Montgomery Parks Official Parks Department for Montgomery County, MD Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:38:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 /uploads/2016/07/cropped-favicon-490x490.png Montgomery Parks 32 32 Montgomery Parks’ Speaker Series Presents How to Build A Better Block /montgomery-parks-speaker-series-presents-how-to-build-a-better-block/ /montgomery-parks-speaker-series-presents-how-to-build-a-better-block/#respond Thu, 08 Nov 2018 15:20:00 +0000 /?p=41619 Jason Roberts will discuss how to reshape and reactivate communities one block at a time on Friday, November 16, 2018

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Jason Roberts will discuss how to reshape and reactivate communities one block at a time on Friday, November 16, 2018.

SILVER SPRING, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, continues its 2018-2019 Speaker Series on November 16, 2018, with Jason Roberts, Founding Director of The Better Block Foundation.

Jason Roberts, artist, civic activist, urban designer and Tedx presenter, will share insights on how to revitalize neighborhoods as walkable, vibrant community centers. Roberts’ presentation, Building A Better Block, will highlight his early work in revitalizing a historic movie theatre, returning a neighborhood streetcar system, and creating the Better Block project, which started as a guerrilla arts initiative where neighbors took a blighted commercial city block, and rapidly retrofitted it by painting their own bike lanes, installing cafe seating, planting trees, and developing pop-up businesses.

The session will also examine the recent work the Better Block Foundation did in partnership with the Randolph Hills Civic Association and the Montgomery County Parks and Planning Departments. The organizations spent a week in October working together to turn the Randolph Hills Shopping Center parking lot into a temporary community gathering place.

WHAT: Montgomery Parks Speaker Series:  Jason Roberts, “Building A Better Block”
Complimentary boxed lunch followed by presentation and question-and-answer session
Must pre-register for lunch

WHO: The event is open to the public.

WHEN: November 6, 2018 | 12:00-2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Brookside Gardens Visitors Center Auditorium
1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902

PLEASE RSVP: Register at www.montgomeryparks.org/speakerseries
Or RSVP to Melissa.Chotiner@MontgomeryParks.org or 301-650-2866

About Jason Roberts:
Jason Roberts is an artist, civic activist, and urban designer, whose life’s work has been dedicated to the creation of healthy, vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods. In 2006, Jason formed the nonprofit organization, Oak Cliff Transit Authority, to revive the Dallas streetcar system, and later spearheaded the city’s effort in garnering a $23 million dollar grant from the federal government to help reintroduce a modern streetcar system to Dallas. In 2010, Jason organized a series of “Better Block” projects, taking blighted blocks with vacant properties in Dallas and converting them into temporary walkable districts with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, cafe seating, and landscaping. The project has become an open-sourced international movement occurring everywhere from Melbourne, Australia, to Tehran, Iran, and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Dwell Magazine. Jason has received a Champions of Change award from the White House, been showcased in the 2012 Venice Biennale, and was selected as one of Planetizen’s Top 100 Most Influential Urbanists.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 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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A Veterans Day Tradition in Jesup Blair Local Park /a-veterans-day-tradition-in-jesup-blair-local-park/ /a-veterans-day-tradition-in-jesup-blair-local-park/#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 21:15:05 +0000 /?p=41561 On Veterans Day, the Silver Spring Garden Club will partake in a service project to help beautify Jesup Blair Local Park. Their mission: planting hundreds of daffodil bulbs. But this is no ordinary service project. It is one with history and tradition dating back over seventy-five years.

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On Veterans Day, the Silver Spring Garden Club will partake in a service project to help beautify Jesup Blair Local Park. Their mission: planting hundreds of daffodil bulbs. But this is no ordinary service project. It is one with history and tradition dating back over seventy-five years.

Founded in 1942, the Silver Spring Garden Club brings together garden enthusiasts in the spirit of education, conservation and volunteer service. A core component of the organization’s mission involves beautifying parts of the local community. This tradition of service has remained steadfast throughout the decades.

During the 1940s and 50s, the club provided volunteers to help the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) with small park maintenance, clean ups after storms, and spring spruce-ups. The group also began hosting an annual flower show benefitting the Commission. In 1951, they created a memorial garden at Jesup Blair Park dedicated to World War II veterans. Volunteers planted lilies, periwinkle, daffodils, as well as dogwood and holly trees in the spring of 1951.

The Silver Spring Garden Club has actively supported Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, with funds and volunteers since 1969. They have donated funds and plants to its landscape projects including the Fragrance Garden, the Winter Garden, and the Rose Garden. The club has provided funds for the library and for benches along paths. In 1969, they began hosting the annual December “Holiday Open House” in the conservatories. In recent decades, they have co-sponsored Brookside’s annual “Green Matters” symposiums, the annual “Wings of Fancy” butterfly exhibit, and the annual winter “Garden of Lights” show.

In honor of the club’s 75th anniversary in 2015, the Veterans Day service project in Jesup Blair Local Park was revived. It has been held every year since.

Kathy Jentz, current president of the Silver Spring Garden Club, and editor/publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine feels it is

Volunteers at Jesup Blair Local Park

important to carry on this Veterans Day tradition at the park. She says, “We want to restore this historic landscape that hosted some of the club’s earliest meetings and honor our Veterans.”

To learn more about the Silver Spring Garden Club, visit the group’s Facebook page or join their group email list.

Interested in volunteering with Montgomery Parks? Whether you want to tackle a half-day cleanup project, or take on a long-term volunteer position, you’ll find that volunteering at Montgomery Parks is a memorable, enriching experience. Visit ParksVolunteers.org to register yourself and/or your group for a volunteer opportunity today!

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Montgomery Parks Announces Programming and Operating Hours for Veterans Day Weekend /montgomery-parks-announces-programming-and-operating-hours-for-veterans-day-weekend/ /montgomery-parks-announces-programming-and-operating-hours-for-veterans-day-weekend/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 19:45:23 +0000 /?p=41527 On Sunday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day, military personnel (veterans and active duty) skate for free at all public sessions at Wheaton Ice Arena and Cabin John Ice Rink.

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

On Sunday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day, military personnel (veterans and active duty) skate for free at all public sessions at Wheaton Ice Arena and Cabin John Ice Rink.

 

Group on a guided hike at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

Guided hike on the Underground Railroad trail at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

If you are looking for additional ways to spend your weekend, below is a sampling of activities to do between November 10 to 12:

Full details for these and many more activities can be found on MontgomeryParks.org

November 12 – Veterans Day (Observed) Operating Hours

The following facilities will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018.

  • Montgomery Parks Headquarters and Permit Offices
  • Meadowside Nature Center
  • Brookside Nature Center
  • Locust Grove Nature Center
  • Black Hill Visitor Center and Nature Programs

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

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 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 All Natural Surface Trails Due to Excessive Rainfall /montgomery-parks-closes-all-natural-surface-trails-due-to-excessive-rainfall-2/ /montgomery-parks-closes-all-natural-surface-trails-due-to-excessive-rainfall-2/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 19:04:55 +0000 /?p=41529 All natural-surface trails are closed due to excessive rainfall until Wednesday, November 7 at 12:00 p.m.

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Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has closed all natural-surface trails and the bike pump track at South Germantown Recreational Park to the public, due to excessive rainfall.  Recent weather conditions have left trails wet and muddy creating potentially dangerous conditions for trail users and can also adversely affect the integrity of the trails. Trails are closed until Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 12 p.m.

Montgomery Parks maintains more than 170 miles of natural surface trails in Montgomery County.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 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 Name New Plaza on Capital Crescent Trail After Former Montgomery County Executive Neal Potter /montgomery-parks-to-name-new-plaza-on-capital-crescent-trail-after-former-montgomery-county-executive-neal-potter/ /montgomery-parks-to-name-new-plaza-on-capital-crescent-trail-after-former-montgomery-county-executive-neal-potter/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 13:50:38 +0000 /?p=41069 Naming and opening ceremony to be held November 3, 2018 at 10 a.m.

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(Originally Published October 11)

Neal Potter Plaza at the Capital Crescent Trail is the result of a partnership among Montgomery Parks, Montgomery County, the Montgomery Parks Foundation and the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail.

SILVER SPRING, MD —- Montgomery Parks, Montgomery County, The Montgomery Parks Foundation and the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail (CCCT) will name a new park plaza on the Capital Crescent Trail after the late Neal Potter, former Montgomery County Executive and six-term member of the County Council on November 3, 2018 at 10 a.m. The plaza is located at River Road on the Capital Crescent Trail, in the open space adjacent to the bridge.

Potter is known as one of the architects of the modern Montgomery County for his leadership in tax policy, land-use planning, and transportation. The “Neal Potter Plaza at the Capital Crescent Trail” will also honor the late David Burwell, co-founder of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the late Lee Wick Dennison, an avid trail user whose generous donation to the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail helped support the construction of the plaza.

A path leading from River Road to the plaza serves as a new entrance to the Capital Crescent Trail. The plaza will feature benches, two stone sitting walls, a pergola, trees, lawn areas, bike racks and a repair station.  A three-panel kiosk will be installed with information about Potter, Burwell and Dennison as well as a map and historic photographs.

“Thanks to the partners and generous donors involved in this project we have been able to transform a previously unused space into a beautiful, open green where trail users can stop for a rest or meet up with friends,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “The Capital Crescent Trail is one of the most used and treasured amenities in our park system. Many trail users will benefit from this new space.”

“Neal Potter was a model public servant who always exhibited the highest personal integrity. He was a mentor and friend,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “Because of his deep appreciation for maintaining Montgomery County’s quality of life and his tireless efforts to preserve our environment it is fitting that now future generations will learn of his legacy at this new public gathering space.”

“We are pleased and excited to see this enhancement to both the community and the Capital Crescent Trail finally completed. And, we offer our gratitude to the hundreds of donors throughout the area who helped make the plaza possible,” said Ron Tripp, Chair of the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail.

The Capital Crescent Trail is an eleven-mile trail which runs from Bethesda to Georgetown. It is one of the most popular trails in the nation, used as a commuter route for cyclists and for leisure by cyclists, runners and walkers.

About Neal Potter:
Neal Potter served as Montgomery County’s fourth county executive in 1990 and was a six-term member of the Montgomery County Council starting in 1970. Potter played a leading role in Council actions on controlling development, fiscal affairs, tax legislation, sewage and transportation issues, and assessment inequities. For more information on Neal Potter, please visit: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/exec/previous/Neal_Potter.html

About the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail
The Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail (CCCT) is a non-profit volunteer citizens’ group promoting a first-class development of the 11.2-mile Rail-to-Trail conversion from Georgetown, D.C. to Silver Spring, MD, for multi-purpose, recreational use. http://www.cctrail.org

About Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is the nation’s largest trails organization—with a grassroots community more than one million strong—dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines. www.railstotrails.org

About the Montgomery Parks Foundation
The Montgomery Parks Foundation is a 501c3 organization that champions Montgomery County Parks by cultivating financial support and public engagement of county residents and businesses as members, donors, sponsors and advocates. www.MontgomeryParksFoundation.org

About Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 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 park systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Accessibility
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages the involvement and participation of all individuals in the community. Following the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M‑NCPPC) will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities in its services, programs or activities. M‑NCPPC works to make its facilities and materials accessible and to hold public meetings in locations that are, likewise, accessible. M‑NCPPC will generally provide, upon request, appropriate aids and services and make reasonable modifications to policies and programs for persons with disabilities (e.g., large print materials, listening devices, sign language interpretation, etc.). For assistance with such requests, please contact the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Commissioners’ Office, at least a week in advance of a meeting or event, at (301) 495-4605 or at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org.Maryland residents can also use the free Maryland Relay Service for assistance with calls to or from hearing or speech-impaired persons; for information, go to www.mdrelay.org/ or call (866) 269-9006. Residents may also call the TTY number, (301) 495-1331, for assistance.

 

 

 

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Brookside Gardens Celebrates 20 Years of Ooohs and Aaaahs /brookside-gardens-celebrates-20-years-of-ooohs-and-aaaahs/ /brookside-gardens-celebrates-20-years-of-ooohs-and-aaaahs/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:13:40 +0000 /?p=41402 This year, Brookside Gardens celebrates 20 seasons of its magical Garden of Lights display. The show, opening on November 16, will allow visitors more time to experience the illuminated gardens, sparkling fountains, whimsical winter scenes, lit and glittering with more than one million colorful LED lights.

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Man and child walking in Garden of lights display This year, Brookside Gardens celebrates 20 seasons of its magical Garden of Lights. The show, opening earlier than past years, will allow visitors more time to experience the illuminated gardens, sparkling fountains, whimsical winter scenes, lit and glittering with more than one million colorful LED lights.

The annual walk-through light show opens November 16, 2018. Garden of Lights is open every night through January 1, 2019, except November 19-22, and December 24 and 25.

The light show highlights the natural elements with hand-crafted forms of trees and animals that are unique to Brookside Gardens.

“We are trying to create a larger than life fantasy feeling, like Alice in Wonderland – you walk under these giant sunflowers or a bright colored rainbow. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the experience of the garden by visiting at night,” said Stephanie Oberle, Director of Brookside Gardens.

Visit the family-favorite giant caterpillar that you can walk through like a tunnel and stop for a rest on the butterfly bench that looks like you have butterfly wings on your back.

Inside the Conservatory, a garden railway exhibit, custom-designed by the Washington, Virginia, Maryland Garden Railway Society, features locally-inspired street scenes, Georgetown to Glen Echo during the 1960s. Kathy Stevens, Conservatory Manager at Brookside Gardens says, “there is a model of the Denzel carousel. It is to scale, it lights up, the horses go up and down, it spins round and round. It’s really something special.”

The exhibit also features a model of the Conservatory with a model railway inside with a tiny track. Seasonal displays of poinsettias and ornamental winter plants complement the indoor exhibit. Kids enjoy scavenger hunts and search for popular characters throughout the train display.

The Visitors Center will feature live nightly musical performances—jazz, folk, orchestra, harp, flutes and many more. To warm up, visitors can enjoy refreshments, such as s’mores, cider and hot cocoa, available to purchase. There will also be a fire pit to roast marshmallows and create toasty s’mores.

This year, the gardens is offering ticket giveaways and discounted ticket prices for active-duty and retired military, teachers, and first responders. Some exclusions apply, so please check the website for more information.

Keep in mind, the busiest times are weekends, the Thanksgiving holiday, and the last two weeks of December. For a more relaxed experience, plan your visit Monday through Thursday.

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Montgomery Parks Celebrates Maryland Emancipation Day /montgomery-parks-celebrates-maryland-emancipation-day/ /montgomery-parks-celebrates-maryland-emancipation-day/#respond Tue, 30 Oct 2018 12:51:22 +0000 /?p=41365 Montgomery Parks will host a weekend of inspiring educational activities, Saturday, November 3 & Sunday, November 4 for all ages including music and dancing at Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park.

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Montgomery Parks will host a weekend of inspiring educational activities, Saturday, November 3 & Sunday, November 4 for all ages including music and dancing at Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park.

SILVER SPRING, MD— Each November, Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission celebrates Maryland Emancipation Day that commemorates the adoption of the 1864 Maryland Constitution which abolished slavery in the state of Maryland on November 1st. This year’s free activities take place all weekend long, Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th and includes an open house of the Josiah Henson Park, as well as:

  • Hikes on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail
  • Living history demonstrations
  • Archaeology site excavations
  • Tours of a former plantation and 19th-century log cabins*
  • Live music, crafts, games and food

Special Emancipation Day Events will be held on Saturday, November 3 at Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park in Olney.

Activities at Oakley Cabin will include a reading of the Maryland Emancipation Amendment, living history demonstrations, live musical performances by the Brian Cunningham Project.

Activities at Josiah Henson Park will include guided tours and screenings of the PBS Time Team America documentary: “The Search for Josiah Henson.”

Montgomery Parks joins other historic sites throughout the county to celebrate this special occasion. Park hosted events are free and open to the public. A schedule of weekend events is outlined below. More details are available at HistoryintheParks.org.

WEEKEND EVENTS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018

  • Underground Railroad Experience Trail Guided Hikes

Hike begins at 10:00 a.m. | Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park | 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860 | $8 per person. Registration requested
“Conductors” will lead a round-trip, 2-hour minute interpretive hike of this two-mile natural surface trail from Woodlawn Manor to the historic Sandy Spring, then back to Woodlawn Manor.

  • Woodlawn Museum Open House

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.| Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park | 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860 | Free
Visit the Woodlawn Museum’s stone barn exhibits where echoes of the past tell the story of a bustling farm, its community, and those who made a bold bid for freedom on the Underground Railroad. Learn about Woodlawn’s earliest residents and their neighbors.

  • Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park

12:00 noon 4:00 p.m. | 3610 Brookeville Road, Olney, MD 20832 | Free
Oakley Cabin will host an afternoon of live music, tours of the historic 19th-century log cabin, hearth cooking demonstrations, candle making, live music, games, crafts, and more for everyone to enjoy!

Emancipation Day Program | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm*
Presentation by the reenactors of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, B Company, Washington, DC
Live blues music by the Brian Cunningham Project
Parking is only available at Longwood Local Park, 19300 Georgia Avenue with shuttle service to/from Oakley Cabin throughout the afternoon.

  • The Harper 1870s Homestead at Brookside Nature Center Tours & Demonstrations

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | 1400 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902 | Free

Visit the Harper 1870s Homestead to learn how families lived off the land. Self-guided tours are available throughout the day. Enjoy living history demonstrations and hands on activities for the whole family.

  • Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery Open House

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | 18524 Brooke Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860 | Free | sandyspringslavemuseum.org
In celebration of Maryland Emaciation Day, the museum will be open for tours and a special presentation by SOCA: Sounds of the Caribbean Art Form. Lunch will be available for purchase. Directions: From I-495, take New Hampshire Ave. exit north. Continue 12 miles on New Hampshire Ave. Cross Rte. 108 and continue 1 mile. Slow down. Turn left onto Brooke Rd. The museum is on the left.

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2018

  • Underground Railroad Experience Trail Guided Hike

Hike begins at 10:00 a.m. | Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park | 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860 | $8 per person. Registration requested.
“Conductors” will lead a roundtrip, 2.5-hour interpretive hike of this two-mile natural surface trail from Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park to the historic Sandy Spring, then back to the park.

  • Woodlawn Museum Open House

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.| Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park | 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860 | Free
Visit the Woodlawn Museum’s stone barn exhibits where echoes of the past tell the story of a bustling farm, its community, and those who made a bold bid for freedom on the Underground Railroad. Learn about Woodlawn’s earliest residents and their neighbors.

  • Button Farm Living History Center

12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. | 16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown, MD 20874 | Free
http://buttonfarm.org/  | 301-916-7090
Button Farm depicts 19th-century plantation life and the heroic story of the Underground Railroad through unique living history experiences. Enjoy self-guided walking tours of our farm, animals and gardens, a scavenger hunt and living history activities.

  • Josiah Henson Park Open House*

12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. | 11420 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852 | Free
Enjoy guided tours and meet Park archaeologists at the archaeology dig on site. Screenings of the PBS Time Team America documentary: “The Search for Josiah Henson” begin at 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Guided tours begin on the half hour starting at 12:00 p.m. Last guided tour begins at 3:00 pm (tours last about 60 mins.) Parking is ONLY available at the Shriver Aquatic Center/Wall Local Park, 5900 Executive Boulevard, North Bethesda.

  • The Harper 1870s Homestead at Brookside Nature Center Tours & Demonstrations

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | 1400 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902 | Free
Visit the Harper 1870s Homestead to learn how families lived off the land. Self-guided tours are available throughout the day. Enjoy living history demonstrations and hands on activities for the whole family.

For more information about Montgomery Parks’ Emancipation Day programming and to stay informed of upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and training dates, visit HistoryInTheParks.org.

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Halloween Happenings in Montgomery Parks /halloween-happenings-in-montgomery-parks/ /halloween-happenings-in-montgomery-parks/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:35:15 +0000 /?p=40856 October is here! That means it’s time for campfires, hayrides, s’mores, and Halloween. So, get ready for some spooky and spectacular fun with Montgomery Parks.

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Originally Published October 2

October is here! That means it’s time for campfires, hayrides, s’mores, and Halloween. So, get ready for some spooky and spectacular fun with Montgomery Parks. We have Halloween events for the entire family.

Throughout October

All Aboard

Spend your October weekends at our Halloween Eye Spy Trains at Wheaton or Cabin John Miniature Trains.

Halloween at the Campground

Halloween and camping go hand-in-hand at Little Bennett Campground. A haunted trail, spooky laser tag, and trick-or-treating are just some of the activities for campers.

Special Events

Annual Gourmet S’mores Campfire Cook-Off – 10/13

Marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers are just the beginning of this sweet family event! Join us for an evening of s’mores, music, and an intense s’mores competition.

ZOMBIES: Fact or Fiction? – 10/20
Zombies may be fictional, but some parasites can turn their animal host into the walking dead! Locust Grove Nature Center’s staff will teach you about the coolest and creepiest cases of mind control from monsters within.

Spooky Skull Hike – 10/21
Find animal skulls hidden in Maydale Conservation Park’s woods on a self-guided hike. Get a special Halloween treat after finding all the skulls!

BOOtanica – 10/26
Come dressed in your best Halloween costumes and take part in Brookside Gardens’ garden costume parade. Then stick around for a storytelling session of Pumpkin Tales for the Young.

Make + Take – 10/27

Create fun Halloween crafts at Black Hill Visitor Center.

Story Time on the Lake – 10/27

Enjoy a fun Halloween story, with Black Hill Nature Programs, on the Little Seneca Lake while enjoying the mysterious creatures on the lake.

calabaza, pumpkin, halloween, carving, cucurbita, orange, jack o lantern

Happy Halloween! We hope you enjoy it with Montgomery Parks.

 

 

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Montgomery Parks Celebrates Reopening of Historic Kensington Cabin /montgomery-parks-celebrates-reopening-of-historic-kensington-cabin/ /montgomery-parks-celebrates-reopening-of-historic-kensington-cabin/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:10:12 +0000 /?p=41013 Reopening and dedication ceremony to take place Saturday, October 20, 2018, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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84-year-old rehabilitated building will be named in honor of former Kensington mayor, Jayne H. Plank.

Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will celebrate the rehabilitation of Kensington Cabin, located at 10000 Kensington Parkway, Kensington, MD, with a special reopening and dedication ceremony on Saturday, October 20, 2018, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.   The rehabilitation project was made possible in part due to a generous donation to the Montgomery Parks Foundation from The Cupid Foundation, Inc., a charitable organization created by Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour, Inc. Plank and his siblings grew up spending summers playing at Kensington Cabin and made the donation in honor of their mother, and former mayor of Kensington, Jayne H. Plank. The cabin will be renamed the Mayor Jayne H. Plank Kensington Cabin.

“I’m so pleased that the Kensington Cabin has been brought back to life,” said Jayne H. Plank.  “It was a center of activities for my boys and their friends – a place to meet, play, learn and grow!   My favorite memories of the cabin are the Fourth of July bike parades and Labor Day celebrations.  I’m grateful to all who worked so hard to make this a reality.  I love to hear the voices, basketball bounces and happy laughter from the park!”

The Mayor Jayne H. Plank Kensington Cabin is located in Kensington Cabin Local Park, a 4.3-acre park featuring a playground, softball fields, lighted basketball court, two tennis courts and a picnic area. The cabin is available to permit for meetings, events and community gatherings.  The building has a restroom and is air-conditioned and accessible

The reopening ceremony will celebrate the building’s history and include appearances by costumed historical figures, old-fashioned lawn games, a community bike parade, ribbon cutting and cabin tours.  All residents are encouraged to bring their bikes and participate in the parade.

 

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The cabin in operation during the mid-20th century; Courtesy M-NCPPC

History of the Cabin:
Kensington Cabin originally opened on October 13, 1934. The construction of the log cabin began as a Civil Works Administration project, an arm of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Program, but after a cut in federal funding, construction was completed by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).  The cabin’s simple rustic design and stone chimney exemplify a unique architectural style that was promoted by the National Park Service in the 1930s, now known as “parkitecture.” The cabin served as a community hub, hosting summer camps, community meetings, town plays, birthday parties and classes up until the building was closed in 1991 due to failing infrastructure.

After the cabin’s closure, members of the community came together in support of its rehabilitation.  Montgomery Parks worked closely with the Kensington community and the Kensington Historical Society on the rehabilitation of the cabin, from the initial research phase through the project’s completion.

In 2011, the group’s efforts resulted in Kensington Cabin receiving designation in the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation.

Exterior photo of Kensington Cabin

Mayor Jayne H. Plank Kensington Cabin, 2018

Montgomery Parks Restoration of the Cabin:
The extensive rehabilitation project focused on restoring the cabin’s historic character and making the building compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Non-historic paneling was removed from the interior and the original log walls were repaired inside and out.  The interior and exterior were stained a dark chocolate brown. The asphalt shingle roof was replaced with a green roof, a roof color that was popular when the cabin was built. Existing windows were repaired and repainted. New lighting fixtures, electrical, heating, cooling and plumbing were installed. The non-historic front door was replaced with one that matches the design shown in the original drawings.  To make the interior of the building ADA-compliant, the floor level of the south vestibule and the west wing were raised to match the floor level of the main room and the roof structures of these two areas were raised accordingly to allow for proper head clearances.  An exterior doorway was cut into the south vestibule, interior doorways were widened, and a new ADA ramp and single occupancy ADA restroom were added.  In March 2018, the project was recognized with the “Rehabilitation of a Historic Resource for Public Use Award” from Montgomery Preservation, Inc.

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 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 Participate in Community Meeting on Improving Safety at Capital Crescent Trail and Little Falls Parkway /montgomery-parks-to-participate-in-community-meeting-on-improving-safety-at-capital-crescent-trail-and-little-falls-parkway/ /montgomery-parks-to-participate-in-community-meeting-on-improving-safety-at-capital-crescent-trail-and-little-falls-parkway/#respond Mon, 08 Oct 2018 18:51:45 +0000 /?p=41009 Community meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School.

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Public meeting to take place Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School.

Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will participate in a meeting with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation on October 9, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. to discuss various projects related to pedestrian and bicycle use in Bethesda. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria of Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East West Highway, Bethesda.

Montgomery Parks will present three concepts aimed at improving safety on the Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) at the intersection of Little Falls Parkway (LFP). The three concepts were selected from 12 concepts which were presented at a community meeting in June 2018 related to the same topic. A presentation from this meeting is available online.

The CCT is the most popular trail in Montgomery County, enjoyed by thousands of trail users each day. The intersection of the CCT and Little Falls Parkway has presented safety issues due to conflicts between trail users and motorists on the parkway. In early 2017 Montgomery Parks implemented interim safety improvements based on Vision Zero principals, reducing the roadway from four lanes to two lanes at the crossing and reducing the posted speed limit to 25 mph. The interim improvements also included safety signage at the CCT crossing and an educational outreach program by Park Police.

The three concepts for long-term improvements at the intersection to be presented at the meeting include:

  • A permanent road diet, consisting of re-configuration of Little Falls Parkway into a two-lane roadway with an uncontrolled speed table crossing;
  • A permanent road diet, and re-orientation of the Capital Crescent Trail crossing to the Arlington Road intersection, with a controlled signalized crossing;
  • A pedestrian overpass bridge;

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about the project and provide input.

To learn more about the project visit www.MontgomeryParks.org and search for Capital Crescent Trail connector.

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 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. Find out more about Montgomery Parks on our website www.MontgomeryParks.org. Follow us on @MontgomeryParks on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Accessibility
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages the involvement and participation of all individuals in the community, including those with disabilities, in the planning and review processes.  In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M‑NCPPC) will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities.  M‑NCPPC works to make its facilities and materials accessible and to hold public meetings in locations that are, likewise, accessible. M‑NCPPC will generally provide, upon request, appropriate aids and services and make reasonable modifications to policies and programs for qualified persons with disabilities (e.g., large print materials, listening devices, sign language interpretation, etc.).  For assistance with such requests, please contact the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Commissioners’ Office, at least a week in advance, at (301) 495-4605 or at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org .  Maryland residents can also use the free Maryland Relay Service for assistance with calls to or from hearing or speech-impaired persons; for information, go to www.mdrelay.org/ or call (866) 269-9006. Residents may also call the TTY number, (301) 495-1331, for assistance.

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Montgomery Parks and Planning Hold White Flint Placemaking Festival at Randolph Hills Shopping Center /montgomery-parks-and-planning-hold-white-flint-placemaking-festival-at-randolph-hills-shopping-center-on-october-13-and-14/ /montgomery-parks-and-planning-hold-white-flint-placemaking-festival-at-randolph-hills-shopping-center-on-october-13-and-14/#respond Mon, 08 Oct 2018 18:07:53 +0000 /?p=41004 Enjoy local food, art, music, and activities within a pop-up park built by the community at Randolph Hills Shopping Center in Rockville on October 13 and 14.

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The public is invited to enjoy local food, arts, music, kids’ activities and a fitness zone within a pop-up park built by the community

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department and Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), are co-hosting a special initiative to reimagine part of the Randolph Hills Shopping Center as a lively, dynamic public space and park. The White Flint Placemaking Festival will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 4 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, October 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Randolph Hills Shopping Center (4921 Wyaconda Road, Rockville, MD).

For these two days, an underutilized field of grass and a small portion of the shopping center parking lot will serve as a pop-up park with food, arts, children’s play areas and a fitness zone. The event will offer a host of building and play activities for all ages and abilities. Local artists and makers will showcase their artistic talents. Local musicians will play throughout the two days, local restaurateurs will sell food and drinks, and local fitness businesses will host free classes for kids and adults.

The Planning and Parks Departments are organizing the event in partnership with the Dallas-based Better Block Foundation, Randolph Civic Association of North Bethesda and AR Kronstadt Realty Investors of Rockville. Better Block is an internationally acclaimed urban design nonprofit that aims to educate, equip and empower communities and their leaders to reshape and promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.

About the Community Placemaking Effort:
Since May 2018, the Montgomery County Planning Department has been working with residents, local businesses and other stakeholders in the Randolph Hills neighborhood to reimagine a piece of the Randolph Hills Shopping Center as a public space. This project was undertaken to:

  • Give the community an opportunity to realize its collective vision for the neighborhood.
  • Demonstrate to the property owners and county agencies how recommendations in the White Flint 2 Sector Plan can be implemented.
  • Engage local businesses, schools and community members in a dialogue about the role of public spaces within their community.
  • Use temporary placemaking as a tool to gather data and help inform permanent designs for successful public spaces in the White Flint 2 Sector Plan area.

After months of weekly calls with residents, on-the-ground conversations and more than 100 survey responses, the team found that the community wants a beautiful, well-programmed green space with a neighborhood bar, coffee shop, local restaurants and activities for kids. This plan will be put into action, beginning on Wednesday, October 10 when residents, community members and volunteers will construct the pop-up park.

To find out more about volunteering, go here.

Local businesses interested in supplying food or fun should contact the project managers Atul Sharma at tel. 301-495-4658 or Atul.Sharma@montgomeryplanning.org, or Colin Amos at colin@betterblock.org.

About the Better Block Foundation
The Better Block Foundation is a Dallas-based nonprofit that teaches citizens about placemaking principles on the neighborhood level. Placemaking is a people-centered approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. It involves looking at, listening to, and asking questions of the people who live, work and play in a particular place to discover needs and aspirations and using the feedback to create a common vision for that place. Placemaking can be used to improve streets, sidewalks, parks, buildings and other public space so they invite greater interaction between people and foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities. The Better Block Foundation helps facilitate this process by offering tools to educate and equip residents, stakeholders and government leaders, and enable them to reshape their communities into vibrant, sustainable places. For more information, visit betterblock.org. To check out Wikiblock, go to betterblock.org/wikiblock.

 About Montgomery Planning
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of M-NCPPC, 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 about 150 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, County Council, County Executive, other government agencies and the public. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org.

About Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland and 421 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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Parks Volunteers Receive Commendation    /parks-volunteers-receive-commendation/ /parks-volunteers-receive-commendation/#respond Mon, 08 Oct 2018 15:02:52 +0000 /?p=40988 This year, three stellar volunteers have been recognized publicly for their hard work and dedication to Parks. These inspiring individuals share their time and talents generously. Their efforts have yielded tremendous benefits to parks, facilities, programs, and special events.

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This year, three stellar volunteers have been recognized publicly for their hard work and dedication to Parks. These inspiring individuals share their time and talents generously. Their efforts have yielded tremendous benefits to parks, facilities, programs, and special events.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude and offer congratulations to the following award recipients:

David Cohen

\David Cohen - Parks volunteerDavid Cohen received the Community Volunteer Award from the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA). He was recognized during the Celebrating Excellence Showcase Awards Luncheon on March 1, 2018.

David has contributed over 1,377 hours of volunteer service with Park Police (Montgomery County Division) since he began volunteering in June of 2007. That’s an average of 137 hours yearly. He patrols regularly on bicycle and in car. He also works side by side with Park Police at special events and parking details. Seen as a leader by his peers, experienced volunteers enjoy working with David because of his unique perspective and keen observation skills.

Randy Rosenberger

Randy Rosenberger received the PARC Branch Service Award from MRPA. Randy was recognized during the organization’s annual conference on April 11, 2018.

Randy Rosenberger - parks volunteer

Randy has been serving as an official all-around volunteer with Brookside Nature Center for the last two years.  Prior to that however, he spontaneously and unofficially, performed maintenance duties at the nature center including trail grooming, dry stack stone wall building, and tree pruning. Once joining the ranks as a registered volunteer, Randy readily expanded his volunteer repertoire as an interpreter at events like Solstice Festival, Honey Harvest Festival, and the 5K Family Fun Walk and demonstrated his expertise in teaching. His energy and diligence have given us 250 hours of volunteer service in 2017 alone.

 

Bonnie Bell

Bonnie Bell received the Volunteer Excellence Award from the Countywide Recreation and Parks Advisory Board. Bonnie received her award at the advisory board’s picnic on June 4, 2018.Bonnie Bell - parks volunteer

Since 1999, Bonnie has volunteered thousands of hours on natural surface trail projects. Bonnie started volunteering with a dedicated group called “The Seneca Amigos”. They were the main volunteer workforce instrumental in constructing the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail. Bonnie expanded her leadership role by becoming a Volunteer Trail Crew Leader with Montgomery Parks in 2009. Bonnie’s volunteer leadership has resulted in the completion of numerous trail maintenance projects and miles of newly constructed sections of the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail. Since 2009, she has lead 33 Volunteer Trail Workday Projects resulting in over 1,100 hours of volunteer service to the trail.

Montgomery Parks is very fortunate to have generous support from community members. In recent years our volunteers have donated more than 80,000 hours of volunteer service annually.

Are you interested in volunteering?

There are always opportunities to help out in our parks, no matter what your volunteer objectives are. Visit ParksVolunteers.org to learn more and sign up.

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Pepco, Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Celebrate Innovative Nature Trail /pepco-montgomery-parks-and-montgomery-county-celebrate-innovative-nature-trail/ /pepco-montgomery-parks-and-montgomery-county-celebrate-innovative-nature-trail/#respond Tue, 02 Oct 2018 20:04:48 +0000 /?p=40877 New six-mile, natural surface, multi-use trail will run along Pepco’s transmission right-of-way and will connect the Muddy Branch Stream Valley to South Germantown Recreational Park.

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Media Advisory: Inaugural ride on a new natural surface trail on Pepco Right-of-Way.

What: Pepco and Montgomery Parks will mark the completion of an innovative nature trail in North Potomac, Maryland. The new six-mile, natural surface, multi-use trail will run along Pepco’s transmission right-of-way and will connect the Muddy Branch Stream Valley to South Germantown Recreational Park. The trail is being created and maintained through a collaboration between Montgomery Parks, Pepco and the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE). Pepco is the landowner of the trail and served as a design and permitting partner; Montgomery Parks will complete construction and patrol the trail, and MORE will maintain it.

Members of the media are invited to bring bikes and walking/running shoes to join a ceremonial “first ride” and hike / run on the natural-surface trail, following the press conference.

Who: Speakers will include:

Dave Velazquez, president and CEO, Pepco Holdings
Isiah “Ike” Leggett, county executive, Montgomery County Maryland
Craig Rice, councilmember, Montgomery County Council
Casey Anderson, chair, Montgomery County Planning Board
Michael Riley, director, Montgomery Parks
Dave Magill, Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE) Maryland Trails Advocacy

When: Friday, October 5, 2018
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Pepco’s transmission corridor on Colton Lane (between 13012 and 130112) North Potomac, Maryland 20878
Parking is available on Colton Lane.

Background: Pepco, Montgomery County, and Montgomery Parks will celebrate the completion of construction for a new natural-surface trail along the Pepco transmission corridor in Montgomery County. The six-mile trail will provide a healthy and environmentally friendly source of recreation for the benefit of the entire community. This trail is the first of its kind which through a partnership facilitates recreational use of transmission corridors.

Find additional information about Pepco by visiting www.pepco.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pepcoconnect and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pepcoconnect. Our mobile app is available at www.pepco.com/mobileapp.

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About Pepco: Pepco, a public utility owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 842,000 electric delivery customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

 About the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Montgomery Parks: Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 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 

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Montgomery Parks Closes All Natural Surface Trails Due to Excessive Rainfall /montgomery-parks-closes-all-natural-surface-trails-due-to-excessive-rainfall/ /montgomery-parks-closes-all-natural-surface-trails-due-to-excessive-rainfall/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2018 13:39:17 +0000 /?p=40646 UPDATE: All natural-surface trails are closed due to excessive rainfall until Saturday, September 29 at 8 a.m.

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Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has closed all natural-surface trails and the bike pump track at South Germantown Recreational Park to the public, due to excessive rainfall. Recent weather conditions have left trails wet and muddy creating potentially dangerous conditions for trail users and can also adversely affect the integrity of the trails. Trails are closed until Friday, September 28, 2018, at 12 p.m.

Montgomery Parks maintains more than 170 miles of natural surface trails in Montgomery County.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 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’ Fall Speaker Series Kicks Off With Landscape Architect and Planner David Barth /montgomery-parks-fall-speaker-series-kicks-off-with-landscape-architect-and-planner-david-barth/ /montgomery-parks-fall-speaker-series-kicks-off-with-landscape-architect-and-planner-david-barth/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:23:59 +0000 /?p=40682 Barth will discuss high-performance public spaces on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Event is free and open to the public.

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Barth will discuss high-performance public spaces on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

SILVER SPRING, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, kicks off its Fall 2018-Winter 2019 Speaker Series on October 3, 2018, with David Barth, Principal of Barth Associates.

Barth, a landscape architect and planner, has developed parks and recreation system needs assessments and master plans in over 80 communities throughout the United States.  His presentation will examine The Benefits of High-Performance Public Spaces (HPPS).  Barth defines HPPS as publicly accessible spaces that generate economic, environmental, and social sustainability benefits for their local community.  Barth will provide an overview of his research into HPPPs, including the guiding principles and the practical application of 25 HPPS criteria to parks and other public spaces. The presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session, is free and open to the public.

 

David Barth, Planner and Landscape Architect

WHAT: Montgomery Parks Speaker Series

David Barth, “The Benefits of High-Performance Public Spaces”
Complimentary lunch followed by presentation and question-and-answer session
Must pre-register for lunch

 

WHO: The event is open to the public.

 

WHEN: October 3, 2018 | 12:00-2:00 p.m.

 

WHERE: Silver Spring Civic Building, Ellsworth Room
One Veterans Place, Silver Spring 20910

 

REGISTER: www.montgomeryparks.org/speakerseries

About David Barth:
Dr. David Barth is a registered landscape architect, certified planner, and certified parks and recreation professional who specializes in the planning, design, and implementation of the public realm. He is also an expert facilitator and strategic planner.  He has developed parks and recreation system needs assessments and master plans for over 80 communities throughout the United States, including Washington, D.C, Miami-Dade County, Norfolk, VA, downtown San Diego, and the City of Raleigh. He has also led the planning and/or design of hundreds of parks and trails, including Orange County’s West Orange Trail, Martin County’s Indian Riverside Park, and the City of Kissimmee’s Lakefront Park. He was a co-author of the American Planning Association (APA) publication From Recreation to Re-Creation, as well as a contributor to APA’s Planning and Urban Design Standards for parks and recreation needs assessments. Most recently, he authored APA’s Planning Advisory Service Memo Alternatives for Determining Parks and Recreation Levels of Service. Dr. Barth received his PhD in Design, Construction, and Planning from the University of Florida.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 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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Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting Celebracion de la Herencia Hispana on Saturday, September 29, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Meadowside Nature Center, located at 5100 Meadowside Lane in Rockville. The free festival, which coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrates Hispanic food, music, and culture.

The event will include a variety of activities that the whole family can enjoy. Local band, Grupo Quimbao, will provide a diverse selection of Latin music, including salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata and more. There will be food stations showcasing popular dishes and traditional crafts and games, including Chilean rain sticks and the Migration Game, which teaches children about birds that migrate between the United States and Central and South America.

“Meadowside is thrilled to be hosting a celebration in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Latinos and the Hispanic community are an important part of our neighborhood, and we want to make sure to honor many of the different cultures that help make Meadowside what it is,” said Carolina Giraldo, Director of Meadowside Nature Center. “We hope the celebration will bring the community together and also help bring awareness to the resources and benefits that Meadowside has for Spanish-speakers.”

Located in Rock Creek Regional Park, Meadowside Nature Center offers hands-on natural and cultural history programs, including year-round Spanish-language programs and camps led by bilingual naturalists.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed every year from September 15 to October 15. The month celebrates the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic Americans.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 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 Completes Construction of State-of-the-Art Greenhouse Facility at Brookside Gardens /montgomery-parks-completes-construction-of-state-of-the-art-greenhouse-facility-at-brookside-gardens/ /montgomery-parks-completes-construction-of-state-of-the-art-greenhouse-facility-at-brookside-gardens/#respond Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:23:03 +0000 /?p=40589 New structure, made possible by a significant gift from a devoted volunteer, will use the latest technology to efficiently grow a diverse array of more than 20,000 plants

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 Joan O’Rourke inside the Joan and John O’Rourke Greenhouse

Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces the completion of the Joan and John O’Rourke Greenhouse located at Brookside Gardens, Montgomery County’s award-winning 50-acre public display garden in Wheaton Regional Park.  The new 11,500 square foot, state-of-the-art growing facility will support the diverse year-round plant needs for Brookside Gardens’ landscape gardens and conservatory displays, including the Wings of Fancy live butterfly exhibit, as well as horticultural programs, curriculum-based school programs for children and continuing education programs for adults.  The greenhouse will also support the five-acre McCrillis Gardens located in Bethesda.

Construction of the Joan and John O’Rourke Greenhouse began in 2015 thanks in part to a $1 million donation to Brookside Gardens from longtime volunteer and founding President of the Friends of Brookside Gardens, Joan O’Rourke.  The glass greenhouse utilizes the latest technology to efficiently meet the specialized growing needs of many different types of plants in one structure.  Notable features of the project include:

  • 10,000 square feet of indoor growing area with four separate climate zones
  • A rainwater harvesting system, that collects and filters rainwater from the roof for irrigating plants
  • A computerized control system that provides comprehensive monitoring and equipment automation throughout the greenhouse
  • A 1,500 square foot headhouse with work stations, a soil mixer, and storage areas for soil, seeds, tools, equipment, trash and compost
  • 11,000 square feet of outdoor plant growing area for summer annuals, mums, topiary and hanging baskets.
  • Stormwater management facilities including three planted bioretention areas

“It is a rare donor who understands the need and is willing to fund the construction of a behind-the-scenes facility that supports the most fundamental task at Brookside Gardens: growing plants,” said Stephanie Oberle, Director, Brookside Gardens.  “As a volunteer familiar with many aspects of our operations, Joan knew the huge impact her gift would have to help staff carry out our work to serve the public.  We are so grateful to Joan for her generous gift and look forward to growing the most amazing plants!”

The new O’Rourke Greenhouse replaces a smaller growing structure built by Brookside Gardens staff in the 1980’s and is adjacent to the Fritz Greenhouse, a glass structure in operation since 1976.  The balance of the project was funded through the Montgomery County’s Capital Improvement Program budget. This project is part of phase five of Brookside Gardens’ Master Plan approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board in 2005. The Master Plan provides a long-term vision for renewal of the Gardens.  Brookside Gardens is a living museum featuring a curated collection ornamental plants suited to the Washington-Metropolitan area in multiple garden displays and two conservatories. The Gardens welcome more than 400,0000 visitors each year.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 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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Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will reopen all natural-surface trails on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. The trails have been closed for several weeks, due to excessive rainfall which can create unsafe conditions for users and can also adversely affect the integrity of the trails.

Montgomery Parks maintains more than 170 miles of natural surface trails in Montgomery County.

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Parking Day 2017

SILVER SPRING, MD –Montgomery Parks and the Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), invite the public to celebrate PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 21, 2018. The departments will transform two parking spaces in downtown Silver Spring into temporary pop-up parklets, located at the corner of Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue. Games and seating will be available for passersby to enjoy.

“PARK(ing) Day allows us to offer a fun, temporary amenity for the Silver Spring community by creatively reusing street parking spaces,” says Casey Anderson, Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board. “These parklets will help us demonstrate some of the ideas from our master plans and Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan for urban parks.”

This year’s parklets will highlight how small, activated urban green spaces can create big impacts in our communities. The public is invited to stop by to meet Planning and Parks staff, play games and relax in the temporary parklets.

Details:
PARK(ing) Day 2018
Friday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Located at the corner of Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue in downtown Silver Spring.
The event is free and open to the public.

About PARK(ing) Day:
This annual event, which began in 2005, is held on the third Friday in September in cities around the globe to encourage discussion around issues related to urban infrastructure, including the role of open space, transit and the environment.  In addition to the fun nature of the event, PARK(ing) Day provides an opportunity for cultural expression, socializing and play. Although this project is temporary, the broader goal is to encourage people to get more involved in the civic process to promote more urban open space, influence how public space is created and improve the quality of urban areas.

About Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland and 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-Naesttional 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

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 plansreviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department comprises about 150 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.

Accessibility
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) encourages the involvement and participation of all individuals in the community, including those with disabilities, in the planning and review processes. In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), M-NCPPC will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities in its services, programs or activities. M-NCPCC works to make its facilities and materials accessible and to hold public meetings in locations that are, likewise, accessible. M-NCPPC will generally provide, upon request, appropriate aids and services and make reasonable modifications to policies and programs for persons with disabilities (e.g. large print materials, listening devices, sign language interpretation, etc.). For assistance with such requests, please contact the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Commissioners’ Office, at least a week in advance, at (301) 495-4605 or at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org. Maryland residents can also use the free Maryland Relay Service for assistance with calls to or from hearing or speech impaired persons; for information, go to www.mdrelay.org or call (866) 269-9006. Residents may also call the TTY number, (301) 495-1331, for assistance.

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Farm Animals, Corn Maze, and More at Annual Harvest Festival /farm-animals-corn-maze-and-more-at-annual-harvest-festival/ /farm-animals-corn-maze-and-more-at-annual-harvest-festival/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:37:21 +0000 /?p=39781 Montgomery Parks’ Agricultural History Farm Park is teeming with excitement for the upcoming Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 6.

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Montgomery Parks’ Agricultural History Farm Park is teeming with excitement for the upcoming Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 6 from 11a-4p ($15 cash/car). Dating back to 1991, families from all over the region come to the Derwood park the first Saturday of October for living history demonstrations, live music, food, and hands-on activities like tin-smithing and pumpkin painting.

Hay ride on a tractor“The excitement began for the 2018 Harvest Fest just a few weeks after the 2017 event concluded!” said Lisa Berray, Manager of Interpretation & Visitor Services at the Farm Park. “We have some great vendors, musical acts, and demonstrations lined up for this year’s event.”

In a nod to the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the exhibits and demonstrations will focus on how Montgomery County’s farms and communities worked together to support the war effort during the “Great War.”

“We want to transport visitors back to early 20th-century farm life in the Magruder-Bussard Farmhouse,” shared Berray. “After visiting the historic outbuildings, we want our attendees—both young or a bit older—to take away some knowledge of our collective history.”

Situated next to Montgomery Country’s Agricultural Reserve, the Agricultural History Farm Park encompasses 455 acres of land and serves as a historic farm as well as a modern farming activity center. Visitors have a great time meeting the resident Ossabaw Island Hogs – Piggin, Alice, and Target – while also searching for Miss Gray the farm cat.kids playing in hay

Down-home fun on the farm with crafts, activities, music, and food requires the assistance of many volunteers and Montgomery Parks staff. If you are seeking to get more involved and have a few hours to spare, consider volunteering. More information on volunteer opportunities at Harvest Festival can be found on the Volunteer Office’s online portal.

It should be a great first Saturday in October!

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In the Press: Montgomery Parks Director Mike Riley on Kojo Nnamdi show /in-the-press-montgomery-parks-director-mike-riley-on-kojo-nnamdi-show/ /in-the-press-montgomery-parks-director-mike-riley-on-kojo-nnamdi-show/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 15:41:44 +0000 /?p=40195 Montgomery Parks Director Mike Riley was a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on August 29, 2018, discussing how to...

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Montgomery Parks Director Mike Riley was a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on August 29, 2018, discussing how to balance the popularity of Montgomery Parks with preservation.  Listen to the interview here.

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Spooky and Spectacularly Fun Times at Little Bennett Campground /spooky-and-spectacularly-fun-times-at-little-bennett-campground/ /spooky-and-spectacularly-fun-times-at-little-bennett-campground/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 13:41:03 +0000 /?p=39638 Halloween and camping go hand-in-hand at Montgomery County’s premier campground!

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Halloween and camping go hand-in-hand at Montgomery County’s premier campground. This October, a haunted trail, spooky laser tag, and trick-or-treating are just some of the activities for campers at Montgomery Parks’ Little Bennett Campground.

“Halloween is my favorite time of year here because there are so many activities going on and nearly all of our guests get involved,” said Jacob Holland, Little Bennett Campground General Manager. “We are looking forward to welcoming campers, of all ages, to Little Bennett Campground this Fall. It should be a spooky and spectacularly fun time!”

A yurt among the trees at Little Bennett Campground

Little Bennett Campground, located in Clarksburg, offers 91 different campsites and organized activities each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from April through October. In October, Halloween movies will be shown at the amphitheater every Friday and Saturday night while the haunted trail will be open Saturday nights.

The fun doesn’t stop there! The new-for-2018 Laser Tag course along with the pedal karts will be available each day along with access to the jumping pillow and GaGa Ball pit. Organized activities will include decorating masks, ceramic painting, tie-dye t-shirts, costume contests and pumpkin decorating contests!

Campsites include yurts (with electricity), full hook-up RV sites, and tent sites. There is also a larger group camping area, with space for up to 60 A child in the air after jumping on the Little Bennett Campground Jumping Pillowcampers. With plenty of Halloween activities and miles of trails available to campers, Little Bennett Campground is the place to be this October!

To reserve your campsite, or to learn more, please visit www.LittleBennettCampground.org.

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Montgomery Parks to Close All Natural Surface Trails Due to Excessive Rain /montgomery-parks-to-close-all-natural-surface-trails-due-to-excessive-rain/ /montgomery-parks-to-close-all-natural-surface-trails-due-to-excessive-rain/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 19:46:14 +0000 /?p=40184 All natural surface trails are closed until further notice due to excessive rainfall.

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Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has closed all natural-surface trails to the public, due to excessive rainfall. Recent weather conditions have left trails wet and muddy creating potentially dangerous conditions for trail users and can also adversely affect the integrity of the trails. Trails are closed until further notice.

Montgomery Parks maintains more than 170 miles of natural surface trails in Montgomery County.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 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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Tree Removal in Lois Green Conservation Park /tree-removal-in-lois-green-conservation-park/ /tree-removal-in-lois-green-conservation-park/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 18:00:54 +0000 /?p=40175 The Montgomery County Airport is removing trees located adjacent to the end of the runway to improve safety.

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The Montgomery County Airpark will be removing trees in Lois Green Conservation Park at the end of the runway along the Two Pond Loop Trail. The week-long project will begin on October 1 to improve flight path visibility at the airport for safety purposes. The area will be managed as a meadow creating a more sustainable site that is safer for airport users.

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Volunteer Opportunities Abound in Montgomery Parks /fall-volunteer-season-kicks-off-annual-service-events-clean-ups-trail-workdays/ /fall-volunteer-season-kicks-off-annual-service-events-clean-ups-trail-workdays/#respond Fri, 07 Sep 2018 05:23:53 +0000 /?p=25387 Montgomery Parks’ Volunteer Services Office is gearing up for a busy Fall season! From special events to stream cleanups to trail work, there are many ways for people to give back.

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Montgomery Parks’ Volunteer Services Office (VSO) is gearing up for a busy fall season! From special events to stream cleanups to trail work, there are many ways for people to give back. Each year, VSO supports thousands of volunteers and Park staff in their efforts to enhance our park system.

“The fall is a beautiful time to be outside in Montgomery County and we have lots of great opportunities for volunteers to come experience their local parks and help to support and improve them at the same time,” says Henry Coppola, Volunteer Services Coordinator. “Whether you’re keeping the parks clean, removing invasive plants, building a trail, or helping with a special event, you are making an impact in our community.”

Throughout the months of September and October, three annual service initiatives are expected to draw hundreds of volunteers to Montgomery Parks. These service opportunities—open to individuals, families and groups—will include park and stream cleanups, natural surface trail workdays, and Weed Warrior invasive plant removals.

  • Day to Serve – September 11-October 10
    Day to Serve is an annual event that draws people of all faiths, races, cultures, and backgrounds with the shared goal of improving communities.
  • National Public Land Day – September 22
    National Public Land Day (NPLD) encourages people to celebrate and show their appreciation of our nation’s public lands by volunteering.
  • Community Service Week – October 21-28
    Led by the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, Community Service Week provides a chance for county residents to roll up their sleeves and join family, friends, and neighbors in giving a few hours of time to their community.

There are also a number of upcoming Fall festivals and longer-term opportunities at many facilities in Montgomery Parks. For students starting a new school year, many of these opportunities are approved for student service learning hours.

For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities in Montgomery Parks, visit the Volunteer Services Office webpage.

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Fall Festivals with Montgomery Parks /fall-festivals-with-montgomery-parks/ /fall-festivals-with-montgomery-parks/#respond Tue, 04 Sep 2018 13:24:26 +0000 /?p=39999 As the air becomes cooler and the leaves begin to change, Montgomery Parks has you covered with fun events and exciting festivals for the entire family.

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As the air becomes cooler and the leaves begin to change, Montgomery Parks has you covered with fun events and exciting festivals for the entire family. In September, celebrate the monarch butterfly or taste some locally grown honey. Next month, find a campfire, sip some freshly made apple cider, take a hayride, or have some spooky Halloween fun!

Mark your calendar for these upcoming festivals and special events. A complete list of programs and activities are available in the 2018 Fall Guide. Montgomery Parks, it’s all here.

September

Pawpaw Festival: Get your paws on some pawpaws! Celebrate this delightful native fruit with us at Meadowside Nature Center!

When: September 8 at 12 pm
Where: Meadowside Nature Center
| 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville

Fee: $5

Children’s Day: Celebrate the magnificent state of Maryland and the opening of our newly themed Children’s Garden, “Explore Maryland.”

When: September 15 at 11 am
Where: Brookside Gardens
|1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton
FREE

Apple Festival and Campfire : It’s Apple Harvest Time! Join us for apple cider pressing, apple lore, hands-on-activities, live music, and making s’mores at our campfire ring.
When: Friday, September 21 at 6pm
Where: Meadowside Nature Center
|5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville
Fee: $8

Monarch Fiesta Day: Celebrate the monarch butterfly’s incredible journey. We’ll have face paintings, story times, crafts, monarch tagging, and more!

When: Saturday, September 22 at 11am
Where: Black Hill Visitor Center
| 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds

FREE

Honey Harvest Festival: Come & Enjoy Sweet Fun! Meet the beekeepers and their bees and watch honey be harvested.

When: Sunday, September 23 at 12pm
Where: Brookside Nature Center
| 1400 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton

FREE

Hispanic Heritage CelebrationCelebrate Hispanic heritage and culture with food, music, crafts and games in our beautiful park.  See you at the party!

When: Saturday, September 29 at 12pm
Where: Meadowside Nature Center
|5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville

FREE

October

Harvest Festival: Enjoy some down-home fun on the farm with old-time crafts, activities, music, and food.

When: October 6 at 11 am
Where: Agriculture History Farm Park
| 18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood
Fee: $15 per car

4th Annual Gourmet S’mores Campfire Cookout: Marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers are just the beginning of this sweet family even! Join us for an evening of s’mores, music, and intense s’mores competition.

When: October 13 at 5pm
Where: Brookside Nature Center
| 1400 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton

Fee: $7

Cider Day: Fall is the perfect time to sip on fresh apple cider! Press your own apples in our hand cranked press and then sample the cider!

When: October 13 & 14, 20 & 21 at 2 pm & 3:30 pm
Where:
Locust Grove Nature Center |7777 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda
Fee: $7

Zombie Prom: Come dressed as the walking dead and enter our costume contest, enjoy the photo booth, and dance to classic prom music. Attendees must be 21 and over.

When: October 26 at 7 pm
Where: Rockwood Manor | 11001 MacArthur Boulevard, Potomac
Fee: $32.30-$38

BOOtanica: Children can dress in their favorite costume, participate in a garden costume parade, paint a pumpkin, try a pumpkin treat, and top the evening off listening to award winning storyteller Gary Loyld present “Pumpkin Tales for the Young telling tales more funny than scary.

When: Friday, October 26 at 5:30 pm
Where: Brookside Gardens |1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton
Fee: $18

November

Nocturnal Neighbors: Explore the world of your wooded neighborhood after dark! Visit and learn about other not-so-spooky night critters then join us to roast marshmallows around the campfire!

When: November 3 Timeslots at 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm & 8 pm
Where: Locust Grove Nature Center |7777 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda

Fee: $7

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Montgomery Parks Programming and Operating Hours for Labor Day Weekend /montgomery-parks-programming-and-operating-hours-fro-labor-day-weekend/ /montgomery-parks-programming-and-operating-hours-fro-labor-day-weekend/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 13:49:48 +0000 /?p=39717 From boating to golf to miniature trains, Montgomery Parks has plenty of options for you to enjoy Labor Day weekend.

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

 Whether you want to savor the last days of summer, unleash your inner naturalist, or get active, here is a sampling of ideas to get your holiday weekend planning started;

Full details for these and many more activities can be found on MontgomeryParks.org.

Labor Day Operating Hours

The following facilities will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2018.

  • Cabin John Ice Rink (also closed September 1 and 2)
  • Wheaton Ice Arena (also closed September 1 and 2)
  • Wheaton Sports Pavilion
  • Pauline Betz Addie and Wheaton Indoor Tennis Centers
  • Brookside Nature Center
  • Meadowside Nature Center
  • Locust Grove Nature Center
  • Black Hill Visitor Center
  • Woodlawn Manor House and Museum (Trail and grounds open sunrise to sunset)
  • Montgomery Parks Headquarters and Permit Offices

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

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 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 Natural Surface Trails Due to Excessive Rainfall /montgomery-parks-closes-natural-surface-trails-due-to-excessive-rainfall/ /montgomery-parks-closes-natural-surface-trails-due-to-excessive-rainfall/#respond Wed, 22 Aug 2018 15:29:19 +0000 /?p=39680 Montgomery Parks is closing all natural surface trails for the next 24 hours due to yesterday's heavy rainfall.

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Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has closed all natural surface trails to the public for the next 24 hours, following yesterday’s rainfall. Trails will reopen tomorrow, Thursday, August 23, 2018, at 12 p.m. An estimated 2.5 inches of rainfall has left trails wet and muddy creating potentially dangerous conditions for trail users and can also adversely affect the integrity of the trails.

Montgomery Parks maintains more than 170 miles of natural surface trails in Montgomery County.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 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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Marye Wells-Harley Dream Camp Scholarship Helped Make Summer Camp a Reality for Area Families /marye-wells-harley-dream-camp-scholarship-makes-summer-camp-a-reality-for-area-families/ /marye-wells-harley-dream-camp-scholarship-makes-summer-camp-a-reality-for-area-families/#respond Tue, 21 Aug 2018 16:10:34 +0000 /?p=39651 Some young people experienced the joys of summer camp thanks to the Marye Wells-Harley Dream Camp Scholarship. Named in honor of the former Montgomery Planning Board Commissioner, the scholarship provides funds for youth, ages 6 – 14, to attend a Montgomery Parks summer camp.

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This summer, some young people experienced the joys of summer camp thanks to the Marye Wells-Harley Dream Camp Scholarship. Named inGraphic showing stats for Marye-Wells Harley Summer Camp Scholarship. In FY 2018: Parks awarded fifteen scholarships. 24 applications were received. 45% of the funds were awarded, 55% of the funds reamain. Types of camps kids enrolled in included nature, archaeology, tennis, week in the park, fields sports, golf, and outdoor adventure. Scholarship recipients live in Silver Spring, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Potomac, Boyds and Kensington. honor of the former Montgomery Planning Board Commissioner, the scholarship provides funds for youth, ages 6 – 14, to attend a Montgomery Parks summer camp.

In the fiscal year ending in June 2018, approximately $10,000 was raised for the scholarship through individual contributions. Montgomery Parks awarded approximately half of the funds for camp scholarships this summer. The remaining balance will be distributed in the future, enabling the funds to grow with additional donations.

“Summer camp offers children an opportunity to immerse themselves in an activity that interests them, while spending time with their peers,” says Beth Hile, Area Recreation Program Manager for the Enterprise Division. “Camps contribute to the healthy development of children by allowing them to make meaningful connections.”

Montgomery Parks has a variety of summer camps, ranging from nature and gardening to sports programs and adventure outings. Camps are offered at facilities and parks around the county and for kids of all ages and abilities from June through August.

Montgomery Parks awarded the scholarships on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, based on eligibility of financial need, and a letter from a parent or guardian that explained how the child or children would benefit from participation in a summer camp program.

The Marye Wells-Harley Dream Camp Scholarship is administered through the Montgomery Parks Foundation. For information on how to make a donation, visit: www.MontgomeryParksFoundation.org.

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Seven Things To Do Before Summer Ends /seven-things-to-do-before-summer-ends/ /seven-things-to-do-before-summer-ends/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:25:01 +0000 /?p=39584 Make the most of the remainder of the summer before it’s over! Montgomery Parks has lots of experiences for you and your family to enjoy.

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“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”
-Charles Bowden

For many, summertime is the season to let loose and have fun! Vacations, camps, and cookouts fill our days between June and August. Yet as the season winds down, some may find themselves yearning for more. Fret not — you can still make the most of the remainder of the summer before it’s over! Montgomery Parks has lots of experiences for you and your family to enjoy.

Here are seven things to do before the summer ends!

  1. Explore the Parks

Take a walk on one of the trails at Wheaton Regional Park or have some fun with the Hike Club as they journey through Black Hill Park.

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  1. Picnic in the Parks

Rent a picnic pavilion  at Waters Landing park and enjoy the day with your family and friends.

  1. Catch a movie

*UPDATE: This event has been postponed due to expected inclement weather. This event has been rescheduled for Friday, September 7.

Join us for a special viewing of Led Zeppelin Played Here on August 31st at Brookside Gardens! Be sure to stay after for a special Q&A session with filmmaker Jeff Krulik.

  1. Enjoy Butterflies in the Park

Learn about butterfly’s amazing metamorphosis at the Wings of Fancy exhibit before it ends on September 16.

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  1. Earn your SSL hours

Students can knock out their Student Service Learning hours at Wyngate Woods Neighborhood Park in Bethesda. Join Weed Warrior Supervisor Dick Kerr for an invasive plant removal workday.

  1. Gather around a Campfire

Brookside Gardens and Black Hill have the perfect campfire events for you. Sit by the campfire and enjoy the stars at Black Hill while a naturalist leads the group in themed songs, stories, games, and of course, s’mores. Or spend an evening at Brookside Garden’s Fireside Friday’s campfire. Bring your dinner to cook and enjoy around the open fire, then roast marshmallows provided by the Nature Center.

  1. Take Your Kids to the SplashPark 

The SplashPark is one of the most popular features of South Germantown Recreational Park. Kids will have an excellent time and stay cool playing in the one-of-a-kind 280-jet water maze, cave with a waterfall, water bucket drops, slide, and spraying animals.

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