Montgomery Parks Official Parks Department for Montgomery County, MD Fri, 08 Feb 2019 03:43:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 /uploads/2016/07/cropped-favicon-490x490.png Montgomery Parks 32 32 Montgomery Parks Announces Programming and Operating Hours for Presidents Day Weekend /montgomery-parks-announces-programming-and-operating-hours-for-presidents-day-weekend/ /montgomery-parks-announces-programming-and-operating-hours-for-presidents-day-weekend/#respond Wed, 06 Feb 2019 20:17:52 +0000 /?p=46052 The holiday weekend offers a variety of opportunities for individuals of all ages to stay active, engage in nature, or learn something new. 

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Silver Spring, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces programming and operating hours for Presidents Day Weekend.  The holiday weekend offers a variety of opportunities for individuals of all ages to stay active, engage in nature, or learn something new.

Here is a sampling of ideas to get your weekend planning started: Group of children playing hockey

Full details on these activities and others can be found on MontgomeryParks.org.

Monday, February 18 – Presidents Day Operating Hours

The following facilities will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019:

  • Montgomery Parks Headquarters and Permit Offices
  • Brookside Gardens Visitors Center and Conservatory (Gardens remain open sunrise to sunset)
  • Meadowside Nature Center
  • Brookside Nature Center
  • Locust Grove Nature Center
  • Black Hill Visitor Center and Nature Programs (Closed to visitors unless they are participating in a scheduled program)

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

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 422 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

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

 

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Montgomery Parks’ 2019 City Nature Challenge /2019cnc/ /2019cnc/#respond Sun, 03 Feb 2019 17:01:31 +0000 /?p=43730 Become a Citizen Scientist Montgomery Parks is participating in the City Nature Challenge in April 2019, and we want you...

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Become a Citizen Scientist

Montgomery Parks is participating in the City Nature Challenge in April 2019, and we want you to participate with us! Anyone can become a citizen scientist in the parks. Learn how you can get involved:

Make Your Observations

April 26 to 29, 2019

Help Identify Observations

April 30 to May 5, 2019

What is the City Nature Challenge?

In April 2019, cities across the world will compete to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most participants. Observations are recorded in the iNaturalist app and contribute to important environmental research. Hundreds of people will go outside to look for nature in the Washington D.C. region. Anyone can participate, and Montgomery Parks is here to help you become a citizen scientist, too!Children looking through the forest for nature items

⇒ Learn more about the City Nature Challenge, invented by scientists at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and the California Academy of Sciences in 2016.

How do I contribute?

  1. Get Out and Find Nature. Nature is all around us, even in our cities! Go outside and find any wild plant, animal, or fungi. You can even look for signs animals have left behind, such as a track, shell, or feather. Observations may be collected from April 26 to 29, 2019.
  2. Take a Picture of What you Find. A picture records your observation for others to see. You may also want to note some additional details, such as distinctive features. Don’t forget to record the location of your critter, too.
  3. Share Your Observations. Upload your photo and any observation notes to iNaturalist. If you think you know the name of the species, you can identify your observation.
  4. Help Identify Observations. Observations become “research-grade” when species identifications are verified by another iNaturalist user. You may be able to help identify the species in observations submitted by others. Identifications must be made before May 5, 2019.

Why should I help?

We believe the Challenge is a great way to spend quality time with friends and family learning about the nature right outside your door. And you’ll be contributing to a valuable biodiversity mapping database used by scientists all over the world to study and protect wildlife.

Adults looking through binocularsWhat do I need to participate?

It’s free to participate using a smart mobile device or a computer and a digital camera.

We recommend using a smart mobile device with the free iNaturalist app installed. If you do not have a smart mobile device, you can use a digital camera and a computer to submit your observations on the iNaturalist website.

All participants (over the age of 13) must have their own iNaturalist account. Make sure to set up your account before heading outside to make your first observation.

Montgomery Parks’ Naturalists are here to help you learn how to use iNaturalist! Join one of our free trainings or drop in to one of the Nature Centers during the Challenge for a quick tutorial.

⇒ Visit iNaturalist to learn more about the program, create your free account, and download the mobile application.

Where can I participate?

You can make observations anywhere outdoors, including your favorite park or even your own backyard! You can participate on your own or join one of the many programs happening during the Challenge. Help the Washington D.C. region win the competition by making your observations in the following counties:

  • Maryland: Montgomery, Prince George’s Frederick, Calvert or Charles Counties.
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Virginia: Loudoun, Fairfax, Clarke, Warren, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Fauquier, Manassas, Stafford or Spotslvania Counties.
  • West Virginia: Jefferson County.

Team up with Montgomery Parks

Join a free program. Get the most out of your Challenge experience by joining one of our free programs with a Park Naturalist. If you need just a little help getting started, then an iNaturalist Training at one of the Nature Centers is a great way to get all your questions about the Challenge answered. And check out one of the many Nature Hikes with a Park Naturalist happening during the Challenge weekend.

⇒ View our Schedule of Events

Volunteer as an expert. Are you an avid birdwatcher? Have a passion for wildflowers? Know your fish? We need your expertise! We’re looking for flora and fauna experts to assist on Nature Walks and help identify observations. Maryland Master Naturalists earn Service Hours. Contact Jackie Raiford to learn how you can help.

Bring your group or school. We’re offering a limited number of private programs for corporate groups and field trips for schools and scouts. Schedule your team to meet a Park Naturalist at Locust Grove Nature Center. Learn to use iNaturalist and then find and submit your own observations during a hike of the park. Contact Jackie Raiford to schedule your group now.

Go Out and Discover!

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Spend Valentine’s Day in the Parks /spend-valentines-day-in-the-parks/ /spend-valentines-day-in-the-parks/#respond Thu, 31 Jan 2019 20:22:07 +0000 /?p=45851 Most people expect flowers or gifts, but there are plenty of special ways to celebrate love this season.

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Valentine’s Day is a special day that celebrates the essence of love!

Most people expect flowers or gifts, but there are plenty of special ways to celebrate love this season. Forego the paper valentines and create your own special Valentine’s Day with an evening on the lake and a glass of wine. Set out on an adventure and explore nature on a night hike or grab your skates and have fun at one of our Sweetheart Skates.

Wine & Waterfowl 

Join us for an evening of wine and waterfowl art at the Visitor Center. As the sun sets, watch our resident waterfowl land on the lake for the night. Admission includes one glass of local wine from Rockland Farms and snacks.

Black Hill Nature Programs | Saturday, February 2, 5 to 7 pm

Nature Valentines

Everyone loves homemade valentines, and none is sweeter than one made by your preschooler! Go on a short walk in search of nuts, sticks, and natural items to decorate with, and then come inside and create!

Brookside Nature Center | Thursday, February 14, 10:30 to 11:30 am

Valentine Night Hike

Spend the most romantic day of the year appreciating the beauty of nature. Take a nighttime stroll, search, and listen for creatures more active at night. Dress warmly and meet us at the gravel parking lot across from the boat launch on Black Hill Road.

Black Hill Nature Programs | Thursday, February 14, 6 to 7 pm

Sweetheart Skate

Make it a date! Bring your sweetheart to the rink, and skate together for ONLY $8. Price includes two admissions and skate rentals.

skates, teddy bear, and valentines candy

Cabin John Ice Rink | Saturday, February 9, 8:30 to 10:30 pm

Wheaton Ice Arena | Friday, February 15, 8:15 to 10:15 pm

Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope you enjoy it with Montgomery Parks.

 

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Montgomery Parks Weather Closures, Wednesday, January 30, 2019 /montgomery-parks-weather-closures-tuesday-january-29-2019/ /montgomery-parks-weather-closures-tuesday-january-29-2019/#respond Tue, 29 Jan 2019 20:07:03 +0000 /?p=45798 Due to inclement weather, Montgomery Parks’ Parkside Headquarters, including the permits office, as well as nature centers and Brookside Gardens...

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Due to inclement weather, Montgomery Parks’ Parkside Headquarters, including the permits office, as well as nature centers and Brookside Gardens will open at 11:00 a.m..

Cabin John Ice will open at 7:00 a.m. for their 7:30 a.m. freestyle skating session, and Wheaton Ice Arena will open at 7:30 a.m. for their 8:00 a.m. freestyle skating session. Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center will open as regularly scheduled at 7:00 a.m. and Wheaton Indoor Tennis will open as regularly scheduled at 9:00 a.m.

All lessons after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Wheaton Tennis, Cabin John Ice Rink, and Pauline Betz Addie Tennis on January 29th were canceled (lesson make-up day will be Tuesday, February 19). Tennis Spot Time holders will have their money refunded to their ActiveMontgomery accounts and Tennis Seasonal Contracts will be extended one week.

 

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We Speak Weddings: Montgomery Parks’ Workshops Offer Practical Advice to Engaged Couples /we-speak-weddings-montgomery-parks-workshops-offer-practical-advice-to-engaged-couples/ /we-speak-weddings-montgomery-parks-workshops-offer-practical-advice-to-engaged-couples/#respond Mon, 28 Jan 2019 19:20:16 +0000 /?p=45710 As Valentine’s Day approaches, engaged couples can kick start their wedding planning this winter with Montgomery Parks!

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, engaged couples can kick start their wedding planning this winter with Montgomery Parks! Throughout the month of February, all three of our award-winning Event Centers – Brookside Gardens, Rockwood Manor, and Lodge at Little Seneca Creek – are hosting We Speak Weddings workshops.

The workshops are geared towards do-it-yourself couples looking for helpful tips and tricks. From creating a budget, to selecting the right vendors, the events offer a practical approach to the Photo of Wedding Cake wedding planning process.

The following workshops are scheduled for February:

Sunday, February 3 – Lodge at Little Seneca Creek
Sunday, February 10 – Rockwood Manor
Sunday, February 17 – Brookside Gardens

The We Speak Weddings workshop series launched in the summer of 2018 and is the brainchild of venue managers Allison Fuentes at Rockwood Manor and Jennifer Bland at Brookside Gardens. Their vision for the workshop series was to support their clients who have a lot of ideas, but have never tackled an event this big before. Allison says, “Wedding pla

nning should be fun, not stressful. So, we created the workshop to show that the planning process can be just as special as your wedding day.”

This year, Parks venue staff are offering the workshops earlier in the year and will provide in-depth presentations on the same topics, but in a one-day, concentrated format. Couples will have the opportunity to get expert advice from wedding planning professionals and socialize with others who are in the wedding planning stages.

Rhea Steen, Venue Manager at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek, looks forward to this event every year. She says, “I get the chance to connect with couples more personally during their wedding planning journey. I enjoy answering their questions and giving practical advice based on their individual wedding needs.”

All three workshops will cover the same topics and content. Attendees can simply select the location of their choice. Admission is $25 per person ($20 for current clients). Workshop attendees will receive a packet of worksheets and planning guides to take home. A continental breakfast will be provided.

We Speak Weddings gives couples a chance to see what they envision for their wedding day come to life. According to Jennifer Bland, “This workshop helps make their dreams a reality.”

For more information about the We Speak Weddings workshops or our Event Centers, visit ParkEventCenters.org.

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Celebrate the Sweet Life at Brookside Nature Center /celebrate-the-sweet-life-at-brookside-nature-center/ /celebrate-the-sweet-life-at-brookside-nature-center/#respond Thu, 24 Jan 2019 17:30:34 +0000 /?p=45638 Scattered behind the Brookside Nature Center are a variety of maple trees. And every winter, naturalists make their way through the dried leaves to mark and tap the maples that give the best sap.

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Scattered behind the Brookside Nature Center are a variety of maple trees. And every winter, naturalists make their way through the dried leaves to mark and tap the maples that give the best sap.

This February marks another sweet season of Maple Sugaring Days at Brookside Nature Center. Every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the month, visitors can make their way through the woods to see the tapped maples, learn just where their syrup comes from, and sample the tasty treat.children at maple sugaring

As the days get longer and sunshine becomes more direct, trees come out of their own hibernation and tap into those sap reserves for easy food. The sap runs from the roots through the trunk and to the branches, to help the tree make new buds, explained park naturalist Glenn Rice. This process usually starts around January.

The hardest part, said Glenn, is the tree identification. Because there are no leaves, identifying becomes harder. Specifically, they’re looking for sugar maples or red maples with a trunk of at least 10 inches in diameter.

The trees are then drilled about four feet up from the ground and drilled just enough through the tree to hit the flow of sap inside. Then a funnel is inserted and three-gallon buckets are hung to collect the dripping sap.

Depending on weather conditions, naturalists can collect a bucket of sap per day. Last year, they collected about 70 gallons. The goal this year is to tap about 10 trees, but factors like temperature not only affect the amount of sap collected but also the taste.

“From that, it takes anywhere from 40 to 50 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup,” said Glenn. To make a gallon of syrup from a red maple, it takes 70 to 80 gallons of sap. The sap is then cooked down at the nature center to make syrup.

Sugar maples prefer cold climates like Canada or Vermont, but the collection of sap here allows the team at Brookside Nature Center to have conversations with visitors about trees, weather patterns, energy systems and micro-climates.

Visitors will also watch the boiling process and be able to sample this local treat.

The family-friendly event happens every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday throughout February. Ready to learn more? Reserve your tickets for the 2019 Maple Sugaring Days!

 

 

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Maryland-National Capital Park Police and Montgomery Parks Issue Winter Safety Precautions /maryland-national-capital-park-police-and-montgomery-parks-issue-winter-safety-precautions/ /maryland-national-capital-park-police-and-montgomery-parks-issue-winter-safety-precautions/#respond Tue, 22 Jan 2019 20:35:42 +0000 /?p=45570 Park Police and Montgomery Parks urge the public to take precautions during wintry weather conditions.

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SILVER SPRING, MD – The Maryland-National Capital Park Police and Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, are urging the public to take precautions when using parks and trails during the winter, particularly during extreme weather conditions.

“It is very important for people to be safe when going outside during harsh weather conditions,” said Captain Nicole Adams, Assistant Chief, Patrol Branch and Public Information Officer for the Maryland-National Capital Park Police. “The very cold temperatures, wind chill, snow and ice can create dangerous conditions outdoors. We want people to take the proper precautions to stay safe.”

Safety precautions:

frozen pond at Brookside Gardens

  • Stay off icy lakes, ponds and streams: The public is urged to stay off all icy / frozen water, including lakes, ponds, and streams.

“Even if a pond or stream appears to be frozen solid, there can be moving water below that is not visible. That moving water thins the ice. Walking, fishing and any activity on frozen bodies of water are dangerous,” said Adams.

Ice fishing is permitted in parks from the shore. No one should be on the ice.

Park Police ask the public to call them at 301-949-8010 if you see someone on a frozen lake, pond, or stream.

  • Dress warmly: Wear layers, cover finger tips, toes, and as much exposed skin as possible. Wear appropriate head gear and foot wear. The National Weather Service has more information on how to dress for cold weather.

“Encouraging people to dress warmly in cold weather may seem like common sense, yet it’s important that people understand what proper dress entails. People should dress in multiple layers and waterproof coverings for hands and feet,” added Adams.

  • Be prepared: When heading outdoors, especially if taking a hike on a trail, bring your cell phone and make sure the battery is fully charged. Store blankets, a flash light, and extra clothing in your car.

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

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 422 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
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages the involvement and participation of all individuals in the community, including those with disabilities, in the planning and review processes.  In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M‑NCPPC) will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities.  M‑NCPPC works to make its facilities and materials accessible and to hold public meetings in locations that are, likewise, accessible. M‑NCPPC will generally provide, upon request, appropriate aids and services and make reasonable modifications to policies and programs for qualified persons with disabilities (e.g., large print materials, listening devices, sign language interpretation, etc.).  For assistance with such requests, please contact the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Commissioners’ Office, at least a week in advance, at (301) 495-4605 or at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org .  Maryland residents can also use the free Maryland Relay Service for assistance with calls to or from hearing or speech-impaired persons; for information, go to www.mdrelay.org/ or call (866) 269-9006. Residents may also call the TTY number, (301) 495-1331, for assistance.

 

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Montgomery Parks’ Speaker Series Examines Diversity in Parks /montgomery-parks-speaker-series-examines-diversity-in-parks/ /montgomery-parks-speaker-series-examines-diversity-in-parks/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:16:40 +0000 /?p=45413 Albert Arevalo and Sheema Hai will share ways to make outdoor recreation more inclusive on Friday, January 25, 2019.

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Albert Arevalo and Sheema Hai will share ways to make outdoor recreation more inclusive on Friday, January 25, 2019.

 SILVER SPRING, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, continues its 2018-2019 Speaker Series on January 25, 2019, with a session entitled “Engaging Diverse Audiences in Parks and Outdoor Recreation.”  According to a recent National Park report, non-Hispanic white visitors make up the largest demographic of visitors to national parks.  This trend is mirrored for parks and recreation agencies around the country as many struggle to attract a more diverse audience.

Albert Arevalo, Program Coordinator for Latino Outdoors, a non-profit that connects Latino communities and leadership with nature and outdoor experiences; and Sheema Hai, Cultural Competence and Inclusion Advocate, will explore how agencies might address this challenge.  Arevalo and Hai will share cultural misconceptions and stereotypes, current trends, and insight into the work being done to make outdoor recreation more inclusive.

WHAT:  Montgomery Parks Speaker Series:  Sheema Hai and Albert Arevalo present “Engaging Diverse Audiences in Parks and Outdoor Recreation”
Complimentary box lunch followed by presentation and question-and-answer session
Must pre-register for lunch

WHO: The event is open to the public.

WHEN: January 25, 2019 | 12:00-2:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Montgomery Regional Office Building Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, 20910

 PLEASE RSVP:   Register at www.montgomeryparks.org/speakerseries or RSVP to  301-650-2866

About Albert Arevalo:
Albert Arevalo is the volunteer coordinator at Brookside Gardens.  He also serves as the DC, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) program coordinator for Latino Outdoors, a non-profit that connects Latino communities and leadership with nature and outdoor experiences.   Arevalo is committed to increasing access of the Latino community to public lands and educating students about opportunities for careers in the environmental field.  Additionally, Arevalo is a Senior Chesapeake Region Fellow for the Environmental Leadership Program.

 

About Sheema Hai:
Sheema Hai is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional and has a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Parks Management from Frostburg State University.  She has worked and taught in the recreation and parks field.  Hai consults with numerous agencies and conducts training sessions at both the state and national level on topics related to diversity and cultural sensitivity.  

 

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

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

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Montgomery Parks Requests Public Input on its Energized Public Spaces Design Guidelines /montgomery-parks-requests-public-input-on-its-energized-public-spaces-design-guidelines/ /montgomery-parks-requests-public-input-on-its-energized-public-spaces-design-guidelines/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:24:35 +0000 /?p=44447 Montgomery Parks is seeking public input about new design guidelines which are being developed to determine the major features of public spaces in areas of high density.

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Guidelines will provide overall direction for major features of public spaces design including the recommended size, type of experiences and amenities for these spaces within the Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan Study Area.

Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission released the Working Draft for public input of its new design guidelines for the recently approved Energized Public Spaces (EPS) Functional Master Plan on January 3rd. The Energized Public Spaces (EPS) Design Guidelines will be used for developing flexible public spaces in areas of the county with dense populations. The guidelines will encourage high-quality design, develop a common design language, and provide examples that illustrate the guidelines intent.

The public can provide input in two ways:

 

Montgomery Parks planners will present a staff report to the Planning Board at the January 31 meeting. Details about the staff report will be posted a week in advance of the meeting at www.MontgomeryPlanningBoard.org. Click on the link in the agenda for that day’s meeting. (check the Planning Board calendar for any changes in this date).

For more information about this project, visit www.ParkPlanning.org. For questions please contact Project Coordinator Cristina Sassaki at Cristina.Sassaki@montgomeryparks.org.

 

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

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. Find out more about Montgomery Parks on our website www.MontgomeryParks.org. Follow us on @MontgomeryParks on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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

 

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Montgomery Parks To Host Multiple Volunteer Events During Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend /montgomery-parks-to-host-multiple-volunteer-events-during-martin-luther-king-jr-holiday-weekend/ /montgomery-parks-to-host-multiple-volunteer-events-during-martin-luther-king-jr-holiday-weekend/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:13:39 +0000 /?p=44303 Parks announces volunteer opportunities and operating hours for January 19 to 21, 2019. Residents are encouraged to celebrate a "Day On, Not A Day Off"

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Parks facilities announce volunteer opportunities and operating hours for January 19 to 21, 2019.

Two young girls volunteering to help pick up litterSilver Spring, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting several volunteer opportunities for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, a national initiative to honor Dr. King’s legacy and empower individuals to improve their communities by making the holiday a “Day On, Not a Day Off.”

Montgomery Parks will host several park and stream cleanups throughout the county between January 19 to 21, 2019. Last year, as part of the MLK Jr. Day of Service, Montgomery Parks hosted 526 volunteers at 15 cleanups and removed eight tons of trash and recyclables.

“2019 marks the seventh year that Montgomery Parks has taken part in the annual MLK Jr. National Day of Service,” said Henry Coppola, Volunteer Services Coordinator. “There are lots of residents interested in getting outside, honoring Dr King’s legacy, and making a difference in the community.”

A list of all volunteer opportunities can be found at www.MontgomeryParks.org/MLK. All are approved for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours. We are monitoring the weather forecast for MLK Day – please check here for updates to see which projects are still happening.

If you are looking for additional activities during the weekend, below is a sampling of activities available:

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

Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Operating Hours

The following facilities will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019:

  • Montgomery Parks Headquarters and Permit Offices
  • Brookside Gardens Visitors Center and Conservatory (Gardens remain open sunrise-sunset)
  • Meadowside Nature Center
  • Brookside Nature Center
  • Locust Grove Nature Center (Closed to visitors unless they are participating in a scheduled program)
  • Black Hill Visitor Center and Nature Programs (Closed to visitors unless they are participating in a scheduled program)

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

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Accessibility
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All Montgomery Parks Facilities and Offices Closed Today, January 14, 2019 /all-montgomery-parks-facilities-and-offices-closed-today-january-14-2019/ /all-montgomery-parks-facilities-and-offices-closed-today-january-14-2019/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:56:18 +0000 /?p=44423 SILVER SPRING, MD — All Montgomery Parks offices and facilities are closed and all classes and programs are cancelled today,...

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SILVER SPRING, MD — All Montgomery Parks offices and facilities are closed and all classes and programs are cancelled today, January 14, 2019, due to inclement weather conditions.

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Montgomery Parks Lists Best Sledding Hills! /montgomery-parks-lists-best-sledding-hills/ /montgomery-parks-lists-best-sledding-hills/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:00:24 +0000 /?p=44415 Montgomery Parks lists best sledding hills in parks for kids and adults!

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SILVER SPRING, MD –Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission announces the best sledding hills in parks for kids and adults to enjoy. You’re never too old for sledding!

girl sledding on snow covered hillApproved locations for sledding in Montgomery Parks include:

  • Avenel Local Park
  • Ayrlawn Local Park
  • Damascus Recreational Park (hillside near tennis court parking lot on Kings Valley Road)
  • Hillmead Neighborhood Park
  • Long Branch-Wayne Local Park (off of University Blvd.)
  • Norwood Local Park
  • Pilgrim Hills Local Park
  • Sligo Creek Golf Course
  • South Germantown Recreational Park (hill behind Field F and hillside between Mooseum and TennisPlex)
  • Stratton Local Park
  • Tilden Woods Local Park
  • Woodacres Local Park

“We want to make sure that our parks are available for recreation no matter what the weather is like,” said Casey Anderson, chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board, the governing body for county parks. “If we’re going to get hit with a big snowstorm, at least the kids should be able to take advantage of the opportunity for some great sledding. Please be aware that snow can hide hazardous conditions such as rocks, fence posts, etc. The above listed parks have been selected because they are generally free of latent hazards, but there is no guarantee that there is nothing beneath the snow that can cause hazards, so please be careful.”

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Montgomery Parks Closures and Delays, Update: January 14, 2019, 5:30 a.m. /montgomery-parks-closures-and-delays-update-january-13-2019-630-p-m/ /montgomery-parks-closures-and-delays-update-january-13-2019-630-p-m/#respond Sun, 13 Jan 2019 23:53:06 +0000 /?p=44408 UPDATE: Silver Spring, MD–Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has reopened Sligo Creek Parkway at...

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UPDATE:

Silver Spring, MD–Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has reopened Sligo Creek Parkway at 5:30 a.m.

DELAYED OPENINGS:

Due to inclement weather conditions, the following facilities have delayed openings tomorrow, January 14, 2019:

Cabin John Ice Rink will open at 7:30 a.m.

Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center and Wheaton Indoor Tennis will both open at 9 a.m.

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Montgomery Parks Announces Closures and Delays due to Inclement Weather, January 13, 2019 /montgomery-parks-announces-closures-and-delays-due-to-inclement-weather-january-13-2019/ /montgomery-parks-announces-closures-and-delays-due-to-inclement-weather-january-13-2019/#respond Sun, 13 Jan 2019 14:33:14 +0000 /?p=44400 Due to inclement weather conditions Montgomery Parks announces closures, delays and cancellations.

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Silver Spring, MD – Due to inclement weather conditions, Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces the following closings, delays and cancellations. Please check www.MontgomeryParks.org throughout the day for updates.

CLOSED:

Black Hill Visitor Center and Nature Programs
Brookside Nature Center
Park Activity Buildings
South Germantown Driving Range
Wheaton Sports Pavilion

The following facilities have delayed openings:

DELAYED OPENINGS:

ICE RINKS:

Cabin John Ice Arena will open at 10 a.m. All group lessons are cancelled, Programs scheduled before 10:00 a.m. are cancelled. All other activities beginning at 10:00 a.m. or later will be held as scheduled.

Wheaton Ice Arena will open at 10:30 a.m. All programs scheduled before 10:30 a.m. are cancelled.  All sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. or later will be held as scheduled. All group lessons are cancelled and will have make-up classes on February 17.

TENNIS CENTERS:

Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center will open at 10am. All group lesson classes are cancelled and have been rescheduled for Sunday, February 17. Seasonal contract holders at 6am, 7am, 8am, and 9am will have their contracts extended by one week in April. Spot Time reservations at 6am, 7am, 8am and 9am will be cancelled with credits placed on your ActiveMONTGOMERY accounts.

Wheaton Indoor Tennis will open at 10am. Round Robin is cancelled. All group lessons are cancelled and have been rescheduled for Sunday, February 17.

Brookside Gardens Conservatory will open at 10 a.m. and the Visitors Center at 11 a.m.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

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

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Montgomery Parks Offering Discounts to Federal Employees Affected by Shutdown /montgomery-parks-offering-discounts-to-federal-employees-affected-by-shutdown/ /montgomery-parks-offering-discounts-to-federal-employees-affected-by-shutdown/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 19:54:33 +0000 /?p=44382 Parks staff is looking forward to welcoming those affected and providing an outlet to reduce stress and engage with nature.

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Since the government has re-opened, the discounts outlined below are no longer being offered. Thank you.


(Originally Published – January 11, 2019) Silver Spring, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces discounts for federal employees currently furloughed. Parks staff is looking forward to welcoming those affected and providing an outlet to reduce stress and engage with nature.

Montgomery Parks’ four nature centers and Brookside Gardens continue to be free and open to the public with unique programming and engaging opportunities. In addition, our Ice Rinks, Tennis Centers, Driving Range, and Permits Office will be offering furloughed government employees discounts, including:

Federal Employees will need to show valid ID to receive the discounts at Montgomery Parks facilities.

Please check Montgomery Parks’ Weather Alerts page for potential closures due to inclement weather this weekend.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 422 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

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

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Get the latest on closures, cancellations and delays due to weather /get-latest-closures-cancellations-delays-due-weather/ /get-latest-closures-cancellations-delays-due-weather/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:19:44 +0000 /?p=14334 Get the latest on closures, cancellations, and delays at our parks, facilities, events, athletic fields, and more.

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Weather can impact our parks and programs. Get the latest on closures, cancellations, and delays at our parks, facilities, events, athletic fields, and more. Check out our Weather Alert Page for the most up-to-date information.

Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/Weather-Alerts for information on facility and event closures, cancellations and delays.

Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/RainoutLine for information on field closures and openings.

We will also provide limited updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Forest to Fitness: A Healthy Resolution for Every Body /forest-to-fitness-a-healthy-resolution-for-every-body/ /forest-to-fitness-a-healthy-resolution-for-every-body/#respond Mon, 07 Jan 2019 14:26:02 +0000 /?p=44197 Winter is a great time to explore the outdoors and invigorate your mind and body. Forest to Fitness, a health and wellness program at Black Hill Visitor Center, aims to get you and your family active in 2019.

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Winter is a great time to explore the outdoors and invigorate your mind and body. Forest to Fitness, a health and wellness program at Black Hill Visitor Center, aims to get you and your family active in 2019.

Located at Black Hill Regional Park, the Forest to Fitness program takes advantage of the park’s scenic setting which includes a large lake, rolling woodlands, meadows, and more than eight miles of hiking trails. The paved hiker-biker trail offers perfect walking conditions regardless of the weather and spectacular scenery along Little Seneca Lake.

Check out the schedule and mark your calendar. Learn more about the individual programs:

  • Hikercise! – Hike like you mean it! Explore new parks while you get your heart rate up and move on down the trail. We’ll cover 2-4 miles, depending on trail conditions.
  • Wild Child Hike – This isn’t your average walk in the woods. Scamper like a squirrel, balance like a billy goat, and run like a rabbit through the park. We’ll be on and off the trail as we go on a hiking adventure. Wear shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Hike Club – The first rule of Hike Club – have fun! Improve your fitness, make new friends, and experience trails and scenery we don’t often make time to immerse ourselves in.
  • Meditation Hike – Let’s go for a walk and take a couple of breaks to meditate together in nature. The sounds of the woods, shared community, and a slower pace are sure to reduce your stress and improve your mood!
  • Yoga in the Woods – Join certified Child Light yoga instructor and park naturalist Jen Scully to explore varying themes in nature that will help children become more at ease in their world.
  • Babes in a Backpack – Let’s go outside and hike together to improve fitness, make new friends, and experience the great outdoors.

Jennifer Scully, Nature Facility and Nature Programs Manager, says “Hiking is a great way to walk off those holiday pounds and stress.”

During the winter when all the leaves are off the trees you are more likely to get a glimpse of birds including different species of woodpeckers, ducks, and even Bald Eagles. Kids especially love exploring the outdoors and looking for special treasures like shelf fungus and deer antlers. The Nature Play Spaces around the Visitor Center are also open year-round and offer a place for kids to dig, climb, run, and imagine.

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Montgomery Parks Will Discontinue Use of Glyphosate Through March 2019 /montgomery-parks-will-discontinue-use-of-glyphosate-through-march-2019/ /montgomery-parks-will-discontinue-use-of-glyphosate-through-march-2019/#respond Tue, 18 Dec 2018 18:52:56 +0000 /?p=43705 Press release in Spanish is here. Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning...

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Press release in Spanish is here.

Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will discontinue using glyphosate in parks through March 2019. Glyphosate is an herbicide, commonly found in Roundup, used to kill non-native invasive species. Montgomery Parks has used glyphosate as part of its integrated pest management program to address weed, insect and disease pests that threaten the health of plants, forests and ecosystems. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) combines many strategies, in addition to pesticides, to address these challenges, including (but not limited to), hand and mechanical weed removal, string trimming and propane flame weeding and the use of minimum risk organic and listed pesticides.

 

“We have always been judicious and cautious in our use of pesticides, including glyphosate,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “With recent concerns about potential harm from the use of this herbicide, we are taking a step back. Safety of park patrons and the health of our park system is top priority. We will discontinue the use of glyphosate through March so that we can learn more about potential impacts and closely review how we are using it in parks.”

 

Additional information will be released in mid-March about the use of glyphosate in Montgomery Parks.

 

In 2016, Montgomery Parks began implementing a pesticide reduction program in parks in compliance with the adoption of Montgomery County Code Ch. 33B, regarding the use of pesticides on county-owned property, parks and private property. All 290 playgrounds in Montgomery Parks are maintained without the use of pesticides. The department has implemented a pesticide-free parks pilot at 10 parks located in different areas of the county. A pesticide-free playing field pilot program will launch in 2019 comparing fields managed by organic / listed products with fields managed by conventional methods. This will inform the department on next steps to potentially transition all playing fields to pesticide free.

 

Montgomery Parks provides regular notice to the public regarding its use of pesticides through on-site signage posted 48 hours in advance of applications and regular updated information online at www.Montgomeryparks.org.

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

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

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Montgomery County Planning Chair Set to Wrap Up Tour of All 421 Montgomery Parks /montgomery-county-planning-chair-set-to-wrap-up-tour-of-all-421-montgomery-parks/ /montgomery-county-planning-chair-set-to-wrap-up-tour-of-all-421-montgomery-parks/#respond Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:14:54 +0000 /?p=43549 The journey covered more than 36,000 acres of parkland and included visits to rural, suburban and urban parks; big parks and little parks; historic sites, trails, athletic fields, nature centers, and more.

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Planning Board Chair visits Woodside Urban Park

Anderson’s began his journey in January 2018 with his first park visit to Woodside Urban Park in Silver Spring  (All photos credit Casey Anderson/Instagram: caseybanderson1021)

Silver Spring, MD – Montgomery County Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson is set to fulfill his New Year’s resolution of visiting all 421 parks in the Montgomery Parks system in 2018. His county-wide tour spanned more than 36,000 acres of parkland and included visits to rural, suburban and urban parks; big parks and little parks; historic sites, trails, athletic fields, nature centers, and more. As of December 10, Anderson has visited 389 parks, with the final park visits scheduled throughout the month.

Anderson made the resolution in the hopes of learning more about the park system and inspiring others to explore the parks beyond their immediate neighborhoods. “We have great parks in every part of the county,” Anderson said. “I want to make sure that our residents know about the amazing variety of opportunities our park system offers for getting some exercise, getting together with friends and family, or just getting outside and enjoying nature.”

During his visits, Anderson assessed each park’s amenities, access points, signage and equipment, making note of any problems with trash, graffiti, or maintenance.  “I tried to talk to as many of our park users as possible to get their feedback and get a better understanding of what they want from our system.”

A pair of people on roller-skis on the Rock Creek Hiker Biker Trail

Residents on roller-skis along the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail  

Anderson said he has encountered walkers, bikers, equestrians, soccer players, and even roller-skiers as he has toured the county’s parks. “I didn’t realize that roller skis are a thing,” Anderson said. “I ran into a couple roller-skiing along Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail.

“They told me it is pretty much like cross-country skiing without the snow.”

After so many visits, Anderson has learned a few important things about Montgomery Parks. “I have been impressed with the general level of upkeep,” he said. “For the most part, I found that our parks are clean and well-maintained, with ballfields and playground equipment in good condition.”

Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson rides a bike at Hoyles Mill Conservation Park

Park visit #89 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park

Anderson said he was also glad to see that every part of the county is served by a variety of park types and amenities to meet a wide range of cultural and recreational interests. “Whether you play cricket, soccer or basketball, you want to go for a hike or bike ride in a natural area or you want to attend a festival with your family, we have parks for you and we have them in every corner of the county – whether you live downtown, in a suburban neighborhood, or on a farm,” he said.

Anderson found some issues that need attention, though, including a lack of signage identifying park land and public access points, incorrect addresses and missing signage in some natural areas, and undeveloped parks. “Some of our parks were acquired mainly in order to conserve natural resources and protect water quality, but even our conservation parks should have some sort of signage indicating that they are in public ownership, and we should try to make it clear where public access is appropriate and encouraged.”

Anderson said he is working with Parks staff to address issues he identified during his tour. “We want to make sure people aren’t missing opportunities to enjoy parkland, even if it’s just to take a quiet walk, so we’re already addressing this issue through improved mapping and additional signage,” he said.

Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson visits Amity Drive Neighborhood Park in Gaithersburg

Park visit #385 – Amity Drive Neighborhood Park in Gaithersburg

Anderson has documented his journey on social media, taking a photo at each visit and posting it to an online map tracking his progress.  As his quest progressed during the year, others began joining him on his park visits, including park users, local elected officials, and neighborhood activists.

Anderson hopes the journey has also helped raise the profile of some lesser known and interesting park amenities, including the Josiah Henson Park archaeological site, the state champion tree in Dickerson Conservation Park adjacent to the C&O Canal and the Underground Railroad Trail at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.

Montgomery Parks’ 421 parks vary from small urban parks, like Acorn Urban Park in Silver Spring, to large regional parks, like Black Hill Regional Park in Boyds, to neighborhood parks, historic sites, and conservation areas.  The Montgomery Parks’ system includes more than 11 percent of the county’s land area.

 

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

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

 

 

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Montgomery Parks Announces Programming and Operating Hours For the Week of December 24 Through January 1 /montgomery-parks-announces-programming-and-operating-hours-for-the-week-of-december-24-through-january-1/ /montgomery-parks-announces-programming-and-operating-hours-for-the-week-of-december-24-through-january-1/#respond Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:11:36 +0000 /?p=43517 From December 24 through January 1, Montgomery Parks offers a variety of seasonal activities for the whole family.

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Garden of Lights Gazebo

Garden of Lights

Silver Spring, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces programming and operating hours for the 2018 to 2019 winter holiday break.

From December 24 through January 1, Montgomery Parks offers a variety of seasonal activities for the whole family.

A sampling of activities includes:

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

Holiday Week Operating Hours

Montgomery Parks Headquarters and Permit Offices

December 25: Closed
January 1: Closed

Brookside Gardens Visitors Center and Conservatory

December 24: Closes at 1 p.m.
December 25: Closed

Meadowside Nature Center, Brookside Nature Center, Locust Grove Nature Center, and Black Hill Visitor Center & Nature Programs

December 24: Closed
December 25: Closed
December 31: Closed
January 1: Closed

Cabin John Ice Rink, Wheaton Ice Arena and Wheaton Sports Pavilion

December 24: Closes at 3 p.m.
December 25: Closed
December 31: Closes at 3 p.m.
January 1: Opens at 12 p.m.

Pauline Betz Addie Tennis and Wheaton Indoor Tennis

December 24: Closes at 3 p.m.
December 25: Closed
December 31: Closes at 3 p.m.
January 1: Opens 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

South Germantown Driving Range

December 24: Closes at 3 p.m.
December 25: Closed
December 31: Closes at 3 p.m.
January 1: Closed

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

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

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

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Holiday & Winter Events in Parks /holiday-winter-events-in-parks/ /holiday-winter-events-in-parks/#respond Mon, 03 Dec 2018 14:42:29 +0000 /?p=43451 Looking for fun activities this Winter? From holiday crafts, stargazing, to the winter solstice, we have activities and events to keep you and your family busy all winter long.

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Family at Garden of Lights

Looking for fun activities this Winter? From holiday crafts, stargazing, to the winter solstice, we have activities and events to keep you and your family busy all winter long.

‘Tis the Season

Get into a festive mood with a leisurely stroll through Garden of Lights, a night of music and dance at Woodlawn Manor’s Yuletide Celebration or make a seasonal craft to display this holiday season.

Garden of Lights | Brookside Gardens | Nov 16 – Jan 1
Yuletide Celebration | Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park | Dec 8
Crafting History Winter Wreath | Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park | Dec 12
Festive Fresh Greens | Brookside Gardens | Dec 11-12
Art in the Park | Meadowside Nature Center | Dec 12. Jan 28
Candles to Brighten the Shortest Days | Brookside Nature Center | Dec 26

A Winter Fitness Regimen

Just because it’s cold outside does not mean you need to stay cooped in the house. Get outside each weekend in December for our Winter Woods Weekend program. If you’re looking for something more relaxed spend an evening stargazing off Little Seneca Lake.

Winter Woods Weekend | Brookside Nature Center | December
Forest to Fitness | Black Hill Visitor Center | Dec-Jan
Stargazing at Black Hill | Black Hill Nature Programs | Dec 7
Full Moon Night Hike | Brookside Nature Center | Dec 22

Lighting up the Night
Celebrate the longest night, the Winter Solstice, with a ritual. Mark the occasion in the tradition of ancient cultures with treats around the campfire.

Winter Solstice Campfire| Meadowside Nature Center | Dec 21
Winter Solstice Celebration | Locust Grove Nature Center | Dec 21

Fun-Filled Days During Winter Break
No plans for the kids over winter break? Head over to our Ice Rinks for a School’s Out Skate Day. Enjoy a puppet show at Brookside Nature Center or prepare winter treats for neighborhood critters.

Puppet Show |Brookside Nature Center | Dec 26-28
School’s Out Skate Day | Wheaton Ice Arena or Cabin John Ice Rink | Dec 26-28
Treat for the Animals | Brookside Nature Center | Dec 28
Tinsmithing | Brookside Nature Center | Dec 27

Celebrate the New Year with Montgomery Parks
Looking for a different way to ring in the New Year? Countdown to 2019 over a campfire or at a kid-friendly daytime party.

Otus’ Rockin’ New Year | Meadowside Nature Center | Dec 28
New Year’s Eve Campfire| Locust Grove Nature Center| Dec 31

 

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Woodlawn Manor Transforms For Yuletide Celebration /woodlawn-manor-transforms-for-yuletide-celebration/ Thu, 29 Nov 2018 13:17:46 +0000 /?p=43406 The Woodlawn Manor Yuletide Celebration, on December 8 (5-7pm), will be an event for all ages. Montgomery Parks’ historians will show you how the holidays would have been celebrated at the Manor centuries ago.

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From candlelight to crafts, Woodlawn Manor is preparing to transport you back to the 1800s, a time when holiday festivities s were just a bit simpler. But simpler doesn’t mean a shortage of fun! Woodlawn Manor covered in snow

The Woodlawn Manor Yuletide Celebration on December 8 (5-7pm) will be a special event with activities for all ages. Visitors will be able to experience holiday traditions from the 1800s, thanks to Montgomery Parks’ historians who have taken a close look at the way families celebrated on the Manor in centuries past.

While holiday festivities have changed over time, many of the components remain the same: food, family, community gatherings, and of course gift giving.

For the young ones attending, there will be a juggler and craft making. As you can image, making a gift back in the 1800s looked a little different. For the more mature crowd, music and historical line dancing will fill the salon.

A statue at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park covered in snow

Shannon Strohl, Museum Education Coordinator at Woodlawn Manor, thinks the details will make it a great event, “Holidays and celebrations in the 1800s had a carnival and festival feel. With a variety of out of town guests, often families were looking for a variety of entertainment, especially at a plantation like Woodlawn Manor,” she says.

For families living in the 1800s, decorations meant utilizing everyday items like holly, fruit, nuts, pine cones, corn husks or even sheet music and luminaries.

The Woodlawn Manor Yuletide Celebration will culminate with a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” a very popular piece of literature when it was published in the 1820s. Paired with light refreshments based on a 19th-century inspired recipe and attendees will really be stepping back in time.

Mark Thorne, Program Manager, highlights this event as part of Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park’s effort to expand programming and events, “This is part of our work to make history come alive. We want to highlight the way people celebrated in the past and make it relevant to today.”

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Montgomery Parks Reopens Natural Surface Trails /montgomery-parks-reopens-natural-surface-trails/ /montgomery-parks-reopens-natural-surface-trails/#respond Wed, 28 Nov 2018 17:42:27 +0000 /?p=43401 Natural surface trails reopen after closures due to heavy rains.

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Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will reopen all natural-surface trails on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. The trails have been closed for two days, due to excessive rain fall which can create unsafe conditions for users and can also adversely affect the integrity of the trails.

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

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

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org.

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

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Montgomery Parks Closes Natural Surface Trails Due to Excessive Rainfall /montgomery-parks-closes-natural-surface-trails-due-to-excessive-rainfall-2/ /montgomery-parks-closes-natural-surface-trails-due-to-excessive-rainfall-2/#respond Mon, 26 Nov 2018 21:19:19 +0000 /?p=43361 All natural surface trails are closed until Wednesday, November 28 or until further notice.

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Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has closed all natural-surface trails to the public due to excessive rain fall. Recent weather conditions have left trails wet and muddy creating potentially dangerous conditions for trail users. Use can also damage the trails. Trails are closed until Wednesday, November 28, 2018 or further notice.

 

Montgomery Parks has just launched a Rainout Line for trails, a new 24-hour phone number, website and mobile app for people to find out the status of trails during inclement weather conditions and/or construction / renovation projects. The new Rainout Line is available by phone at 240-270-0008 or online at www.MontgomeryParks.org, click the park trails hyperlink under the Quick Links menu on the right-hand side of the page.

The bicycle pump track at South Germantown Recreational Park is also closed until Wednesday due to wet conditions.

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

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

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org.

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

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Garden of Lights Celebrates its 20th Year Display /garden-of-lights-celebrates-its-20th-year-display/ /garden-of-lights-celebrates-its-20th-year-display/#respond Mon, 19 Nov 2018 16:24:42 +0000 /?p=43268 For the last 20 years, Brookside Gardens has transformed into a whimsical winter wonderland with twinkling lights and glimmering displays. The exhibit is now open every night through January 1, except November 19-22 and December 24-25.

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SILVER SPRING, MD— For the last 20 years, Brookside Gardens has transformed into a whimsical winter wonderland with twinkling lights and glimmering displays. More than one million dazzling and colorful LED lights are handwoven into original works depicting animals, flowers and other natural elements.

Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces the opening of Garden of Lights Brookside Gardens‘ annual walk-through light show, on November 16, 2018.

The exhibit is open every night through January 1, 2019, except November 19-22 and December 24-25.

Step inside the Gardens’ Conservatory and experience the G-Scale model trains. The Washington, Virginia and Maryland Garden Railway Society will host the exhibit. Kids of all ages love to watch as the trains wind their way through seasonal greenery and miniature reproductions of local landmarks such as the Red Door Store in Sandy Spring, the Kensington MARC railway station, Glen Echo Park complete with Bumper Car Pavilion and 1921 Dentzel Carousel, and even Brookside Gardens’ Conservatories.

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


Garden of Lights at a glance:

Dates:
 November 16, 2018 – January 1, 2018 (closed November 19-22 & December 24 & 25)
Hours:  Sunday – Thursday: 5:30PM-9: 00 PM; Friday – Saturday: 5:30PM-10: 00 PM
Location: 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
Cost: $25 per car/van (Sunday-Thursday); $30 per car/van (Friday-Saturday)
Tickets: Purchased upon entry or advance sale tickets are available at the Gift Shop at Brookside Gardens

About Brookside Gardens

Brookside Gardens is a 50-acre horticultural display garden with intricately designed landscapes, permanent and seasonal displays, and two conservatories.  Throughout the year, the Gardens welcomes more than 400,000 visitors, at engaging programs and events for children and adults, including the summer live butterfly exhibit and winter light display. Learn more about us at www.brooksidegardens.org

Accessibility

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

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Montgomery Parks Improves Safety for Trail Users in Inclement Weather /montgomery-parks-improves-safety-for-trail-users-in-inclement-weather/ /montgomery-parks-improves-safety-for-trail-users-in-inclement-weather/#respond Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:53:31 +0000 /?p=43257 Pilot underway along Sligo Creek Trail to increase traction on wood bridges and boardwalks

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Pilot is underway along Sligo Creek Trail to increase traction on wood bridges and boardwalks

man painting wooden bridge Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is piloting a new program to improve safety on wood bridges and boardwalks along park trails.   Wood bridges and boardwalks can become slippery during and following periods of rain or snow creating hazardous conditions for trail users.  Parks staff are applying a slip resistant coating, DeckCorrect, to increase traction on the surfaces.  If the pilot is successful, the environmentally-safe coating may be applied to bridges and boardwalks throughout Montgomery Park’ system – more than 100,000 square feet of surfaces.   DeckCorrect, was chosen after staff conducted several research-based trials testing various solutions.

“We needed an anti-slip solution that could keep all types of trail users safe, that would remain in place for a long time, and most importantly, could be applied in environmentally-sensitive areas,” said Jim Poore, Facilities Management Division Chief.  “We are thrilled to report that user feedback has been positive.”

Parks staff began applying the coating to the dozens of bridges and boardwalks along the heavily-used Sligo Creek Trail this past August.

“It’s been a real safety issue, I’ve heard it from runners and bikers,” said Aaron Cohen, a Takoma Park resident and frequent user of Sligo Creek Trail.  In May, Cohen suffered a fall, when his bike skidded off a wet bridge.  “I’m really glad that Montgomery Parks has made this a priority.”

The coating is expected to withstand heavy use for five to seven years. Staff will monitor how well the coating withstands this winter’s conditions, and if all goes well, will apply the coating to additional trails in 2019.   Applications are weather-dependent but performed in stages that allow for most trails to remain open during the treatment.

In addition, Montgomery Parks has updated construction specifications to require concrete surfacing or incised Douglas fir decking on new bridge or boardwalk installations or replacements. Both products offer a naturally slip resistant surface and have been highly effective in reducing maintenance on bridges and boardwalks.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

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

 

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Montgomery Parks Closes Natural Surface Trails Due to Inclement Weather /montgomery-parks-closes-natural-surface-trails-due-to-inclement-weather/ /montgomery-parks-closes-natural-surface-trails-due-to-inclement-weather/#respond Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:24:50 +0000 /?p=43240 Update as of November, 19, 2018:   All natural surface trails are open.  Please use caution when using the trails. 

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Update as of November, 19, 2018:   All natural surface trails are open.  Please use caution when using the trails. 

 

Silver Spring, MD – November, 16, 2018–  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has closed all natural-surface trails and the bike pump track at South Germantown Recreational Park to the public, due to inclement weather.  Recent weather conditions have left trails wet and muddy creating potentially dangerous conditions for trail users and can also adversely affect the integrity of the trails.

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

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org.

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

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Montgomery Parks Announces Programming and Operating Hours for Thanksgiving Weekend /montgomery-parks-announces-programming-and-operating-hours-for-the-thanksgiving-weekend/ /montgomery-parks-announces-programming-and-operating-hours-for-the-thanksgiving-weekend/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:27:03 +0000 /?p=43183 Most facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 22, but the weekend offers a variety of fun activities for all ages and interests!

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two young girls ice skatingSilver Spring, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces programming and operating hours for the Thanksgiving holiday.

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, Brookside Nature Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All other Montgomery Parks’ facilities, including Brookside Gardens’ Visitor Center and Conservatories and Montgomery Parks’ Headquarters and Permits Office will be closed.

The holiday weekend, Friday, November 23, through Sunday, November 25, is the perfect time to gather your family and friends and experience all that Montgomery Parks has to offer.  Whether you want to get outside and explore nature or stay active indoors, there are opportunities to meet every interest.

A sampling of activities includes:

  • Take advantage of Black Friday Half Price Spot Time at Wheaton Indoor Tennis on November 23 and look for additional specials throughout the weekend.
  • Stroll through Garden of Lights, Brookside Gardens’ magical winter light display of more than one million dazzling lights shaped into hand-crafted art forms.
  • Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature at night during a guided full moon hike at Brookside Nature Center.
  • Bring your binoculars for a relaxing morning of birding along Little Seneca Lake. Beginners welcome.
  • Become an Eco-Steward and help remove non-native invasive plants while getting some exercise at Meadowside Nature Center.
  • Hit the ice at a public skating session at Cabin John Ice Rink or Wheaton Ice Arena.
  • Learn about the journey freedom seekers experienced on the informative Underground Railroad Guided Hike at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.

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

Thanksgiving Week Operating Hours

The following facility is closed on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

  • Black Hill Visitor Center and Nature Programs

The following facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 22, 2018

  • Montgomery Parks Headquarters and Permit Offices
  • Brookside Gardens Visitors Center and Conservatory
  • Meadowside Nature Center
  • Locust Grove Nature Center
  • Black Hill Visitor Center and Nature Programs
  • Cabin John Ice Rink
  • Wheaton Ice Arena
  • Pauline Bentz Addie Tennis Center
  • Wheaton Indoor Tennis
  • Wheaton Sports Pavilion
  • South Germantown Driving Range

The following facilities will be closed on Friday, November 23, 2018

  • Montgomery Parks Headquarters and Permit Offices
  • Black Hill Visitor Center and Nature Programs

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

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

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

 

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Montgomery Parks’ Speaker Series Presents How to Build A Better Block /montgomery-parks-speaker-series-presents-how-to-build-a-better-block/ /montgomery-parks-speaker-series-presents-how-to-build-a-better-block/#respond Thu, 08 Nov 2018 15:20:00 +0000 /?p=41619 Jason Roberts will discuss how to reshape and reactivate communities one block at a time on Friday, November 16, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

WHO: The event is open to the public.

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

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

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

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

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volunteers at Jesup Blair Local Park

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

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

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

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