Montgomery Parks Official Parks Department for Montgomery County, MD Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:30:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 /uploads/2016/07/cropped-favicon-490x490.png Montgomery Parks 32 32 Wings of Fancy LIVE Butterfly Exhibit Opens at Brookside Gardens /wings-of-fancy-live-butterfly-exhibit-opens-at-brookside-gardens/ /wings-of-fancy-live-butterfly-exhibit-opens-at-brookside-gardens/#respond Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:23:37 +0000 /?p=47265 Brookside Gardens is all a flutter with butterflies and caterpillars at the seasonal Wings of Fancy Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit. This whimsical display opens Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

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BE CAPTIVATED BY COLORFUL, FLUTTERING BUTTERFLIES

Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit Returns on Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Brookside Gardens is all a flutter with butterflies and caterpillars at the seasonal Wings of Fancy Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit. This whimsical display opens Wednesday, April 17, 2019, and visitors can experience nature in motion as butterflies soar throughout the conservatory.

This year Brookside celebrates the past while looking to the future during the 22nd season of the Wings of Fancy LIVE Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit. Interact with hundreds of native and exotic butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa, and Asia. Learn firsthand about the amazing metamorphosis, from tiny chrysalis to flying beauty, how butterflies contribute to healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. Plan to join Brookside Gardens throughout 2019 as they celebrate 50 years of beauty, inspiration, and growing with our community with unique events and programs.

The exhibit runs through Sunday, September 22, 2019, and is open daily with new mid-summer hours.

Hours:

April 17 – June 30 | 9 am – 5 pm daily

July 1 – August 31 | 10 am – 1 pm weekdays  |  10 am – 5 pm weekends

September 1 -22 | 10 am – 5 pm daily

Where:

Brookside Gardens South Conservatory, 1500 Glenallan Ave,. Wheaton, MD 20902

Fee:

$8 ages 13+; $5 ages 3-12; Free ages 0-2

Tickets available for purchase on-site at the gift shop.

Enjoy unlimited access to the exhibit by purchasing a frequent visitor pass. Visit the Wings of Fancy website for more details.

For more information, visit the website: http://bit.ly/WingsofFancy

Program Events:

For butterfly focused programming check out “Care and Handling of Butterflies” offered on July 11, 2019. Learn more about the fascinating family of butterflies – Lepidoptera. Registration required.

Sign up to spend two quiet hours of photography from 8:00 am – 10:00 am in the Wings of Fancy exhibit, “Focus on Butterflies”, with 10 different sessions offered from May to September.

Or find out what butterflies do after dark at the “Wings and Wine” event on May 9, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Sample several wine varieties and enjoy light refreshments as butterflies and music swirl around you in our tropical conservatory. Finish off the evening with a decadent dessert. Registration required.

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Montgomery Parks Hosts Environmental Outdoor Art Exhibition at Brookside Gardens Shining a Light on the Impact of Consumption Habits on the Natural Environment /montgomery-parks-hosts-environmental-outdoor-art-exhibition-at-brookside-gardens-shining-a-light-on-the-impact-of-consumption-habits-on-the-natural-environment/ /montgomery-parks-hosts-environmental-outdoor-art-exhibition-at-brookside-gardens-shining-a-light-on-the-impact-of-consumption-habits-on-the-natural-environment/#respond Mon, 15 Apr 2019 18:25:54 +0000 /?p=47225 Brookside Gardens hosts "The Legacy Project - Our Lives of Consumption and Waste," an outdoor art exhibit exploring consumption habits and their impact on natural settings.

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Special outdoor art installation will be on display throughout the month of April.

environmental art installation featuring plastic bottles at Brookside GardensSILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting a special environmental art exhibition by UpRooted Dance at Brookside Gardens during the month of April. The exhibition, “The Legacy Project – Our Lives of Consumption and Waste” is free and open to the public and aims to highlight the huge amounts of waste the average person produces and contextualizes our global pollution crisis.

The installation features hundreds of plastic bottles and containers situated at several sites throughout Brookside Gardens. As part of the project, a free, live dance performance will take place on April 28th featuring custom costumes and sets designed by Keira Hart-Mendoza and Margie Jervis from upcycled materials to ensure the project is zero-waste.

“At the center of this project is my desire to learn about the impact of waste on society,” said Hart-Mendoza, the artistic and managing director of Uprooted Dance, who spent the past year saving her trash and composting all food scraps and yard trimmings. “Through my research and this multidisciplinary art exhibit, I hope to demonstrate how simple changes in consumption habits can greatly impact how much waste we create.”

“Art provokes conversation.  This art installation confronts us with the reality that when we throw our trash “away,” it doesn’t miraculously disappear, it just accumulates elsewhere. And then the conversation begins: how can we change our daily habits and reduce our negative impact on the environment?”  noted Stephanie Oberle, Director, Brookside Gardens.

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

About Uprooted Dance:
Based in the DC Metro Area, UpRooted Dance creates intersections between dance and other art forms.  Artistic Director, Keira Hart-Mendoza collaborates with interdisciplinary creatives to craft vibrant works.  UpRooted Dance uses movement, sound, images, and text to immerse viewers through thought-provoking storytelling. This versatile company produces pathways for audiences to explore dance on stage and in unexpected locations.

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 To Know A Montgomery Parks Division Chief: Management Services /get-to-know-a-montgomery-parks-division-chief-management-services/ /get-to-know-a-montgomery-parks-division-chief-management-services/#respond Thu, 11 Apr 2019 12:32:10 +0000 /?p=46320 Learn more about one of the ten divisions of Montgomery Parks.

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Montgomery Parks’ organizational structure is divided up into ten divisions that handle everything from park maintenance to policing. We wanted to provide an opportunity for the community to better get to know the different leaders of those divisions.

Portrait photo of Shuchi VeraNow up: Shuchi Vera & Management Services

What is your position and how long have you been with Montgomery Parks?

I am the Chief of the Management Services Division and have been with Parks for 15 years. I started off as an intern, assisting with the Capital Improvements Program.

What does your division do?

The Management Services Division is a collaborative partner with all of the other divisions in supporting their administrative needs ranging from Human Resources, Budget Management, Enterprise Asset Management, Inclusionary Services, and Program Efficiencies and Innovation.

How many people work in your division and what unique jobs are there?

We have 17 career positions with 2-3 seasonal workers. The Department’s Chief Performance Officer works out of the Management services Division and is responsible for creating a culture of innovation and lean government.

What do you like best about your job?

The diversity of our staff and the diversity of our residents that we serve. I get to work and learn from people with so many different backgrounds and disciplines.

What do you do for fun outside of work?

I love to travel and learn about different cultures. My most recent trip was to Mexico City, MX which offers modern and culturally rich experiences. It was great to visit the parks and green spaces of such a diverse and densely populated city.

Want to learn more about Parks leadership? Read our first profile on Jim Poore from Facilities Management and stay tuned for our next post about Chief McSwain from the Park Police division.

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Hidden Treasures Appraisals Returns to Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park /hidden-treasures-appraisals-returns-to-woodlawn-manor-cultural-park/ /hidden-treasures-appraisals-returns-to-woodlawn-manor-cultural-park/#respond Mon, 08 Apr 2019 14:26:04 +0000 /?p=46917 While that old treasure might not bring you joy, it could be worth some money at the 3rd-annual Hidden Treasure Appraisals on April 13, 2019.

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While that old treasure might not bring you joy, it could be worth some money

Montgomery Parks’ Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park is hosting the 3rd-annual Hidden Treasure Appraisals (registration requested) on April 13, 2019, inside the historic Woodlawn Manor House.

An Appraiser holds up a painting inside Woodlawn ManorHopeful attendees arrive each year with a wide array of objects, from family heirlooms to garage sale finds. Past success stories include a small antique enameled and gemstone trinket box that appraised for $350. Its owner said that it had been passed down through her family and given to her by her mother.

Weschler’s, a Montgomery County appraiser and auctioneer company founded in 1890, will provide their expertise for up to three items per person. Their appraisers have more than 40 years of experience combined. However, please be advised that Weschler’s will not evaluate toys, sports memorabilia, firearms, foreign coins, foreign stamps, antiquities, books, and manuscripts.

“Many Montgomery Parks users have items that document their history,” said Mark Thone Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park Program Manager, “and we hope that knowing the value will often encourage them and their family members to communicate and share that history with younger generations.”

In addition, one previous attendee brought in three items in a basket to have them appraised. She was disappointed to find that the items were reproductions worth little money. However, she was pleasantly surprised when the appraiser asked to examine the basket and told her is it was worth several hundreds of dollars!

Registration is required and just $3 in advance, $5 at the door. Registration slots go fast, so sign up early!

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Montgomery County Parks and Planning Departments Presented Spring 2019 Semiannual Report to the Montgomery County Council on April 2 /montgomery-county-parks-and-planning-departments-presented-spring-2019-semiannual-report-to-the-montgomery-county-council-on-april-2/ /montgomery-county-parks-and-planning-departments-presented-spring-2019-semiannual-report-to-the-montgomery-county-council-on-april-2/#respond Wed, 03 Apr 2019 15:30:16 +0000 /?p=47032 The Spring 2019 Semiannual Report highlights plans and projects that Montgomery Parks and Montgomery Planning Departments have completed over the past six months, as well as upcoming projects.

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Report highlights plans and projects completed over past six months to support community equity, economic health and environmental resiliency in the county.

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery Parks and Montgomery Planning Departments, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, presented their Spring 2019 Semiannual Report to the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The report showcases key projects, park activities and plans from the past six months, and work that will be completed over the next six months and beyond.

 

Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson introduced the progress report by noting the preparation to update the county’s 1964 General Plan. “This enduring framework has successfully established an efficient and sustainable development pattern,” said Anderson. “It has helped us preserve open spaces and environmental resources, concentrate development in urban areas and corridors, and create a connected transportation system. Now it’s time to update the General Plan to reflect the enormous changes taking place in the county.”

 

Planning Director Gwen Wright reinforced this message, explaining the three themes of the semiannual report as key to guiding the General Plan Update over the next year. “We are already striving to achieve community equity, economic health and environmental resilience through our plans and projects,” Wright said. “From implementing Vision Zero policy to eliminate traffic fatalities to zoning for accessory dwelling units, our work is all about improving the quality of life in the county for everyone.”

 

Director of Montgomery Parks Mike Riley emphasized the efforts to bring more people into the parks through festivals, movie screenings and interactive installations. Our priorities for conserving natural resources, engaging residents in wellness and healthy activities, and fostering social equity are being achieved through expanded programming for the county’s diverse populations,” said Riley.

 

At the Council meeting, preservation planners explained the new Burial Sites Inventory and Guidelines. As required by county law, the Montgomery County Planning Board must maintain this survey so cemeteries and burial sites can be identified during the preliminary plan stage of the parcel subdivision process, which is overseen by the Board. Montgomery Planning’s Historic Preservation Office is responsible for maintaining and updating the inventory, providing guidelines for archaeological investigations and engaging the community in the process of identifying and preserving sites.

 

Montgomery Planning’s Notable Achievements

The Spring 2019 Semiannual Report highlights the following accomplishments achieved by the Planning Department over the past six months and initiatives planned for 2019:

  • The seminal planning guide for Montgomery County, the General Plan, was adopted in 1964, revised in 1993 and is being updated in 2019 to reflect demographic, technological and social changes in our communities.
  • A new research study, Montgomery County Trends: A Look at People, Housing and Jobs, was released in January 2019 to reveal notable demographic and economic changes over the past 25 years. This data will help inform the direction of the General Plan Update.
  • Montgomery County’s Vision Zero policy to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries by 2030 is being implemented through several plans. The Bicycle Master PlanVeirs Mill Corridor Master PlanMARC Rail Communities PlanAspen Hill Vision Zero Study and Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan recommend ways of improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and better connecting neighborhoods along busy arterial roads.
  • New community-focused efforts to turn parking lots into places include the White Flint Placemaking Festival, held in October 2018 to transform part of the Randolph Hills Shopping Center in Rockville into a pop-up park.
  • The new Burial Sites Inventory and Guidelines are being maintained by Montgomery Planning’s Historic Preservation Office to ensure cemeteries and gravesites are identified during the development review process. Community meetings held in April 2019 will inform the public about the inventory and guidelines, and planners will solicit feedback.

 

Montgomery Parks’ Notable Achievements

The Spring 2019 Semiannual Report highlights the following accomplishments, achieved by the Department of Parks over the past six months and programs planned for 2019:

  • Efforts to achieve Vision Zero include safety improvements to 121 priority trail and roadway crossings by 2030. In 2019, four projects have been completed and eight additional upgrades are underway.
  • The final phase of the Powerline Trail, undertaken as a partnership with the Potomac Electric Power Company and Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, is underway for completion in 2020. The last leg of the natural surface trail will double its distance to connect Quince Orchard Road to Cabin John Regional Park.
  • A pilot program launched in spring 2019 will allow e-bikes and e-scooters on trails within the county. Public feedback about the pilot will help determine its success and the feasibility of making the program permanent.
  • Design guidelines are being developed for the Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan to recommend the sizes, features and amenities provided by each park.
  • Work with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection on stream restoration projects in Grosvenor, Stoneybrook, Glenallan and Clearspring parks will begin in spring 2019 to improve water quality.

 

About The Montgomery County Planning Department
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department comprises about 150 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the public. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org.

About The Montgomery County Department of 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. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org.

Accessibility
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages the involvement and participation of all individuals in the community. 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 individuals with disabilities in its services, programs or activities. M‑NCPPC works to make its facilities and materials accessible and to hold public meetings in locations that are, likewise, accessible. M‑NCPPC will generally provide, upon request, appropriate aids and services and make reasonable modifications to policies and programs for persons with disabilities (e.g., large print materials, listening devices, sign language interpretation, etc.). For assistance with such requests, please contact the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Commissioners’ Office, at least a week in advance of a meeting or event, at (301) 495-4605 or at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org. Maryland residents can also use the free Maryland Relay Service for assistance with calls to or from hearing or speech-impaired persons; for information, go to www.mdrelay.org/ or call (866) 269-9006. Residents may also call the TTY number, (301) 495-1331, for assistance.

 

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2019 History In The Parks Season Kicks Off With Song & Dance /2019-history-in-the-parks-season-kicks-off-with-song-dance/ /2019-history-in-the-parks-season-kicks-off-with-song-dance/#respond Tue, 02 Apr 2019 12:33:56 +0000 /?p=46924 Festivities begin Saturday, April 13, at Celebrating African Rhythms through Dance & Song at the Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park

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Join Montgomery Parks at Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park On April 13

Montgomery Parks invites you to join in celebrating the 2019 History in the Parks season! Enjoy historic tours, children’s programming and more at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, the Underground Railroad Experience Trail, Kingsley Schoolhouse, Agricultural History Farm Park, and Oakley Cabin throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall.

The events serve as an introduction to a life-long lesson in culture, community, and connections in Montgomery County. Visit HistoryintheParks.org for exact times and additional details on the events.

A man playing hand drumsShow off your best dance moves as the festivities begin Saturday, April 13, at Celebrating African Rhythms through Dance & Song at the Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park. The annual dance workshop explores African rhythms from West Africa, the Caribbean Islands, Europe, and North & South America. Learn the “Cake Walk” and compete for sweet treats.

Oakley Cabin will continue to host events on the second Saturday in May, June, and July. The Cabin is also open for guided tours on the fourth Saturday of the month beginning in April and ending in October.

New for 2019 is the Twilight Trek at the Underground Railroad Experience Trail on April 20 (registration required). Hikers learn about the various techniques that freedom seekers used to elude trackers, find food, and navigate their way north to freedom.

The interior of Kingsley Schoolhouse

Explore the 19th-century Kingsley Schoolhouse, a historic treasure, on the first Sunday of each month beginning on April 7 and ending on October 6. Open from 1 – 4 pm in Little Bennett Regional Park, the Kingsley Schoolhouse is one of the best remaining examples of a one-room schoolhouse in Montgomery County.

The scenic 455-acre Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood features picturesque rolling hills, open fields, and a variety of farm animals. Get a unique perspective on the county’s rich farming heritage with youth-focused events like Sensory Sundays or Little Farmers’ Story Time. For the teenagers and adults try Needle Art Basics, on April 20, which showcases how needle and thread have been used for thousands of years to clothe families and provide an outlet for creative expression.

This is just the beginning for the 2019 season as Montgomery Parks will continue to offer programming, and educational opportunities, that are multi-generational, great for families, and perfect for school or organized trips throughout the year. Make sure to mark June 29 and 30 as Montgomery Parks will partner with Heritage Montgomery for Montgomery County Heritage Days which will include free events and activities at many of our historic sites.

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April is Earth Month /april-is-earth-month/ /april-is-earth-month/#respond Wed, 27 Mar 2019 21:09:44 +0000 /?p=46930 Montgomery Parks is celebrating Earth Month with eco-friendly activities and special events throughout the month of April. From festivals to film screenings to cleanups to nature hikes, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

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Montgomery Parks to host an array of fun, family-friendly activities all month long

Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is celebrating Earth Month with eco-friendly activities and special events throughout the month of April. From festivals to film screenings to cleanups to nature hikes, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Here is a sampling of activities for youth and adults:

Looking for an opportunity to clean-up your community this Earth Month? Montgomery Parks’ Volunteer Services Office is collaborating with several regional organizations, including Friends of Sligo Creek, Rock Creek Conservancy and the Little Falls Watershed Alliance, to organize approximately 100 park and stream cleanups and six Weed Warrior workdays throughout the month of April. Students, adults, friends and families are encouraged to participate.

Montgomery Parks is proud to partner with GreenFest and the DC Environmental Film Festival to present three documentary screenings in April at Brookside Gardens. These environmentally themed films are offered as part of Earth Day educational activities, and lead up to GreenFest.

Montgomery Parks will cap off Earth Month with GreenFest at Brookside Gardens on April 28. This year, Brookside Gardens has combined its annual Earth Day Festival with GreenFest; one of the premiere environmental festivals in Montgomery County, MD. The event features a green craft fair, native plant sale, community art project, lectures by industry experts, family activities, an interactive electric car display, live music, and food trucks.

For more information on Earth Month activities in Montgomery Parks, visit: Montgomeryparks.org/earth-month.

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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Upgrades to Cabin John Ice Rink Slated to Begin in April /upgrades-to-cabin-john-ice-rink-slated-to-begin-in-april/ /upgrades-to-cabin-john-ice-rink-slated-to-begin-in-april/#respond Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:07:11 +0000 /?p=46643 The NHL and Studio Rinks will be closed as of April 5 and are targeted to reopen at the end of September 2019. The Olympic Rink will remain open to the public.

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Montgomery Parks is investing in a better, more energy efficient, rink experience for Cabin John Ice Rink (CJIR) with a mechanical improvement project for the NHL and Studio Rinks to begin in early April.

Cabin John Ice Rink logoThe NHL and Studio Rinks will be closed as of April 5 and are targeted to reopen at the end of September 2019. The Olympic Rink will remain open to the public.

The two rinks will be upgraded with new energy efficient equipment, piping, rink floors, dasher board systems, and rubber matting.

“Montgomery Parks’ Ice Rinks provide a great ice skating, figure skating, and hockey experience to not just county residents but the entire region. We are looking A young girl skates with other children looking onforward to bringing CJIR up to date and will continue to offer options to our users at both Cabin John Ice Rink and Wheaton Ice Arena throughout the project period,” stated Christy Turnbull, Montgomery Parks’ Enterprise Division Chief.

This facility improvement project is scheduled to minimize disruption to users. And, CJIR is keeping the most popular public session times available as offered by Brian Borge, Cabin John Ice Rink Facility Manager, “Cabin John Ice Rink is one of the busiest Ice Rink in the area and we want to make sure we continue to provide a great sheet of ice for all of our users. This improvement project will allow us to operate more energy efficiently and update two of our three rinks.”

Summer Camp programming at CJIR will be slightly affected with two fewer specialty classes. All other CJIR summer camps will be offered.

Make sure to check out Montgomery Parks’ Classes & Camps page for our summer camp listings.

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Montgomery Parks’ Speaker Series Makes the Case for Open Space /montgomery-parks-speaker-series-makes-the-case-for-open-space/ /montgomery-parks-speaker-series-makes-the-case-for-open-space/#respond Mon, 11 Mar 2019 19:36:47 +0000 /?p=46579 Ed McMahon, Urban Land Institute Senior Fellow, will present on Friday, March 15, 2019.

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Ed McMahon, Urban Land Institute Senior Fellow, will present on Friday, March 15, 2019.

SILVER SPRING, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, continues its Speaker Series on March 15, 2019, with Ed McMahon, Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

McMahon will share insight into the economic, social and environmental impacts of parks and open space.  According to a ULI report, 85% of U.S. residents identify proximity to parks, playgrounds and open space as an important factor in their decision on where to live.  While parks increase long-term real estate value, public resources to create and operate these spaces are often limited.  McMahon will detail how developers can help bridge this gap.  He will share examples of how private investment in high quality public spaces can pay dividends by: improving the community health and wellness, boosting economic development and enhancing a project’s financial success. The session will also examine ways to find green space in already developed urban and suburban communities and the impacts of active transportation and micro mobility.

WHAT:  Montgomery Parks’ Speaker Series : Ed McMahon presents “The Case for Open Space”
Register by March 12 to reserve a complimentary boxed lunch.

WHO: Open to the public

WHEN: March 15, 2019 | 12:00-2:00 p.m.

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

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

Ed McMahon the Senior Resident Fellow of the Urban Land InstituteAbout Ed McMahon:
Ed McMahon holds the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC where he is nationally known as an inspiring and thought-provoking speaker and leading authority on economic development and land use polices and trends.  As the Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development, McMahon leads ULI’s worldwide efforts to conduct research and educational activities related to environmentally sensitive development policies and practices. He is also Chairman of the Board of the National Main Street Center and a Senior Advisor to ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative.  Before joining the Urban Land Institute in 2004, McMahon spent 14 years as the Vice President and Director of Programs for The Conservation Fund, where he worked to protect more than 5 million acres of land of historic or natural significance. He is also the co-founder and former President of Scenic America, a national non-profit organization devoted to protecting America’s scenic landscapes. Before that, he taught law and public policy at Georgetown University Law Center for 9 years, and served in the U.S. Army, both at home and abroad.   McMahon is the author or co-author of 15 books, dozens of reports or monographs and over 600 articles. His books include: Green Infrastructure: Linking Landscapes & Communities; Conservation Communities: Creating Value with Nature, Open Space and Agriculture; Land Conservation Finance; Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities; Better Models for Development in Maryland. McMahon has a BS from Spring Hill College; an M.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Alabama, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School. He and his wife live in Takoma Park, Maryland.

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 To Know A Montgomery Parks Division Chief: Facilities Management /get-to-know-a-montgomery-parks-division-chief-facilities-management/ /get-to-know-a-montgomery-parks-division-chief-facilities-management/#respond Tue, 05 Mar 2019 13:24:49 +0000 /?p=46332 Learn more about one of the ten divisions of Montgomery Parks.

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Montgomery Parks’ organizational structure is divided up into ten divisions that handle everything from park maintenance to policing. We wanted to provide an opportunity for the community to better get to know the different leaders of those divisions.

Jim Poore, Facilities ManagementA photo of Jim Poore

What is your position and how long have you been with Montgomery Parks?

I have been the Facilities Management Division Chief for 5 years, I’ve been with the Department of Parks for almost 29 years.

What does your division do?

The Facilities Management Division has three major work programs.  Obviously we do preventative maintenance, service and projects involving all trades, plumbing, electric, HVAC, heavy equipment / asphalt, masons, painters, carpenters, locks and security and sustainability. Our second work program is fleet operations, we provide preventative maintenance and service on our fleet of over 600 vehicles and 3200 pieces of equipment.  Fleet also manages replacement, tracking and title tag services for all new road vehicles and manages the fuel supply for the department.  Finally our Property Management staff are responsible for over 100 leases.  They provide oversight and property maintenance for over 35 residential houses, 7 commercially leased park activity buildings, cell tower and fiber optics and crop leases.

How many people work in your division and what unique jobs are there?

We have 124 employees at full complement, each person is highly talented at their particular craft.

What do you like best about your job?

I really enjoy the variety of duties in my position, you really never know what new challenge each day might bring and the people who work here are amazing!

What do you do for fun outside of work?

I have a variety of outside interests. I coach high school indoor soccer and futsal during the winter. In addition, I enjoy being on the water for recreational boating in the summer, the beach, the gym and working with Project Search – an organization that provides job training for enabled young adults.

Want to learn more about Parks leadership? Stay tuned for our next post about Shuchi Vera from the Management Services Division. 

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Grab a Bike and Go: Zagster Bike Share in Montgomery Parks /grab-a-bike-and-go-zagster-bike-share-in-montgomery-parks/ /grab-a-bike-and-go-zagster-bike-share-in-montgomery-parks/#respond Wed, 27 Feb 2019 15:50:01 +0000 /?p=46392 Starting March 1, park visitors will be able to rent Zagster bikes from station kiosks located at Black Hill Regional Park and South Germantown Recreational Park. The goal: to connect more visitors with trails, amenities and nature.

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Close up photo of Zagster BikesSince 2017, Montgomery Parks has teamed up with Zagster, Inc. to offer a bike share program in the parks. Initially, the program launched in Black Hill Regional Park and Wheaton Regional Park. Now, one of the Zagster bike share stations is set to have a new home in South Germantown Recreational Park.

Starting March 1, park visitors will be able to rent Zagster bikes from station kiosks located at Black Hill Regional Park and South Germantown Recreational Park. The goal: to connect more visitors with trails, amenities and nature.

The bike share program makes 11 bikes available — six at Black Hill Regional Park and five at South Germantown Recreational Park. Zagster’s cruiser bikes feature eight gears, automatic lights, a bell as well as a front basket. A new adaptive bike for people with disabilities will be available to Montgomery Parks’ Zagster riders in the coming months.

Bikes and bike station maintenance are provided exclusively by Zagster, Inc. To participate in the bike share program, each rider must download the Zagster app and enroll for free. Riders without a smart phone can text SMS to (202) 999-3924 to learn how to ride by text message.

In Montgomery Parks, Zagster bike share rides under two hours are free. After two hours, riders will pay $3 per hour to continue using the bikes.

For more information, visit: Montgomeryparks.org/bikeshare.

About the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and 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

About Zagster 
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike-share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with over 150 communities across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike-share providers can’t reach. Zagster manages all aspects of its programs — from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing — enabling Zagster’s partners to create and deploy scalable bike-share systems that best suit their communities. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation. www.Zagster.com

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 Examines Diversity and Inclusion In the National Parks /montgomery-parks-speaker-series-examines-diversity-and-inclusion-in-the-national-parks/ /montgomery-parks-speaker-series-examines-diversity-and-inclusion-in-the-national-parks/#respond Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:14:13 +0000 /?p=46286 Sangita Chari, of the National Park Service, and Mikah Meyer, who is on a world record journey, will present on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

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Sangita Chari, of the National Park Service, and Mikah Meyer, who is on a world record journey, will present on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

 SILVER SPRING, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, continues its 2018-2019 Speaker Series on February 26, 2019, with Mikah Meyer and Sangita Chari.

Adventurer Mikah Meyer is closing in on the end of a three-year journey to experience all 418 National Park Service sites. He is set to become the first person to do so in a continuous journey.  His odyssey began as a way to mark his father’s passing from cancer and honor his dad’s love of road trips.  Meyer began blogging his journey, taking audiences along with him on his trek across America’s public lands.  His journey quickly became a source of inspiration, encouraging people to live their dreams and shed an important light on the LGBT experience in the outdoors.

Similarly, the National Park Service (NPS) is on its own mission to promote inclusion in the outdoors. Sangita Chari oversees NPS’s Office of Relevancy, Diversity and Inclusion.  The office was formed in 2013 to address the underrepresentation of diverse racial and ethnic groups among National Park staff and visitors.   Chari will share insight into the steps NPS has implemented and the agency’s future plans to ensure that the national parks remain relevant and open to all Americans.

WHAT:  Montgomery Parks’ Speaker Series : Mikah Meyer and Sangita Chari present “Championing Inclusion in the Outdoors”
Complimentary box lunch followed by presentation and question-and-answer session
Must pre-register for lunch

WHO:  Open to the public

WHEN: February 26, 2019 | 12:00-2:00 p.m.

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

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

 

Mikah Meyer National Parks and Road Trip expert,About Mikah Meyer:
Mikah Meyer, National Parks and Road Trip expert, has been featured by NPR, “The Today Show”, the Washington Post, and over 1,500 other media outlets worldwide for his nonstop, three-year road trip to all 418 National Park Service sites. Using the media attention to share America’s diverse public lands, Mikah has also become a leading voice in LGBT advocacy within the outdoors, noted by industry publication as an “Emerging Leader in the Outdoors Industry.” With superlatives like “Best #VanLife Instagram” from the Adventure Sports Network, “Social Media Warrior” from MTV, and “Sexy Travel Guru” from GayCities, Meyer brings a humorous and down-to-earth approach to advocacy, sharing his travels, and encouraging everyone to #LiveOutThere!

 

Sangita Chari, oversees the Office of Relevancy, Diversity, and Inclusion for the National Park ServiceAbout Sangita Chari:
Sangita Chari oversees the Office of Relevancy, Diversity, and Inclusion for the National Park Service, and is responsible for facilitating the implementation of the agency’s national diversity and inclusion strategies. In this role she oversees the agency’s eight employee resource groups and manages the national dialogue program, Allies for Inclusion. Following the 2016 allegations of sexual harassment at the Grand Canyon National Park, Chari coordinated the agency’s first internal harassment survey. In 2018, Chari helped found the Diversity Joint Venture for Conservation Careers, a multi-sector initiative to bring women and people of color into the conservation field.  Chari serves as its first Board Chair.

 

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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Sharp Flashes of Lightning Come from Black Clouds: The Life of Josiah Henson /sharp-flashes-of-lightning-come-from-black-clouds-the-life-of-josiah-henson/ /sharp-flashes-of-lightning-come-from-black-clouds-the-life-of-josiah-henson/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:24:37 +0000 /?p=44373 Montgomery Parks Publishes Josiah Henson Biography by Senior Historian Jamie F. Kuhns

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Montgomery Parks Publishes Josiah Henson Biography by Senior Historian Jamie F. Kuhns

Sharp Flashes of Lightning come from Black Clouds: The Life of Josiah Henson book cover, Josiah Henson sitting. Jamie Ferguson Kuhns, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning CommissionHe was a husband, an abolitionist, a freedom seeker and Underground Railroad conductor, an author, an international celebrity, and his heroic story is tied directly to Montgomery County, Maryland.

Montgomery Parks is celebrating Rev. Josiah Henson’s strength and resilience in overcoming slavery by publishing an in-depth biography, Sharp Flashes of Lightning Come from Black Clouds: The Life of Josiah Henson. The book, written by Montgomery Parks’ Senior Historian Jamie F. Kuhns, is based on Henson’s 1849 autobiography, subsequent editions, and archival materials. Kuhns spent more than 10 years researching the abolitionist.

Reverend Josiah Henson was an enslaved person living on the Riley/Bolten plantation just off Old Georgetown Road but later escaped to establish the Dawn Settlement in Canada. It was Rev. Henson’s autobiography landing in the hands of Harriett Beacher Stowe that eventually made him a household name around the world. Uncle Tom in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a novel that sold a-half million copies from 1852-1856, was based partly on Henson’s biography. Henson would later meet President Rutherford Hayes, the Queen of England, and would have his image on a Canadian postage stamp.


Purchase your Copy Now!


In 2006, Montgomery Parks purchased the Riley/Bolten House and 1.43 acres of land to form the Josiah Henson Park. The house has undergone archaeological excavations and Parks staff has provided tours and programming to visitors, all with the aim of learning more and educating others about Rev. Henson and the other enslaved people that lived on the plantation.

The 204-page illustrated biography was produced as part of a larger effort by Montgomery Parks’ Cultural Resources and Stewardship section as we work towards completion of the future Josiah Henson Park Museum and Education Center. Construction began for the future center in December 2018 with a scheduled opening of Summer 2020. Kuhns’ comprehensive research will shape the future exhibits and programming for this one-of-a-kind museum and education center.

This image is a color rendering of the new visitor center illustrating the northern façade, the elevated terrace and the pedestrian path that connects the visitor center to the historic house. In the foreground, a father and son walk in the grass toward the visitor center.

Books are available for purchase now on MontgomeryParks.org for $39.99 and signed copies are also available.

“The people of Maryland owe a debt of gratitude to Jamie F. Kuhns, the Senior Historian at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and to the Commission itself, for this stirring and evocative work which brings to life not only the remarkable journey of Josiah Henson but the lost experience of slaves in Montgomery County. It may be hard to imagine thousands of slaves living in abject poverty and misery in Bethesda, Rockville, Chevy Chase and Silver Spring, but this was the grim reality of life in Montgomery County and Maryland in the 18th and 19th centuries. We should not turn away from it.” – Congressman Jamie Raskin

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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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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
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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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.

For more information on what’s happening at Montgomery Parks check out our Special Events and Festivals.

 

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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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