Montgomery Parks Official Parks Department for Montgomery County, MD Thu, 06 May 2021 14:37:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.1 /uploads/2016/07/cropped-favicon-150x150.png Montgomery Parks 32 32 Parks Picks – Mother’s Day /parks-picks-mothers-day/ /parks-picks-mothers-day/#respond Thu, 06 May 2021 13:35:15 +0000 /?p=73148 Celebrate mom all weekend long with fun activities in Montgomery Parks.

The post Parks Picks – Mother’s Day appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
Celebrate mom all weekend long in Montgomery Parks! Here are our Parks’ Picks for fun activities to do in the parks with mom:

Harmony with Hummingbirds

It’s that time of year when hummingbirds start returning to Cabin John Regional Park! Learn about these tiny, busy birds and ways you can attract them to your own backyard in this free virtual program on Friday, May 7, from 3:30 to 4 pm.

Gray and black Hummingbird sitting on wire.
Photo Credit: Hummingbird – Narcah, Flickr, CC 2.0

Picnic in the Park

Treat mom to a picnic in the park this weekend! Enjoy some fresh air and support our local restaurants. Place your food order with a participating restaurant and it will be delivered to you at one of our nine participating parks.

Treat your mom to a picnic in the park this weekend.

Brookside Gardens

Spend the afternoon (or day) at Brookside Gardens. See the gardens in full bloom, reserve a timed-entry ticket for the conservatory, or visit the “Facets of Hope” exhibit honoring the memory of Montgomery County citizens who have died of COVID-19.

Orange and yellow flowers in bloom at Brookside Gardens.

Public Skating

Take mom for a spin on the ice at Cabin John Ice Rink or Wheaton Ice Arena during public skate sessions. Check the ice rink websites for session times and register on ActiveMONTGOMERY.org.

Lace up your skates with mom during a public skate session at Cabin John Ice Rink or Wheaton Ice Arena.

Trains and Carousel

All aboard! Take a ride with mom on the Wheaton Train and Carousel or Cabin John Train this weekend. Both are open Friday through Sunday. Purchase tickets in advance on ActiveMONTGOMERY.org.

Miniature train traveling on outdoor train track.

Montgomery Parks…It’s All Here!

For more fun things to do and see in Montgomery Parks, visit our Parks Picks page.

The post Parks Picks – Mother’s Day appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/parks-picks-mothers-day/feed/ 0
Montgomery Parks Updates Rules for Gathering Sizes in Parks and Camps in Accordance with Montgomery County’s Amended Health Order /montgomery-parks-updates-rules-for-gathering-sizes-in-parks-and-camps-in-accordance-with-montgomery-countys-amended-health-order/ /montgomery-parks-updates-rules-for-gathering-sizes-in-parks-and-camps-in-accordance-with-montgomery-countys-amended-health-order/#respond Sat, 01 May 2021 13:43:05 +0000 /?p=72982 Montgomery Parks is easing restrictions for some of the COVID-19 guidelines based on updated guidance from the county.

The post Montgomery Parks Updates Rules for Gathering Sizes in Parks and Camps in Accordance with Montgomery County’s Amended Health Order appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
Many park facilities will increase number of visitors from 25 percent to 50 percent capacity. 

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is easing some of its COVID-19 restrictions related to outdoor and indoor gathering sizes on parkland and for its summer camps based on Montgomery County’s recently amended health regulations. Montgomery County’s updated health regulations are aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 while providing a phased approach to reopening. With over 50 percent of the county’s population having received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, the parks department is increasing outdoor gatherings to 100 people and indoor gatherings to 50 people in accordance with the county’s Fifth Amended Board of Health Regulation. Participants must still wear face coverings (indoors and outside where social distance cannot be maintainedand practice social distancing. 

Summer Camps:  
Montgomery Parks summer camps will now accommodate up to 100 campers outside and up to 50 campers at indoor facilities. For more information on camp safety, visit Montgomery County’s camp safety page. Montgomery Parks will follow all the County standards.  

Athletic Facilities and Fields:  
Athletic teams may have up to 50 participants for indoor events and up to 50 spectators for indoor events. Athletic teams may have up to 100 participants for outdoor events and up to 100 spectators at outdoor events. For tournament play, teams must provide a waiver approved by the County Health Officer. Tournaments may only include teams from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.    

Organized sports teams must obtain a permit from Montgomery Parks. Permits are offered on a first come, first-served basis and are required for use of any recreational/regional field. For local fields, permits are not required, but recommended, as non-permitted users must relinquish the field to permit holders. Permits are available via ActiveMontgomery.org or by applying to www.parkpermits.org. For more information, call 301-495-2525. 

Park Facilities:  
The following Montgomery Parks facilities will increase visitor capacity from 25 percent to 50 percent:   

  • Food and drink will be permitted at event centers to be consumed while seated in a socially distant manner. 

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

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

The post Montgomery Parks Updates Rules for Gathering Sizes in Parks and Camps in Accordance with Montgomery County’s Amended Health Order appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/montgomery-parks-updates-rules-for-gathering-sizes-in-parks-and-camps-in-accordance-with-montgomery-countys-amended-health-order/feed/ 0
Parks Picks – National Bike Month /parks-picks-national-bike-month/ /parks-picks-national-bike-month/#respond Thu, 29 Apr 2021 16:06:54 +0000 /?p=72806 Explore Montgomery Parks and trails on two wheels during National Bike Month in May.

The post Parks Picks – National Bike Month appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
May is National Bike Month. So, take your wheels in for a tune up and get ready to explore these five places in Montgomery Parks. 

Open Parkways 

Our car-free streets are the ideal places to enjoy a bike ride with friends or family in May. Every Friday at 9am to Sunday at 6pm sections of Beach Drive (Connecticut Avenue to Knowles Avenue) and Sligo Creek Parkway (University Boulevard West to Forest Glen Road and Piney Branch Road to Old Carroll Avenue) are closed to motor vehicles and open to people biking, walking, and running. Little Falls Parkway (Arlington Road to River Road) is open for biking, walking, and running starting on Saturdays at 7 am until 6 pm on Sundays.

Adult bicyclist rides on the open section of Little Falls Parkway, part of Montgomery Parks’ Open Parkways Program.

Cabin John Trails 

Plan a trip on our trails. Cabin John Regional Park has slightly more than three easy miles of natural and hard surface trails. The trail undulates as it parallels Cabin John Creek. Easiest access to the trails is from parking lots off Democracy Boulevard and Tuckerman Lane. For more natural surface trails, continue on nearly nine miles of Cabin John Stream Valley Park trails.

Natural surface trails in Cabin John Regional Park parallel Cabin John Stream.

Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail 

Pack a lunch and water and head out on a day trip on the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail. The hard surface trail extends about eighteen miles through Rock Creek Regional Park from the Washington, DC, border north to Lake Needwood. Despite scattered hilly parts, the trail is good for all skill levels.

Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail runs through Rock Creek Regional Park from the Washington, DC, border in the south to Lake Needwood in the north.

Magruder Branch Trail 

Starting your journey in the northern part of Montgomery County? Consider trails through Magruder Branch Stream Valley Park near Damascus. The four-mile hard surface trail, a mostly flat ride with some steep grades along the way, has views of upland forests and provide birding opportunities. The three-mile natural surface trail winds through wetlands, fields, and woodlands.

The trail marker indicates that the natural surface Magruder Stream Valley Trail is open to equestrians, hikers, and cyclists.

Northwest Branch Trail

Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park offers an asphalt trail south of the Capital Beltway. There are  natural surface trails, but the trail on the west side of stream is open to all bicyclists, hikers and equestrians, while the trail on the east side is for hikers only. Check out the newest trail, Copperhead Run, — a favorite of mountain bicyclists, — which begins at the Colesville Road entrance near Burnt Mills East and heads south parallel to the Northwest Branch Trail.

Northwest Branch Trail offers lovely views of the stream and seasonal wildflowers, like Virginia bluebells.

Visit the Trails page on our website for more information. Another online source for trip planning is AllTrails.

Montgomery Parks…it’s all here! 

For more fun things to do and see in Montgomery Parks, visit our Parks Picks page.

The post Parks Picks – National Bike Month appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/parks-picks-national-bike-month/feed/ 0
Montgomery Parks Debuts Mobile Nature Center /montgomery-parks-debuts-mobile-nature-center/ /montgomery-parks-debuts-mobile-nature-center/#respond Wed, 28 Apr 2021 13:36:30 +0000 /?p=72757 Nature on Wheels will bring programming to the community beginning April 30.

The post Montgomery Parks Debuts Mobile Nature Center appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
Nature on Wheels will bring programming to the community beginning April 30. 

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces the launch of Nature on Wheels a mobile nature center and science field station that will bring programming to parks throughout the county.  

A naturalist stands in front of the Nature on Wheels RV

Nature on Wheels will be equipped with field research and presentation tools, mobile displays, and program presentation activities. Park naturalists will lead various programs, science activities, and games utilizing displays deployed around the vehicle and a mobile stage to ensure safe distancing. Some programs may include animal ambassadors.   

“We can’t wait to take our nature programming on the road and engage with residents in the neighborhoods where they live and play,” said Angela Yau, Facility Manager, Locust Grove Nature Center.  “Nature on Wheels allows us to provide nature programs in a safe, outdoor environment and is a way for us to increase access to community science, community service, and career exploration programs throughout the county.”  

Nature on Wheels will make its debut this weekend. Naturalists will share information on the City Nature Challenge and how to use the app iNaturalist at the following locations: 

Naturalists will also be available to answer questions and share information related to natural areas throughout the park system.  The Nature on Wheels program plans to expand as it becomes safer for groups to gather and will offer organizations, including schools, the opportunity to schedule a visit at a park within walking distance of their facility. 

Nature on Wheels operates in accordance with Montgomery County guidelines on group size and physical distancing.  Face coverings must be worn.  

Follow the Locust Grove Nature Center Facebook page for information on future Nature on Wheels dates and locations. 

Nature Centers Announce Facility Reopening Dates 

Montgomery Parks is beginning to re-open nature center facilities. During opening hours, staff will be onsite, and restrooms will be open. Indoor play areas, activities, and exhibits remain closed. 

Beginning May 1, 2021: 

Beginning June 5, 2021 

Meadowside Nature Center is undergoing facility renovations and remains closed.  

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

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

The post Montgomery Parks Debuts Mobile Nature Center appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/montgomery-parks-debuts-mobile-nature-center/feed/ 0
Montgomery Parks to Present Proposed Dog Park Location and Concept Plan to the Planning Board on May 6, 2021 /montgomery-parks-to-present-proposed-dog-park-location-and-concept-plan-to-the-planning-board-on-may-6-2021/ /montgomery-parks-to-present-proposed-dog-park-location-and-concept-plan-to-the-planning-board-on-may-6-2021/#respond Mon, 26 Apr 2021 16:30:10 +0000 /?p=72676 Proposed plan for a new dog park and Norwood Local Park will be presented to the Planning Board on May 6, 2021.

The post Montgomery Parks to Present Proposed Dog Park Location and Concept Plan to the Planning Board on May 6, 2021 appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
The public is invited to testify or comment at the meeting, in writing, or via email. 

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will present the proposed dog park location and concept plan to the Montgomery Planning Board on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The time of the presentation will be posted on the Planning Board website closer to the date of the presentation. The public is invited to comment or testify at the meeting (which will be held online), in writing or by email. Information about how to testify is available on the Planning Board webpage.  

Parks staff will recommend a concept plan for a new dog park at Norwood Local Park in Bethesda. The site was selected following an extensive Site Suitability Study for Dog Parks approved by the Planning Board in 2019, and a project-specific public input period from November 10, 2020, through January 14, 2021. Norwood Local Park was identified as a favorable site for a dog park based on the demonstrated need for dog parks in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase service area of the Montgomery Parks system. Its proximity to downtown Bethesda and densely populated surrounding neighborhoods meets recommendations from the Site Suitability Study. In addition, it is a large park already being used by many dog owners that allows for separation between the dog park, existing park amenities, and residences.  

Norwood Local Park is a 17.5-acre park located in Bethesda with a community activity building, athletic fields, open lawn areas, a basketball court, two playgrounds, an open-area amphitheater and tennis courts. 

“Dog parks are one of the most needed facilities in Montgomery County’s park system, particularly in areas of high population density,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “Norwood Local Park is well-suited for a dog park based on its location in a thriving community that serves many people, including many dog owners who use the park frequently.”  

The proposed dog park will be slightly less than half an acre in size and centrally located within the park. It will provide a designated fenced area for dog exercise with separated large and small dog areas, and may include a shade structure, seating, and a water source for dogs.  

If the proposed dog park location and concept plan is approved by the Planning Board, parks staff will begin developing the dog park facility plan, with construction anticipated to start in summer 2022. 

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

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

The post Montgomery Parks to Present Proposed Dog Park Location and Concept Plan to the Planning Board on May 6, 2021 appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/montgomery-parks-to-present-proposed-dog-park-location-and-concept-plan-to-the-planning-board-on-may-6-2021/feed/ 0
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit at Brookside Gardens Canceled for the 2021 Season /montgomery-parks-cancels-wings-of-fancy-live-butterfly-and-caterpillar-exhibit-at-brookside-gardens-for-the-2021-season/ /montgomery-parks-cancels-wings-of-fancy-live-butterfly-and-caterpillar-exhibit-at-brookside-gardens-for-the-2021-season/#respond Wed, 21 Apr 2021 14:50:33 +0000 /?p=72526 Brookside Gardens’ Conservatory will reopen on April 29, 2021.

The post Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit at Brookside Gardens Canceled for the 2021 Season appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
Brookside Gardens’ Conservatory will reopen on April 29, 2021.  

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks,, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is canceling this year’s Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit at Brookside Gardens, due to the health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. 

“We share in the community’s disappointment that Wings of Fancy has been canceled for the second year in a row, however, this decision was made after careful consideration for the health and well-being of our guests, volunteers, and staff,” said Stephanie Oberle, Director, Brookside Gardens. 

Visitors interested in learning more about local butterflies, and tips on starting a butterfly garden, can find photos and resources on the Brookside Gardens website. .  

Brookside Gardens’ Conservatory will reopen to the public on Thursday, April 29. The conservatory features plants from around the world, including banana, palm, eucalyptus, red powderpuff and cacao trees. Also on display are fragrant plants such as snapdragons, rose scented geranium, myrtle, and tricolor sage.  Visitors can reserve free timed-entry tickets for one of two timeslots, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 12 p.m. to 1 pm, Thursdays through Sundays. Masks are required. Walkups are not permitted.  

Brookside Gardens’ outdoor garden area is open daily from sunrise to sunset for exercise, meditation, and wellness.  The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beginning May 1, 2021, the hours will extend to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

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

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

The post Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit at Brookside Gardens Canceled for the 2021 Season appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/montgomery-parks-cancels-wings-of-fancy-live-butterfly-and-caterpillar-exhibit-at-brookside-gardens-for-the-2021-season/feed/ 0
Montgomery Parks Opens Newly Completed Josiah Henson Museum and Park on April 23, 2021 /montgomery-parks-opens-newly-completed-josiah-henson-museum-and-park-on-april-23-2021/ /montgomery-parks-opens-newly-completed-josiah-henson-museum-and-park-on-april-23-2021/#respond Tue, 20 Apr 2021 15:52:19 +0000 /?p=72492 First museum in the U.S. dedicated to Rev. Josiah Henson, built on former plantation in Bethesda where he was enslaved prior to self-emancipating to Canada.

The post Montgomery Parks Opens Newly Completed Josiah Henson Museum and Park on April 23, 2021 appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
First museum in the U.S. dedicated to Rev. Josiah Henson, built on former plantation in Bethesda where he was enslaved prior to self-emancipating to Canada. 

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces the opening of  Josiah Henson Museum and Park on April 23, 2021. The museum and park are located at 11410 Old Georgetown Road in North Bethesda, on the site of the former plantation where Henson was enslaved from 1795 – 1830.  The museum is open Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are required for admission and must be purchased online.  

The new building at Josiah Henson Museum and Park.
The Visitor Center at the Josiah Henson Museum and Park

The Josiah Henson Museum and Park tells the inspirational life story of Reverend Josiah Henson, who was born into slavery yet defied the odds to become an influential author, abolitionist, minister, public speaker, and world-renowned figure. One of Henson’s many accomplishments was his 1849 autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada,which inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  

“I’m proud that Maryland’s 8th District is home to the new Josiah Henson Museum and Park,” said Congressman Jamie Raskin. “This vivid retelling of the extraordinary life and legacy of Josiah Henson will help us bring to life African-American history in Montgomery County and across Maryland. I thank Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County for researching and uplifting the untold stories of our African-American community, and I look forward to visiting and promoting the museum.” 

“Josiah Henson was a remarkable man, and I am thrilled that we can preserve and amplify his legacy through this new museum.  The museum is a resource of not only local significance, but national importance. It is the only archaeology-based museum in the country dedicated to telling the story of African American enslavement. I encourage everyone to plan a visit,” said Mike Riley, Director, Montgomery Parks. 

The Josiah Henson Museum & Park includes: 

Sky, Plant, Cloud, Window, Building, Tree, House, Land lot, Cottage, Residential area
The Riley/Bolten House and its attached log kitchen 
  • The Riley/Bolten House which dates to1800-1815 and its attached log kitchen which dates to 1850. These historic structures have been rehabilitated and now feature both traditional and multimedia exhibits, incorporating archaeological artifacts found onsite. 
  • A newly constructed 3,000 square-foot visitor center which includes an auditorium with orientation film, gift shop, restrooms, and observation terrace. 
  • A 4-acre landscaped park with an accessible walking path featuring outdoor interpretive exhibits, and archaeological features. 

Throughout the museum and park, Henson’s story is dramatically recounted through film, audio recordings, archaeological artifacts, graphics, and custom illustrations by artists. The experience transports visitors back in time and evokes moments of emotion and reflection. In addition to interpreting Reverend Henson’s life story, the museum also educates visitors about the history of enslavement in Montgomery County and the ongoing struggles for racial equity and justice. 

Font
An exhibit on display at the Josiah Henson Museum and Park

“Our family is absolutely thrilled with the completion of the museum,” said Mia M. Lewis, a descendent of Josiah Henson. “My hope is that people will come to understand who the Rev. Josiah Henson truly was, a man of tremendous strength, intelligence, loyalty, and of great faith.” 

The Josiah Henson Museum and Park is open Friday through Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Tickets are required and can be purchased in advance online. In accordance with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, admission is limited to your reserved timeslot and masks are required. Visitor parking is available at Wall Local Park, 5900 Executive Blvd., N. Bethesda. There are a limited number of accessible parking spots on-site for permit holders at 11410 Old Georgetown Road.  

View photos of the Josiah Henson Museum and Park 

Blue, Building, Sky, Wood, Wall, Art

Josiah Henson’s Life and Legacy 
Josiah Henson was born into slavery in Charles County, Maryland on June 15, 1789.  After being sold separately from his mother and siblings at the auction block, he was eventually traded to Isaac Riley and worked alongside his mother on the Riley plantation from 1795 – 1830. The plantation was located along what is now Old Georgetown Road in North Bethesda.  Through hard work and acumen, Henson rose to become the plantation superintendent. He also found Christianity after attending a sermon given by an itinerant preacher at the nearby Newport Mill.  

Henson became an ordained Methodist minister and after suffering the violence and cruelty of four decades of chattel slavery, escaped to Canada on foot in 1830 with his wife and four children. There he helped established Dawn Settlement, a community inhabited by those formerly enslaved in the United States, continued his work in the Methodist ministry, and became an international speaker and abolitionist. Henson continued the fight for freedom, leading 118 people from enslavement in the United States to freedom in Canada as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.  

In 1849, Henson published his autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, which vividly depicted his experience of enslaved life in Maryland and Kentucky. The book inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s groundbreaking fictional novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabinwhich broke all sales records of the time and sold more than half a million copies by 1857. Uncle Tom’s Cabin inspired the abolitionist movement in the mid-nineteenth century, and many believe the novel helped propel the country into civil war.  Henson’s later work as a renowned speaker and author garnered him invitations both to the White House and Windsor Castle in London, England. 

A Project 15 Years in the Making 

In January 2006, Montgomery Parks acquired the property located at 11420 Old Georgetown Road from private ownership. The property included the Riley/Bolten House which dates to 1800-1815, and its attached log kitchen which dates to 1850. Modifications were made to the tidewater plantation house in the 1930s by White House architect Lorenzo Winslow in the Colonial Revival Style. Four adjoining parcels of land were acquired in subsequent years to create a nearly-4-acre park. The park first opened to the public in 2006. Parks staff conducted archaeological excavations for the past 10 years that have yielded over 50,000 artifacts.  In addition to excavations, Parks staff hosted school programs based on archaeology, and led historic interpretive public programs about Henson’s life and the African American experience.  In 2011, Parks staff wrote and submitted the nomination to list the Riley/Bolten House on the National Register of Historic Places for its historic significance. The historic house has been listed on the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation since 1979. 

In June 2013, The Montgomery County Planning Board approved the Josiah Henson Park Facility Plan. The facility plan called for rehabilitating the Riley/Bolten House and converting it into a public museum, as well as building a new 3,000-square foot visitor center and making the site more accessible to visitors. Funding for the project included: Montgomery County funds, State of Maryland funds, Federal funds, and private donations. The total project cost was $8.8 million dollars. Construction began in 2018 and was completed in February 2021.    

The Josiah Henson Museum and Park is part of the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program.   

The post Montgomery Parks Opens Newly Completed Josiah Henson Museum and Park on April 23, 2021 appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/montgomery-parks-opens-newly-completed-josiah-henson-museum-and-park-on-april-23-2021/feed/ 0
In the Press: Museum Pays Tribute to Montgomery County Abolitionist Josiah Henson /in-the-press-museum-pays-tribute-to-montgomery-county-abolitionist-josiah-henson/ /in-the-press-museum-pays-tribute-to-montgomery-county-abolitionist-josiah-henson/#respond Fri, 16 Apr 2021 14:33:00 +0000 /?p=73167 NBC4’s Juliana Valencia shared a sneak peek of the Josiah Henson Museum and Park, which pays tribute to one of...

The post In the Press: Museum Pays Tribute to Montgomery County Abolitionist Josiah Henson appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
NBC4’s Juliana Valencia shared a sneak peek of the Josiah Henson Museum and Park, which pays tribute to one of Montgomery County’s most historic figures.

View the story online

The post In the Press: Museum Pays Tribute to Montgomery County Abolitionist Josiah Henson appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/in-the-press-museum-pays-tribute-to-montgomery-county-abolitionist-josiah-henson/feed/ 0
Montgomery Parks Receives $1.63 Million in Funding from the State of Maryland /montgomery-parks%e2%80%afreceives%e2%80%af1-63-million-in-funding-from-the-state-of-maryland/ /montgomery-parks%e2%80%afreceives%e2%80%af1-63-million-in-funding-from-the-state-of-maryland/#respond Thu, 15 Apr 2021 19:02:45 +0000 /?p=72303 State funding will help Montgomery Parks implement various park and open space enhancements.

The post Montgomery Parks Receives $1.63 Million in Funding from the State of Maryland appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
An additional $10 million in funding was received to continue development of the Powerline Trail 

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, received $1.63 million in bond bill funding from the state of Maryland during the 2021 legislative session. The funding will help implement park projects in seven legislative districts in Montgomery County that include ADA enhancements, trail and bridge projects, and playground replacements.   

“I am thrilled that our state legislators successfully secured millions in state aid for critical park projects,” said Montgomery Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson. “These projects will not only improve the quality of our parks system but also the quality of life for our residents for many years to come.” 

“We are thankful for the support of the Montgomery County delegation and the entire Maryland General Assembly. These grants support multiple projects across the county for all our residents to enjoy,” said Mike Riley, Director, Montgomery Parks.  

Bond Bill-funded Projects for FY 22 include: 

  • Damascus Recreational Park  athletic field lighting (District 14) – $225,000 – sponsored by Del. Anne Kaiser & Sen. Craig Zucker 
  • South Germantown Recreational Park – park upgrades including the installation of a parking lot at the bike skills area with ADA enhancements (District 15) – $150,000 – sponsored by Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo & Sen. Brian Feldman 
  • Willett Branch Greenway – land acquisition to create the planned Willett Branch Greenway in the Westbard community (District 16) -$550,000 – sponsored by Del. Marc Korman & Sen. Susan Lee 
  • Randolph Hills Local Park – replace trail bridge and renovate the hard surface trail connector from Randolph Hills Local Park to Rock Creek Trail (District 18) – $150,000 – sponsored by Del. Jared Solomon & Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher 
  • Wheaton Regional Park – trail renovation (District 19) – $200,000 – sponsored by Del. Vaughn Stewart & Sen. Ben Kramer 
  • Long Branch/Domer Ave Signature Bridge – replace existing trail bridge (District 20) – $200,000 – sponsored by Del. Lorig Charkoudian & Sen. Will Smith 
  • Fox Chapel Neighborhood Park – playground replacement and ADA improvements, removal of rubber surfacing.  (District 39) – $150,000 – sponsored by Del. Kirill Reznik & Sen. Nancy King 

The Department also received $8.8 million in Program Open Space (POS) funding and an additional $10,000,000 in funding for the Powerline Trail, a 13-mile natural-surface and paved trail that when complete, will connect South Germantown Recreational Park to Cabin John Regional Park.  

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

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(opens in a new tab) to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access(opens in a new tab) for more information.  

The post Montgomery Parks Receives $1.63 Million in Funding from the State of Maryland appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/montgomery-parks%e2%80%afreceives%e2%80%af1-63-million-in-funding-from-the-state-of-maryland/feed/ 0
Montgomery Parks Receives Funding Towards Extension of Powerline Trail from South Germantown to Cabin John Regional Park /montgomery-parks-receives-funding-to-complete-construction-of-powerline-trail-from-south-germantown-to-cabin-john-regional-park/ /montgomery-parks-receives-funding-to-complete-construction-of-powerline-trail-from-south-germantown-to-cabin-john-regional-park/#respond Mon, 12 Apr 2021 15:52:45 +0000 /?p=72127 Initial six-mile, natural-surface trail opened in 2018; Additional funding will support construction of 7.6 miles of paved trail.

The post Montgomery Parks Receives Funding Towards Extension of Powerline Trail from South Germantown to Cabin John Regional Park appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
Initial six-mile, natural-surface trail opened in 2018; Additional funding will support construction of 7.6 miles of paved trail.   

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has received $10 million in funding from the state of Maryland to expand the Powerline Trail, a multi-use trail built within the Pepco right-of-way. When complete, the 13-mile, natural-surface and paved trails will connect South Germantown Recreational Park to Cabin John Regional Park. The initial portion of the trail, a six-mile, single-track, natural-surface trail, opened in 2018, which connects South Germantown Recreational Park to Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park in North Potomac. Ultimately, the trail will extend as a paved trail from the Muddy Branch Trailhead into Cabin John Regional Park.  

A biker on the Trail in Pepco Corridor

“We are thrilled to see this important east-west trail connection coming to fruition thanks to the support of Pepco, Delegate Korman, the entire Montgomery County Delegation, and the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts. The county trail network has been invaluable during this pandemic as it has provided residents with the opportunity to get outdoors, get some exercise, and enjoy nature,” said Casey Anderson, Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board. 

The hard surface portion of the trail will be the largest expansion of the county’s paved trail network in recent history, providing both recreational and transportation benefits.  

“The Maryland General Assembly was able to prioritize shovel-ready local parks projects in this year’s capital budget, and the Powerline Trail was an obvious choice for funding in Montgomery County as we seek to expand outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Montgomery County,” said Delegate Marc Korman.  

The Powerline Trail was envisioned back in 2015 during the merger of Pepco and Exelon to give back to the community by using the power corridors for public trails, the first of its kind in Montgomery County. The trail is a collaboration between Montgomery Parks and Pepco. 

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Montgomery Parks, MORE and others to extend this unique trail that provides our community with an opportunity to enjoy nature, engage in healthy exercise and take full advantage of the extensive and beautiful outdoor spaces that fill the county,” said Donna Cooper, Pepco region president. 

The state funding will allow detailed design for the ultimate trail, and construction of the highest priority segments, beginning in 2022.  

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

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(opens in a new tab) to request a disability modification. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/access(opens in a new tab) for more information. 

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.  

The post Montgomery Parks Receives Funding Towards Extension of Powerline Trail from South Germantown to Cabin John Regional Park appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/montgomery-parks-receives-funding-to-complete-construction-of-powerline-trail-from-south-germantown-to-cabin-john-regional-park/feed/ 0
Montgomery Parks To Unveil Real-Time Digital Trail Counter Display on Capital Crescent Trail /montgomery-parks-to-unveil-real-time-digital-trail-counter-display-on-capital-crescent-trail/ /montgomery-parks-to-unveil-real-time-digital-trail-counter-display-on-capital-crescent-trail/#respond Fri, 09 Apr 2021 15:27:11 +0000 /?p=72108 New trail counter display will show how many pedestrians and bicyclists use Capital Crescent trail daily and annually.

The post Montgomery Parks To Unveil Real-Time Digital Trail Counter Display on Capital Crescent Trail appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
Wheaton, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will unveil a real-time, permanent, digital trail counter display on the Capital Crescent Trail, next to Ourisman Honda, in Bethesda, today, April 9, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. The counter will display the number of bicyclists and pedestrians who use the trail daily and annually. The display counts are gathered from an automated trail counter system, which is already installed on the trail.

“Real-time data plays an important role in advocating for the care, management, and maintenance of our trails,” said Casey Anderson, Chair of the Montgomery Planning Board. “I think people will appreciate seeing just how many people use and love this trail, reminding them of the wonderful parks and trails in the county.”

The Capital Crescent Trail is one of the most popular trails in the county, with an estimated 2,500 users every day. Approximately 5.5 miles of the 11-mile trail runs through Montgomery County, with the remainder extending to Georgetown in the District of Columbia.

Funding for the trail counter display and its installation was provided by the Montgomery Parks Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit supporting Montgomery Parks through cultivating financial support and public engagement.

“The Montgomery Parks Foundation mission is to ensure Montgomery Parks can continue to provide exceptional parks and trails systems through additional philanthropic support,” said Katie Rictor, Executive Director of the Montgomery Parks Foundation.  “We are thrilled we could provide the necessary funds to make this important addition a reality.”

The counter display is approximately eight feet tall and two feet wide. It is double-sided and will display the number of pedestrians on one side and the number of bicyclists on the other side. It will be backlit so counts will be visible at night.

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

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

The post Montgomery Parks To Unveil Real-Time Digital Trail Counter Display on Capital Crescent Trail appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/montgomery-parks-to-unveil-real-time-digital-trail-counter-display-on-capital-crescent-trail/feed/ 0
Montgomery Parks Updates Rules for Use of Athletic Facilities in Accordance with Montgomery County’s Amended Health Regulations /montgomery-parks-updates-rules-for-use-of-athletic-facilities-in-accordance-with-montgomery-countys-amended-health-regulations/ /montgomery-parks-updates-rules-for-use-of-athletic-facilities-in-accordance-with-montgomery-countys-amended-health-regulations/#respond Sat, 03 Apr 2021 13:50:57 +0000 /?p=72018 Organized sports teams may have up to 50 players outdoors and 25 players indoors.

The post Montgomery Parks Updates Rules for Use of Athletic Facilities in Accordance with Montgomery County’s Amended Health Regulations appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is modifying some of the restrictions for use of its athletic facilities based on Montgomery County’s recently amended health regulations. Montgomery County’s updated health regulations are aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 while providing a phased approach to reopening. The county’s updated guidance for sports removes “risk classifications” for different sports, and instead requires organized sports teams to obtain an approved COVID Protocol Plan from the County’s Health Officer or Health Officer designee if the activity has over 50 participants in an outdoor setting or more than 25 in an indoor setting. Organized sports teams previously approved by the Board of Health do not need a new COVID Protocol Plan. Sports played outside an organized league must follow Montgomery County’s social distancing and group size guidelines.

As a result of this updated guidance, Montgomery Parks has begun reinstalling the nets at all basketball courts in parks and is implementing the following guidelines:

  • Outdoor field use is permitted for groups of 50 people or less, indoor sports are limited to 25 people or less.
  • All organized sports teams must submit a copy of their approved COVID Protocol Plan to the Parks Permit Office at least two business days prior to the requested date of play. Teams who already have an approved COVID Protocol Plan do not need to resubmit a new one. 
  • Two spectators per player are allowed, up to 50 spectators, following county and CDC protocols and directives. Only with a letter of approval from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, can there be more than 50 spectators. Letters of approval must be turned over to Parks Permitting two days before the day of play.
  • Groups wishing to host tournaments or championship games must submit a letter of approval from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the appropriate applications and approved waivers to Montgomery Parks’ Permit Office. Play and games with teams from outside of Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia is prohibited.
  • Use of athletic facilities will be monitored by M-NCPPC staff to ensure teams and spectators adhere to the guidelines.

Organized sports teams must obtain a permit from Montgomery Parks. Permits are offered on a first-come, first served basis and are required for use of any recreational/regional field. For local fields, permits are not required, but recommended, as non-permitted users must relinquish the field to permit holders. Permits are available via ActiveMontgomery.org or by applying to www.parkpermits.org. For more information, call 301-495-2525.

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

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

The post Montgomery Parks Updates Rules for Use of Athletic Facilities in Accordance with Montgomery County’s Amended Health Regulations appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/montgomery-parks-updates-rules-for-use-of-athletic-facilities-in-accordance-with-montgomery-countys-amended-health-regulations/feed/ 0
Parks Picks – Earth Month /parks-picks-earth-month/ /parks-picks-earth-month/#respond Thu, 01 Apr 2021 15:02:05 +0000 /?p=71882 Celebrate Earth Month with tree seedling giveaways, native plant sales, park cleanups and virtual and in-person programs throughout the month!

The post Parks Picks – Earth Month appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
April is Earth Month. And, we have five ways you can celebrate and be kind to the planet.

Arbor Day

Maple leaf with green background and text: Seedling Giveaway 2021.

Montgomery Parks’ arborists want to share their love for and knowledge of trees this month. And, they’re doing that with two Facebook Lives and their Seedling Giveaways!

Follow Montgomery Parks on Facebook so you can catch the Facebook Live on Wednesday, April 7, 12:15 pm, to learn about the planting and care of tree seedlings. Then, on Friday, April 30, 12:15 pm, to learn tree care tips, like pruning and mulching. The arborists will take your tree questions live! And, you’ll see our arborists at their Seedling Giveaways on Saturday, April 10, 8 am to 12 pm, at Black Hill Regional Park, and Saturday, April 17, 8 am to 12 pm, at Olney Manor Recreational Park. Visit our Earth Month page to register for one giveaway. Then, plant your little tree, follow the arborists’ advice, and you’ll enjoy your tree for years to come.

Native Plant Sales

Potted plants on a shelf and inside the back of a car. Text: Plant Sale. Montgomery Parks. MontgomeryParks.org

Making plans to update your yard this spring? Add native plants. You’ll find them at our Native Plant Sales. Order online for plant sales at Maydale Nature Center, Locust Grove Nature Center, and Friends of Black Hill Nature Programs then register for pickup dates. Or, stop by Locust Grove Nature Center to buy plants at its in-person sale on Saturday, May 8, and Sunday, May 9.

City Nature Challenge

Milkweed in bloom with pink flowers.

Discover more about the plants and animals around you during the City Nature Challenge Friday, April 30, through Sunday, May 9. Become a community scientist and join others from around the world using the iNaturalist app to make nature observations, take photos, and identify species. Learn more about this global event during the free online program “Become a Community Scientist in Your Own Backyard – Join the City Nature Challenge” on Thursday, April 15, at 7 pm.

Cleanups

Adult wearing face covering holds trash in hands and a trash bag.

Keep our parks green and clean by joining a cleanup during Earth Month. Sign up for a Montgomery Parks or watershed group cleanup, or organize one of your own. Cleanups are approved for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours. You can also make a difference by plogging. When you pick up litter as you walk or jog, you are PLOGGING! Sign up for the Plogging Challenge, a partnership between Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and Montgomery Parks, and pick up trash to earn prizes!

GreenFest

Montgomery County GreenFest graphic with text: Learn and take action together throughout April 2021. #MCGreenFest.

Finally, Montgomery Parks is proud to be a partner of Montgomery County GreenFest. This year, the event offers free online programs and in-person activities throughout the month of April. Learn a new skill, like creating compost for your yard, or watch documentaries from the DC Environmental Film Festival then join panel discussions about plastic pollution and environmental justice and communities of color.

Be greener and be kind to nature this Earth Month.

Montgomery Parks…it’s all here!

The post Parks Picks – Earth Month appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/parks-picks-earth-month/feed/ 0
In the Press: Montgomery Parks reinstalling basketball rims, nets as COVID numbers continue to decline /in-the-press-montgomery-parks-reinstalling-basketball-rims-nets-as-covid-numbers-continue-to-decline/ /in-the-press-montgomery-parks-reinstalling-basketball-rims-nets-as-covid-numbers-continue-to-decline/#respond Thu, 01 Apr 2021 14:24:00 +0000 /?p=73165 WJLA spoke with Montgomery Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson about amenities that are reopening throughout the park system. View the...

The post In the Press: Montgomery Parks reinstalling basketball rims, nets as COVID numbers continue to decline appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
WJLA spoke with Montgomery Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson about amenities that are reopening throughout the park system.

View the story online

The post In the Press: Montgomery Parks reinstalling basketball rims, nets as COVID numbers continue to decline appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/in-the-press-montgomery-parks-reinstalling-basketball-rims-nets-as-covid-numbers-continue-to-decline/feed/ 0
Celebrate Earth Month with Montgomery Parks /celebrate-earth-month-with-montgomery-parks-2/ /celebrate-earth-month-with-montgomery-parks-2/#respond Thu, 01 Apr 2021 12:42:29 +0000 /?p=71855 From park cleanups to plants sales to guided hikes to virtual programs, there are many ways to participate.

The post Celebrate Earth Month with Montgomery Parks appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is celebrating Earth Month with a wide variety of special events and activities throughout the month of April.  Earth Month is the expansion of Earth Day which was established on April 22, 1970 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. From park cleanups to plants sales to guided hikes to virtual programs, there are many ways to participate.  

Graphic with blue background, an earth graphic and the words Montgomery parks Earth Month 2021

“Ask an Arborist” Facebook Live Events – April 7 and 30 
Arborists will share tree care tips and answer questions live. Topics include planting, pruning, fertilizing, mulch, pests and diseases. Participate by logging onto Montgomery Parks’ Facebook Page on April 7 or 30 at 12:15 p.m. 

Tree Seedling Giveaways – April 10 and 17 
Montgomery Parks’ Arboriculture division is hosting free tree seedling giveaways on April 10 at Black Hill Regional Park and April 17 at Olney Manor Recreational Park. Attendees will receive a minimum of two tree seedlings, one flowering tree and one shade tree. Pre-registration is required.  

Nature Virtual Lecture: Climate Change & Montgomery County – April 20 
Local climate change expert, Karen Metchis will discuss the ways that climate change is affecting our lives and how we can protect our families, homes and businesses. She will provide a general overview of the recommendations developed for Montgomery County on priorities for improving the resilience of our communities and will suggest ways for county residents to get involved in this issue.  Advanced registration is required.

Restore Our Earth Fun Run & Walk – April 24 
Montgomery Parks’ Restore Our Earth Fun Run & Walk provides residents a safe and fun way to enjoy nature, exercise, and learn how to help reduce climate change. The two-mile course takes place at Wheaton Regional Park on Saturday, April 24.  The event will feature staggered start times beginning at 9 a.m. to ensure proper physical distancing.  The trail is comprised of gravel, paved, and natural surface paths.  Along the trail participants will see signs with easy tips and ways to reduce climate change at home.  Advanced registration is required.  

Ongoing activities throughout the month of April 

Earth Month Cleanups 
Montgomery Parks offers many opportunities for individuals and groups to give back to the community by participating in park and stream cleanups. Individuals and families can join a community cleanup hosted by Montgomery Parks staff or a local watershed organization in Montgomery County. Scout troops, corporate groups, student groups, and community organizations can schedule their own private group cleanup day. All volunteers must follow COVID-19 requirements, submit COVID-19 waivers and adhere to CDC guidelines. 

GreenFest 
Montgomery Parks, is a cosponsor of GreenFest, Montgomery County’s annual environmental festival. This year, the festival features a combination of virtual and in-person events taking place throughout the month of April. Events include free film screenings and panel discussions in partnership with the DC Environmental Film Festival. GreenFest provides residents with resources for environmental solutions to build a healthier planet and greener environment. 

Online Native Plant Sales 
Montgomery Parks is hosting online native plant sales at three locations in April.  Growing native plants encourages beneficial insects, birds, and other wildlife in your community. Proceeds from the plant sales benefit Montgomery Parks’ nature centers. 

Energy Scavenger Hunt 
Montgomery Parks has partnered with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection to design a “Parks Circuit” as part of the Montgomery Energy Connection Scavenger Hunt. The Energy Scavenger Hunt is a fun, self-paced way for residents to learn more about clean energy and how they can adopt similar practices in their own homes. The “Parks Circuit” includes locations such as Maydale Nature Classroom, Oak Ridge Conservation Park, and Western Grove Urban Park. Residents who visit at least five locations within a Circuit and scan the QR codes on site will have a chance to receive a prize.   

Nature Programming 
Montgomery Parks is offering a variety of nature programs for all ages and interests including in-person and virtual options. Learn how to composttake a hike, or make a craft. Visit the calendar of events for a full list of programs. 

Visit MontgomeryParks.org for a complete list of virtual and outdoor programming.  

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

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

###      

The post Celebrate Earth Month with Montgomery Parks appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/celebrate-earth-month-with-montgomery-parks-2/feed/ 0
Montgomery Parks’ Virtual Bingo – Survey /bingo-participant-survey/ /bingo-participant-survey/#respond Wed, 24 Mar 2021 17:17:37 +0000 /congratulations-to-our-very-own-sgt-myrical-gratton-copy/ We congratulate Sgt. Myrical Gratton for being honored at the 2021 Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards.

The post Montgomery Parks’ Virtual Bingo – Survey appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
Thank you for participating in Montgomery Parks Virtual Bingo event! We would love to get your feedback so we can make the next version even better!

The post Montgomery Parks’ Virtual Bingo – Survey appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/bingo-participant-survey/feed/ 0
In the Press: Top 25 Gardens in North America /in-the-press-top-25-gardens-in-north-america/ /in-the-press-top-25-gardens-in-north-america/#respond Mon, 22 Mar 2021 14:16:00 +0000 /?p=73163 Yelp.com names Brookside Gardens to their list of top 25 gardens across the United States and Canada View the article

The post In the Press: Top 25 Gardens in North America appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
Yelp.com names Brookside Gardens to their list of top 25 gardens across the United States and Canada

View the article

The post In the Press: Top 25 Gardens in North America appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/in-the-press-top-25-gardens-in-north-america/feed/ 0
In the Press: Gardens fuse crystals with nature in memory of Montgomery Co. COVID-19 victims /in-the-press-gardens-fuse-crystals-with-nature-in-memory-of-montgomery-co-covid-19-victims/ /in-the-press-gardens-fuse-crystals-with-nature-in-memory-of-montgomery-co-covid-19-victims/#respond Mon, 22 Mar 2021 14:08:00 +0000 /?p=73161 WTOP News spoke with Stephanie Oberle, Director, Brookside Gardens about the outdoor art installation “Facets of Hope,” which honors members...

The post In the Press: Gardens fuse crystals with nature in memory of Montgomery Co. COVID-19 victims appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
WTOP News spoke with Stephanie Oberle, Director, Brookside Gardens about the outdoor art installation “Facets of Hope,” which honors members of lives lost to COVID-19.

View the story online

The post In the Press: Gardens fuse crystals with nature in memory of Montgomery Co. COVID-19 victims appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/in-the-press-gardens-fuse-crystals-with-nature-in-memory-of-montgomery-co-covid-19-victims/feed/ 0
In the Press: Fox5 Field Trip visits Brookside Gardens /in-the-press-fox5-field-trip-visits-brookside-gardens/ /in-the-press-fox5-field-trip-visits-brookside-gardens/#respond Mon, 22 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000 /?p=73159 In celebration of the beginning of the spring season, Fox5’s Kevin McCarthy visited Brookside Gardens on Monday 3-23-21 and spoke...

The post In the Press: Fox5 Field Trip visits Brookside Gardens appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
In celebration of the beginning of the spring season, Fox5’s Kevin McCarthy visited Brookside Gardens on Monday 3-23-21 and spoke to several staff members about the seasonal blooms and work that goes on behind the scence in the production greenhouse.

View the videos online
Video 1 – Interview with Phil Normandy, Plant Collections Manager, Brookside Gardens
Video 2 – Interview with Nate Roerich, Greenhouse Production Manager, Brookside Gardens

The post In the Press: Fox5 Field Trip visits Brookside Gardens appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/in-the-press-fox5-field-trip-visits-brookside-gardens/feed/ 0
Brookside Gardens Unveils Outdoor Art Exhibit in Memory of Lives Lost to COVID-19 /brookside-gardens-unveils-outdoors-art-exhibit-in-memory-of-lives-lost-to-covid-19/ /brookside-gardens-unveils-outdoors-art-exhibit-in-memory-of-lives-lost-to-covid-19/#respond Sun, 21 Mar 2021 23:55:29 +0000 /?p=71297 “Facets of Hope” will be on display through September 16, 2021

The post Brookside Gardens Unveils Outdoor Art Exhibit in Memory of Lives Lost to COVID-19 appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
White, Silver, Light, Fashion, Twig, Material property

“Facets of Hope” will be on display through September 16, 2021 

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces a new temporary art installation, “Facets of Hope” at Brookside Gardens, a 50-acre, horticultural display garden located within Wheaton Regional Park. 

Since March 6, 2020, when COVID-19 was first reported in Montgomery County, more than 1,400 county residents have died from the virus.  “Facets of Hope” honors those we have lost by suspending one strand of crystals, in memory of each life lost in Montgomery County. The vintage crystals are clear, molded glass or cut crystal, and are suspended from the wisteria arbor located in the Rose Garden. New strands will be added through the duration of the exhibit.  

Everyone in Montgomery County has been deeply impacted by COVID-19. We have lost our parents, children, siblings, partners, friends, neighbors and co-workers to the virus. This temporary art installation is meant to be a place for memories, reflection and healing,” said Stephanie Oberle, Director, Brookside Gardens.   

Plant, Public space, Leisure

The outdoor exhibit will be on display through September 16. The grounds at Brookside Gardens are open daily from sunrise to sunset, and the Visitor Center is open from 10 am. to 2 p.m. The conservatory is currently closed.   

About Brookside Gardens 
Brookside Gardens is a 50-acre, horticultural display garden located within Wheaton Regional Park.  The Gardens feature intricately designed landscapes, permanent and seasonal display and two conservatories.  Throughout the year, the Gardens welcomes more than 800,000 visitors at engaging programs and events for children and adults. Brookside Gardens is open year-round, sunrise to sunset and admission is free of charge. www.brooksidegardens.org 

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

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

###       

The post Brookside Gardens Unveils Outdoor Art Exhibit in Memory of Lives Lost to COVID-19 appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/brookside-gardens-unveils-outdoors-art-exhibit-in-memory-of-lives-lost-to-covid-19/feed/ 0
In the Press: Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park /in-the-press-woodlawn-manor-cultural-park/ /in-the-press-woodlawn-manor-cultural-park/#respond Fri, 19 Mar 2021 13:52:00 +0000 /?p=73156 Montgomery Municipal Cable spoke with Jennifer Legates, Site Manager, Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, about what residents can experience when visiting the...

The post In the Press: Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
Montgomery Municipal Cable spoke with Jennifer Legates, Site Manager, Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, about what residents can experience when visiting the park, and about the Underground Railroad Experience Trail

View the video

The post In the Press: Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/in-the-press-woodlawn-manor-cultural-park/feed/ 0
Speaker Series Looks at the Post-COVID Future of Parks & Cities /speaker-series-looks-at-the-post-covid-future-of-parks-cities/ /speaker-series-looks-at-the-post-covid-future-of-parks-cities/#respond Thu, 18 Mar 2021 14:41:24 +0000 /?p=71311 Gil Penalosa, Founder and Chair of 8 80 Cities will share important findings from the pandemic on March 23, 2021.

The post Speaker Series Looks at the Post-COVID Future of Parks & Cities appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
Gil Penalosa, Founder and Chair of 8 80 Cities will share important findings from the pandemic on March 23, 2021.

WHEATON, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting a free virtual session, “Post-COVID People, Parks & Cities: Learnings from a Pandemic on March 23, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted the necessity of parks and open space, but also magnified issues that have long existed including; lack of equity, poverty, deficiency of parks in quantity and quality, shortage of recreation programs, poor sidewalks, unsustainable mobility, and unsafe streets. Gil Penalosa, founder and chair of 8 80 Cities, sees this current moment as one of great opportunity for cities to become more equitable and sustainable.  Penalosa will share examples of how cities around the world have responded to the pandemic and build the case for why leaders must act now and make difficult changes to create, plan, and manage cities radically different.

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

WHAT:                    Montgomery Parks Speaker Series: “Post-COVID People, Parks & Cities: Learnings from a Pandemic”

WHO:                        The event is free and open to the public

WHEN:                      March 23, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m.

WHERE:                   REGISTER by March 23 at 12 p.m. Session will be held on-line and a link will be sent to registrants

About Gil Penalosa
Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa, MBA, PhDhc, CSP
Gil Penalosa is passionate about creating vibrant and healthy cities for all people. Because of his unique blend of experience, pragmatism and passion, he has been invited him to work in over 350 different cities in all continents. Gil is the founder and chair of the internationally recognized Canadian non-profit organization 8 80 Cities. He is also first Ambassador of World Urban Parks and creator of the project Our Third Act. Before immigrating to Canada, Gil was Commissioner in Bogota where he led the construction of over 200 parks and development of new Ciclovia, where each Sunday 1 of 4 citizens participate. He holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he was selected as one of the “100 Most Inspirational Alumni” in the school’s history. Gil received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Urban Planning at the prominent University in Sweden, SLU. Last year Gil was in Planetizen’s Top 50 Most Influential Urbanists and recently received in Australia the World Urban Parks Annual Distinguished Individual Award.

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

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

The post Speaker Series Looks at the Post-COVID Future of Parks & Cities appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/speaker-series-looks-at-the-post-covid-future-of-parks-cities/feed/ 0
Montgomery Parks Celebrates “Shine Brighter Together,” Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month /montgomery-parks-celebrates-shine-brighter-together-autism-awareness-acceptance-month/ /montgomery-parks-celebrates-shine-brighter-together-autism-awareness-acceptance-month/#respond Wed, 17 Mar 2021 12:56:13 +0000 /?p=71180 Throughout April, county agencies will host engaging programs, activities and mini events.

The post Montgomery Parks Celebrates “Shine Brighter Together,” Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
WHEATON, MDMontgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, in coordination with agencies across the county, is celebrating Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month.  Throughout the month of April, county agencies will host engaging programs, activities and mini events as part of the month-long “shining brighter together” celebration. Agencies participating in the celebration include Montgomery Parks, Montgomery County Department of Recreation, City of Takoma Park Recreation, City of Rockville Recreation and Parks, City of Gaithersburg Parks, Recreation and Culture, ArtStream, and the Montgomery County Public Library System.

“It is so important to provide inclusive parks and programming to welcome individuals of all abilities. The “Shine Brighter Together” initiative features a variety of creative and family-friendly programs for all to participate and enjoy,” said Jennine Blakely, Inclusion and Community Outreach Specialist for Montgomery Parks.

Creative programs will focus on sharing positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism while informing the community about the variety of resources available in Montgomery County. Montgomery Parks is offering a Creative by Nature program at Black Hill Nature Center, and Sensory Sundays, at the Agricultural History Farm Park.

“Sensory Sundays is a fun event for youth and their families to experience hands-on learning, meet the animals at the farm, experience outdoor exhibits and explore tactile activities and crafts,” said Lisa Berray, Manager of Interpretation and Visitor Services for Montgomery Parks.

The full list of activities offered are available on the Shine Brighter Together” event page. Families can choose to participate in up to 22 events throughout the month. Many of these family-friendly programs are virtual, however there are several opportunities for in-person engagement and learning.

Montgomery Parks welcomes individuals with all abilities to participate in programs and activities of their choice. The department’s Program Access, also referred to as “Inclusion Services,” provides modifications, accommodations, support staff, sign language interpreters, auxiliary aids, and trainings to promote awareness and sensitivity to enable and ensure an individual’s successful participation and accessibility of programs and services throughout the County.

The Month at a Glance:

What: Shine Brighter Together: Autism Acceptance Month
When:  April 1-April 30th, 2021
Where: Various locations throughout the county and virtual
Cost:    Varies. Some programs require advanced registration. Please see specific program details.

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. 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
Jennene Blakely  jennene.blakely@montgomeryparks.org 301-670-3291

About the City of Rockville Recreation & Parks
Rockville is considered one of the nation’s leading small cities. Rockville reveres its roots, its commitment to citizen-centric public service, to the environment and to the connection of neighborhoods and residents. Rockville is a 13-square-mile city that is home to more than 68,000 residents, located less than 15 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., and is frequently recognized as one of the best places to live in the nation.
Amy Vagnoni: avagnoni@rockvillemd.gov
PIO: Cliff Cumber 240-314-8116

About the City of Takoma Park Recreation
The City of Takoma Park’s Recreation Department provides recreational opportunities for all ages! Our facilities and programs are intended to refresh and rejuvenate our residents, improve our health and connect us as families and as a community.
Javonte McDonald: javontem@takomaparkmd.gov
PIO: Donna Wright, donnaw@takomaparkmd.gov

About the City of Gaithersburg Parks, Recreation and Culture
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture provides quality programs, facilities and parks to people of all ages and cultures and are designed to enhance quality of life and encourage a sense of pride in the community.
Ashlyn Thompson: Ashlyn.Thompson@gaithersburgmd.gov
PIO Britta Monaco  Britta.Monaco@gaithersburgmd.gov  240-805-1126

About ArtStream
Through collaborative performance and lifelong learning opportunities, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain the skills and confidence to engage with the world. 
Heller An Shapiro: h.shapiro@art-stream.org

About Montgomery County Department of Recreation
Since 1954, Montgomery County Recreation (MCR) has remained dedicated to providing inclusive quality recreation programs and activities that serve the recreation and leisure needs of the Montgomery County community. The department manages 40 facilities including an administrative headquarters, community and neighborhood recreation centers, senior centers, and indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities and provides thousands of programs such as out-of-school activities, aquatics classes, youth and adult sports programs and leagues, senior programs, and therapeutic recreation that enhance the quality of life for participants of all ages, cultures and abilities. Montgomery County Recreation is nationally recognized for its excellence in the provision of facilities and programs.
Sharon Norcio Sharon.norcio@montgomerycountymd.gov
PIO: Judy Stiles Judy.stiles@montgomerycountymd.gov

About Montgomery County Public Library System
Montgomery County Public Libraries offers free and equal access to services and resources that connect the people of Montgomery County to ideas and information which sustain and enrich their lives.
Lauren Martino Lauren.Martino@montgomerycountymd.gov
PIO: Briana Brockett- Richmond briana.brockett-richmond@montgomerycountymd.gov

The post Montgomery Parks Celebrates “Shine Brighter Together,” Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/montgomery-parks-celebrates-shine-brighter-together-autism-awareness-acceptance-month/feed/ 0
Portion of Little Falls Parkway to Re-Open for Pedestrians and Bicyclists Starting March 27, 2021 /montgomery-parks-to-re-open-a-portion-of-little-falls-parkway-for-pedestrians-and-bicyclists-starting-march-27-2021/ /montgomery-parks-to-re-open-a-portion-of-little-falls-parkway-for-pedestrians-and-bicyclists-starting-march-27-2021/#respond Mon, 15 Mar 2021 16:21:01 +0000 /?p=71159 Modified portion of the parkway will be open for exercise and recreation (closed to vehicles) beginning Saturdays at 7 a.m. and ending Sundays at 6 p.m.

The post Portion of Little Falls Parkway to Re-Open for Pedestrians and Bicyclists Starting March 27, 2021 appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
Modified portion of the parkway will be open for exercise and recreation (closed to vehicles) beginning Saturdays at 7 a.m. and ending Sundays at 6 p.m.  

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is reopening Little Falls Parkway between Arlington Road and River Road for pedestrians and bicyclists to exercise and recreate beginning Saturday, March 27, 2021. The parkway will be open every weekend, on Saturday at 7 a.m. through Sunday at 6 p.m.  

“Over the winter, we temporarily returned Little Falls Parkway to vehicular use due to certain operational challenges. Since then, we have heard the many requests from the public to reopen it for pedestrians and bicyclists on the weekends, and we are happy to be able to do so,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks.  

Little Falls Parkway is one of several routes included in the parks department’s Open Parkways program, which launched at the start of the pandemic to provide additional space for safe outdoor recreation and exercise. The program includes the following parkway segments:   

  • Sligo Creek Parkway: 
    • Old Carroll Avenue to Piney Branch Road (1.1 miles)
    • Forest Glen Road to University Boulevard West (1.5 miles)
  • Little Falls Parkway from River Road to Arlington Road (1 mile) 
  • Beach Drive from Connecticut Avenue to Knowles Avenue (2.7 miles) 

With the return to spring and longer daylight hours all parkways will stay open until 6 p.m. on Sunday evenings instead of the 4 p.m. time which was implemented for the winter months. Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive are open for pedestrian and bicycle use from Fridays at 9 a.m. through Sunday at 6 p.m. Little Falls Parkway is open Saturdays at 7 a.m. through Sundays at 6 p.m.    

To ensure public safety, gates have been installed at each parkway where they are closed to vehicles. In addition, Montgomery Parks is working collaboratively with Montgomery County Department of Transportation to address concerns about diverted traffic on neighborhood streets. The public is urged to obey driving laws and use caution when driving on these streets.  

The Open Parkways program was launched at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Montgomery Parks is evaluating options for long-term solutions to maintain the program. 

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

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

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

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

### 

The post Portion of Little Falls Parkway to Re-Open for Pedestrians and Bicyclists Starting March 27, 2021 appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/montgomery-parks-to-re-open-a-portion-of-little-falls-parkway-for-pedestrians-and-bicyclists-starting-march-27-2021/feed/ 0
Congratulations to our very own Sgt. Myrical Gratton! /congratulations-to-our-very-own-sgt-myrical-gratton/ /congratulations-to-our-very-own-sgt-myrical-gratton/#respond Thu, 11 Mar 2021 15:58:20 +0000 /?p=71071 We congratulate Sgt. Myrical Gratton for being honored at the 2021 Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards.

The post Congratulations to our very own Sgt. Myrical Gratton! appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
Please join us in congratulating Sgt. Myrical Gratton for being honored at the 2021 Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards. Sgt. Gratton has been awarded the Chief Donald A. Deering Community Service Award for her exemplary community outreach as she patrols our parks with her beautiful horse, Kona.

To see her Sgt. Gratton, as well as the other award winners, please watch the 2021 Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards on YouTube.

The post Congratulations to our very own Sgt. Myrical Gratton! appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/congratulations-to-our-very-own-sgt-myrical-gratton/feed/ 0
Montgomery Parks Announces 2021 Summer Camps /montgomery-parks-announces-2021-summer-camps/ /montgomery-parks-announces-2021-summer-camps/#respond Wed, 10 Mar 2021 18:22:50 +0000 /?p=70993 Registration opens Monday, March 15.

The post Montgomery Parks Announces 2021 Summer Camps appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is offering more than 50 summer camps in 2021, including in-person and virtual opportunities.   

The camps span a variety of interests, including ice skating, ice hockey, tennis, golf, gardening, outdoor adventure, nature, and science. Camps are available for children ages 3 to 14, and include half-day, and full-day options, with some offering before- and after-care. 

New this summer are several virtual camps, where participants will receive a kit of supplies and participate in a mix of online sessions and self-guided activities.  

In-person camps will adhere to county and state health and safety guidance.  Group size will be limited, and face coverings will be required. 

complete guide of summer camp offerings is available online. Registration opens Monday, March 15, at 8:30 a.m. on ActiveMontgomery.org.  Select camps are offering a $25 discount, if you register by April 5, 2021.   

Interested campers are also encouraged to apply for The Marye Wells-Harley Dream Camp Scholarship that provides funds for young people, ages 6 – 14, from diverse backgrounds within Montgomery County to attend camp. 

To facilitate inclusion, Montgomery Parks offers auxiliary aids or services to campers. Interpreters, Braille, or other accommodations, should be requested prior to the start of a program by contacting the Parks Program Access office at 301-495-2477 or email ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org. Visit MontgomeryParks.org/access  for more information.      

Camp programs may be subject to change, due to county and state guidance. 

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

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

The post Montgomery Parks Announces 2021 Summer Camps appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/montgomery-parks-announces-2021-summer-camps/feed/ 0
Spring is in Bloom at Montgomery Parks /spring-bloom-montgomery-parks/ /spring-bloom-montgomery-parks/#respond Tue, 09 Mar 2021 22:56:00 +0000 /?p=32897 You don't need to cross state lines to view beautiful cherry trees. With over 300 blossoming cherry trees, get a head start on your spring at Montgomery Parks.

The post Spring is in Bloom at Montgomery Parks appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
Check out where the cherry trees are located using this handy map!
(Need help using the map? Follow this tutorial for step-by-step instruction.)

Originally Published March, 2018:  It’s an iconic scene in Washington DC — blossoming cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin and national monuments. But with these great beauties come crowds, long lines and traffic. Did you know you can experience the splendidness of the cherry blossoms right here in Montgomery County?

A runner runs underneath a blossoming cherry tree

You can view over 300 cherry blossom trees in Montgomery County Parks and get a jumpstart on spring festivities.

“Cherry trees are blooming when not a lot of other plants are,” said Phil Normandy, plant collections manager at Brookside Gardens.

Although it changes yearly based on weather, cherry trees often blossom at the end of March with large bursts of pink. The flowers typically last for about two weeks. The annual festival in DC commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Tokyo’s mayor. After more than 100 years, the trees are a regional icon.

In Japanese culture, the trees represent the beauty and fragility of life. With their pops of bright color for such short periods of time, they are reminders of how life can be both overwhelmingly beautiful andtragically fleeting.

Although native to Japan, the cherry blossom trees do well in Montgomery County’s dynamic climate. They need cold temperatures to help propagate the buds, said Phil.

“Cherry trees are tough; they’re easy to grow,” Phil said. “The flower buds are formed in the fall. They need to go through a cold period and need chilling hours.”

Fog surrounds a blossoming weeping cherry tree

Drastic fluctuations in temperatures or a winter that wasn’t cold enough can affect the when the blossoms bloom. But, added Phil, the trees have rarely been damaged by shockingly cold temperatures.

Trees can be viewed in more than 25 Montgomery County Parks, and there are a wide variety of trees with white or pink blossoms, and some with long, draping branches.

Brookside Gardens has 26 cherry trees.  There are two species in their collection, Yoshino and weeping cherry, that are the most impressive, said Phil.  With three of each, these six trees are large and provide big bursts of color. They’re located in the Gude Garden. Like clockwork, the cherry trees at Brookside Gardens peak on or around April 1.

“I want people to see the diversity of cherries,” said Phil. “There are more than just the Tidal Basin cherries.”

Check out where the cherry trees are located using this handy map! (Need help using the map? Follow this tutorial for step-by-step instruction.)

The post Spring is in Bloom at Montgomery Parks appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/spring-bloom-montgomery-parks/feed/ 0
Parks Picks – Women’s History Month /parks-picks-womens-history-month/ /parks-picks-womens-history-month/#respond Tue, 09 Mar 2021 14:45:44 +0000 /?p=70923 Celebrate Women's History Month by visiting parks named after influential women in Montgomery County's history.

The post Parks Picks – Women’s History Month appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
To mark Women’s History Month, we want to highlight five of our parks named for local leaders, scientists, farmers, and educators. Then, we hope you will visit the parks and remember them and their contributions.

Rachel Carson Conservation Park

Biologist Rachel Carson wrote her acclaimed book Silent Spring from her Silver Spring home in 1962. The work made Americans more ecologically aware and sparked the modern environmental movement. In 1977, the Montgomery Planning Board approved a staff recommendation to name a new “wild park” for the scientist.

Rachel Carson sits and writes on a dock. Photo - Department of Agriculture, Flickr, CC PDM 1.0.
Photo Credit: Department of Agriculture, Flickr, CC PDM 1.0

Rachel Carson Conservation Park(opens in a new tab) is a 650-acre park dedicated not only to environmental preservation but also to quiet enjoyment of nature. There are six miles of natural surface trails(opens in a new tab) for hiking and equestrian use.

Pond at Rachel Carson Conservation Park.

Lois Y. Green Conservation Park

Lois Y. Green donated 250 acres of her property, formerly known as Turkey Thicket Farm, to Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) forty-six years ago.

Lois Y. Green in an undated photo from the M-NCPPC Archives.
Photo Credit: Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Archives

Lois Y. Green directed to M-NCPPC that the land “… shall be used as an open space, for parkland, and for recreation in such a manner as to evidence the conservation of soil, water, woods, and wildlife… and shall be maintained essentially in its natural condition…”

Today, Lois Y. Green Conservation Park(opens in a new tab), has four miles of trails(opens in a new tab) and is an oasis in a highly-developed area in the northern part of the county.

Lois Y. Green Conservation Park has four miles of natural surface trails.

Edith Throckmorton Neighborhood Park

Edith Throckmorton was an educator and civil rights activist. She taught in Montgomery County Public Schools for twenty-five years as a teacher and principal. And, she was president of the local chapter of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1962 to 1977.

Edith Throckmorton with two unidentified individuals. Photo courtesy Montgomery History.
Photo Credit: Montgomery History.

Montgomery Parks acquired the park property from the Ken-Gar Civic Association in the 1992, and, at the time, already was named for Edith Throckmorton. Edith Throckmorton Neighborhood Park(opens in a new tab) is pocket park, being only one-fifth of an acre, and plans are underway for renovations(opens in a new tab).

Edith Throckmorton Neighborhood Park is a small park located in Kensington.

Caroline Freeland Urban Park

Caroline Freeland Urban Park(opens in a new tab) is just off downtown Bethesda with a playground, open shelter, and benches.

Caroline Freeland is sworn in as a member of the Montgomery Planning Board in 1963. Photo courtesy Maryland, National Capital Park and Planning Archives.
Photo Credit: Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Archives

The park is named for the first woman to chair M-NCPPC. Caroline Freeland served from 1963 to 1971, and, during her leadership, Montgomery Parks more than doubled in size—from 7,600 to 16,000 acres.

The wooden sign for Caroline Freeland Urban Park with the park playground in the background.

Opal Daniels Neighborhood Park

Opal A. Daniels Neighborhood Park(opens in a new tab) is tucked away in a residential neighborhood in Takoma Park with an oval-shaped field, playground, grill, and gazebo.

Opal A. Daniels Memorial Park sign in foreground with gazebo and playground in background.

The citizens of Takoma Park asked that the park be renamed for Opal A. Daniels, who had served on the town’s recreation council for forty years.

Photo of Opal A. Daniels is courtesy Historic Takoma, Daniels Family Collection.
Photo Credit: Historic Takoma, Daniels Family Collection

In 1988, Montgomery Planning Board approved the name change from Sheridan-Hancock Neighborhood Park to Opal A. Daniels Memorial Park to honor her “exceptional merit.”

These women played major roles in building today’s county and park system. Remember and honor them when you spend time in these parks.

The post Parks Picks – Women’s History Month appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/parks-picks-womens-history-month/feed/ 0
In the Press: County Highlights Local Parks for Women’s History Month /in-the-press-county-highlights-local-parks-for-womens-history-month/ /in-the-press-county-highlights-local-parks-for-womens-history-month/#respond Mon, 08 Mar 2021 15:19:00 +0000 /?p=70953 MyMcMedia highlighted five parks across the county named for influential women on International Women’s Day Read the story

The post In the Press: County Highlights Local Parks for Women’s History Month appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
MyMcMedia highlighted five parks across the county named for influential women on International Women’s Day

Read the story

The post In the Press: County Highlights Local Parks for Women’s History Month appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/in-the-press-county-highlights-local-parks-for-womens-history-month/feed/ 0
In the Press: 5 Romantic Outdoor Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day This Year /in-the-news-5-romantic-outdoor-date-ideas-for-valentines-day-this-year/ /in-the-news-5-romantic-outdoor-date-ideas-for-valentines-day-this-year/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2021 15:10:00 +0000 /?p=70948 Washingtonian recommended Brookside Gardens as the perfect location to enjoy a fun, safe Valentine’s Day in 2021. Read the story

The post In the Press: 5 Romantic Outdoor Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day This Year appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
Washingtonian recommended Brookside Gardens as the perfect location to enjoy a fun, safe Valentine’s Day in 2021.

Read the story

The post In the Press: 5 Romantic Outdoor Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day This Year appeared first on Montgomery Parks.

]]>
/in-the-news-5-romantic-outdoor-date-ideas-for-valentines-day-this-year/feed/ 0