Montgomery Parks Official Parks Department for Montgomery County, MD Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:34:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 /uploads/2016/07/cropped-favicon-490x490.png Montgomery Parks 32 32 Montgomery Parks Facilities Open on Time, January 15, 2019 /montgomery-parks-facilities-open-on-time-january-15-2019/ /montgomery-parks-facilities-open-on-time-january-15-2019/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:15:49 +0000 /?p=44428 Montgomery Parks offices and facilities are open on time today, January 15, 2019.

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SILVER SPRING, MD–Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is open today. All facilities, programs and classes are operating on standard schedules today, January 15, 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UPDATE:

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

DELAYED OPENINGS:

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

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

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

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

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

CLOSED:

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

The following facilities have delayed openings:

DELAYED OPENINGS:

ICE RINKS:

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

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

TENNIS CENTERS:

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

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

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

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

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

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Montgomery Parks Offering Discounts to Federal Employees Affected by Shutdown /montgomery-parks-offering-discounts-to-federal-employees-affected-by-shutdown/ /montgomery-parks-offering-discounts-to-federal-employees-affected-by-shutdown/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 21:54:33 +0000 /?p=44382 Parks staff is looking forward to welcoming those affected and providing an outlet to reduce stress and engage with nature.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Montgomery Parks To Host Multiple Volunteer Events During Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend /montgomery-parks-to-host-multiple-volunteer-events-during-martin-luther-king-jr-holiday-weekend/ /montgomery-parks-to-host-multiple-volunteer-events-during-martin-luther-king-jr-holiday-weekend/#respond Wed, 09 Jan 2019 16:13:39 +0000 /?p=44303 Parks announces volunteer opportunities and operating hours for January 19 to 21, 2019. Residents are encouraged to celebrate a "Day On, Not A Day Off"

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

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

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

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

A list of all volunteer opportunities can be found at www.MontgomeryParks.org/MLK. All are approved for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Press release in Spanish is here.

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

 

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

 

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

 

In 2016, Montgomery Parks began implementing a pesticide reduction program in parks in compliance with the adoption of Montgomery County Code Ch. 33B, regarding the use of pesticides on county-owned property, parks and private property. All 275 playgrounds in Montgomery Parks are maintained without the use of pesticides. The department has implemented a pesticide-free parks pilot at 10 parks located in different areas of the county. A pesticide-free playing field pilot program will launch in 2019 comparing fields managed by organic / listed products with fields managed by conventional methods. This will inform the department on next steps to potentially transition all playing fields to pesticide free.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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Planning Board Chair visits Woodside Urban Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Park visit #89 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park

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

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

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

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

Park visit #385 – Amity Drive Neighborhood Park in Gaithersburg

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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Garden of Lights Gazebo

Garden of Lights

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

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

A sampling of activities includes:

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

Holiday Week Operating Hours

Montgomery Parks Headquarters and Permit Offices

December 25: Closed
January 1: Closed

Brookside Gardens Visitors Center and Conservatory

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

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

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

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

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

Pauline Betz Addie Tennis and Wheaton Indoor Tennis

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

South Germantown Driving Range

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

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

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

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

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

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Family at Garden of Lights

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

‘Tis the Season

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

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

A Winter Fitness Regimen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

A statue at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park covered in snow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Garden of Lights at a glance:

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

About Brookside Gardens

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

Accessibility

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A sampling of activities includes:

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

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

Thanksgiving Week Operating Hours

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

  • Black Hill Visitor Center and Nature Programs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHO: The event is open to the public.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volunteers at Jesup Blair Local Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Group on a guided hike at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

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

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

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

November 12 – Veterans Day (Observed) Operating Hours

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Montgomery Parks Closes All Natural Surface Trails Due to Excessive Rainfall /montgomery-parks-closes-all-natural-surface-trails-due-to-excessive-rainfall-2/ /montgomery-parks-closes-all-natural-surface-trails-due-to-excessive-rainfall-2/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 19:04:55 +0000 /?p=41529 All natural-surface trails are closed due to excessive rainfall until Wednesday, November 7 at 12:00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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Montgomery Parks To Name New Plaza on Capital Crescent Trail After Former Montgomery County Executive Neal Potter /montgomery-parks-to-name-new-plaza-on-capital-crescent-trail-after-former-montgomery-county-executive-neal-potter/ /montgomery-parks-to-name-new-plaza-on-capital-crescent-trail-after-former-montgomery-county-executive-neal-potter/#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 13:50:38 +0000 /?p=41069 Naming and opening ceremony to be held November 3, 2018 at 10 a.m.

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(Originally Published October 11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEEKEND EVENTS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018

  • Underground Railroad Experience Trail Guided Hikes

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

  • Woodlawn Museum Open House

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

  • Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery Open House

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

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2018

  • Underground Railroad Experience Trail Guided Hike

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

  • Woodlawn Museum Open House

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

  • Button Farm Living History Center

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

  • Josiah Henson Park Open House*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Originally Published October 2

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

Throughout October

All Aboard

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

Halloween at the Campground

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

Special Events

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

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

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

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

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

Make + Take – 10/27

Create fun Halloween crafts at Black Hill Visitor Center.

Story Time on the Lake – 10/27

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Exterior photo of Kensington Cabin

Mayor Jayne H. Plank Kensington Cabin, 2018

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

 

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

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

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Montgomery Parks to Participate in Community Meeting on Improving Safety at Capital Crescent Trail and Little Falls Parkway /montgomery-parks-to-participate-in-community-meeting-on-improving-safety-at-capital-crescent-trail-and-little-falls-parkway/ /montgomery-parks-to-participate-in-community-meeting-on-improving-safety-at-capital-crescent-trail-and-little-falls-parkway/#respond Mon, 08 Oct 2018 18:51:45 +0000 /?p=41009 Community meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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