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WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is extending the hours for its Open Parkways initiative through Monday, February 15, at 4 p.m. for the Presidents Day holiday.   

Open Parkways Schedule   
Portions of Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive will be open to pedestrians and bicyclists for exercise and recreation Friday, February 12, at 9 a.m. through Presidents Day, Monday, February 15, at 4 p.m.   

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

Please note: Little Falls Parkway is open to motor vehicles and closed to pedestrians and bicyclists for the winter months.   

Presidents Day Weekend Facility Operating Hours & Programs   

The following facilities remain open, including onPresidents Day, Monday, February 15, 2021  

The following facilities will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, February 15, 2021  

  • Montgomery Parks’ Headquarters, Customer Service, and Permit Offices.  
  • Brookside Gardens Visitor Center (closed through February 28). Gardens open sunrise to sunset.  
  • Indoor nature facilities – Black Hill Visitor Center, Brookside Nature Center, Locust Grove Nature Center, Maydale Nature Classroom, Meadowside Nature Center are closed until Spring 2021.  Trails and outdoor nature play areas remain open sunrise to sunset. 

Residents should be advised that restrooms may not be available at certain locations, due to facility closures. Please plan ahead.  

Visit MontgomeryParks.org for a complete list of programming and operating hours.  

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

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

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February Programming Celebrates Black History Month, Waterfowl and More /february-programming-celebrates-black-history-month-waterfowl-and-more/ /february-programming-celebrates-black-history-month-waterfowl-and-more/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2021 16:42:08 +0000 /?p=69393 Special virtual and outdoor programming offered throughout the month

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WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces programming and event highlights for the month of February.  

Black History Month – Multiple events throughout February 
Montgomery Parks is celebrating Black History Month with a series of programs that highlight the stories, struggles, and successes of African Americans. 

“While many of our historic sites remain closed to the public in compliance with county COVID-19 precautions, we are pleased to be able to continue our tradition of sharing the important history and extraordinary contributions of African Americans through virtual programming,” said Shirl Spicer, Countywide Museum Manager, Montgomery Parks. “Hopefully, these events will spark individuals to further engage and explore their local history. We are greatly anticipating the day we can safely welcome the public to our new Josiah Henson Museum & Park. Once the museum opens to the public, everyone is invited to come and learn more about Henson, his influential role in history, and the history of African Americans in Montgomery County.” 

CANCELLED: Sweetheart Shuffle Fun Run – February 14 
Due to impending inclement weather, the Sweetheart Shuffle Fun Run is cancelled.
Looking for a heart-healthy and fun activity for Valentine’s Day? Sign up for the Sweetheart Shuffle Fun Run at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park on February 14.  The event will feature staggered start times beginning at 2 p.m.  to ensure proper physical distancing. Guests can walk or run along the 0.8-mile hard surface HeartSmart Trail and be entertained and enchanted by the multiple photo stations, string lights, and LOVE-ly decorated trees along the trail. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for some heart-warming messages along the path and a sparkling butterfly garden!  Registration is required.   

Picnic in the Park Warm-Up Days – February 20 and 27 
[SOLD OUT] – Montgomery Parks is hosting a series of Picnic in the Park: Warm-Up Days. On February 20 and 27, individuals that pre-registered for a firepit or patio heater can enjoy outdoor dining or socializing at Germantown Town Center Urban Park.

Waterfowl Festival – Multiple events throughout February 
Black Hill Nature Programs is celebrating waterfowl with in-person and virtual programs and events during the Virtual Waterfowl Festival throughout the month of February. Watch waterfowl from the Black Hill Visitor Center deck, learn how to make a soap duck, play waterfowl trivia and more! 

Maple Sugaring Self-Guided Walk – Ongoing 
Learn about the maple sugaring process through a self-guided trail at Brookside Nature Center.  Beginning February 6, visitors can look for maple leaf signs starting at the parking lot at 1400 Glenallan Avenue. The walk will include interpretative panels explaining the unique history and process of making maple sugar.  The Maple Trail walk is free and open from dawn to dusk. Bottles of maple syrup and maple sugar treats will be on sale on the Nature Center deck on Saturdays 11 am – 2:30 pm and Sundays 1 – 4 pm. Maple syrup can also be purchased online and picked up on-site on March 9.  

Virtual Winter Bingo – Ongoing 
Virtual Bingo provides a safe, fun way for residents to enjoy and explore the parks this winter.  To participate, residents can download the February bingo card, filled with 24 winter activities. Complete five activity squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row to collect bingo. Individuals who submit photos of the completed activities will be entered into a drawing to receive a $50 Active Montgomery credit that can be used for Montgomery Parks’ classes, programs or facility rentals. 

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

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

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

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Montgomery Parks Names Best Sledding Hills /montgomery-parks-names-best-sledding-hills/ /montgomery-parks-names-best-sledding-hills/#respond Sun, 31 Jan 2021 14:09:16 +0000 /?p=69304 Find the best hills for sledding in Montgomery Parks.

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WHEATON, MDMontgomery 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! In accordance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, please wear a face mask and maintain social distancing of six feet distance while sledding and enjoying time in our parks.

Recommended locations for sledding in Montgomery Parks include:

“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.”

For check out our weather alerts page for updates on cancelations and closures.

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Montgomery Parks Foundation Announces New Board Members /montgomery-parks-foundation-announces-new-board-members/ /montgomery-parks-foundation-announces-new-board-members/#respond Tue, 26 Jan 2021 15:15:24 +0000 /?p=68829 Five new members received unanimous approval by the Montgomery County Planning Board on January 7, 2021.

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WHEATON, MD – The Montgomery Parks Foundation, a 501C3 organization which supports Montgomery Parks, announces the appointment of five new members to its Board of Trustees. Devin Ellis, Trish Heffelfinger, Shawn Jenkins, Emory Linder and Aruna Miller received unanimous approval by the Montgomery County Planning Board on January 7, 2021. 

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“We are so thrilled to add this dynamic group of individuals to our Board of Trustees. Their enthusiasm, expertise, and experience will allow us to continue to grow and advance our mission of serving the Montgomery County Park system,” says Katie Rictor, Executive Director, Montgomery Parks Foundation. 

John Robinson, President of the Montgomery Parks Foundation Board of Trustees adds, “We are fortunate that such a broadly qualified and diverse group of individuals has agreed to join the Board of Trustees.  I look forward to working together with them to ensure the preservation and continued enhancement of our local greenspaces.”

The Montgomery Parks Foundation Board of Trustees consists of 11 members committed to preserving and improving Montgomery County’s parks, trails and numerous amenities.  The board provides the Foundation with leadership, support and oversight of its activities and finances. Board members advocate for the park system’s greatest needs.  Their responsibilities include engaging constituents, raising philanthropic support, and ensuring the entire community has access to park amenities.    

The Montgomery Parks Foundations is excited to welcome the following new members to the Board of Trustees:

Devin Ellis is a senior faculty specialist in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, and the Director of the ICONS Project and a Faculty Affiliate of the University’s Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security. 

Trish Heffelfinger, retired, is the founding Executive Director of the Maryland Soccer Foundation, which owns and operates the Maryland SoccerPlex, Discovery Sports Center and SAMSoccer. She brings more than 20 years of non-profit administrative management experience and has sat on numerous boards including Visit Montgomery and Germantown Alliance. 

Shawn Jenkins has spent the past forty years of his life working as a mechanical engineer and program manager for the Department of Defense (Navy). Using his professional management, engineering and personal skills he has helped provide the nation’s fleet with the tools necessary to maintain superiority of the seas. 

Emory Linder is President and CEO of Beltsville based SunDun Office Refreshments. Mr. Linder serves on the board of the Bethesda YMCA and is a past member of the Executive Committee for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Aruna Miller is a former 2018 Democratic Candidate for Congress-MD06 and former Maryland State Delegate-District 15.  As a transportation engineer, she has spent over 25 years implementing roadway/transit/bicycle-pedestrian facilities for Montgomery County. 

The new members join current Board of Trustee Members; president John Robinson, vice president Marye Wells-Harley, treasurer Scott Ritter, Royce Hanson, Clara Lovett, and Rhonda Cunningham Holmes. 

About the Montgomery Parks Foundation
The Montgomery Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that champions Montgomery Parks cultivating financial support and public engagement of county residents and businesses as members, donors, sponsors and advocates.www.montgomeryparksfoundation.org

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Montgomery Parks Hosts Picnic in the Park: Warm-Up Days /montgomery-parks-hosts-picnic-in-the-park-warm-up-days/ /montgomery-parks-hosts-picnic-in-the-park-warm-up-days/#respond Mon, 25 Jan 2021 18:21:02 +0000 /?p=68821 Residents can reserve heated spaces for outdoor dining or socializing

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 Residents can reserve heated spaces for outdoor dining or socializing.

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting a series of Picnic in the Park: Warm-Up Days. At each event a limited number of fire pits and patio heaters will be available to reserve for outdoor dining or socializing.  

Footwear, Shoe, Plant, Tree, Leisure, Social group

Montgomery Parks launched its “Picnic in the Park” program last summer in partnership with Visit Montgomery.  The goal of the program is to support local restaurants by creating a convenient way for people to have meals delivered to a select group of participating parks.  

“We wanted to continue the enthusiasm we have received for our Picnic in the Park program throughout the winter months. We hope our “Warm-Up” days will provide a safe, comfortable venue for people to continue to spend time with loved ones outdoors,” said Kirsten Hein, Parks Activation Manager, Montgomery Parks.   

Picnic in the Park Warm-Up Days are scheduled for:  

Advanced reservations are required.  Each event offers two seating types that can be reserved from either 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Firepits can be reserved for a group of six or fewer for $25. Firewood and kindling are provided, and staff will be on hand to assist with the fire as needed. Tables for two with a patio heater are available to reserve for $10.  Masks are required for all guests when not seated or actively eating and drinking.    

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

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

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M-NCPPC Earns National Accreditation in Parks and Recreation /m-ncppc-earns-national-accreditation-in-parks-and-recreation/ /m-ncppc-earns-national-accreditation-in-parks-and-recreation/#respond Thu, 14 Jan 2021 17:00:04 +0000 /?p=68529 Montgomery Parks and Prince George's Parks and Recreation Departments receive accreditation from National Recreation and Park Association.

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Mark of distinction recognizes commitment to highest level of service to the Montgomery and Prince George’s communities.

Riverdale, MD — Today, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) joins the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning national accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The agency, which serves as the governing body for Montgomery Parks and the Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, previously earned this distinguished accomplishment in 2004, 2009 and 2014.

CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. This mark of distinction indicates that an agency has met rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services.

“We are proud to once again earn accreditation from CAPRA – the industry standard for excellence in parks and recreation,” said Casey Anderson, Chair of M-NCPPC and of the Montgomery Planning Board. “The parks and recreation programs we provide in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties have a tremendous impact on the lives of all residents providing opportunities for people to be active and social in locations across the county.  We are pleased to have such a vital role in the communities we serve.”

“As stewards of natural, cultural, and historic resources, we continue to demonstrate our promise to making Montgomery and Prince George’s counties attractive places to call home,” said Elizabeth M. Hewlett, Vice Chair of M-NCPPC and the Prince George’s County Planning Board. “We are committed to providing enriching programming and stellar recreational services that meet the needs of all the communities we serve, especially in these challenging times resulting from the global spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

As part of the accreditation process, M-NCPPC had to demonstrate compliance with 151 recognized standards and document all policies and procedures. Often the process helps identify efficiencies and heighten areas of accountability, all of which translate into higher quality service and operation to benefit the community.

The process for accreditation involves a formal application, self-assessments, a site visit by a team of trained visitors that results in a written report, and a hearing with the commission to grant accreditation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s visitations were held virtually. Once accredited, the agency must uphold the standards by submitting an annual report and is reviewed again in five years.

CAPRA is comprised of representatives from NRPA, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials, the International City/County Management Association, the Academy for Leisure Sciences, the Armed Forces Recreation Network and the Council of State Executive Directors.

For more information about CAPRA accreditation, visit www.nrpa.org/CAPRA.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a bi-county agency empowered by the State of Maryland in 1927 to acquire, develop, maintain, and administer a regional system of parks within Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, and to provide land use planning for the physical development of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. In addition, the agency gained responsibility for the public recreation program in Prince George’s County in 1970.

The governing body of M-NCPPC consists of 10 members, five appointed by Montgomery County and five by Prince George’s County. The commission coordinates and acts on matters of interest to both counties and meets at least once a month. The members of the commission from each county serve on separate county planning boards to facilitate, review, and administer the matters affecting their respective counties.

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Montgomery Parks Extends Open Parkways through Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Announces Operating Hours /montgomery-parks-extends-open-parkways-through-martin-luther-king-jr-day-announces-operating-hours/ /montgomery-parks-extends-open-parkways-through-martin-luther-king-jr-day-announces-operating-hours/#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2021 15:56:59 +0000 /?p=68450 Volunteer park cleanups limited to groups of 25 or less due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Volunteer park cleanups limited to groups of 25 or less due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is extending the hours for its Open Parkways initiative through Monday, January 18, at 4 p.m. for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.  In addition, public park cleanups for the holiday weekend have been scaled back due to the pandemic, but small groups are encouraged to organize and schedule their own cleanup projects this winter. 

Open Parkways Schedule  
Portions of Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive will be open to pedestrians and cyclists to exercise and recreate Friday, January 15, at 9 a.m. through Monday, January 18, at 4 p.m.  

  •  Sligo Creek Parkway:  
    •  Old Carroll Avenue to Piney Branch Road (1.1 miles)  
    •  Forest Glen Road to University Boulevard West (1.5 miles)  
  •  Beach Drive from Connecticut Avenue to Knowles Avenue (2.7 miles)   
  •  Little Falls Parkway is closed to pedestrians and bicyclists (and reopened to vehicles) for the winter months.  

Volunteer Opportunities 
Due to the pandemic, Montgomery Parks is hosting a limited number of public park cleanups.  More park cleanups are expected to be added later this winter/early spring. Individuals can visit the Montgomery Parks Stream & Park Cleanups Page to find and join a scheduled cleanup.  Groups of less than 25 can schedule their own cleanup project. For questions contact Valeria Espinoza, 301- 495-1302. 

Facility Operating Hours & Programs  

The following facilities remain open, including on Monday, January 18, 2021 

The following facilities will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021 

  •  Montgomery Parks’ Headquarters, Customer Service, and Permit Offices. 
  •  Brookside Gardens Visitor Center (closed through January 31). Gardens open sunrise to sunset. 
  •  Indoor nature facilities – Black Hill Visitor Center, Brookside Nature Center, Locust Grove Nature Center, Maydale Nature Classroom, Meadowside Nature Center are closed until Spring 2021. 

Visit MontgomeryParks.org for a complete list of programming and operating hours. 

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

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

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Montgomery Parks Seeks Community Ideas for the Wheaton Regional Park Master Plan /montgomery-parks-seeks-community-ideas-for-the-wheaton-regional-park-master-plan/ /montgomery-parks-seeks-community-ideas-for-the-wheaton-regional-park-master-plan/#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2021 20:45:06 +0000 /?p=68393 Two Virtual Meetings to be held at 7 p.m. on January 13 and January 14 (hosted in Spanish)

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Two Virtual Meetings to be held at 7 p.m. on January 13 and January 14 (hosted in Spanish) 

Wheaton, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is in the process of updating the master plan for Wheaton Regional Park. The department is hosting two live virtual community meetings, one in English and one in Spanish, for the public to provide ideas for park improvements and learn more about the plan. The park’s current master plan was created in 1987. An updated master plan will ensure that the park’s future renovations and growth align with the values and interests of the adjacent communities and the rest of Montgomery County. Parks staff will discuss the details of the park, what aspects are under review for future updates or changes, and how the public can share their comments, ideas, and suggestions, through an online survey and an interactive map.   

January 13, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  
Watch and submit questions by joining the community meeting online or listen only via phone by calling:  + 301 715 8592. Webinar ID: 959 1580 8880# 

January 14, 2021, hosted in Spanish, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  
Watch and submit questions by joining the community meeting online or listen only via phone by calling:  + 301 715 8592. Webinar ID: 9652 4223 380#   

Wheaton Regional Park was established in the 1960s. It is the oldest regional park in the park system and remains a very popular destination for residents throughout Montgomery County and the greater Washington D.C. area. Topics that will be addressed in the master plan include current and emerging trends in outdoor recreation, aging infrastructure, new or updated amenities, improved signage and wayfinding, better bicycle, pedestrian and transit access, public art that celebrates cultural diversity in the area, natural resource conservation, improved efficiencies in maintenance and operations, and enhanced cultural/historical and natural resource interpretation.   

The January 13 and 14 community meetings are part of an extensive outreach initiative to receive public input about the future of the park. The public feedback period will conclude January 31, at which time parks staff will analyze the information received and develop a draft plan with recommendations for future park improvements that will be presented to the Planning Board in late Spring or early Summer. Over the last six months, staff have been speaking with residents and meeting with community groups to gather feedback on the project. More than 1,400 online surveys and 350 in-person surveys have been gathered by staff.  

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

  •  Brookside Gardens and Brookside Nature Center,   
  •  Wheaton Ice Rink, Wheaton Sports Pavilion, F. Frank Rubini Athletic Complex, indoor and outdoor tennis courts,  
  •  The Wheaton miniature train & historic carousel, Pine Lake, picnic shelters, a large adventure playground, dog park, and trails.   
  •  A 200+ acre forest with natural surface trails for hiking and horseback riding, and soon bicycling. 

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

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

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South Germantown Bike Park Closes for Repairs /south-germantown-bike-park-closes-for-repairs/ /south-germantown-bike-park-closes-for-repairs/#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2021 14:16:08 +0000 /?p=68339 Repairs on the trail will begin this winter and the park is expected to reopen in March.

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WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces the seasonal closure of the South Germantown Bike Park effective immediately due to adverse track conditions.  

The bike park, located in South Germantown Recreational Park, has sustained damage due to use during wet and muddy conditions. Repairs on the trail will begin this winter and the park is expected to reopen in March.   

The South Germantown Bike Park, located along the Hoyles Mill Trail, is maintained by Montgomery Parks and The Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE). During the closure, users can seek alternative multi-use and hard surface trails. Trail users can find up-to-date trail closures and conditions on the Montgomery Parks RainoutLine.

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

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

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Montgomery Parks Amenities and Programs Named “Best of Bethesda” Winners /montgomery-parks-amenities-and-programs-named-best-of-bethesda-winners-in-the-2021-winter-issue-of-bethesda-magazine/ /montgomery-parks-amenities-and-programs-named-best-of-bethesda-winners-in-the-2021-winter-issue-of-bethesda-magazine/#respond Thu, 07 Jan 2021 15:35:31 +0000 /?p=68281 Bethesda Magazine selects several new innovative programs launched in response to COVID-19

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Bethesda Magazine editors select several new innovative programs launched in response to COVID-19  

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has been named a “Best of Bethesda 2021” winner.   The annual awards program celebrates “great places to go, things to do & more,” as chosen by Bethesda Magazine’s editors and readers. Seven different park locations and/or amenities were selected for this special recognition. 

A woman and child picnicking

Editors selected two innovative programs the department created to address challenges related to COVID-19, including the department’s Open Parkways and Picnic in the Park programs. The Open Parkways program was launched in April, opening portions of Sligo Creek Parkway, Little Falls Parkway and Beach Drive to pedestrians and cyclists on weekends. The open parkways provide residents a safe space to exercise and recreate while maintaining appropriate physical distancing and alleviating overcrowding on other nearby trails.  Picnic in the Park launched in August, in partnership with Visit Montgomery, and was designed to support local restaurants, by allowing residents to order meals to be delivered and eaten outdoors at select parks. 

“This past year, parks staff have worked tirelessly to provide residents safe spaces to recreate, recharge and reconnect. These special recognitions by Bethesda Magazine reaffirm the important role our parks play in people’s lives,” said Mike Riley, Director, Montgomery Parks.  

Parks and experiences named “Best of Bethesda 2021″ include: 

Editors’ Picks 

Readers Picks – as voted by nearly 10,000 people in an online poll 

  • Best Dog Park – Cabin John Regional Park (Winner), Olney Manor Recreational Park and Ellsworth Urban Park (Runners Up) 

The complete list of this year’s Best of Bethesda winners is available in the January/February 2021 issue of Bethesda Magazine.  

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

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

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Montgomery Parks Police Chief Darryl McSwain Selected for Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame /montgomery-parks-police-chief-darryl-mcswain-selected-for-montgomery-county-human-rights-hall-of-fame/ /montgomery-parks-police-chief-darryl-mcswain-selected-for-montgomery-county-human-rights-hall-of-fame/#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2021 16:49:46 +0000 /?p=68250 Montgomery Parks Police Chief Darryl McSwain has been inducted in to the Human Rights Hall of Fame.

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Park Police Chief Darryl McSwain

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce that Darryl McSwain, Park Police Chief for The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division has been inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame. Chief McSwain is one of six people who received this prestigious honor this year, at a ceremony on Sunday, December 27, 2020. This is the 11th year for the biennial event. The County’s Human Rights Hall of Fame began inducting people who have made great personal sacrifices and contributions to human and civil rights in Montgomery County in March 2001.

Hall of Fame inductees are recognized for their visionary leadership, outstanding achievements and altruism on the road to eliminating discrimination and advancing human rights.

“Chief McSwain has accomplished so much for the citizens of Montgomery County. We are extremely proud of his work for the parks department and his leadership in prioritizing human and civil rights for every community member. His commitment to fair and impartial policing, staff training and community engagement efforts help to ensure our parks are safe and welcoming for all,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks.

McSwain joined Montgomery Parks as police chief in May 2018. He oversees a diverse police department with 116 staff enrolled across four branches, including Patrol, Investigative, Support and Operations Branches.  He is a member of Montgomery County’s Latino Liaison Committee, the Decriminalization of Homeless Committee in Montgomery County and Montgomery County’s Reimagining Public Safety Task Force. Previously he served 30 years with the Montgomery County Police.

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

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

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Montgomery Parks Launches Virtual Bingo Game /montgomery-parks-launches-virtual-bingo-game/ /montgomery-parks-launches-virtual-bingo-game/#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2021 15:47:20 +0000 /?p=68196 Residents that complete specific activities this winter will be entered into a prize drawing

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 Residents that complete specific activities this winter will be entered into a prize drawing 

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WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting Virtual Winter Bingo, a safe, fun way for residents to enjoy and explore the parks this winter. 

To participate, residents can download a bingo card, filled with 24 winter activities.  There is one card for January, and a separate card for February. Complete five activity squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row to collect bingo. Individuals who submit photos of the completed activities will be entered into a drawing to receive a $50 Active Montgomery credit that can be used for Montgomery Parks’ classes, programs or facility rentals.

“We wanted to provide a safe, outdoor activity that people can do on their own, with family, or in a small group of friends this winter,” said Kirsten Hein, Parks Activation Manager, Montgomery Parks. “We hope Virtual Bingo will allow people to explore unique locations that make Montgomery Parks special, and to discover how much the parks have to offer – even in the colder months!” 

January activities include hiking, plogging (picking up litter while jogging), locating natural elements, art, historic features and park facilities.  For more information, and complete program rules, visit MoCoParks.org/January Bingo

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

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

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Division partnerships result in successful Holiday Food Give-Away /division-partnerships-result-in-successful-holiday-food-give-away/ /division-partnerships-result-in-successful-holiday-food-give-away/#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2020 18:29:29 +0000 /montgomery-division-hosts-basic-mounted-school-copy/ A suspect has been charged in relation to an assault on the Capital Cresent Trail

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The Montgomery Division of Park Police, in partnership with The Montgomery County Recreation Department and the Frederick Rescue Mission, coordinated two Holiday Food Give-Away events this year. On November 21st, and December 18th, 2020 over 35 families in need were given turkeys and non-perishable food items for their holiday meals.

If you have more interest in the Frederick Rescue Mission and their work, you may visit: https://www.therescuemission.org/.

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Montgomery Division hosts Basic Mounted School /montgomery-division-hosts-basic-mounted-school/ /montgomery-division-hosts-basic-mounted-school/#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2020 16:09:02 +0000 /suspect-charged-with-second-degree-assault-copy/ A suspect has been charged in relation to an assault on the Capital Cresent Trail

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The Montgomery County Division hosted a 10-week Basic Mounted School this fall to prepare new riders for their duties on the Mounted Unit. Our nationally recognized training cadre welcomed students from our sister division in Prince Georges County, as well as a Deputy Sheriff from Cape May, New Jersey.

Student were instructed in basic riding skills, horse care, trailering, and barn duty. This intensive training ensures that our tradition of fielding a professional and effective mounted unit will continue into the future.

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Open Parkways Hours Extended for Winter Holidays; Brookside Gardens to close Visitor Center through the end of January 2021 /open-parkways-hours-extended-for-winter-holidays-brookside-gardens-to-close-visitor-center-through-the-end-of-january-2021/ /open-parkways-hours-extended-for-winter-holidays-brookside-gardens-to-close-visitor-center-through-the-end-of-january-2021/#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2020 15:49:40 +0000 /?p=67530 Portions of Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive will open to pedestrians on Wednesdays at 12 p.m. on the weeks of December 21 and 28.

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WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is extending the hours for its Open Parkways initiative during the upcoming holiday weeks. On weekends, parkways are open to pedestrians and bicyclists to exercise and recreate. The program began in April 2020 to expand safe access to park facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The parkways are normally open to pedestrians from Friday at 9 a.m. through Sunday at 4 p.m. During the holiday weeks of December 21 and 28, the parkways will open to pedestrians on Wednesday of each week at 12 p.m. 

Open Parkways Schedule for Weeks of December 21 and 28 
Portions of Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive will be open to pedestrians: 
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at noon through Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 4 p.m.  
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at noon through Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 4 p.m.  

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

Little Falls Parkway will be open to motor vehicles seven days a week during the winter months. The Parks Department plans to resume weekend closings to motor vehicles, turning the parkways over to bicycles and pedestrians, in the spring.

Holiday operating hours:  
Brookside Gardens Visitors Center 
Due to rising cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County and the state of Maryland, Brookside Gardens will be closing the Visitor Center beginning December 25, 2020 through January 31, 2021. 

Indoor Nature Facilities  
Black Hill Visitor Center, Brookside Nature Center, Locust Grove Nature Center, Maydale Nature Classroom, Meadowside Nature Center are closed until Spring 2021 

 Thursday December 24, 2020   

  • Closing at 1 p.m.: Brookside Gardens Visitors Center 
  • Closing at 3 p.m.: Cabin John Ice Rink, Wheaton Ice Arena, Pauline Bentz Addie Tennis Center, Wheaton Indoor Tennis, Wheaton Sports Pavilion and South Germantown Driving Range  

Friday, December 25, 2020 

  • Montgomery Parks Headquarters, Customer Service, and Permit Offices (Closed)
  •  Brookside Gardens Visitor Center (Closed December 25 through January 31, 2021)  
  •  Cabin John Ice Rink, Wheaton Ice Arena, Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center, Wheaton Indoor Tennis, Wheaton Sports Pavilion, South Germantown Driving Range  (Closed)

Thursday, December 31, 2020   

  •  Brookside Gardens Visitor Center (Closed December 25 through January 31)  
  •  Closing at 3 p.m.: Cabin John Ice Rink, Wheaton Ice Arena, Pauline Bentz Addie Tennis Center, Wheaton Indoor Tennis, Wheaton Sports Pavilion and South Germantown Driving Range 

 Friday January 1, 2021 

  •  Montgomery Parks’ Headquarters, Customer Service, and Permit Offices (Closed)
  • Brookside Gardens’ Visitor Center (Closed December 25 through January 31)  
  •  South Germantown Driving Range (Closed)
  •  Opening at 12 p.m.:   Cabin John Ice Rink, Wheaton Ice Arena, Pauline Bentz Addie Tennis Center, Wheaton Indoor Tennis, Wheaton Sports Pavilion  

Use of Montgomery Parks facilities must be in accordance with Montgomery County’s Executive Order 139-20AM2 COVID-19 – Local Order.   Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people.  Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people. Visitors must maintain a distance of six feet apart from others and wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible.  Park visitors are encouraged to bring their own wipes and hand sanitizer and clean their hands before and after use of shared surfaces, such as benches and playground equipment.  

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

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

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

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Stay Safe This Winter in the Parks /stay-safe-this-winter-in-the-parks/ /stay-safe-this-winter-in-the-parks/#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2020 13:37:00 +0000 /?p=55049 Be prepared for cold temperatures, wind chill, snow and ice with these safety tips.

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(Originally posted 12/02/19, Updated 12/16/20)

WHEATON, MD –Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is urging the public to take precautions in parks and on trails during the winter, particularly during extreme weather conditions.

 “Winter is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the parks, but park users need to be aware that cold temperatures, wind chill, snow and ice can quickly create dangerous conditions. It is important for residents to be prepared and take the proper precautions to stay safe,” said Captain Jeff Coe, Assistant Chief, Patrol Branch for The Maryland-National Capital Park Police. 

Safety precautions:

  • Dress appropriately for the weather:
    • Wear layers. Cover as much exposed skin as possible including fingertips and toes.
    • Wear bright colors or reflective clothing.
    • Wear sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes. Sunlight reflecting off snow can strain your vision.
    • Wear waterproof shoes or boots.
  • Be prepared: When heading outdoors, especially if taking a hike on a trail, bring a fully charged cell phone. Store blankets, a flashlight, a first aid kit, water, snacks and extra clothing in your car.
  • Know the signs of hypothermia and frostbite:
    • Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes.
    • Signs: Numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin.
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Use body heat to warm. Do not massage or use a heating pad.
    • Seek medical attention
    • Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees is an emergency.
    • Signs: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, or drowsiness.
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.
  • Sled safely:  Take precaution when sledding. Snow can hide hazardous conditions, such as rocks, fence posts, and other obstructions. Please exercise caution and sled at your own risk.  If you do choose to sled, Montgomery Parks has a list of recommended sledding hills.
  • Drive slowly:
    • If you need to drive in snow or ice, prepare your car in advance.  Make sure you have an emergency kit, your gas tank is near full, and your lights, heater and windshield wipers are working.  Clear any snow or ice before starting your trip.
    • Check your route for potential closures. Follow @MontgomeryParks on Facebook and Twitter for impacts to park facilities or roads.
    • While driving, take extra precautions and drive slowly. Ice can be difficult to see.
    • For more winter driving tips, visit the National Weather Service
  • Stay off icy lakes, ponds and streams: The public is urged to stay off all icy or 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 and prohibited,” said Coe.

Ice fishing is permitted in parks from the shore. No one is permitted on the ice. Park Police ask the public to call them at 301-949-8010, if someone is on a frozen lake, pond, or stream.

“We hope residents will follow these tips and have a safe and enjoyable winter season in the parks,” said Coe. “If a concern arises, please call Park Police at 301-949-8010. In the event of an emergency, call 911.”

park in the winter“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 and prohibited,” said Coe.

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 someone is on a frozen lake, pond, or stream.

“We hope residents will follow these tips and have a safe and enjoyable winter season in the parks,” said Coe. “If a concern arises, please call Park Police at 301-949-8010. In the event of an emergency, call 911.”

Use of Montgomery Parks facilities must be in accordance with Montgomery County’s Executive Order 139-20AM2 COVID-19 – Local Order.   Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people.  Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people. Visitors must maintain a distance of six feet apart from others and wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible.  Park visitors are encouraged to bring their own wipes and hand sanitizer and clean their hands before and after use of shared surfaces, such as benches and playground equipment.

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

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

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Montgomery Parks Speaker Series Confronts the Past /montgomery-parks-speaker-series-confronts-the-past/ /montgomery-parks-speaker-series-confronts-the-past/#respond Tue, 01 Dec 2020 15:27:20 +0000 /?p=66903 Paul M. Farber, director of Monument Lab will discuss the role of monuments and public art on December 4, 2020

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Paul M. Farber, director of Monument Lab will discuss the role of monuments and public art on December 4, 2020

WHEATON, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, continues its 2019-2020 Speaker Series with a free virtual session, “Confronting the Past: A Conversation on the Past, Present, and Future Role of Monuments & Art in Public Spaces” on December 4, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

Communities across the country are grappling with how to reconcile their present values with the historic monuments, statues, and art that symbolize racism and oppression. Paul Farber, Director of Monument Lab, a public art and history studio that cultivates and facilitates critical conversations around the past, present, and future of monuments, will share insight into the current movement to reexamine and reflect on our nation’s monuments. Farber will share some of Monument Lab’s recent work and offer strategies and steps for organizations to consider to influence the next generation of public monuments that reflect stories of social justice and equity.

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

WHAT: Montgomery Parks Speaker Series: “Confronting the Past: A Conversation on the Past, Present, and Future Role of Monuments & Art in Public Spaces”

WHO:   The event is free and open to the public

WHEN:   December 4, 2020 | 11:00 -12:00 p.m.

WHERE:  REGISTER Session will be held on-line.  

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About Paul M. Farber
Paul M. Farber, PhD, is the Director of Monument Lab. He also serves as Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Public Art & Space at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design.  Farber’s research and curatorial projects explore transnational urban history, cultural memory, and creative approaches to civic engagement. He is the author of A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall (University of North Carolina Press, 2020) which tells the untold story of a group of American artists and writers (Leonard Freed, Angela Davis, Shinkichi Tajiri, and Audre Lorde) who found refuge along the Berlin Wall and in Cold War Germany in order to confront political divisions back home in the United States. He is also the co-editor with Ken Lum of Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia (Temple University Press, 2019), a public art and history handbook designed to generate new critical ways of thinking about and building monuments.  He previously served as the inaugural Scholar in Residence for Mural Arts Philadelphia. His work on culture has also previously appeared in The GuardianMuseums & Social IssuesDiplomatic HistoryArt & the Public SphereVibe, and on NPR.  He was included on Dell’s inaugural #Inspire 100 list, a group of “world changers” who use technology to empower social change. Farber earned a PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan and a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

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

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

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Montgomery Parks Announces Operating Hours for the Thanksgiving Holiday /montgomery-parks-announces-operating-hours-for-the-thanksgiving-holiday/ /montgomery-parks-announces-operating-hours-for-the-thanksgiving-holiday/#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2020 19:24:59 +0000 /?p=66509 Learn what's open and what's closed during the holiday week

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

What’s open on Thursday, November 26, 2020 

What’s closed on Thursday, November 26, 2020 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT:          9th Annual Urban Tree Summit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facilities that are open to the public include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Looking for more activities?

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

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

Animals

Eagle Eye Vision

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

Five-Lined Skink

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

Box Turtle Vibrations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arts and Crafts

Make Your Own Butterfly

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

Painting Ice

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

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

Ice Castle Excavation

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

Rainbow Melting Ice Experiment

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

DIY Nature – Botanical Art

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

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

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

Health and Exercise

Dynamic Warmup

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

Olympic Day Workout

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

Importance of Sleep

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

Physical Literacy and Athletic Excellence

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

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

History

Ceramic Butter Dish Insert

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

Copper Alloy Straight Pins

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

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

Preparing for Winter

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

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

Dairy Farm at Sunnyside

Property, House, Farm, Land lot

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

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

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

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

Nature

Plant of the Week

Salvia (Sage)

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

Meadow Maze

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

Perennial Garden

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

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

Other Activities

Old Fashioned Fun Games

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

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

Figure Skating Bingo

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

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Hockey Trivia

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

19th Century Fun – Marbles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Originally Published – April 20, 2020
Updated – December 17, 2020

Montgomery Parks’ open streets initiative allows pedestrians and bicyclists to use parkways on weekends. The program includes portions of Beach Drive in Kensington (April 13 Press Release) and Sligo Creek Parkway (April 8 Press Release | March 28 Press Release).

Sections of Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive are closed to vehicles and open to pedestrians, bicyclists, and other park users beginning Friday mornings at 9 a.m. through Sunday evenings at 4 p.m. (August 26th Press Release).

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

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

  • Knowles Avenue to Cedar Lane
  • Cedar Lane to Connecticut Avenue
  • Previously utilized, Little Falls Parkway has been suspended for the winter effective December 4, 2020.

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

What times will the roadways be closed? 
Friday mornings at 9 a.m. through Sunday evenings at 4 p.m., portions of Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive are closed to vehicles and open for pedestrians and cyclists.

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

Why have you reopened Little Fall Parkway to vehicles?
The Little Falls Parkway Open Parkway has been suspended for the winter months because the parkway varies between four lanes and two lanes and does not have gates, and the closures are extremely labor-intensive. Due to the current COVID-19 surge, we have implemented scheduled rotations to ensure the safety of our maintenance staff that will reduce our workforce by 33% at any time. As a result, we had to make the difficult decision to prioritize all of our park maintenance and operational functions. We do anticipate an increase in usage once warmer weather returns and intend to reassess this decision in the spring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.6 miles of Sligo Creek Parkway
2.7 miles of Beach Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open Roadways Winter Hours Graphic - Friday 9a to Sunday 4pm. Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive.

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

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MyMcMedia profiled the partnership between The Washington Capitals and Montgomery Parks to open a new street hockey rink at Dewey Local Park.

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

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

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

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

New Park Amenities:

The renovated park features:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHO:                          The event is free and open to the public

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

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

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

About Montgomery Parks

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

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

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