever aster you choose, it will be sure to brighten up your fall garden.

Meadow Maze

Happy Fall! Our wonderful maintenance crew cut a maze through the meadow for you to enjoy. Join Visitor Center Attendant and Naturalist Katy on a virtual walk though the maze.

Perennial Garden

Join Brookside Gardens’ horticulturalist Kelley Heim as she discusses how the design concepts of layering and seasonality shaped the beauty of the Perennial Garden.

For more Nature activities, visit our Online Animals & Nature page.

Other Activities

Old Fashioned Fun Games

Games have been a favorite family pastime for centuries. Ring toss, or quoits, as it was called in the eighteenth century, originated in Greece at the Olympic Games. Pick up sticks, originally called jack straws, was first played by Native Americans using straws of wheat or branches. Archeologists think that ancient Egyptians invented bowling by using large rocks, then settlers brought the game to America in 1670.

Click on this link to PBS Kids for instructions on how to make bowling pins out of water bottles.

Figure Skating Bingo

BINGO! Play a round of figure skating bingo with our unique bingo card. Mark off each one that you have experienced or that directly applies to you in your figure skating career and post your completed bingo card in the comments on the Wheaton Ice Arena Facebook page!

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Hockey Trivia

Visit the Cabin John Ice Rink Facebook page and test your hockey knowledge with this hockey trivia activity.

19th Century Fun – Marbles

Many of us have seen a marble, the spherical toy often made of glass. But, how many of us know how to play a game of marbles?

Marbles, both the toy and the game, was very popular with children during the nineteenth century. It so popular that the term “Lose your marbles” was used to express the feeling of being upset or frustrated. Playing marbles is a great way to spend time indoors with the family.

The children in the photo are enjoying a game of marbles, which is not recommended for children three years and younger, due to potential choking hazard.

Check out this video on how to play your own game of marbles at home.

19th Century Fun – Cup and Ball Activity
What toys did children in the nineteenth century play with for fun? One toy was the cup and ball, which is a lot harder to master than it may seem. Check out this PBS Kids video that will show you how to make your own cup and ball toy.

For more unique activities, visit our Online Unique Activities page.

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Montgomery Parks Hosts Free Haunted Hustle Fun Run/Walk on Halloween /montgomery-parks-hosts-free-haunted-hustle-fun-run-walk-on-halloween/ /montgomery-parks-hosts-free-haunted-hustle-fun-run-walk-on-halloween/#respond Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:25:53 +0000 /?p=65513 Join Montgomery Parks for a free, fun run/walk on Halloween.

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Family-friendly race takes place at Black Hill Regional Park in Boyds on October 31.

SILVER SPRING, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, invites residents to celebrate Halloween with a free, safe Haunted Hustle Fun Run/Walk.

The event takes place at Black Hill Regional Park and will feature staggered start times in 20-minute increments of 40 participants each to ensure proper physical distancing. Participants must wear face coverings for the entirety of the race. The 2.7-mile course starts at the parking lot by the Black Hill boat house and is a mixture of paved and natural surface trails. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes and can expect to spot spooky decorations along the trail.

“We all need to find new ways to celebrate Halloween this year,” said Kirsten Hein, Parks Activation Manager for Montgomery Parks. “We hope to see lots of people in costume at Black Hill Regional Park to participate in the Haunted Hustle. It’s a great way to get outside, enjoy the holiday, and show off your costume!”

The event is free, but participants must pre-register and select a specific timeslot between 8:00 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. Due to COVID guidelines, no drop-ins will be allowed. The event is rain or shine.

About Montgomery Parks   
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org  

Accessibility  
Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information.  

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Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Parks’ Road Closures /frequently-asked-questions-about-covid-19-parks-road-closures/ /frequently-asked-questions-about-covid-19-parks-road-closures/#respond Sun, 18 Oct 2020 18:13:56 +0000 /?p=59157 Portions of Sligo Creek Parkway, Little Falls Parkway and Beach Drive will be open for people to walk, jog and bike on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

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For Thanksgiving Holiday Road Closures please visit our Press Release outlining the closures from Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29.

Originally Published – April 20, 2020
Updated – October 19, 2020

Montgomery Parks has expanded our open streets initiative to allow pedestrians and bicyclists to use parkways on weekends. The expansion of the program includes portions of Little Falls Parkway in Bethesda and portions of Beach Drive in Kensington (April 13 Press Release). This provides additional space to walk, jog, and bike from the previously announced Sligo Creek Parkway initiatives (April 8 Press Release | March 28 Press Release).

Sections of Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive are closed to vehicles and open to pedestrians, bicyclists, and other park users beginning Friday mornings at 9 a.m. through Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. Little Falls Parkway closed to vehicles and open to pedestrians, bicyclists, and other park users beginning Saturday mornings at 7 a.m. through Sunday evenings at 6 p.m (August 26th Press Release).

Sligo Creek Parkway Beach Drive Little Falls Parkway
  • University Boulevard to Dennis Avenue
  • Dennis Avenue to Forest Glen Road
  • Piney Branch Road to Maple Avenue
  • Maple Avenue to Old Carroll Road

Sections of Sligo Creek Parkway will remain open to vehicles where the parkway intersects with Dennis and Maple Avenues.

  • Knowles Avenue to Cedar Lane
  • Cedar Lane to Connecticut Avenue
  • Massachusetts Avenue to River Road
  • River Road to Arlington Road

Here are some answers to the frequently asked questions about the road closures:

What times will the roadways be closed? 
Friday mornings at 9 a.m. through Sunday evenings at 6 p.m., portions of Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive are closed to vehicles and open for pedestrians and cyclists.

A portion of Little Falls Parkway is closed to vehicles and open for pedestrians and cyclists beginning Saturday mornings at 7 a.m. through Sunday evenings at 6 p.m.

Why are you closing portions of these roadways? 
To expand safe access to park facilities for exercise during the COVID-19 crisis and to provide additional space for easier social distancing.

How is this different from before? 
Portions of Sligo Creek Parkway are always closed on Sundays from sunrise until sunset to allow for non-motorized vehicle and pedestrian use of the parkway. This change extends the vehicular closure time to Fridays and Saturdays also, and includes additional sections of Sligo Creek Parkway. The closures on Little Falls Parkway and Beach Drive are brand new during COVID-19.

How long will these new closures be in effect? 
Until further notice. We continue to assess the pedestrian traffic, input from the public and local leaders, and follow guidance from federal, state, and local health officials to ensure the safety of all our park patrons.

How is Park Police involved? 
Park Police are monitoring foot traffic on the closed roadways and have increased their efforts on the trails in order to foster sound trail etiquette and ensure social distancing practices are being followed.

Will there be signs?
Yes, there is signage along the route to advise drivers and trail users of safety precautions as well as inform them of the changes.

How do I social distance when walking / biking on the roadways? 

  • Do not gather in groups of ten or more.
  • Be aware of others and maintain six feet distance from others, even when passing.
  • Walk behind or farther ahead of others on trails. Avoid walking side by side. Instead, walk in a single file.
  • When others are approaching, step off the trails to allow them to pass.
  • Let others know you are passing by calling out or ringing a bell on your bike.
  • Go out early or later in the day to avoid crowds.
  • Wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible.

Can I walk/jog/bike on the closed roadways at night?
Our parks and trails are open from sunrise to sunset. While these sections of the roadways will remain closed overnight, patrons are not permitted after sunset. The closed roadway sections will be open to pedestrian use during traditional park and trail operational hours.

What sections of these roadways are still open to vehicular traffic? 
Because the closure only impacts portions of the roadways, vehicles will be able to access the open sections. During the closure, vehicles will be required to detour using county and state roads. The roadways will be open to vehicular traffic Monday through Thursday. Friday to Sunday, vehicles can use the remainder of the roadways, outside of the closed areas.

How many miles of the roadways are closed to vehicles and open to pedestrians? 

2.6 miles of Sligo Creek Parkway
1.3 miles of Little Falls Parkway
2.7 miles of Beach Drive

Can you add other streets/sections of the roadways to the closures? 
We are actively assessing potential options for expanding these closures. We are also mindful of the operational and community impact of any extended closures and we are selecting closure areas in geographically different locations, so that multiple neighborhoods can reap the benefits.

How are you communicating these closures to the public? 
We continue to keep the public informed through notification via press releases, social media, website, Nextdoor, and HOA notifications.

Can I walk my dog on the closed sections of the roadways?
Yes, you can but social distancing protocols must be observed and dogs must be leashed at all times. Also, please bag and dispose of dog waste in the nearest trash bin.

Can my walking/running/cycling group access these roadways when they’re closed?
We emphasize social distancing, and it is central to our protocols during this difficult time. Groups of no more than ten may exercise together and should move in single file to allow others easier access to pass. When passing others, users should call out or use a bike bell.

I have concerns about the resulting traffic in my neighborhood. Who can I report those to?
If you have safety concerns about the vehicular traffic in your neighborhood, please contact your local Police Department.

If I have more questions, who can I call? 
Please contact the Public Information & Customer Service Office at: 301-495-2595, Info@MontgomeryParks.org, or www.MontgomeryParks.org/Customer.

Can I ride a motor bike on the closed areas?
No motorized vehicles are allowed on the closed roadways. From 9 am Fridays to 6 pm Sundays, the roadways are open to pedestrians and cyclists only. Qualifying e-bikes and e-scooters are allowed on the Open Parkways.

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In the Press: Washington Capitals Open New Street Hockey Rink in Kensington /in-the-press-washington-capitals-open-new-street-hockey-rink-in-kensington/ /in-the-press-washington-capitals-open-new-street-hockey-rink-in-kensington/#respond Mon, 12 Oct 2020 17:25:15 +0000 /?p=66300 MyMcMedia profiled the partnership between The Washington Capitals and Montgomery Parks to open a new street hockey rink at Dewey...

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Montgomery Parks Reopens Dewey Local Park After Major Renovation /montgomery-parks-reopens-dewey-local-park-after-major-renovation/ /montgomery-parks-reopens-dewey-local-park-after-major-renovation/#respond Fri, 09 Oct 2020 19:07:17 +0000 /?p=64950 Renovated park features new dog park, playground and street hockey/futsal court.

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Park features new dog park, street hockey / futsal court and playground.

SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has just completed a major renovation at Dewey Local Park. The 14.5-acre park located in Kensington, MD has been updated to include many new amenities such as a dog park, street hockey/futsal court, and new playground. The park was last updated in 1990.

“This much-anticipated park renovation delivers new amenities the community has been requesting,” said Mike Riley, director of Montgomery Parks. “An outdoor gym, dog park, and public art among other new features are certain to be a big hit with park users.”

New Park Amenities:

The renovated park features:

  • A 22,000 square-foot, lighted dog park with separate areas for small dogs
  • A new multi-age themed playground with a perimeter trike track
  • A 2,400 square-foot outdoor gym
  • Renovation of 1,400 linear feet of the Rock Creek trail
  • Public art murals
  • Stormwater management and beautiful landscaping

An important addition to the park is the new street hockey / futsal facility which was developed in partnership with the Washington Capitals. The rink at Dewey Local Park is the second one of its kind; another one is available at Ridge Road Local Park.

“The Washington Capitals are excited to partner with Montgomery Parks to help include a street hockey (and futsal court) as part of this renovation. The new outdoor facility is part of our commitment to provide access to the sport to everyone in our market, and it will offer so many residents an opportunity to play hockey,” said Peter Robinson, Director, Youth Hockey Development for the Washington Capitals.

Both street hockey / futsal rinks are available to permit for practices only beginning October 10th through the end of the month, when permit season ends. From November 1, 2020 – March 31, 2020, the rinks are available on a first come, first serve use.

The soccer field in the park, which is currently open for play, will be renovated at the end of the season in late fall and then re-open for play at the beginning of the spring 2021 season on March 15.

About Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages nearly 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Accessibility
Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information.

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Montgomery Parks Hosts Drive-In Movie Nights This Fall /montgomery-parks-hosts-drive-in-movie-nights-this-fall/ /montgomery-parks-hosts-drive-in-movie-nights-this-fall/#respond Thu, 08 Oct 2020 13:38:02 +0000 /?p=64903 Family-friendly events are scheduled for October 9, 23, 30 and November 6 

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Family-friendly events are scheduled for October 9, 23, 30 and November 6

Transport, FontSILVER SPRING, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting a series of Drive-In Movie Nights in the Park.

“Outdoor movie nights have long been a popular activity for families and friends to gather and enjoy time together.  We are excited to continue to offer these memorable experiences in a safe, fun way,” said Kirsten Hein, Montgomery Parks Activation Manger.

The events are limited to 50 cars and pre-registration is required.   Registered attendees will vote on the movie to be shown.

Drive-In Movie Nights in the Park are scheduled for:

  • October 9, Wheaton Regional Park, (Sold-out)
  • October 23, South Germantown Recreational Park, (Sold-out)
  • October 30, South Germantown Recreational Park, (Sold-out)
  • November 6, Wheaton Regional Park, (Sold-out)

Parking will open at 6:30 p.m. with designated arrival times to ensure proper traffic flow.   Vehicles will be parked at least one space from each other.  Audio will be accessible through a specific FM station provided during the event.  Concessions will not be sold on-site, but people are encouraged to bring their own food.  Patrons will only be able to exit their vehicle to use the restroom. Face coverings are required when outside of your vehicle. Pets are not permitted.

About Montgomery Parks 
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Accessibility
Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information.

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In the Press: Inequities in parks reported nationwide, innovators brainstorm local solutions /in-the-press-inequities-in-parks-reported-nationwide-innovators-brainstorm-local-solutions/ /in-the-press-inequities-in-parks-reported-nationwide-innovators-brainstorm-local-solutions/#respond Tue, 29 Sep 2020 17:22:24 +0000 /?p=66298 WDVM highlighted Montgomery Parks Speaker Series session featuring Linda Hwang of the Trust for Public Land who discussed park equity....

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In the Press: Third Annual Active Aging Week Goes Virtual /in-the-press-third-annual-active-aging-week-goes-virtual/ /in-the-press-third-annual-active-aging-week-goes-virtual/#respond Tue, 29 Sep 2020 17:15:59 +0000 /?p=66294 MyMCMedia previewed the County’s plans to celebrate the Active Aging Week, Monday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 11. The week...

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MyMCMedia previewed the County’s plans to celebrate the Active Aging Week, Monday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 11. The week is part of an international initiative to promote healthy lifestyles, specifically for those 50 years and older. The signature event “Go, Grow & Get Active” signature event, was hosted by Montgomery Parks at Brookside Gardens, and held virtually.

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Speaker Series Examines Disparity in Park Access and the Dangerous Health Impacts During the Pandemic and Beyond /speaker-series-examines-disparity-in-park-access-and-the-dangerous-health-impacts-during-the-pandemic-and-beyond/ /speaker-series-examines-disparity-in-park-access-and-the-dangerous-health-impacts-during-the-pandemic-and-beyond/#respond Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:09:15 +0000 /?p=64496 Linda Hwang, director of strategy and innovation at the Trust for Public Land will detail groundbreaking report during virtual session on September 29, 2020

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Linda Hwang, director of strategy and innovation at the Trust for Public Land will detail groundbreaking report during virtual session on September 29, 2020

SILVER SPRING, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, continues its 2019-2020 Speaker Series with a virtual session, “The Heat Is On: How Disparities in Park Access are Creating a Public Health Crisis,” on September 29, 2020.

As the country grapples with both a pandemic, and record-setting temperatures, the physical and mental benefits that parks provide are evident.   However not everyone has equal access to green spaces, and not all parks are created equal.  A new report from The Trust for Public Land (TPL), reveals that across the nation, parks serving communities of color are half the size, and nearly five times as crowded, as parks that serve majority white populations.  This disparity is creating a public health emergency.  Linda Hwang, Director, Strategy & Innovation, TPL, will present key findings from the groundbreaking report and share how this information is being used by park systems to address equity.

The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

WHAT:                       Montgomery Parks Speaker Series:  “The Heat Is On: How Disparities in Park Access are Creating a Public Health Crisis”

WHO:                          The event is free and open to the public

WHEN:                       September 29, 2020 | 1:00 -2:00 p.m.

WHERE:                     Session will be virtual.  Click on this link to join the presentation

Linda Hwang professional headshotAbout Linda Hwang
Linda Hwang is the Director, Strategy & Innovation, The Trust for Public Land.  In her role, Hwang is responsible for developing long-term strategy for The Trust for Public Land (TPL) Research & Innovation team, providing high-level leadership and setting performance objectives and goals for the department. She also provides specialized management consulting expertise to improve the performance of TPL, analyzing trends for new market opportunities, directing seed funding for new initiatives, and designing new collaborations with external partners. Prior to this, Hwang was a partner at a start-up that developed customized decision-support tools that quantify ecosystem services for clients such as The Nature Conservancy, The Dow Chemical Company, and Environmental Defense Fund. She was also at Business for Social Responsibility, where she built and led advisory services program offerings on corporate water strategy and ecosystem services strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Hwang has a BA in Environmental Economics from the University of Michigan, an MPhil in Development Studies and Social Transformation from the University of Cape Town, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

About Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Accessibility
Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information.

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Montgomery Parks Cancels Annual Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens /montgomery-parks-cancels-annual-garden-of-lights-at-brookside-gardens/ /montgomery-parks-cancels-annual-garden-of-lights-at-brookside-gardens/#respond Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:14:14 +0000 /?p=64458 Winter light display and garden railway exhibit will not take place in 2020 due to health and safety concerns

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Winter light display and garden railway exhibit will not take place in 2020 due to health and safety concerns 

SILVER SPRING, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces the cancelation of Garden of Lights, the annual outdoor light display and garden railway exhibit at Brookside Gardens.  

“After careful consideration we have decided to cancel Garden of Lights for the 2020 winter season,” said Stephanie Oberle, Director, Brookside Gardens. “The decision was based on many factors, including an overarching concern for the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff.  While we are disappointed, we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the popular attraction in 2021.” 

The Washington, Virginia and Maryland Garden Railway Society’s G-scale train exhibit that is traditionally hosted in the Conservatory is also canceled.   

To mark the season, Brookside Gardens will offer a variety of both on-line and in-person programming for both children and adults, adapted to meet physical distancing requirements.  The gift shop will carry festive merchandise and unusual house plants.  Brookside Gardens will also be installing the fall Chrysanthemum Display outdoors.  

Brookside Gardens’ outdoor garden areas are open daily from sunrise to sunset for exercise, meditation and wellness.  The Visitor Center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and the gift shop is open every Wednesday through Monday (closed on Tuesday). 

For full details on the latest programming, events, and facility operating statuses visit MontgomeryParks.org 

About Montgomery Parks  
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org 

Accessibility 
Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information. 

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Montgomery Parks Opens Newly Renovated Athletic Field at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park /montgomery-parks-opens-newly-renovated-athletic-field-at-martin-luther-king-jr-recreational-park/ /montgomery-parks-opens-newly-renovated-athletic-field-at-martin-luther-king-jr-recreational-park/#respond Tue, 22 Sep 2020 22:04:27 +0000 /?p=64374 Renovated athletic field features improved grading,

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Silver Spring, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission opened its newly renovated natural grass athletic field on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Recreational Park. The new natural grass soccer field has been updated with improved grading and irrigation and features Iron Cutter Bermudagrass that has superior traffic recovery and cold tolerance.

“Athletic fields are in very high demand in Montgomery County. The parks department is committed to providing excellent fields for people of all ages, abilities, and interests,” said Cliff Driver, Athletic Fields Program Manager for Montgomery Parks. “This renovation brings the Martin Luther King Jr. Soccer field up to industry standards for safety, playability, and community expectations. Improvements in soil health, irrigation, drainage, and improved turf varieties are paramount in building sustainable surfaces for healthy recreation.”

“As Montgomery Parks addresses social equity across its park system, the new field at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park represents a step in the right direction,” said John Nissel, deputy director for operations for Montgomery Parks.

Montgomery Parks manages 363 athletic fields in recreational / regional and local parks, as well as fields located at public schools. Permits are available via ActiveMontgomery.org or by submitting an application to www.parkpermits.org. Permits are offered on a first-come, first served basis and are required for use of any recreational/regional field. For local fields, permits are not required, but recommended, as non-permitted users must relinquish the field to permit holders.

Parks athletic fields are now available for game play, practice and skill building drills, in accordance with COVID-19 state and county guidelines, which dictate that

  • All sports participants, regardless of age, must comply with the face covering requirement and social distancing and hygiene requirements.
  • Maximum of 50 people can be present, including staff, coaches, players, and parents, guardians, or immediate family. 
  • All tournaments, championships, and events are strictly prohibited unless a Letter of Approval is issued by the county.
  • Play and games with teams from outside of Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia are prohibited.

Montgomery County is currently in Phase 2 Reopening which limits sports, regardless of whether they are indoor or outdoor, to low and medium-risk sports. View the County’s reopening guidelines for youth and adult sports for more information and sport classification.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Accessibility
Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information.

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Montgomery Parks Launches Pilot Program to Support Local Restaurants; Picnic in the Park Initiative Expanded to Include Alcohol /montgomery-parks-launches-pilot-program-to-support-local-restaurants/ /montgomery-parks-launches-pilot-program-to-support-local-restaurants/#respond Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:58:52 +0000 /montgomery-parks-seeks-public-input-to-shape-the-future-of-wheaton-regional-park-copy/ Residents can help support local restaurants by ordering food and alcohol to enjoy in a park.

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Department’s Picnic in the Park program enables people to order food and alcohol from local restaurants to enjoy in designated areas of nine parks.

Wheaton, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will begin allowing alcohol in designated areas of nine parks as of Thursday, September 24 through Monday, May 31, 2021, as part of its Picnic in the Park program. The program was launched in August in partnership with Visit Montgomery’s MoCo Eats initiative, so that park visitors can easily order food and beverage from nearby restaurants to be delivered or picked up and enjoyed in parks.

“Many of our local businesses and restaurants are struggling now as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. This initiativeis one way the parks department and the public can help,” said Mike Riley, director of Montgomery Parks. “We arepiloting Picnic in the Parks in nine parks that are all located within a short distance of restaurants and takeout places. It’s a great way for people to enjoy our parks while supporting local restaurants.”

The pilot program allows patrons to responsibly consume alcohol from 11am to dusk within designated picnic areas in nine parks, including: Jessup Blair Local Park, Acorn Urban Park, Germantown Town Center Urban Park, Norwood Local Park, Olney Manor Recreational Park, Takoma Urban Park, Wall Local Park, Wheaton Local Park and Wheaton Regional Park. All of the selected parks are located in areas with a high concentration of restaurants within a five- to ten-mile radius of the parks.

Signs with QR codes are located in each park so that people can easily take a photo of the code from their phones to access a comprehensive database of nearby restaurants. Each park features a designated delivery zone for meal pickup.  

“Allowing people to drink beer or wine in a park has the potential to drive additional revenue for restaurants. Right now, every opportunity to sell more makes a big difference, especially when those are high profit margin sales,” said Brett Robison, Co-Founder & COO of Silver Branch Brewing Company. “This new program could provide restaurants with another opportunity to recapture lost sales and more importantly, increase profit margin. Seeing someone drinking a Silver Branch beer in the park would put a big smile on my face.”

The parks department’s top priority is always safety of its patrons, staff and volunteers. For this program, Park Police will be monitoring to ensure that all state and county laws as well as Park Rules and Regulations are being followed in the nine parks. Picnic circles and picnic tables at the pilot park locations are spaced six feet apart so visitors can be physically distanced. Park Police will continue to enforce county health guidelines to prevent large gatherings.

The Temporary Suspension of Alcohol Prohibition Parks Directive is available here.

About Montgomery Parks  

Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org 

Accessibility 
Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information. 

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Montgomery Parks Seeks Public Input to Shape the Future of Wheaton Regional Park /montgomery-parks-seeks-public-input-to-shape-the-future-of-wheaton-regional-park/ /montgomery-parks-seeks-public-input-to-shape-the-future-of-wheaton-regional-park/#respond Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:27:28 +0000 /?p=64300 Residents are encouraged to share their suggestions through an online survey

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Silver Spring, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is updating the master plan for Wheaton Regional Park and is asking the public for their ideas. The 536-acre park was established in the 1960s when the county was much different than it is today.  The park is aging and in need of updates to address aging infrastructure, include more contemporary facilities and amenities, and ensure it reflects the culturally diverse community it serves today. There are a variety of ways that people can get involved and share their suggestions about the future of the park, including an online survey, an interactive map as well as printed surveys that can be found at facilities throughout the park.

Wheaton Regional Park is the largest park in lower Montgomery County and features a variety of facilities and recreational opportunities, including: 

The park’s master plan was created in 1987. Since then, the county has grown and changed substantially. An updated master plan will ensure that the park’s future renovations and growth align with the needs and interests of the adjacent communities as well as residents throughout the county.  Topics that will be addressed in the master plan include updated infrastructure, new recreational facilities and amenities, natural resource conservation, maintenance and operations and enhanced natural and cultural interpretation.

How to get involved:

Parks staff will be collecting input through December 31, 2020.   Based on that input a master plan update will be presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board in late Spring 2021.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Accessibility
Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information.

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In the Press: Montgomery County Encouraging People to Have Lunch, Dinner at Parks /in-the-press-montgomery-county-encouraging-people-to-have-lunch-dinner-at-parks/ /in-the-press-montgomery-county-encouraging-people-to-have-lunch-dinner-at-parks/#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2020 15:17:00 +0000 /?p=64019 Mike Riley, Director, Montgomery Parks spoke with NBC4 about the Departments new initiative “Picnic in the Park.” View the story

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In the Press: ‘My Heart Smiles’: New Accessible Ramp Helps Kayakers Get Into Water /in-the-press-my-heart-smiles-new-accessible-ramp-helps-kayakers-get-into-water/ /in-the-press-my-heart-smiles-new-accessible-ramp-helps-kayakers-get-into-water/#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2020 15:12:19 +0000 /?p=64017 NBC4’s Melissa Mollet visited Montgomery Parks’ newly completed accessible boat launch at Seneca Landing Special Park and spoke to users...

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NBC4’s Melissa Mollet visited Montgomery Parks’ newly completed accessible boat launch at Seneca Landing Special Park and spoke to users who say the new launch is a “game changer.”

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Montgomery Parks Reopens Parkways for Weekend Use Following Earlier Closures due to Flooding /montgomery-parks-reopens-parkways-for-weekend-use-following-earlier-closures-due-to-flooding/ /montgomery-parks-reopens-parkways-for-weekend-use-following-earlier-closures-due-to-flooding/#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2020 19:03:45 +0000 /?p=63922 Montgomery Parkways are now open following earlier closures due to flooding.

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Portions of Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive are now open for pedestrians and bicyclists through Sunday at 6 p.m. Portions of Little Falls Parkway will open for pedestrians and bicyclists on Saturday at 7 a.m. through Sunday at 6 p.m.

SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has reopened its Open Parkways following closures earlier today from the aftermath of yesterday’s storms. Portions of Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive are now open for pedestrians and bicyclists (closed to vehicles) for the rest of the weekend, through Sunday at 6 p.m. The portions open for pedestrians and bicyclists include:

  • Sligo Creek Parkway
    • Between Old Carroll Avenue to Piney Branch Road (1.1 miles), and
    • Between Forest Glen Road to University Boulevard West (1.5 miles)
  • Beach Drive from Connecticut Avenue to Knowles Avenue (2.7 miles)

The remaining portions of Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive are now open for vehicles.

The section of Little Falls Parkway from Massachusetts Avenue to Arlington Road (1.3 miles) is open to cars today according to the typical schedule for this parkway. It will be open to pedestrians and bicyclists starting tomorrow, Saturday at 7 a.m. through Sunday at 6 p.m. for people to exercise and recreate.

Parks stream valley trails are still slippery in places and trail users should use caution. To report downed trees please call 301-495-2595, or email info@montgomeryparks.org or visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/customer.

For additional details on parkway closures please visit www.MontgomeryParks.org and check Montgomery Parks social media pages at www.facebook.com/montgomeryparks and www.twitter.com/montgomeryparks.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org.

Accessibility
Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information.

 

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Montgomery Parks Closes Parkways to Cars, Pedestrians and Bicyclists on Friday, September 11, 2020 Due to Flooding /montgomery-parks-closes-parkways-to-cars-pedestrians-and-bicyclists-on-friday-september-11-2020-due-to-flooding/ /montgomery-parks-closes-parkways-to-cars-pedestrians-and-bicyclists-on-friday-september-11-2020-due-to-flooding/#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2020 11:30:39 +0000 /?p=63885 Parkways typically open for pedestrians and bicyclists will be closed due to flooding and other issues resulting from yesterday's storms.

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SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is closing off all of Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive to all users, including motor vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians today, September 11, 2020, due to inclement weather conditions resulting in flooding. Portions of Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive are typically open Fridays through Sundays to pedestrians and bicyclists (closed to vehicles) to expand safe access to park facilities for recreation and exercise. Pedestrians and bicyclists will not be able to use the following portions of these parkways today:

  •  Sligo Creek Parkway
    • From Old Carroll Avenue to Piney Branch Road (1.1 miles), and
    • From Forest Glen Road to University Boulevard West (1.5 miles)
  • Beach Drive from Connecticut Avenue to Knowles Avenue (2.7 miles)

The section of Little Falls Parkway from Massachusetts Avenue to Arlington Road (1.3 miles) will be open to cars today according to the typical schedule for this parkway. It will be open to pedestrians and bicyclists on Saturdays and Sundays for people to exercise and recreate.

People are urged to use caution on the trails adjacent to the parkways while parks staff are cleaning up debris left over from the storms. To report downed trees please call 301-495-2595 or email info@montgomeryparks.org or visit www.montgomeryparks.org/customer.

For additional details on parkway closures please visit www.MontgomeryParks.org and check Montgomery Parks social media pages at www.facebook.com/montgomeryparks and www.twitter.com/montgomeryparks.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org.

Accessibility
Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information.

 

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Montgomery Parks and Planning Departments Move to New Headquarters in Downtown Wheaton /montgomery-parks-and-planning-departments-move-to-new-headquarters-in-downtown-wheaton/ /montgomery-parks-and-planning-departments-move-to-new-headquarters-in-downtown-wheaton/#respond Fri, 04 Sep 2020 14:48:32 +0000 /?p=63725 Six county agencies will be co-located in the new 14-story LEED Platinum building.

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New M-NCPPC 14-story LEED Platinum building will include six Montgomery County agencies; building is closed to the public due to COVID-19

WHEATON, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department and Montgomery Parks, both part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), have begun operations from the new M-NCPPC Wheaton Headquarters (WHQ, 2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD 20902). While the building is open for staff, many will continue to telework due to the COVID-19 crisis. The building will remain closed to the public until further notice.

New Wheaton Headquarters, Elected officials at ribbon cutting for new wheaton headquarters building

A small ribbon-cutting photo opp was held on September 3, 2020. A larger special event will be held when it is safe to do so.

The 14-story building, owned by M-NCPPC, is one of the first LEED Platinum-certified government-owned office buildings in Maryland. The building includes a 200-seat auditorium for the Planning Board meetings, a new town square, and an underground public parking garage. It is home to six Montgomery County departments including:

  • Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services (MCDPS)
  • Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (MCDEP)
  • Mid-County Regional Services Center – Wheaton Urban District
  • Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF)
  • Montgomery County Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Montgomery County Department of Recreation (REC)

 Approximately 900 government employees are relocating to the WHQ to help revitalize the area. The town square includes public space with an amphitheater for people to gather and enjoy programming throughout the year. There is a fountain on the plaza.

The building is located near the Wheaton Metro Station and several bus lines, enabling staff to take transit to and from work. Staff will also be encouraged to walk and bike to work when possible, reducing traffic and adding more pedestrian and street activity to downtown Wheaton.

Sustainable features of the building include:

  • Geothermal heating and cooling, integral solar panels, green roof, and gray water reuse.
  • The exterior incorporates rain screen facades, and the plaza and streetscapes are designed with landscaped elements to manage stormwater onsite.
  • A living wall in the lobby.
  • The building is located within walking distance of Metrorail and bus lines to encourage transit use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from car commutes.
  • The office interiors are designed to achieve a LEED Gold rating through energy-efficient lighting, abundant daylight, locally sourced building materials, reuse/remanufactured furniture, and recycled materials.

“We are really proud of this project and what it will mean for the Wheaton community,” said Montgomery Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson. “I think this building is a great representation of sustainable planning and a model of co-location near transit with excellent design for the community.

“A lot of work went into making sure this building would set a new standard of excellence in the design of public facilities in Montgomery County,” said Planning Director Gwen Wright. “While we are sad to leave downtown Silver Spring, we are very excited to call this beautiful building our new home.”

“We are excited to move into our new offices and to support the revitalization of the Wheaton area,” said Mike Riley, director of Montgomery Parks. “The new building will also be home to six county agencies in addition to Montgomery Parks and Planning Departments, which will promote greater collaboration and provide the public a central point of access for their needs.”

About the Wheaton Headquarters:
The mixed-use building with ground-floor retail and upper-floor offices faces a landscaped plaza and town square. The large, entrance lobby is framed in glass and illuminates the new plaza at night. The two-story lobby space will be open to the public once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, and used for displays, celebrations, and other events.

The open lobby includes an information desk and publicly accessible grand staircase leading to the Planning Board auditorium on the second floor. A living wall of greenery extends on one side of the space to represent the building’s environmentally sensitive design.

Changes to Names of Montgomery Planning Divisions
In coordination with the move to Wheaton, the Montgomery County Planning Department is announcing changes to the names of some of its divisions. Effective immediately, the new division names are:

  • Functional Planning and Policy is now called Countywide Planning and Policy (CPP)
  • Area 1 is now called Downcounty Planning
  • Area 2 is now called Mid-County Planning
  • Area 3 is now called Upcounty Planning
  • Development and Regulatory Coordination (DARC) is now called Intake and Regulatory Coordination (IRC)
  • Research and Special Projects is now called Research and Strategic Projects

The changes in titles will not affect the services provided by these divisions.

About The Montgomery County Planning Department
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department comprises 140 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the public. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org.

About Montgomery Parks and M-NCPPC
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

Accessibility
Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information.

 

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Montgomery Parks Completes Fully Accessible Boat Launch at Seneca Landing /montgomery-parks-completes-fully-accessible-boat-launch-at-seneca-landing/ /montgomery-parks-completes-fully-accessible-boat-launch-at-seneca-landing/#respond Wed, 02 Sep 2020 16:45:08 +0000 /?p=63663 Launch improves accessibility and safety for kayaks, canoes and paddleboards 

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Launch improves accessibility and safety for kayaks, canoes and paddleboards 

Silver Spring, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has completed construction of a new floating launch for non-motorized boats improving accessibility and safety for kayakers, canoeists and paddle boarders at Seneca Landing Special Park. 

Man sitting next to kayak

Courtesy of Betsy Luecking, Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs

The site, located in Poolesville, is one of the busiest access points to the Potomac River and adjoins the National Park Service’s popular C&O Canal.  Prior to the new floating launch, motorized and non-motorized boats were sharing the same ramp, causing conflict and safety issues.  The ramp was also not ADA accessible presenting numerous challenges for users with disabilities.   

 Installation of the new floating boat launch was completed in June and has already proven to be extremely popular,” said Bob Green, Senior ADA Compliance Project Manager, Montgomery Parks.  “The floating launch accomplishes several things: it improves safety by separating motorized and non-motorized boats, it creates an accessible access point for disabled and able-bodied individuals, and it enhances the overall enjoyment of one of our area’s beautiful natural resources. 

As part of the project, Montgomery Parks also installed an accessible drop-off area and walkway, three accessible parking spaces and a fully accessible picnic area with tables and grills.  

Kayaker on boat launch entering water

Courtesy of Betsy Luecking, Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs

The need for an accessible boat launch was initiated by Team River Runner, a non-profit organization that provides adventure and adaptive paddle sports to veterans and their families.  They approached the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs about the need for an accessible launch and were assisted by the Commission to initiate the project.  On Sundays from May to November, the group hosts a kayak program at Seneca Landing with patients from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, as well as veterans from the community.  

Having a safe and totally accessible launch for paddle craft is a game changer, said Joe MorniniExecutive Director, Team River Runner.  “An allinclusive site for those with physical challenges grants equal accessibility and affords all the opportunity to find health, healing, and social connections on the beautiful waters of Seneca Creek and the Potomac River. 

A second phase of the project, which will include accessibility upgrades to improve safety, capacity and enhance accessibility of the existing boat ramp for motorized boats is scheduled to begin this winter.   

About Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org 

 Accessibility 
Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information. 

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In the Press: Montgomery County trail traffic increases during pandemic /in-the-press-montgomery-county-trail-traffic-increases-during-pandemic/ /in-the-press-montgomery-county-trail-traffic-increases-during-pandemic/#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2020 19:06:07 +0000 /?p=63863 Darren Flusche, Trails Master Planner, Montgomery Parks, spoke to WDVM about the spike in trail usage during the COVID-19 pandemic,...

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In the Press: Montgomery Parks Athletic Fields Reopening Plans /in-the-press-montgomery-parks-athletic-fields-reopening-plans/ /in-the-press-montgomery-parks-athletic-fields-reopening-plans/#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2020 18:51:33 +0000 /?p=63858 Cliff Driver, Athletic Fields Program Manager for Montgomery Parks, discusses reopening plans for athletic fields with Fox 5. View the...

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Montgomery Parks Fields Reopen for Soccer on September 14 /montgomery-parks-fields-reopen-for-soccer-on-september-14/ /montgomery-parks-fields-reopen-for-soccer-on-september-14/#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2020 13:53:12 +0000 /?p=63531 Permits are offered on a first-come, first served basis and are required for use of any recreational/regional field

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Silver Spring, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is preparing to resume permitting fields for soccer in accordance with the Montgomery County amended Executive Order No. 0980-20, which recategorized soccer from a high to medium-risk sport, allowing scrimmages and games to occur with conditions. Parks staff are currently working to prepare fields for game play, including mowing, replacing goals, and painting lines. Fields will be ready for play on September 14.

A soccer player's feet running on a fiekdPermits are available via ActiveMontgomery.org or by submitting an application to www.parkpermits.org. Permits are offered on a first-come, first served basis and are required for use of any recreational/regional field. For local fields, permits are not required, but recommended, as non-permitted users must relinquish the field to permit holders.

Per Montgomery County guidelines, play must adhere to several conditions including:

  • All sports participants, regardless of age, must comply with the face covering requirement and social distancing and hygiene requirements.
  • Maximum of 50 people can be present, including staff, coaches, players, and parents, guardians, or immediate family.
  • All tournaments, championships, and events are strictly prohibited, unless a Letter of Approval is issued by the county.
  • Play and games with teams from outside of Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia is prohibited.

Montgomery County is currently in Phase 2 Reopening which limits sports, regardless of whether they are indoor or outdoor, to low and medium-risk sports. View the County’s reopening guidelines for youth and adult sports for more information and sport classification.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Accessibility
Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information.

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Montgomery Parks Announces Programming and Operating Hours for Labor Day Weekend /montgomery-parks-announces-programming-and-operating-hours-for-labor-day-weekend/ /montgomery-parks-announces-programming-and-operating-hours-for-labor-day-weekend/#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2020 14:59:15 +0000 /?p=63482 Montgomery Parks’ Headquarters, Permit, and Customer Service Offices will be closed Monday September 7.

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Open parkways will have extended hours from Friday, September 4, through Monday, September 7

Silver Spring, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces programming and operating hours for Labor Day weekend.

In recognition of the holiday, the parks department will extend the hours for its open parkways beginning on Friday, September 4, at 9 a.m. through Tuesday, September 8, at 7 a.m. Every weekend portions of Sligo Creek Parkway, Beach Drive and Little Falls Parkway are open for pedestrians and bicyclists for recreation and exercise.  Montgomery Parks’ Headquarters, Permit, and Customer Service Offices will be closed Monday September 7.

Following is a sampling of programs and activities offered during the holiday weekend between Saturday, September 5 and Monday, September 7.

  • Visit the 18-hole miniature golf course at South Germantown Recreational Park before it closes for the season. (The course is open Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
  • Check out free children’s programming at Black Hill Visitor Center including a Monarch Meet & Greet on Saturday, September 5 at 11 a.m. and a Monarch Scavenger Hunt also on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (Advanced registration required)
  • Meet the raptors at Meadowside Nature Center for a Raptor Training and Enrichment session on Monday, September 7 from 1 – 1:30 p.m. (Free) (Advanced registration required)
  • Rent a kayak, canoe or rowboat and spend a day on the water at Black Hill Regional Park (Boats at Lake Needwood are closed for the season). Boat rentals are available from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. all weekend, including Monday.
  • Enjoy a picnic in the park and support a local restaurant through the MoCoEats initiative
  • Join the Discover Montgomery virtual challenge by hiking, biking or walking one of seven designated trails
  • Take a free, self-guided hike on a portion of the Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.
  • Stroll through 50 acres of beautiful outdoor gardens at Brookside Gardens (Visitor Center open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Full details on these activities and others can be found on MontgomeryParks.org.   All park visitors and program participants are required to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the state of Maryland and Montgomery County. These include physical distancing when possible, wearing face coverings when physical distancing is not possible, washing hands frequently and limiting group to less than 50 people.  For more information on guidelines related to a specific activity visit MontgomeryParks.org/Covid-19.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Accessibility
Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information.

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In the Press: Discover how Maryland played an important role in the Underground Railroad /in-the-press-discover-how-maryland-played-an-important-role-in-the-underground-railroad/ /in-the-press-discover-how-maryland-played-an-important-role-in-the-underground-railroad/#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2020 18:36:05 +0000 /?p=63855 LonleyPlanet.com profiled important attractions, historical sites and programs in Maryland, including Montgomery Parks’s  Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor...

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Montgomery Parks to Continue Open Parkways Program on Weekends Until Further Notice /montgomery-parks-to-continue-open-parkways-program-on-weekends-until-further-notice/ /montgomery-parks-to-continue-open-parkways-program-on-weekends-until-further-notice/#respond Wed, 26 Aug 2020 14:11:22 +0000 /?p=63256 Labor Day weekend, parkways will be open to pedestrian and bicyclists from Friday at 9 a.m. through Tuesday, September 8, till 7 a.m.

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SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is extending its Open Parkways initiative to allow pedestrians and bicyclists to use parkways on weekends until further notice. On Labor Day weekend, the parkways will be open for recreation and exercise Friday at 9 a.m. through Tuesday, September 8, till 7 a.m.

After Labor Day weekend, Little Falls Parkway will be open to pedestrians and cyclists only on weekends starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday mornings until Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. and Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive will be open to pedestrians and bicyclists Friday mornings at 9 a.m. through Sunday at 6 p.m.

People bike and walk on a closed parkway“People are really taking advantage of the open parkways as a great way to exercise and enjoy nature while still being able to stay safe during the COVID-19 crisis. The recent decision by Montgomery County Public Schools to hold school virtually for the first semester reminds us that we are still very much in the midst of the pandemic and need these outdoor opportunities.  In response, we plan to continue this initiative until further notice,” said Mike Riley, director of Montgomery Parks.

The program includes the following parkway portions:

  • Sligo Creek Parkway:
    • Old Carroll Avenue to Piney Branch Road (1.1 miles)
    • Forest Glen Road to University Boulevard West (1.5 miles)
  • Little Falls Parkway from Massachusetts Ave. to Arlington Rd. (1.3 miles)
  • Beach Drive from Connecticut Avenue to Knowles Avenue (2.7 miles)

People using the parkways should follow COVID-19 safety guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as those established by Maryland and Montgomery County.

For the most up to date information please visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/COVID-19

About Montgomery Parks 
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Accessibility
Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access for more information.

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In the Press: Montgomery County Parks team up with local restaurants for picnic program /in-the-press-montgomery-county-parks-team-up-with-local-restaurants-for-picnic-program/ /in-the-press-montgomery-county-parks-team-up-with-local-restaurants-for-picnic-program/#respond Fri, 21 Aug 2020 18:29:20 +0000 /?p=63853 Kirsten Hein, Montgomery Parks Activation Manager, spoke with WDVM about the Department’s new initiative “Picnic in the Park” that allows...

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