Montgomery Parks Official Parks Department for Montgomery County, MD Fri, 23 Jul 2021 18:04:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 /uploads/2016/07/cropped-favicon-150x150.png Montgomery Parks 32 32 Montgomery Parks to Host Outdoor Summer Concert Series and Movies in the Park /montgomery-parks-to-host-outdoor-summer-concert-series-and-movies-in-the-park/ /montgomery-parks-to-host-outdoor-summer-concert-series-and-movies-in-the-park/#respond Fri, 23 Jul 2021 18:03:46 +0000 /?p=82460 Enjoy free movies and concerts in the park this summer.

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All events are free, no registration is required

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces the return of two popular summertime traditions,  Movies in the Park and the Summer Twilight Concert Series at Brookside Gardens

Movies in the Park 

Outdoor movie nights are back! Gather your friends and family, bring along a blanket or lawn chairs and favorite snack, lounge under the night sky, and watch a movie on a 40-foot inflatable screen! Admission is free, and no registration is required. 

Movies in the Park Schedule: 

Summer Twilight Concert Series at Brookside Gardens  

Enjoy live, outdoor, musical performance surrounded by the beauty of Brookside Gardens. Admission is free, and no registration is required. Chairs and blankets are encouraged, and picnics are permitted in the Gardens on concert evenings only. Food trucks will also be available.  

Summer Twilight Concert Series Schedule: 

Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue Wheaton, MD 20902 

  • Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Sandra Dean Band, Classic Rock 
  • Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Crawdaddies, Cajun/Zydeco/Roots Rock 
  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Ocho de Bastos, Latin Pop 
     

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

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

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Parks’ Picks – Summer Camp Openings /parks-picks-summer-camp-openings/ /parks-picks-summer-camp-openings/#respond Thu, 22 Jul 2021 14:44:48 +0000 /?p=82433 Spaces still available in Montgomery Parks sports camps. Sign the kids up today!

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Montgomery Parks to Present Facility Plan for Columbia Local Park to the Planning Board on July 29, 2021 /montgomery-parks-to-present-facility-plan-for-columbia-local-park-to-the-planning-board-on-july-29-2021/ /montgomery-parks-to-present-facility-plan-for-columbia-local-park-to-the-planning-board-on-july-29-2021/#respond Wed, 21 Jul 2021 12:07:10 +0000 /?p=82397 The Columbia Local Park facility plan will be presented to the Planning Board on July 29, 2021.

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

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will present the recommended facility plan and Mandatory Referral Water Quality Plan for Columbia Local Park to the Montgomery Planning Board on July 29, 2021. The public is invited to comment or testify at the meeting (which will be held online), in writing, or by email

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Columbia Local Park Recommended Facility Plan

Columbia Local Park is a 25.2-acre park located at 14900 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville. The park was acquired in 1969 and developed in 1974. Recommendations for the facility plan were developed following a community engagement period that allowed the public to provide input on design options.  

The facility plan proposes activating and renovating the northern portion of the park while providing accessibility and environmental improvements. The plan recommends converting the two existing tennis courts into a dog park and converting the abandoned paved area into one tennis court with pickleball overlays. The plan also includes adding four purpose-built pickleball courts, a soccer court, and a small gathering area with a shade structure and drinking fountain. Additional proposed improvements include enhanced pedestrian access to the program areas, accessible parking, and a connection to the neighborhood trail to the north. Improvements and repairs are also proposed to other existing facilities in the northern portion of the park. For additional details visit the project page.

If the recommended facility plan is approved by the Planning Board, this Park Refresher project will be proposed for final design beginning in FY 2022 with construction anticipated in FY 2023. The estimated cost for the project is $2.6 million.

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

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

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Parks’ Picks – Tips for Hiking with Kids /parks-picks-tips-for-hiking-with-kids/ /parks-picks-tips-for-hiking-with-kids/#respond Thu, 15 Jul 2021 14:13:13 +0000 /?p=82286 Follow these tips for a stress-free hike with kids!

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Montgomery Parks and Bethesda Urban Partnership to Host Pop-Up Dog Park at Elm Street Urban Park /montgomery-parks-and-bethesda-urban-partnership-to-host-pop-up-dog-park-at-elm-street-urban-park/ /montgomery-parks-and-bethesda-urban-partnership-to-host-pop-up-dog-park-at-elm-street-urban-park/#respond Thu, 15 Jul 2021 13:18:03 +0000 /?p=82280 Temporary pop-up dog park will be located at Elm Street Urban Park July 15 - August 15, 2021.

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Pop-up dog park will be open July 15 – August 15, 2021, sunrise to sunset.  

WHEATON, MDMontgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) are teaming up to provide a pop-up dog park at Elm Street Urban Park from July 15 – August 15, 2021. The temporary, 4,600-square foot dog park will be located in the northern section of Elm Street Urban Park and open from sunrise to sunset.

“We have received numerous requests from the Bethesda community to provide a safe, fun space for dogs (and their owners) to meet up and socialize,” said Jeff Burton, Executive Director of the Bethesda Urban Partnership. “We are excited to work with Montgomery Parks to provide a pop-up dog park in Elm Street Urban Park.”

The idea for the month-long pop-up dog park grew out of the Yappy Hour events hosted periodically by Montgomery Parks and BUP. Yappy Hours are evening events for dog owners (and their furry friends) to socialize with neighbors and dog lovers from around the county while enjoying live music and food, beer, and wine from Bethesda restaurants.

“Our Yappy Hour events have been incredibly popular, so we wanted to give park users the opportunity to take advantage of this pop-up amenity over the next month,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “Programs and events like this one give residents more ways to connect with neighbors and friends outdoors in our parks.”

The temporary pop-up dog park will be maintained by BUP. Park users will be reminded to pick up after their dogs and adhere to all the Montgomery Parks dog park rules and regulations.

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About Bethesda Urban Partnership:
Established by Montgomery County in 1994, Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. (BUP) is a downtown management organization that markets and maintains downtown Bethesda. The BUP team works in marketing, maintenance, transportation and administration to produce cultural events and community festivals and attend to landscaping and maintenance needs. BUP also manages Bethesda Transportation Solutions (BTS), the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, and the Bethesda Circulator as well as the non-profit art spaces, Gallery B, Studio B and Triangle Art Studios.  For a closer look, please visit www.bethesda.org.

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

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

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Montgomery Parks to Host Israel National Baseball Team as It Makes Its Last U.S. Stop Prior to Heading to the Olympics /montgomery-parks-to-host-israel-national-baseball-team-as-it-makes-its-last-u-s-stop-prior-to-heading-to-the-olympics/ /montgomery-parks-to-host-israel-national-baseball-team-as-it-makes-its-last-u-s-stop-prior-to-heading-to-the-olympics/#respond Tue, 13 Jul 2021 10:50:20 +0000 /?p=82253 Bethesda Big Train and Team Israel to play friendship game at Shirley Povich Field.

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Team Israel and Bethesda Big Train Collegiate Baseball will participate in a friendship game on July 18, 2021, at 9 p.m. at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda.

WHEATON, MDMontgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and its partner Bethesda Big Train Collegiate Baseball are gearing up for a milestone game on Sunday, July 18, 2021, with Israel’s national baseball team (Team Israel). The friendship game is part of Team Israel’s exhibition tour in preparation for the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The game takes place at 9 p.m. at Shirley Povich Field, located in Cabin John Regional Park in Bethesda. (The late start time is scheduled in recognition of the Jewish day of mourning, Tisha B’Av, which ends at sundown.)

Team Israel is made up of Israeli natives as well as American-born Jews who have gained Israeli citizenship. Bethesda Big Train is made up of college players from across the United States who play in Bethesda during the summer.   

WHO / WHAT:            Team Israel and Bethesda Big Train Collegiate Baseball teams will play a friendship game in advance of Team Israel heading to Tokyo for the team’s Olympic debut.

WHEN:                        Sunday, July 18, 2021, 9:13 p.m. (tickets are sold out for this game)

WHERE:                       Shirley Povich Field, Cabin John Regional Park, 10600 Westlake Dr., Bethesda, MD, 20852

WHY:                       This game marks Team Israel’s final stop in the U.S. prior to its Olympic debut in Tokyo. Team Israel is the first team to represent Israel in the Olympics since its soccer team in 1976.

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

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

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Montgomery Parks Announces Lineup of Events to Celebrate Latino Conservation Week /montgomery-parks-announces-lineup-of-events-to-celebrate-latino-conservation-week/ /montgomery-parks-announces-lineup-of-events-to-celebrate-latino-conservation-week/#respond Mon, 12 Jul 2021 18:23:19 +0000 /?p=82245 8th Annual Latino Conservation Week runs July 17 – 25, 2021

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8th Annual Latino Conservation Week runs July 17 – 25, 2021

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WHEATON, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting a series of special programs and events in celebration of Latino Conservation Week, July 17 – 25, 2021. The week, an initiative of the Hispanic Access Foundation, launched in 2014 to connect Latino communities across the country with opportunities to get involved in outdoor recreation, conservation education, and advocacy efforts.

In support of the Latino Conservation Week, Montgomery Parks, along with several community partners, will host a variety of bilingual nature and conservation programs. Activities include family fishing, kids tree climbing, kayaking, a nature program, an outdoor StoryWalk® and park cleanups. All events are free and open to the public, though some require advanced registration.

Montgomery Parks will also be collaborating with Identity, Inc and Montgomery County Recreation’s Strengthening Pathways for Advancement in Recreation & Camp Careers (SPARCC) program during Latino Conservation Week on storm drain mural projects in Rock Creek and Long Branch.

“In a country where the “traditional” narrative of outdoor recreation can be white, expensive and inaccessible, Latino Conservation Week has become a platform for changing the narrative of what outdoor recreation looks like and breaking down the barriers that can often keep our community from participating in outdoor recreation and stewardship,” said Jessica Godinez, Communications Associate, Hispanic Access Foundation.

This year, there are expected to be more than 150 Latino Conservation Week events nationwide.

Montgomery Parks’ Latino Conservation Week event schedule:

  • July 20, 10:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Turtle Talk at Brookside Nature Center

About Hispanic Access Foundation:
Hispanic Access Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, connects Latinos with partners and opportunities to improve lives and create an equitable society. Our vision is that one day every Hispanic individual in America will enjoy good physical health and a healthy natural environment, a quality education, economic success, and civic engagement in their communities with the sum of improving the future of America. For more information visit www.hispanicaccess.org.

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

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

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Parks’ Picks – Latino Conservation Week /parks-picks-latino-conservation-week/ /parks-picks-latino-conservation-week/#respond Thu, 08 Jul 2021 15:13:16 +0000 /?p=82198 Join Montgomery Parks for Free bilingual programs during Latino Conservation Week!

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Celebrate Latino Conservation Week /celebrate-latino-conservation-week-2/ /celebrate-latino-conservation-week-2/#respond Tue, 06 Jul 2021 15:46:00 +0000 /?p=79969 Join us for a series of special events and programs as part of the 8th Annual Latino Conservation Week , July 17 – 25, 2021

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Montgomery Parks is hosting a series of special events and programs as part of the 8th Annual Latino Conservation WeekJuly 17 – 25, 2021 

Latino Conservation Week (LCW) was created by the Hispanic Access Foundation in 2014 to connect Latino communities across the country with opportunities to get involved in outdoor recreation, conservation education, and advocacy efforts.   

The week aims to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.  As the largest minority group in America – one that is expected to grow to nearly one-third of the population by 2050 – the Latino community’s role as stewards is critical to the future success and preservation of our nation’s public lands.  This year, there are expected to be more than 160 events nationwide. We hope you can join us! 

*All events are free. 

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DÍA DE LA COMUNIDAD Y LA CONSERVACIÓN: Latino Conservation Week Park & Neighborhood Clean Up
Saturday, July 17, 2021 | TIME:  9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  
Broadacres Local Park – 710 Beacon Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20903 
REGISTER (Walk-ups welcome)

Get outdoors and make an impact on your local environment! Join Montgomery Parks and the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection for a guided community cleanup of Broadacres Local Park and surrounding neighborhoods. We’ll discuss how litter enters waterways from our communities and outline five things you can do to help. Be prepared to walk up to 2 miles. We will provide all equipment and gear, just dress for weather and bring water! 


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Photo courtesy Audubon Naturalist Society

¡SI SE PUEDE! Nature Walk & Family Activities
Saturday, July 17, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Long Branch Pool – 8700 Piney Branch Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20901 

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR LONG BRANCH RESIDENTS

Join Audubon Naturalist Society, CHEER, Friends of Sligo Creek, One Montgomery Green, Montgomery Parks, and the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection for a morning of fun and learning along Long Branch! We’ll take a family-friendly bilingual nature walk along the creek to celebrate the start of Latino Conservation Week. We will meet at the Long Branch Community center/pool area then cross over Piney Branch Rd and  walk along the Long Branch stream trail. Following the nature walk, We’ll return to Long Branch-Garland Neighborhood Park where your family can visit with project partners and participate in different educational activities. 


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STORYWALK®: ¡Olinguito, de la Aa la Zz! 
Saturday, July 17 – Sunday, August 15, 2021 
Wheaton Local Park – 11729 Georgia Avenue Wheaton, MD 20902 (adjacent to the Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center) 

Families are invited to read ¡Olinguito, de la Aa la Zz! on posted signs while strolling through Wheaton Local Park. With lyrical text in both Spanish and English, the book, written by Lulu Delacre, explores the magical world of a cloud forest in the Andes of Ecuador.  Discover the bounty of plants, animals, and other organisms that live there and help a zoologist look for the elusive olinguito.  The ¡Olinguito, de la Aa la Zz! StoryWalk® presented by the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation, in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Libraries and Montgomery Parks will be available for self-guided exploration from Saturday, July 17, 2021, through Sunday, August 15, 2021, at  Wheaton Local Park. StoryWalk® is a registered trademark of Anne Ferguson 


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TURTLE TALK
Tuesday July 20, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Brookside Nature Center 1400 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902 
REGISTRATION REQUIRED
 
Come meet some of our resident turtles at Brookside Nature Center’s outdoor box turtle enclosure. Learn fun facts about these interesting reptiles and some of the conservation challenges they face. 


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FAMILY FISHING FUN 
Wednesday July 21, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  
Black Hill Regional Park – 20920 Lake Ridge Drive Boyds, Maryland 20841
***Registration is Full. Click here to join the waitlist.

Enjoy a morning fishing at Little Seneca Lake.  We’ll show you how to set up a simple bobber rig, bait your hook, and give you some tips on casting.  All experience levels are welcome. 

The bait and rigging supplies will be provided, you just need to catch the fish! We have fishing poles you can borrow, but if you have your own, please bring it along so you can practice with your own gear. 

Each family member that plans to fish must register. All registrants 16 and over must have a current Maryland fishing license. Meet at the pontoon boat dock by the Black Hill boat rentals. 


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KAYAK ON THE LAKE
Thursday July 22, 2021 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., or 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Lake Needwood Boats – 15700 Needwood Lake Circle Rockville, MD 20855 
***Registration is Full Click here to join the waitlist (participants must be at least 12 years old.)  

Join Montgomery Parks and Latino Outdoors for an hour exploring the beautiful 75-acre Lake Needwood in a rental kayak. Look for wildlife, meet other outdoor enthusiasts, or just enjoy a peaceful paddle. Kayakers of all levels are welcome! 

Kayak, paddle, and life jacket provided. Water-friendly clothing and hat, strap-on water sandals or shoes (no flip-flops, please) recommended.  Arrive 30 minutes before your timeslot.  Participants must be at least 12 years old. Those aged 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult in a tandem or nearby kayak. Ages 16 and up can kayak independently.  


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KIDS TREE CLIMBING
Friday July 23, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Long Branch-Arliss Neighborhood Park – 8810 Garland Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20901

Stop by Long Branch-Arliss Neighborhood Park to experience the fun and thrill of climbing a tree! 

Montgomery Parks’ arborists will provide safety gear, assistance and encouragement as they provide kids the opportunity to participate in rope-assisted climbing and experience trees from a whole new perspective.  No registration needed!


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Photo courtesy Rock Creek Conservancy

PARK CLEANUP WITH ROCK CREEK CONSERVANCY
Saturday July 24, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Matthew Henson Trail – 13421 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20906 
REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Rock Creek Conservancy and Montgomery Parks invite you to celebrate Latino Conservation Week with us! Join us for a socially-distant trash cleanup, where we will focus our efforts at the Matthew Henson Trail.

Trash, the visible form of pollution, is a threat to our precious parklands and waterways. By reducing pollution on land, we decrease the chance of it entering our creek, rivers, and larger bodies of water through storm water runoff. Thank you for helping to protect the Rock Creek watershed!


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CHOOSE AN ACTIVIITY YOU CAN DO OUTDOORS, ON YOUR OWN SCHEDULE

From nature challenges to crafts, there are many ways you can engage with nature right in your own backyard or local park!

View a list of activities in English or Spanish to get started.

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New Portal for Citizen Reporting /new-portal-for-citizen-reporting/ /new-portal-for-citizen-reporting/#respond Thu, 01 Jul 2021 16:24:25 +0000 /?p=82130 Park Police has begun a pilot program for our new online Citizen Reporting Tool! Please visit our new public portal...

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Park Police has begun a pilot program for our new online Citizen Reporting Tool! Please visit our new public portal to submit reports for particular incidents that don’t require an immediate police response.

Park Police Portal for Citizen Reporting

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Parks’ Picks – July 4 Activities for the Entire Family /parks-picks-july-4-activities-for-the-entire-family/ /parks-picks-july-4-activities-for-the-entire-family/#respond Thu, 01 Jul 2021 14:26:23 +0000 /?p=82114 Spend the Independence Day weekend in Montgomery Parks!

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Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation Will Celebrate Park and Recreation Month During July with Special Activities /montgomery-parks-and-montgomery-county-recreation-will-celebrate-park-and-recreation-month-during-july-with-special-activities/ /montgomery-parks-and-montgomery-county-recreation-will-celebrate-park-and-recreation-month-during-july-with-special-activities/#respond Thu, 01 Jul 2021 12:01:07 +0000 /?p=82101 Montgomery Parks will host free popsicle pitstops in parks for Park and Recreation Month.

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Parks encourages county residents to “Share Your Park and Recreation Story” at events and on social media.  

WHEATON, MDMontgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and Montgomery County Recreation (MCR) are celebrating Park and Recreation Month this July by hosting a variety of free fitness demo days, free popsicle pitstops at various parks located throughout the County and a fitness challenge. Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), aims to spotlight the ways parks and recreation have the power to transform our daily lives. This year, county residents are encouraged to share their “Park and Recreation Stories,” highlighting how parks and recreation create experiences and memories. Montgomery Parks visitors can share their stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using @MontgomeryParks and #OurParkAndRecStory and #MoCoParks.

Special Events and Activities:

Fitness Demo Days

To generate excitement for the month, staff from Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation will host fitness demos. Instructors from MCR classes will preview different activities that are offered including family fitness, tai chi and more.


Tuesday, July 13 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Germantown Town Center Urban Park
Saturday, July 17 from 9 – 11 a.m. at Acorn Urban Park.

Popsicle Pitstops

Four popsicle pitstops will be popping up at parks for visitors to enjoy some free treats.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021:
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Wheaton Regional Park (Shorefield location near the Adventure Playground)
1 – 3 p.m.: Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park (at the pool)

Wednesday, July 14, 2021:
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: South Germantown Recreational Park (near the Adventure Playground)
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Cabin John Regional Park (near the miniature train)

Fitness Challenge

MCR will host a fitness challenge with daily challenges. Videos or photos will be shared daily on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, using the hashtag #TheChallengeMCR as well as tagging MCR on each post. At the end of the month, participants who have completed at least two daily challenges each week and posted them on social media will be eligible to win prizes.

About Park and Recreation Month:
Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), highlights the ways parks and recreation has the power to transform our daily lives. From providing us places to play, get fit and stay healthy to fostering new relationships and forging a connection with nature, our community park and recreation facilities provide essential services and improve quality of life.

NRPA is celebrating the month by encouraging people to explore everything their parks and recreation has to offer. Visit www.nrpa.org/July for more information on how to participate.   

About Montgomery County Recreation:
 Montgomery County Recreation provides high quality, diverse, and accessible programs, services and facilities that enhance the quality of life for all ages, cultures, and abilities.

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

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

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to register for programs offered by Montgomery County Recreation. To facilitate inclusion, Contact a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at 240-777-6870 or email rec.inclusion@montgomerycountymd.gov.

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Montgomery Parks Suspends Alcohol Pilot Program /montgomery-parks-suspends-alcohol-pilot-program/ /montgomery-parks-suspends-alcohol-pilot-program/#respond Wed, 30 Jun 2021 12:43:35 +0000 /?p=82041 Montgomery Parks will suspend consumption of alcohol at 13 park locations effective July 1, 2021.

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Effective July 1, alcohol consumption is suspended at 13 park locations.

Wheaton, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will suspend the park directive allowing alcohol consumption without a permit in 13 parks, effective Thursday, July 1. The suspension is in response to the end of the COVID-19 State of Emergency issued by the State of Maryland. During the state of emergency, the State of Maryland and Montgomery County permitted the delivery and take-out of alcohol by food and beverage establishments.

Montgomery Parks launched the Picnic in the Park program in August 2020, in partnership with Visit Montgomery’s MoCo Eats initiative, to bolster area restaurants in response to the impacts from COVID-19. The directive allowed alcohol consumption within designated areas in 13 parks: Acorn Urban Park, Carroll Knolls Local Park, Ellsworth Urban Park, Elm Street Urban Park, Flower Avenue Urban Park, Germantown Town Center Urban Park, Jesup Blair Urban Park, Norwood Local Park, Olney Manor Recreational Park, Takoma Urban Park, Wall Local Park, Wheaton Local Park, and Wheaton Regional Park.

“As we begin to return to normal, we are suspending the pilot program allowing alcohol in the parks. While the program was in effect, we had no reported alcohol-related incidents or calls for service in our 13 pilot parks and parks patrons enjoyed the ability to eat and drink outdoors with friends and family. We were happy that parks were able to play a role in supporting local businesses and provide a safe outlet for social interaction,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks.

Park visitors are still encouraged to support local restaurants and picnic in all our parks. The Parks Department will continue developing programs and events that provide opportunities for social interaction in our parks.

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

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

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Park and Recreation Month /park-and-recreation-month/ /park-and-recreation-month/#respond Tue, 29 Jun 2021 17:26:01 +0000 /?p=81545 July is Park and Recreation Month and Montgomery Parks wants to hear your park story! How have parks impacted you?...

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July is Park and Recreation Month and Montgomery Parks wants to hear your park story!

  • How have parks impacted you?
  • How have they improved our community?
  • Have a favorite park story?

Let us know on social media by tagging us @montgomeryparks and using the hashtags #OurParkAndRecStory and #MoCoParks.

Share your story in person and receive a free, tasty treat at our Popsicle Pitstop events during the month of July.

Wednesday, July 7

Wheaton Regional Park (near the Adventure Playground): 10 am to 12 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park (near the swim center): 1 to 3 pm

Wednesday, July 14

South Germantown Recreational Park (near the Adventure Playground): 10 am to 12 pm

Cabin John Regional Park (near the Cabin John Train): 1:30 to 3:30 pm

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Montgomery Parks Extends Open Parkways for the Fourth of July Holiday, Announces Operating Hours /montgomery-parks-extends-open-parkways-for-the-fourth-of-july-holiday-announces-operating-hours/ /montgomery-parks-extends-open-parkways-for-the-fourth-of-july-holiday-announces-operating-hours/#respond Thu, 24 Jun 2021 15:47:19 +0000 /?p=80985 Germantown Glory Fireworks Display will not take place in 2021

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Germantown Glory Fireworks Display will not take place in 2021

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces operating hours for the Independence Day weekend, including extending its  Open Parkways  through Tuesday, July 6, at 7 am for the holiday weekend. The annual Germantown Glory Fireworks Display hosted by Montgomery County Recreation at South Germantown Recreational Park has been canceled. 

From boating to golfing, camping to picnicking, biking to birdwatching, there is something for everyone in the parks over the holiday weekend.  

A girl smiles after going down a small slide at the South Germantown SplashPark

Open facilities include: 

Open Parkways Schedule: 
Portions of Sligo Creek Parkway, Beach Drive, and Little Falls Parkway will be open to pedestrians and bicyclists for exercise and recreation during the hours stated below.  

Friday, July 2, at  9 am, through Tuesday, July 6, at 7 am;

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

Saturday, July 3, at 7 am, through Tuesday, July 6, at 7 am.  

  •  Little Falls Parkway from River Road to Arlington Road (1 mile)  

The following facilities will be  CLOSED  in observance of Independence Day 

Need a jump-start on your holiday weekend planning?  Visit the Parks’ Picks blog for a weekly list of fun things to do or see in Montgomery Parks. 

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

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

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In the Press: The Rose Garden at Brookside Gardens /in-the-press-the-rose-garden-at-brookside-gardens/ /in-the-press-the-rose-garden-at-brookside-gardens/#respond Thu, 24 Jun 2021 14:47:00 +0000 /?p=81495 Montgomery Municipal Cable stopped by Brookside Gardens to speak with Roger Haynes, the resident Rosarian for more than 40 years....

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Montgomery Municipal Cable stopped by Brookside Gardens to speak with Roger Haynes, the resident Rosarian for more than 40 years. Haynes shared insight into his daily routine caring for the Rose Garden and his passion for the beautiful and fragrant flowers.

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Parks’ Picks – National Camping Month /parks-picks-national-camping-month/ /parks-picks-national-camping-month/#respond Thu, 24 Jun 2021 12:54:12 +0000 /?p=80981 Follow these six tips for an enjoyable camping trip at Montgomery Parks campgrounds!

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Montgomery Parks Recognized with Historic Preservation Award for the Rehabilitation of the Seneca Store and Upton Darby House /montgomery-parks-recognized-with-historic-preservation-award-for-the-rehabilitation-of-the-seneca-store-and-upton-darby-house/ /montgomery-parks-recognized-with-historic-preservation-award-for-the-rehabilitation-of-the-seneca-store-and-upton-darby-house/#respond Wed, 23 Jun 2021 12:26:03 +0000 /?p=80857 The historic properties located in Poolesville were built between 1855 and 1901.

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WHEATON, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has received the 2020 County Executive’s Award for Historic Preservation from Montgomery Preservation, Inc. The award recognizes the department’s efforts in the rehabilitation of the  Seneca Store and the neighboring Upton Darby House located in Poolesville, as well as the associated archaeological investigations of the sites and development of interpretive signage.   

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Seneca Store (front, right) and Upton Darby House (back, left) in Poolesville

For 33 years, Montgomery Preservation, Inc. has honored individuals and groups for their contributions in preserving, restoring, and interpreting Montgomery County’s architectural heritage and historic landscapes for future generations. Montgomery Parks was one of nine recipients to be honored this year. In lieu of an in-person awards ceremony, Montgomery Preservation produced a video highlighting this year’s honorees

“This award recognizes the superb preservation work that Montgomery Parks continues to conduct at its historic properties. Undertaking and completing a comprehensive project such as the rehabilitation of the Seneca Store and Upton Darby House enriches and inspires us all,” said Sandra Heiler, Montgomery Preservation Board Member. 

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The Seneca Store’s original tongue and grooved ceiling, wood floors, and shelving were rehabilitated as part of the project

The rehabilitation of the historic Seneca Store included the general store’s original tongue and grooved ceiling, wood floors, and shelving, as well as structural upgrades. New mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems were installed and a new one-story, 300-square-foot rear kitchen and staff restroom was added. Additional accessibility improvements were made and the building was brought up to current code requirements so that it could once again be leased to a commercial tenant.   

In conjunction with the rehabilitation work, archaeological investigations were conducted and led to significant discoveries, including an 18th-century stone mill wheel pit measuring approximately 16’ x 16’ x 4 1/2’ Although remnants of other 18th-century mills have been uncovered in Montgomery County, few have such intact mill wheel pits. More than two thousand artifacts were found in the excavated area.    

The rehabilitation of the Upton Darby House included reconstruction of collapsing sections of rubble stone foundation and replacing the failing roof system. Interior improvements included renovating the kitchen and bathrooms and refinishing the floors.  

Over the duration of these projects, interpretive panels, posters, and banners were created to educate the public about the historic aspects of the store and its surroundings, as well as about archaeology in general.   

“We are proud to receive this recognition from Montgomery Preservation. This project is indicative of our continued commitment to cultural resources stewardship,” said Mike Riley, Director, Montgomery Parks.   

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Upton Darby House

History of the Seneca Store and Upton Darby House  
The Seneca Store, a gable-front, two-and-a-half story general store first opened its doors in 1901.  It served the community continuously for 109 years before closing in 2010. It was operated by the Allnutt family until 1965, when employee Raymond E. Poole took over the business.  The Poole family continued to operate the store specializing in goods and services for local equestrian, hunting and farming communities, and is now managed for Southern States (leasee) by Poole family members.  

The Upton Darby House was constructed in 1855 by John Darby and later named for his son, Upton.  The Darbys operated adjacent mills which had been established in the late 18th century. The Allnutt family purchased the house in 1900 just before building the Seneca Store. Both properties remained in the Allnutt family until they were purchased in 1972 by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.   

For more information on all of the 2020 Montgomery County Historic Preservation award winners visit  www.montgomerypreservation.org.

About Montgomery Preservation, Inc.      
MPI is Montgomery County’s county-wide nonprofit historic preservation organization. The group incorporated in 1984 to actively encourage and defend preservation efforts in local communities and throughout the county. Today, MPI remains dedicated to saving our buildings, landscapes, and sites for future generations. MPI encourages preservation efforts in every corner of Montgomery County, working with all parties to ensure that our towns, owners of historic properties, businesses, and volunteer groups can step up to the modernization, revitalization, demographic, and development challenges of the 21st century. www.montgomerypreservation.org 

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

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

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Build Your Own Montgomery Parks Guide! /build-your-own-montgomery-parks-guide/ /build-your-own-montgomery-parks-guide/#respond Mon, 21 Jun 2021 15:11:54 +0000 /?p=80726 Our New Online Guide Tool allows you to create a personalized program guide based on the program categories, locations, and ages of your interest.

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Our New Online Guide Tool allows you to create a personalized program guide based on the program categories, locations, and ages of your interest.

Montgomery Parks is introducing an online tool that allows you to build your own personalized program guide.  To build your program guide, 1-select topics that interest you, 2- choose location, 3-indicate age range, and downloadable PDF file will be created for you.

A screenshot of the online guide tool

Montgomery Parks will continue to provide a complete guide PDF file available on MontgomeryParks.org/Classes-Camps and on ActiveMontgomery.org.

To use the online guide tool please feel free to visit:
MontgomeryParks.org/Build-Your-Own-Guide


For additional assistance we have created step-by-step instructions for the new Build Your Own Guide webpage:

Step 1: Select Categories

You may choose the program categories, organized by topic. You can choose a primary category, which will automatically select all of the corresponding secondary categories, or just select individual secondary categories.

Step 2: Choose Your Locations

Select the location you wish to visit. Montgomery Parks has programming at facilities throughout the county.

Step 3: Select Ages

Select the age ranges that are relevant to you and your family members.

Step 4: Review Your Selection & Create My Guide!

Review the categories, locations, and ages you chose during the selection process. Click the “back” button to add or subtract from your choices. When you are done with your review, click the “Create My Guide” button.

Step 5: Enjoy!

It may take a moment for your guide to be created, depending on the number of your selections. You may download and save your personalized program guide by clicking on the “Download PDF” button, or view the programs on the screen. (Screen views will not be saved to your computer unless you download the PDF)

Registration information is included in the guide along with live links to register for the programs you wish to attend.

The online guide tool is currently still in testing, so we do appreciate your understanding as we work to fix any imperfections.

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Montgomery Parks Launches Selfie Stands at Scenic Locations throughout the County on National Selfie Day, June 21 /montgomery-parks-launches-selfie-stands-at-scenic-locations-throughout-the-county-on-national-selfie-day-june-21/ /montgomery-parks-launches-selfie-stands-at-scenic-locations-throughout-the-county-on-national-selfie-day-june-21/#respond Mon, 21 Jun 2021 14:48:43 +0000 /?p=80712 Share your selfies by tagging @MontgomeryParks on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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Selfie stand located at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, invites park visitors to celebrate National Selfie Day by taking a great photo at one of its new selfie stands at 13 locations throughout the park system. The wooden stands include ledges (at two heights for accessibility purposes) that visitors can place their phones on to take photographs of themselves, or a group.  

Locations were chosen for their scenic views and to highlight the diversity in landscapes across the park system. The picturesque spots include the wide-open meadow at Little Bennett Regional Park, the beautiful river view at Dickerson Conservation Park and the charming bridge at Tilden Woods Stream Valley Park.  Burnt Mills West Special Park includes four separate stands, providing visitors an opportunity to enjoy their own selfie hike.   

“While there is no shortage of beautiful scenery throughout our 424 parks, we decided to highlight some particularly breathtaking spots. We hope visitors will enjoy exploring these areas and we wanted to make it easier for them to capture the perfect selfie to remember their experience, and to share with friends,” said Kirsten Hein, Parks Activation Manager, Montgomery Parks.    

Selfie Stands are located at the following parks. To find the exact location of a Selfie Stand within a specific park, visit the interactive map:    

  • Agricultural History Farm Park 
  • Black Hill Regional Park 
  • Blockhouse Point Conservation Park 
  • Burnt Mills West Special Park 
  • Dickerson Conservation Park 
  • Lake Needwood at Rock Creek Regional Park 
  • Little Bennett Regional Park 
  • McCrillis Gardens 
  • Meadowside Nature Center 
  • Rachel Carson Conservation Park 
  • Tilden Woods Stream Valley Park 
  • Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park 
  • Woodstock Equestrian Special Park 

Share your selfies by tagging @MontgomeryParks on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and use “#ShowUsYourParkie”  or upload your photos and you might be featured on Montgomery Parks social media pages.  

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

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

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Montgomery Parks and Meadowbrook Stables Celebrate Grand Opening of Covered Riding Arena /montgomery-parks-and-meadowbrook-stables-celebrate-grand-opening-of-covered-riding-arena/ /montgomery-parks-and-meadowbrook-stables-celebrate-grand-opening-of-covered-riding-arena/#respond Mon, 21 Jun 2021 11:00:59 +0000 /?p=80634 Parks and Meadowbrook Stables staff are joined by elected officials to celebrate the grand opening of the new covered riding arena.

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Parks and Meadowbrook Stables staff are joined by elected officials to cut a ribbon for a new covered riding arena.

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and Meadowbrook Stables Montgomery Parks’ longtime partner cut the ribbon to officially open the new covered riding arena at the equestrian center on Saturday, June 19, 2021. The new arena, located within Meadowbrook Local Park was constructed over the past 18 months and includes seasonal enclosures and various environmental features such as stormwater management, native plantings, and a 145W solar power roof installation.

“We are so proud of our partnership with Meadowbrook Stables, one of our first public-private partnerships. Parks and Meadowbrook Stables staff worked together closely to ensure the successful completion of this new facility which will allow the stables to continue to thrive for many years to come,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks.

“This arena has been a long time coming,” said Katrina Weinig, Executive Director of Meadowbrook Stables. “It would not have been possible without the generous support from our donors. Their contributions will benefit many generations of riders to come, not to mention the incredible environmental benefits.”

The new arena allows for year-round instruction, regardless of the weather, and provides a venue for the horses to get daily exercise and training which they need to stay healthy. Environmental benefits include reduced sediment and nutrient run-off into the adjacent Rock Creek stream as a result of a native trees shrubs and grasses planted. The solar panel roof will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions helping Montgomery County to meet its Energy and Climate goal.

The arena was designed by architects Miche Booz & Associates and GLW Engineering and constructed by B&D Builders of Lancaster, PA. The solar powered roof will be designed and installed by Ipsun Solar, with support from Skyview Ventures and Montgomery County Green Bank. 

ABOUT MEADOWBROOK STABLES:

Meadowbrook Stables is one of the oldest and last remaining urban equestrian facilities in the United States.  Meadowbrook first opened in 1934. Today the 10-acre riding school is home to 50 horses and teaches over 400 riders each year in lessons, summer camps and competitive programs. Tens of thousands of people have ridden at Meadowbrook over the years, including prominent national figures such as former first ladies Eleanor Roosevelt and Jacqueline Kennedy, and General George S. Patton.

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

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

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M-NCPPC Offices will be Closed Friday, June 18 in Honor of Juneteenth National Independence Day /m-ncppc-offices-will-be-closed-friday-june-18-in-honor-of-juneteenth-national-independence-day/ /m-ncppc-offices-will-be-closed-friday-june-18-in-honor-of-juneteenth-national-independence-day/#respond Fri, 18 Jun 2021 12:08:24 +0000 /?p=80197 Montgomery Parks facilities and programs will operate as scheduled.  WHEATON, MD –In observance of the new Juneteenth National Independence Day, The Maryland-National...

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Montgomery Parks facilities and programs will operate as scheduled. 

WHEATON, MD –In observance of the new Juneteenth National Independence Day, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is closing tomorrow, Friday, June 18, 2021. This day is monumental to U.S. history as the day recognized for the end of slavery. M-NCPPC Chair Elizabeth M. Hewlett and M-NCPPC Vice-Chair Casey Anderson made the decision today after President Joe Biden declared Juneteenth a federal holiday. This decision also follows the guidance of the State of Maryland’s decision to close state offices, Prince George’s County Government, which passed a bill last October recognizing the day as a holiday, and Montgomery County Government.  

M-NCPPC is proud to recognize the importance of Juneteenth and will host events honoring Juneteenth in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. To learn more visit www.pgparks.com/Juneteenth and www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-picks-Juneteenth/

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

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

 
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Parks’ Picks – Pride Month /parks-picks-pride-month/ /parks-picks-pride-month/#respond Thu, 17 Jun 2021 16:24:01 +0000 /?p=80125 Celebrate Pride Month with Montgomery Parks!

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Montgomery Parks Marks the Importance of Juneteenth with Several Events Commemorating African American History /montgomery-parks-marks-the-importance-of-juneteenth-with-several-events-commemorating-african-american-history/ /montgomery-parks-marks-the-importance-of-juneteenth-with-several-events-commemorating-african-american-history/#respond Thu, 17 Jun 2021 14:59:34 +0000 /?p=80128 Join Montgomery Parks for Juneteenth celebrations in parks commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.

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WHEATON, MD –Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is recognizing Juneteenth, June 19th, the day commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States, by hosting several events. Events include:

Saturday, June 19, 2021
“Freedom Well Chalk Walk” – Learn about Reverend Josiah Henson’s journey to freedom through the interactive chalk walk and seed stick station. Participants encouraged to add their own freedom story to the mural. Admission is free.
12 – 4 p.m.
Josiah Henson Museum & Park, 11410 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, 20852

“Celebrating Juneteenth: African American Cooking Traditions” – Culinary volunteer Nicole Thomas gives a hearth cooking demonstration and shares the history, nutrition and culture of African American foods. Register at www.ActiveMontgomery.org by June 18, 2021, 5 p.m.
1 – 3 p.m.
Brookside Nature Center, Harpers Homestead Cabin, 1400 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902

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

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

 
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Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation Celebrate the Opening of the White Oak Athletic Field with a Ribbon-Cutting Celebration /montgomery-parks-and-montgomery-county-recreation-celebrate-the-opening-of-the-white-oak-athletic-field-with-a-ribbon-cutting-celebration/ /montgomery-parks-and-montgomery-county-recreation-celebrate-the-opening-of-the-white-oak-athletic-field-with-a-ribbon-cutting-celebration/#respond Wed, 16 Jun 2021 17:53:45 +0000 /?p=80116 The newly renovated White Oak athletic field is now open for use.

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WHEATON, MDMontgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and Montgomery County Recreation officially opened the newly renovated White Oak Athletic Field adjacent to the White Oak Community Recreation Center located at 1700 April Lane in Silver Spring on June 6, 2021.

Montgomery Parks managed the field renovation to provide a high-quality field for the Silver Spring community. The renovated field improves playability with better draining soils, shorter turfgrass height for better ball roll, improved field consistency, and overall improved sustainability.  

“We are so pleased to be able to provide this state-of-the-art athletic field for the community to enjoy,” said John Nissel, Deputy Director of Montgomery Parks. “We know the renovation will be a great benefit for the kids and families who rely on this field as a hub of activity, exercise, and socializing. What a great investment for the future.” 

The project involved extensive removal of debris and rocks before the renovation work could begin, which included improving the soil, removing two backstops, adding irrigation and a sandy loam topsoil with laser grading and a top rated bermudagrass. Montgomery Parks will continue to oversee the maintenance of the field.  

“The opening of this beautifully renovated field could not come at a better time,” said Montgomery County Director Robin Riley. “With more people vaccinated and summer underway, it is the perfect time to get outside and play ball. I am grateful for the support of our County Council and to Montgomery Parks for turning this field into a first-rate community amenity.”  

The field opening is another successful Montgomery County Parks and Montgomery County Recreation partnership toward their goal of ensuring all County residents have equitable access to high-quality recreational amenities and vibrant playfields.

Following the opening ceremony, community members participated in sports activities including agility training, ultimate frisbee, baseball and soccer. Coach Carl Parker of CP Basketball Academy; Coach Doug Remer with DR Sports; FoFo Amouzou of the Elite Soccer Youth Development Academy and Strat Stratton with the Washington Area Frisbee Club provided the activities. 

The field is available for community use when it is not permitted. Groups and organizations may reserve time to use the field through the Community Use of Public Facilities. Permits are offered on a first-come, first served basis and while not required, are recommended, as permitted users will have priority use.  

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Montgomery Parks to host online, informational meeting on proposed Long Branch Trail Extension to Carroll Avenue /montgomery-parks-to-host-online-informational-meeting-on-proposed-long-branch-trail-extension-to-carroll-avenue/ /montgomery-parks-to-host-online-informational-meeting-on-proposed-long-branch-trail-extension-to-carroll-avenue/#respond Mon, 14 Jun 2021 15:04:15 +0000 /?p=80029 Bilingual meeting will take place on Zoom on June 16, 2021, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

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Bilingual meeting will take place on Zoom on June 16, 2021, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 

Traducción al español incluida 

WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will present preliminary concept plans to extend Long Branch Trail from the current terminus at Long Branch Parkway to Carroll Avenue at a live, online, community meeting on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. The meeting will include live Spanish audio interpretation. Participants will learn about proposed plans for the trail and have an opportunity to ask questions and submit feedback. 

Participants may join the meeting via Zoom at http://mcp-events.org/longbranchtrail or by phone at 301-715-8592 webinar ID: 990 8453 9537. 

The Long Branch Trail Extension is one of several projects planned in the Long Branch Stream Valley Park corridor with a goal of creating a continuous and updated Long Branch Trail from Piney Branch Road to Carroll Avenue. The proposed project would add approximately 800 linear feet of hard surface trail to improve trail connectivity in the greater Long Branch area and enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety. Incorporated in the plans will be environmental enhancements within the project area including restorative plantings, non-native/invasive plant removal, as well as upgrades to the overall drainage, stream and floodplain. 

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

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

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Parks’ Picks – Summer Activities in the Parks /parks-picks-summer-activities-in-the-parks/ /parks-picks-summer-activities-in-the-parks/#respond Thu, 10 Jun 2021 15:31:22 +0000 /?p=79968 Have some fun in the sun this summer at Montgomery Parks!

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Public schools are out June 16, and summer officially begins four days later! Our Parks’ Picks this week helps you plan summer activities so your family can play and keep cool, engaged, and entertained this month.

Water Play

Let the kids run, jump, and play in the cool sprays at South Germantown SplashPark and MiniGolf, 10856 Central Park Circle, in Boyds. Afterward some long water play, enjoy a round, or two, of miniature golf. The facility is open weekends, 10 am to 6 pm. Beginning June 19, the SplashPark and MiniGolf will be open daily at the same hours.

Children walking and playing in water sprays at South Germantown SplashPark and MiniGolf. One child stands with her arms out and one foot on a spray.

Paddling on the Water

Get exercise and explore nature along the shores of our lakes by paddling or pedaling. Rent a kayak, canoe, rowboat, or pedal boat at Lake Needwood Boats, 15700 Needwod Lake Circle, in Rockville. You can rent the same but also paddle boards at Black Hill Boats, 20920 Lake Ridge Drive, in Boyds.

Both facilities are open this weekend from 10 am to 6 pm. Beginning June 17, Lake Needwood Boats will be open every Thursday to Friday, 12 pm to 6 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm, and Black Hill Boats’ hours will be each Tuesday to Friday, 12 pm to 6 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Family paddling in two double kayaks.

Chugging through the Parks

If you want a more leisurely trip, take a ride on our miniature trains. Cabin John Train, 7410 Tuckerman Lane in Rockville, is open this weekend Friday, 3 to 6 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. The facility expands its schedule beginning June 22 and will be open Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Wheaton Train and Carousel’s hours currently are Friday, 3 to 7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm. However, its hours expand also beginning June 22 and will be open Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm. The facility is located at 2002 Shorefield Road in Wheaton.

Planning a birthday party or other special event for your children this summer? The trains’ party rooms are available for rentals!

Cabin John Train chugs on the tracks through Cabin John Regional Park.

It’s N-ice Indoors

Keep fit and stay cool with the family during public skating at our indoor ice centers! No need to have your own skates. You can rent them onsite! Check public skating schedules on our website for Cabin John Ice Rink, 10610 Westlake Drive in Rockville, and Wheaton Ice Arena, 11717 Orebaugh Avenue in Wheaton.

And, check out our ice rinks’ party rooms! They are open for weekend bookings!

Many people skating at one of the public skating sessions at our indoor ice centers.

Nature Inside and Outside

Bring the family to visit exhibits, like our resident animal ambassadors, and enjoy programs weekends at our centers! Three are open every Saturday and Sunday: Black Hill Nature Programs at Black Hill Visitor Center, 20926 Lake Ridge Drive in Boyds, 12 to 4 pm; Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Avenue in Wheaton, 1 to 5 pm; and Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda, 1 to 6 pm. Meadowside Nature Center currently is closed for renovations. When buildings are closed, you can explore outdoors and enjoy nearby trails and natural play areas.

Our nature centers have resident animal ambassadors, like this eastern box turtle
Photographed by Francine Bethea

Playground Exploration

Liven up your children’s play experience! Discover a new playground, or more, every day this summer. This playground is located at Battery Lane Urban Park in Bethesda. We have 279 playgrounds within our 424 parks. Visit our Parks Directory to start planning your playground exploration.

Playground at Battery Lane Urban Park.

Summer Camps and Programs

Registration is still open for our summer camps. We have camps for all your children’s interests. Visit the Summer Camps Guide then sign up on ActiveMONTGOMERY.

Can’t commit to a five-day week camp? We offer summer programs from golf to gardening! Check out the Summer Program Guide then register.

Montgomery Parks…it’s all here!

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

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In the Press: Brookside Gardens is Protecting Select Trees from Cicadas /in-the-press-brookside-gardens-is-protecting-select-trees-from-cicadas/ /in-the-press-brookside-gardens-is-protecting-select-trees-from-cicadas/#respond Tue, 08 Jun 2021 14:43:00 +0000 /?p=81487 MyMCMedia spoke with Phil Normandy, Plants Collections Manager at Brookside Gardens, about the efforts being taken to mitigate cicada damage....

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MyMCMedia spoke with Phil Normandy, Plants Collections Manager at Brookside Gardens, about the efforts being taken to mitigate cicada damage. Normandy shared his unique perspective having witnessed the last three cicada invasions during his 42 years working at Brookside Gardens.

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In the Press: Newly-Renovated White Oak Athletic Field Reopens /in-the-press-newly-renovated-white-oak-athletic-field-reopens/ /in-the-press-newly-renovated-white-oak-athletic-field-reopens/#respond Mon, 07 Jun 2021 14:42:00 +0000 /?p=81486 MyMCMedia reported on the reopening of the athletic field next to White Oak Community Recreation Center on 1700 April Lane in Silver...

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MyMCMedia reported on the reopening of the athletic field next to White Oak Community Recreation Center on 1700 April Lane in Silver Spring. The renovations included better draining soils, shorter turf grass height, improved field consistency and overall improved sustainability.

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Celebrate Juneteenth and Josiah Henson’s Birthday in week-long celebration! /celebrate-juneteenth-and-josiah-hensons-birthday-in-week-long-celebration/ /celebrate-juneteenth-and-josiah-hensons-birthday-in-week-long-celebration/#respond Fri, 04 Jun 2021 13:54:51 +0000 /?p=74334 Montgomery Parks hosts events during week-long celebration of Juneteenth and Josiah Henson's birthday.

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Juneteenth is the oldest, nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It marks the day in 1865 after the Civil War ended when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure all enslaved people were freed. It is considered the longest-running African American holiday.

The following year, Texas organized the first of what became the celebration of “Jubilee Day” on June 19, 1866. In 1979, Texas became the first state to make Juneteenth an official holiday. Today, 47 states have established Juneteenth as a state holiday. Maryland recognized Juneteenth as an official state holiday in 2014.

Kick off Montgomery Parks’ week-long celebration on Tuesday, June 15 at 6 pm. with a free virtual event, Josiah Henson, Celebrating His Legacy, featuring performances by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices and a panel discussion with national museum leaders, educators, and historians. Participants must register by June 14 at 5 pm.

Stop by Josiah Henson Museum and Park on Saturday, June 19 from 12 to 4 pm for the Freedom Well Chalk Walk program. This program integrates Josiah Henson’s quote, “I will use my freedom well.” Visitors will interact with a chalk path and learn about Henson’s journey to freedom. They can then add their own stories about freedom to the chalk mural. Visitors will also be given a seed stick that they can plant. On one side of the stick, there is a blank space where they can write their own story about how they will use their freedom. Admission to the museum will be free during the event.

Then, join culinary volunteer, Nicole Thomas for the Celebrating Juneteenth: African American Cooking Traditions program on Saturday, June 19 from 1 to 3 pm at Harper’s Homestead cabin at Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Avenue in Wheaton. She will lead a traditional cooking demonstration and talk about the history, nutrition, and culture of African American foods eaten during that period in American history. Participants must register for this free event by June 18 at 5 pm.

For more information or to register for these programs, visit MontgomeryParks.org.

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