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In the Press: Pawpaw fruit is now in season /in-the-press-pawpaw-fruit-is-now-in-season/ /in-the-press-pawpaw-fruit-is-now-in-season/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 18:19:00 +0000 /?p=85018 Carolina Giraldo, Director, Meadowside Nature Center, joined Fox5 to talk about the popular, local pawpaw fruit. Watch the video online

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Carolina Giraldo, Director, Meadowside Nature Center, joined Fox5 to talk about the popular, local pawpaw fruit.

Watch the video online

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Parks’ Picks – National Self-Care Awareness Month /parks-picks-national-self-care-awareness-month/ /parks-picks-national-self-care-awareness-month/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 20:47:52 +0000 /?p=84941 Practice self-care and enjoy the outdoors in Montgomery Parks!

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Community Joined Together to Celebrate Josiah Henson Museum and Park on September 12, 2021 /community-joined-together-to-celebrate-josiah-henson-museum-and-park-on-september-12-2021/ /community-joined-together-to-celebrate-josiah-henson-museum-and-park-on-september-12-2021/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 17:02:51 +0000 /?p=84929 Hundreds gathered to celebrate the newly renovated Josiah Henson Museum and Park.

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The celebration included free tours of the newly renovated museum, a variety of activities, and musical performances.  

Photos are available here. 

WHEATON, Md. – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, hosted a community celebration at the newly renovated Josiah Henson Museum and Park on Sunday, September 12, 2021. An estimated 400 people gathered to tour the new museum and enjoy hands-on activities, historical re-enactments, and musical performances by FREED: Female Re-Enactors of Distinction and Chosen Vessels. The celebration commemorated the heroes of the Underground Railroad and their work emancipating countless enslaved people.  

September is International Underground Railroad Month. Per the Maryland Department of Commerce, Office of Tourism Development, this month “acknowledges the significance of the Underground Railroad, and all those involved, for its contribution to the eradication of slavery in the United States and as a cornerstone for a more comprehensive civil rights movement that followed. It honors the inspiring efforts of people from around the world who have committed themselves to document, interpret, and share with the public the history of the Underground Railroad.”  

The museum and park opened in April and is the first one in the United States dedicated to Reverend Josiah Henson. It is built on the former plantation in North Bethesda where Henson was enslaved prior to self-emancipating to Canada.  

“The museum and amazing exhibits honor the life and legacy of Josiah Henson and his incredible contributions helping enslaved people escape to freedom,” said Michael Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “We are pleased the community was able to come out and experience the site on such a beautiful day since we were not able to host a traditional ribbon cutting and grand opening during the pandemic.” 

“Now that it is fully open and accessible to our local, regional, and international community, it will also be a tremendous asset to our schools,” said Shirl Spicer, Countywide Museum Manager of Montgomery Parks. “Educators will now have greater access to a local historical entity that can provide supplemental learning materials about the American enslavement of Africans in Maryland, and Montgomery County.”    

The Josiah Henson Museum and Park tells the inspirational life story of Reverend Josiah Henson, who was born into slavery yet defied the odds to become an influential author, Methodist minister, abolitionist, public speaker, and a world-renowned figure. Among Henson’s many accomplishments was his 1849 autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, which inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. 

About Josiah Henson Museum and Park  

The museum and park are located at 11410 Old Georgetown Road in North Bethesda, on the site of the former Isaac Riley plantation where Henson was enslaved from 1795 – 1830.  The museum is open Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Purchasing tickets online is suggested but not required for admission. You can access tickets for purchase online or at the museum.   

Please see the media kit for more information about the Josiah Henson Museum and Park. 

About Montgomery Parks          
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 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 Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Free Community Events /montgomery-parks-celebrates-hispanic-heritage-month-with-free-community-events/ /montgomery-parks-celebrates-hispanic-heritage-month-with-free-community-events/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 15:59:27 +0000 /?p=84908 Enjoy a family-friendly movie under the stars, a night of live music and dancing, and a bilingual Drag Queen Story Hour.

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WHEATON, Md –  Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, invites the community to a family-friendly movie under the stars, a night of live music and dancing, and a bilingual story hour in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  

Graphic for Hispanic Heritage MOnth at Montgomery parks, September 15-October 15

Drag Queen Story Hour with Lady J. Monroe 
September 25, 2021, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Brookside Gardens 
Brookside Gardens, in partnership with Drag Queen Story Hour of Montgomery County and WAM and Fam hosts a monthly Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH). Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish and where dress-up is real.  On September 25, DQSH will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, as Lady J. Monroe shares stories in both English and Spanish. Free, no registration required. 

Movie Night in the Gardens, featuring “Coco”
Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm at Brookside Gardens 
Enjoy a screening of family-friendly movie “Coco” on the lawn at Brookside Gardens. The movie will be shown in English with Spanish subtitles. Bring chairs, blankets, and pack a picnic or grab dinner and dessert at a food truck onsite. Free, no registration required. 

Salsa in the Park
Friday, October 8, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.mat Long Branch-Arliss Neighborhood Park 
Enjoy an evening of free food, games, live music, and dancing. The event will feature live music from Latin pop band Ocho de Bastos, instructional dance lesson from Salsa with Silvia, and free food on a first-come, first-served basis from El Golfo and La Casita Pupuseria. Community organizations including Latino Health Initiative and Latin American Youth Center will be at the event to answer questions and provide resources. Free, no registration required.  

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15 through October 15.  The month recognizes and celebrates the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community.  

About Montgomery Parks  

Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org.  

Accessibility 
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Montgomery Parks Seeks Community Input for Long-Branch Garland Neighborhood Park Improvements /montgomery-parks-seeks-community-input-for-long-branch-garland-neighborhood-park-improvements/ /montgomery-parks-seeks-community-input-for-long-branch-garland-neighborhood-park-improvements/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 14:45:16 +0000 /?p=84900 Online community meeting hosted in English with live Spanish interpretation, September 21, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  

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Online community meeting hosted in English with live Spanish interpretation, September 21, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  

WHEATON, Md. – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is beginning a park improvement project to update and improve Long Branch-Garland Neighborhood Park, a 3.8-acre park located at 8601 Garland Avenue in Silver Spring. Goals of the improvement project include updating the aging playground, improving amenities, and supporting better connections across Long Branch Stream Valley and Trail. 

Sign that reads Long Branch-Garland Park

Parks staff will present preliminary concept plans to the community for input at an online, community meeting hosted in English with Spanish interpretation on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. 

Community Meeting: Long Branch-Garland Neighborhood Park Improvement Project: September 21, 2021, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.    
Watch and submit questions by joining the online Zoom meeting at mcp-events.org/longbranchgarlandmtg or listen only via phone by calling: + 301 715 8592 Webinar ID: 876 6794 8741 

Residents will have the opportunity to submit suggestions and feedback about the proposed park improvements during the meeting. An online comment forum will also be available for 30 days following the meeting to collect additional input.

About Montgomery Parks   
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 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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Parks’ Picks – Hispanic Heritage Month /parks-picks-hispanic-heritage-month/ /parks-picks-hispanic-heritage-month/#respond Thu, 09 Sep 2021 14:36:55 +0000 /?p=84767 Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Montgomery Parks!

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In the Press: International Underground Railroad Month /in-the-press-international-underground-railroad-month/ /in-the-press-international-underground-railroad-month/#respond Thu, 09 Sep 2021 14:32:53 +0000 /?p=84766 On September 1, 2021, Governor Hogan proclaimed September as the 3rd Annual International Underground Railroad Month. A celebration took place...

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On September 1, 2021, Governor Hogan proclaimed September as the 3rd Annual International Underground Railroad Month. A celebration took place at Josiah Henson Museum and Park to mark the occasion. Read more about it here and watch a video produced by the Montgomery County Council recapping the event.

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Montgomery Parks Invites the Community to Celebrate the Newly Completed Josiah Henson Museum and Park on Sunday, September 12, 2021 /montgomery-parks-invites-the-community-to-celebrate-the-newly-completed-josiah-henson-museum-and-park-on-sunday-september-12-2021/ /montgomery-parks-invites-the-community-to-celebrate-the-newly-completed-josiah-henson-museum-and-park-on-sunday-september-12-2021/#respond Tue, 07 Sep 2021 17:52:33 +0000 /?p=84721 Montgomery Parks invites the public to a community celebration at the newly renovated Josiah Henson Museum and Park.

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WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, invites the community to a celebration at the newly completed Josiah Henson Museum and Park on Sunday, September 12, 2021, from 12 – 4 p.m. The celebration is free and open to the public and will feature family-friendly events, period reenactments, and musical performances.

The new building at Josiah Henson Museum and Park.

WHAT:           Join Montgomery Parks for a community celebration as we honor International Underground Railroad Month at the site where legendary abolitionist Josiah Henson was once enslaved. Henson’s inspirational life story includes escaping to Canada to ensure his own freedom and then leading 118 people from enslavement to freedom as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. International Underground Railroad Month aims to raise awareness of the conductors and heroes who were committed to freedom and peace.    

WHEN:           Sunday, September 12, 2021, from 12 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:        Josiah Henson Museum & Park (11410 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda. MD)

Note: Parking is available only at Wall Park/Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center, located 1.5 blocks away at 5900 Executive Boulevard, North Bethesda. Accessible parking is at Josiah Henson Museum and Park but limited. Free shuttle service will be provided to and from the museum and park.

WHY:              Enjoy free admission to the museum as well as musical performances and re-enactments, and a chance to create a peace pinwheel.

MORE:            Access the media kit

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 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 and Casey Trees Host Urban Tree Summit /montgomery-parks-and-casey-trees-host-urban-tree-summit/ /montgomery-parks-and-casey-trees-host-urban-tree-summit/#respond Tue, 07 Sep 2021 15:58:06 +0000 /?p=84712 Event kicks off with virtual sessions on September 8, 2021, followed by several in-person field sessions.

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Event kicks off with virtual sessions on September 8, 2021, followed by several in-person field sessions throughout September.  

Graphic for Urban Tree Summit 2021, Sponsored by Montgomery Parks and Casey Trees

WHEATON, MDMontgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and Casey Trees are hosting the 10th Annual Urban Tree Summit on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.  This year’s summit will be hosted virtually but will also feature a series of in-person field sessions throughout the month of September.  The virtual conference will feature arboricultural experts discussing the health and welfare of trees in increasingly developed landscapes. Field sessions will focus on innovative efforts to plant, protect and preserve trees in urban and suburban settings. Registration for the virtual sessions end on September 7, 2021. 

Registration for the virtual sessions is $35, and each field session is $60. Continuing education credits are available.  

WHAT: 10th Annual Urban Tree Summit  

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

WHEN:  Virtual sessions, September 8th, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Field sessions September 9, 16 and 23, 2021  

WHERE:  For details and registration information on session times and locations (virtual and in-person) visit www.mocoparks.org/UTS2021 

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

For more information and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-tree-summit-tickets-155804456323 

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

Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 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 is nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org  

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Montgomery Parks to Present Recommendations For Modernizing Wheaton Regional Park /montgomery-parks-to-present-recommendations-for-modernizing-wheaton-regional-park/ /montgomery-parks-to-present-recommendations-for-modernizing-wheaton-regional-park/#respond Fri, 03 Sep 2021 17:04:13 +0000 /?p=84681 Join a community meeting to learn more about recommendations for Wheaton Regional Park.

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Community invited to attend a virtual meeting hosted in English with live Spanish interpretation on September 9, 2021, at 7 p.m.

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WHEATON, Md. –Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will host a virtual meeting on September 9, in English with Spanish interpretation, to present draft recommendations to update the master plan for Wheaton Regional Park. The plan is aimed at modernizing the 60-year-old park. For the past two years, parks staff have been collecting ideas and comments for renovating the park from park users, residents, and other stakeholders to ensure the master plans meets the needs of the county’s growing, diverse population.    

Wheaton Regional Park Master Plan Draft Recommendations 

Community Meeting: September 9, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.   
Watch and submit questions by joining the community meeting onlinevia Zoom or listen only via phone by calling:  + 301 715 8592. Webinar ID: 862 1588 9652 

The meeting will be in English with live Spanish interpretation available. 

Community feedback for the master plan recommendations was gathered through in-person and virtual meetings, a working group of community representatives, more than 1,600 online surveys and 300 in-person surveys. Public comments highlighted several factors, with a majority centered around updating or adding amenities to the park, and improving bicycle, pedestrian and transit access to the park as well as wayfinding to, from, and within the park.  

Highlights of the draft recommendations that will be presented include: 

  • Making the Shorefield Area more attractive to older children, teens and young adults, by renovating the Adventure Playground, and adding basketball courts, soccer courts, a mountain bike skills area, and a pump track. 
  • Activating the Rubini Athletic Complex, by adding two soccer fields and replacing three diamond athletic fields with an adventure sports facility that likely will include a large regional skate park as well as a bouldering/climbing wall, a parkour/obstacle course, a bicycle skills area and a splash pad.  
  • Creating a parkwide comprehensive signage plan (including “You Are Here” signs to help orient park users), numerous new trails and trail upgrades, and many improvements to make it easier to get to the park by transit, biking and walking. 
  • Identifying permanent locations for food trucks and associated amenities in several park areas. 
     

Following the meeting, parks staff will use the community feedback to finalize the draft park master plan, which will be presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board later this fall.   

About Wheaton Regional Park 

Wheaton Regional Park was established in the 1960s and its most recent master plan was completed in 1987. In 1960, Montgomery County’s population was 327,000. Today the county is home to over one million residents. 

Wheaton Regional Park is also the oldest regional park in the park system and the largest park in the southern region of the county. The park features a variety of facilities and recreational opportunities, including:     

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

About Montgomery Parks   

Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 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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Parks’ Picks – Pawpaw and Pollinators Festival /parks-picks-pawpaw-and-pollinators-festival/ /parks-picks-pawpaw-and-pollinators-festival/#respond Thu, 02 Sep 2021 13:22:18 +0000 /?p=84651 Shop native trees and local honey and learn about pollinators during Pawpaw and Pollinators Festival in September!

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September Nature Programs Spotlight Monarch Butterflies, Native Plants, Pollinators, and More /september-nature-programs-spotlight-monarch-butterflies-native-plants-pollinators-and-more/ /september-nature-programs-spotlight-monarch-butterflies-native-plants-pollinators-and-more/#respond Mon, 30 Aug 2021 17:24:35 +0000 /?p=84584 In-person and virtual events are available, some require advanced registration.

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

Monarch butterfly rests on a pink flower

Monarch Fiesta Month | Black Hill Regional Park | Multiple dates 

September is all about monarch butterflies a Black Hill Nature Programs! Special monarch-themed programs will be offered throughout the month. See a monarch butterfly up close or go on an insect hunt. Registration is required for all attending. 

Pawpaw & Pollinators Festival | Multiple locations | Multiple dates  

Throughout the month, Montgomery Parks’ nature centers are celebrating the unique pawpaw tree, and pollinators through in-person and online programs.  See honeybees up close at the Brookside Nature Center bee yard, or shop for local honey. 

Back of car loaded with native plants.

Fall Native Plant Sales | Multiple locations | Multiple dates 

Growing native plants encourages beneficial insects, birds, and other wildlife in your community. Support your backyard ecosystem and Montgomery Parks’ nature centers by shopping our fall plant sales. Locust Grove Nature Center offers two shopping options.  View a list of available plants online and make your order by phone on September 1 and September 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or shop in-person on September 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Maydale Nature Classroom is hosting an online-only sale (September 1 through September 15 at 12:00 p.m.)  

Nature Virtual Lectures: The Story of Native Trees | Virtual Program | September 14 

Join us for a fun and fascinating look at our native trees and shrubs! Learn all about their lives, their folklore and how they’re connected to wildlife. This online program takes place on the Microsoft Teams Platform. The link to the program will be emailed to participants the day before the program. Register.   

Children’s Day(s) | Brookside Gardens | September 18 or 19 

Brookside Garden’s annual Children’s Day is being offered as a registration-only event this year. Children and families can choose one of four sessions to participate in. During each session, small groups will rotate through four outdoor stations featuring fun garden activities, artful crafts, kids’ yoga and more. Registration is required. 

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

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

Accessibility        
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Parks’ Picks – Things to Do with the Family before Summer Ends /parks-picks-things-to-do-with-the-family-before-summer-ends/ /parks-picks-things-to-do-with-the-family-before-summer-ends/#respond Thu, 26 Aug 2021 15:48:38 +0000 /?p=84553 Wrap up the summer with a visit to the SplashPark, rent a kayak or canoe or attend family-friendly programs in Montgomery Parks!

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In the Press: Fox 5 Field Trip to Brookside Gardens /in-the-press-fox-5-field-trip-to-brookside-gardens/ /in-the-press-fox-5-field-trip-to-brookside-gardens/#respond Tue, 24 Aug 2021 17:43:00 +0000 /?p=84640 Fox 5’s Kevin McCarthy visited Brookside Gardens on August 24 to learn more about the Wheaton Arts Parade exhibit, and...

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Fox 5’s Kevin McCarthy visited Brookside Gardens on August 24 to learn more about the Wheaton Arts Parade exhibit, and end of summer gardening tips.

Watch the video about the Wheaton Arts Parade Pyramids and scavenger hunt

Watch the video about gardening for butterflies

Watch the video about cicada damage

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Montgomery Parks Extends Open Parkways for Labor Day Weekend; Announces Operating Hours /montgomery-parks-extends-open-parkways-for-labor-day-weekend-announces-operating-hours/ /montgomery-parks-extends-open-parkways-for-labor-day-weekend-announces-operating-hours/#respond Mon, 23 Aug 2021 16:28:53 +0000 /?p=83842 Final Weekend to enjoy seasonal amenities including boat rentals and South Germantown Splashpark

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WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces Labor Day operating hours, including extending its  Open Parkways through Tuesday, September 7, at 7 a.m., for the holiday weekend.     

Family in a canoe at a lake

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.  

Open to pedestrians and bicyclists (closed to motor vehicles), from Friday, September 3, at 9 a.m., to Tuesday, September 7, at 7 a.m.  

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

Open to pedestrians and bicyclists (closed to motor vehicles), from Saturday, September 4, at 7 a.m., to Tuesday, September 7, at 7 a.m. 

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

Labor Day Marks the Final Weekend to Enjoy Seasonal Amenities  

Additional facilities open during the holiday weekend include:  

The following facilities will be  CLOSED on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021 

Need a jump-start on your 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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Parks’ Picks – Little Known Facts about Montgomery Parks /parks-picks-little-known-facts-about-montgomery-parks/ /parks-picks-little-known-facts-about-montgomery-parks/#respond Thu, 19 Aug 2021 14:27:54 +0000 /?p=83181 Learn about some little-known facts about Montgomery Parks!

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Park Police Deploy New Tool to Connect with Individuals in Need /park-police-deploy-new-tool-to-connect-with-individuals-in-need/ /park-police-deploy-new-tool-to-connect-with-individuals-in-need/#respond Thu, 19 Aug 2021 14:20:35 +0000 /?p=83180 Sensory bags will help park police to connect with people who may be verbal or non-verbal, in distress or overstimulated.

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WHEATON, MD – The Maryland-National Capital Park Police Montgomery County Division and the Montgomery Parks Program Access Office are working together to equip officers with sensory bags. Each bag contains fidgets and other sensory-driven items designed to serve as a coping mechanism that will allow officers to connect with an individual who may have a disability or mental health issues and help de-escalate a stressful situation. On Wednesday, August 11, the first set of bags were presented to the Search and Rescue team.   

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Each bag contains sensory-driven items designed to serve as a coping mechanism

The Program Access Office created the sensory bags as they will serve as a medium between an officer and an individual who may be verbal or non-verbal, in distress, or overstimulated.  They can also serve as a tool to initiate a conversation. Sensory tools have been used across many different settings to stimulate the senses, calm an individual, or allow a person to concentrate. During a crisis, individuals may not understand the risks associated, especially when a first responder arrives at the scene. Mixed with fear, curiosity, or heightened anxiety, the result can be individuals failing to appropriately respond to directions.  

“Our team averages approximately 50 search and rescue events per year across the region. Approximately 50% of the individuals we encounter have Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism, intellectual disabilities, or mental health disorders,” said Sergeant Francis Wulff, Search and Rescue Coordinator “These sensory bags provide our officers with an additional tool to help calm a situation and connect with members of the community.” 

Bags include items such as puzzle balls, slinkies, finger traps, sensory bean pods, Rubik’s cubes, stress balls, pop’em balls, and tangles. The Program Access Office will provide 24 additional bags to patrol units later this fall.  

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.  

About The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division 
The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division, is a division of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Founded in 1954, the Department consists of 122 positions – 96 sworn and 26 civilian personnel. Park Police operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week throughout the park system of Montgomery County. The jurisdiction covers more than 36,000 acres of land that accommodates over 14 million visitors each year. 

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: Latino Conservation Week /in-the-press-latino-conservation-week/ /in-the-press-latino-conservation-week/#respond Tue, 17 Aug 2021 17:50:00 +0000 /?p=84642 Montgomery Municipal Cable stopped by Lake Needwood to learn more about Latino Conservation Week. Montgomery Parks and Latino Outdoors hosted...

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Montgomery Municipal Cable stopped by Lake Needwood to learn more about Latino Conservation Week. Montgomery Parks and Latino Outdoors hosted a kayak event, one of several events to engage Latino communities in the outdoors.

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Montgomery Parks Wants to Know How Your Life Can Be Powered By Parks /montgomery-parks-wants-to-know-how-your-life-can-be-powered-by-parks/ /montgomery-parks-wants-to-know-how-your-life-can-be-powered-by-parks/#respond Mon, 09 Aug 2021 11:53:30 +0000 /?p=82882 Department is seeking public input for the 2022 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan. Traducción en español incluida Translation...

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Department is seeking public input for the 2022 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan.

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WHEATON, MDMontgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is updating its Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Master Plan which guides the future development and management of the park system. The department is asking the public to take a brief survey about how their lives are or could be powered by parks. The information provided in the surveys will be incorporated into the 2022 PROS Master Plan. The online survey is available at www.MontgomeryParks.org/poweredbyparks.

“Parks and open spaces are so very important to serve the active, social, and leisure needs of residents,” said Jai Cole, Division Chief, Park Planning & Stewardship, Montgomery Parks. “The responses to this survey will help us to ensure our parks, amenities, and programs continue to contribute to the high quality of life for all Montgomery County residents.”

In addition to the online survey, responses from a statistically valid survey and intercept surveys will be used to develop the 2022 PROS Master Plan.

The plan is updated every five years and focuses on providing equitable, active, central community spaces that meet the public’s recreational needs and protect the natural and cultural resources of parkland for future generations. Once the public engagement period is complete, at the end of September 2021, the plan will be presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board in November and sent to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in December. The plan is expected to be approved by June 2022.

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 Reinstate Indoor Mask Mandate in Accordance with Montgomery County’s Resolution /montgomery-parks-to-reinstate-indoor-mask-mandate-in-accordance-with-montgomery-countys-resolution/ /montgomery-parks-to-reinstate-indoor-mask-mandate-in-accordance-with-montgomery-countys-resolution/#respond Fri, 06 Aug 2021 18:45:52 +0000 /?p=82808 All individuals will be required to wear a mask in indoor public facilities.

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All individuals must wear masks in indoor public facilities beginning Saturday, August 7, 2021.

WHEATON, MD Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will reinstate its indoor masking requirement for indoor public facilities in accordance with the resolution passed by the Montgomery County Council sitting as the Board of Health on August 5, 2021. All individuals over 2 years old, including those who are vaccinated, will be required to wear masks at indoor public park facilities beginning Saturday, August 7.  

The mask mandate is being reinstated to address a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases arising from the Delta variant and the reported cases of substantial transmission within Montgomery County. This data can be viewed on the Montgomery County COVID-19 dashboard. 

Montgomery Parks facilities where masks will be required include: 

Ice Arenas: 
Wheaton Ice Arena 
Cabin John Ice Arena 

Tennis Centers:  
Wheaton Indoor Tennis Center 
Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center  

Wheaton Sports Pavilion 
Brookside Gardens Visitors Center and Conservatory

Nature Centers: 
Black Hill Nature Programs and Visitor Center 
Brookside Nature Center 
Locust Grove Nature Center 
Meadowside Nature Center (currently closed for renovation) 
Maydale Nature Classroom 

Park Activity Buildings (a complete list is available online.)  

Event Centers (a complete list is available online.) 

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Wheaton Headquarters Building 

Montgomery Parks continues to encourage staff, volunteers, and the public to follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines, which include:  

  • Stay home if you feel sick or have symptoms. 
  • Practice physical distancing by staying at least six feet away from others when possible. 
  • Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer. 

Montgomery Parks will continue to provide program and facility updates at MontgomeryParks.org/COVID-19.  

About Montgomery Parks  
Montgomery Parks manages nearly 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 424 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. Visit us at 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 2021 – 2022 Annual Deer Population Management Operations and Seasonal Park Closures /montgomery-parks-announces-2021-2022-annual-deer-population-management-operations-and-seasonal-park-closures/ /montgomery-parks-announces-2021-2022-annual-deer-population-management-operations-and-seasonal-park-closures/#respond Fri, 06 Aug 2021 13:17:40 +0000 /?p=82787 Four new locations are being added to this year's deer management operations efforts.

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Four locations are added to ongoing efforts for a total of 60 parks.

WHEATON, MDMontgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will operate its annual deer population management program from September 2021 through March 2022.  The program was started 25 years ago to address overabundant deer populations in many areas of the county. This year four locations (six total park units) are being added to the program for a total of 60 parks where archery and/or shotgun managed deer hunting, or park police-based sharpshooting operations will take place. The 60 parks comprise more than 50% of M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks’ total land area.

Locations added to the continued deer population management efforts include Damascus Recreational Park/Magruder Branch Stream Valley Park (Units 1 & 2 from Watkins Rd. northwest to Sweepstakes Rd. & including Wildcat Branch SVU 3) – archery managed hunting; Ten Mile Creek Conservation Park (segment from West Old Baltimore Rd. northeast to Slidell Rd) – archery managed hunting; and Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park – park police sharpshooting. In addition, there will be a shift to archery-managed hunting at Black Hill Regional Park (segment east of Rte. 121) and Blockhouse Point Conservation Park.

Residents adjacent to the newly added/adjusted park locations are notified by mail of new deer population management efforts. 

About the Deer Management Program:
The program addresses overabundant deer populations that can result in deer-automobile accidents, excessive damage to the environment, private landscapes and agriculture, and concerns over disease. Once programming is implemented and established in these areas, routine maintenance is typically required to balance deer with available habitat and human land uses.

Over 21,500 deer have been removed from select parks since the inception of the program. All the resultant deer meat is utilized and/or donated by managed hunting participants or, in the case of Park Police-based sharpshooting, donated to the Capital Area Food Bank—over 351,000 pounds to date.

“Montgomery County is a mixture of urban, suburban, and agriculturally developed lands.  This gradient of development offers excellent “edge” habitat, rich in food and cover resources where deer thrive. This advantageous habitat, combined with limited hunting and lack of other predators, results in high deer populations and associated impacts to the environment and human interests in the county,” said David Petersen, Montgomery Parks Wildlife Ecologist. “Our deer population management efforts are intended to address these matters of public safety, natural resources protection, and other concerns of county residents.  Across all program elements, the safety of residents remains our top priority.”

Signs alerting the public of all deer population management programs are posted in advance throughout and surrounding affected parks, at all park entrances, and in select communities surrounding the affected parks.  For parks that include closure, park visitors are encouraged to plan ahead accordingly.

Archery and Shotgun Managed Hunting:

Archery and shotgun-managed deer hunting are conducted by qualified, pre-screened hunters, under the direction and oversight of Montgomery Parks professional staff. Archery-managed deer hunting occurs from September 2021 through January 2022, currently in 21 parks (park units), and does not require the parks to be closed.  Lottery-based and cooperative managed deer hunts (shotgun) take place in 11 parks (park units) which are closed to the public for each 24-hour period while operations are underway. A complete schedule of hunt dates and locations is available online.  

Park Police-based Sharpshooting Operations:
Park police-based sharpshooting operations are conducted at night from February – March 2022 by highly trained and certified park police sharpshooters, in cooperation with parks wildlife ecologists, under stringent guidelines.  Thirty-one parks (park units) are included in these operations.  These parks, including all trails, are closed in preparation for and during the operations from sunset – sunrise (when parks are typically closed, per Park Rules and Regulations).

Questions or comments regarding deer management programming may be directed to: Info@montgomeryparks.org or 2425 Reedie Drive, 2nd Floor | Wheaton, MD 20902 ATTN: Customer Service Office.  Please include your full name and address to allow for record-keeping and response as appropriate. 

Driver Safety Tips

As summer winds down, daylight hours begin to decrease, deer food sources are shifting, and the breeding season, known as the rut, is approaching.  Each of these factors influences the movement patterns of deer and increases the risk of deer-vehicle collisions (DVC’s).  The months of October through December constitute the majority of the rut for white-tailed deer.  During this period, deer activity/movement reaches its annual peak. Compounding this is the end of daylight savings time (November 7, 2021) which means commuters are on the roads more often at dawn and dusk. Montgomery Parks urges residents and drivers to plan ahead and use caution as deer activity becomes more frequent and unpredictable through the autumn months, and offers the following recommendations:

  • Be alert for deer on or near roadways and take precautions.
  • Be aware that deer are most active from dusk through dawn.
  • Look for eye-shine along road edges.
  • Deer may travel in groups, so if you see one deer expect others. 
  • Pay attention to deer crossing signs; these signify areas where multiple accidents have occurred.
  • Never swerve to avoid colliding with a deer.
  • A collision with a deer can happen on any roadway in the county but be particularly cautious in areas where you observe deer often and where woodlands/natural habitat run adjacent to the roadway.

For more information on deer and parks deer management in Montgomery County, please visit www.ParksDeerManagement.org for the County’s deer management plan and other various information regarding deer management programming occurring on M-NCPPC; Montgomery Parks lands.

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

Accessibility
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(opens in a new tab) for more information. 

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Parks’ Picks – Art in the Park /parks-picks-art-in-the-park/ /parks-picks-art-in-the-park/#respond Thu, 05 Aug 2021 14:53:02 +0000 /?p=82765 Enjoy five pieces of public art in Montgomery Parks!

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Park Police Seek Information Regarding Hazards Found Along Beach Drive /park-police-seek-information-regarding-hazards-found-along-beach-drive/ /park-police-seek-information-regarding-hazards-found-along-beach-drive/#respond Wed, 04 Aug 2021 18:43:06 +0000 /?p=82735 Park police are asking the public to contact them about any similar hazards.

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WHEATON, MD –The Maryland-National Capital Park Police’s Montgomery County Division is investigating multiple reports of hazards found along Beach Drive between Garrett Park Road and Knowles Avenue.

Since the month of July, officers have received five calls for service of reports for wooden boards with protruding nails/screws found along Beach Drive.  These items pose hazards to pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles.  Due to the frequency of incidents in one location, the Park Police does not believe accidental occurrence is to blame, but instead the deliberate act of someone.   Potential criminal charges include malicious destruction of property and reckless endangerment.       

If you should observe suspicious behavior, find a similar hazard, or have any additional information to provide, please contact the Park Police at 301-949-8010. Tips may also be submitted online to Crimetips@mncparkpolice.org

About The Maryland-National Capital Park Police

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division, is a division of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Founded in 1954, the Department consists of 122 positions – 96 sworn and 26 civilian personnel. Park Police operate 24-hours per day, seven days per week throughout the park system of Montgomery County. Our jurisdiction covers 496 square miles or over 36,000 acres of land that accommodates over 14 million visitors each year. 

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Welcome to the Halloween Eye Spy Trains! /welcome-to-the-halloween-eye-spy-trains/ /welcome-to-the-halloween-eye-spy-trains/#respond Wed, 04 Aug 2021 16:39:09 +0000 /?p=82720   Halloween Eye Spy Trains Welcome to Trainslyvania. Can you spot all the characters along the tracks? Can you spot...

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Halloween Eye Spy Trains

Welcome to Trainslyvania. Can you spot all the characters along the tracks?
Can you spot the following characters?
Have you seen these creatures?
Creepy Friends lurk around every corner...
Boo!
Be careful!
Around every corner...
Almost back to the station
Who found the characters?
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Parks’ Picks – Park and Recreation Month Stories /parks-picks-park-and-recreation-month-stories/ /parks-picks-park-and-recreation-month-stories/#respond Thu, 29 Jul 2021 14:31:07 +0000 /?p=82548 Park patrons share their favorite stories and memories about Montgomery Parks!

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Montgomery Parks Unveils Department’s First Communication Board /montgomery-parks-unveils-departments-first-communication-board/ /montgomery-parks-unveils-departments-first-communication-board/#respond Wed, 28 Jul 2021 19:28:10 +0000 /?p=82535 The hands-on interactive device creates a more inclusive and equitable play environment

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WHEATON, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, unveiled its first communication board at Wheaton Local Park on Wednesday July 28, 2021. The hands-on interactive device creates a more inclusive and equitable play environment for park visitors who have autism, are recovering from a stroke or brain injury, individuals who are non-verbal, and people who have learning disabilities and/or developmental disabilities. The boards can also facilitate communication between individuals who speak different languages. 

“Montgomery Parks is committed to ensuring our parks are accessible in a variety of ways, including physical access, program access, communication efforts and inclusive programs,”  said Montgomery Parks Director Mike Riley. “Communication boards are another feature that allow people of all abilities to use and enjoy our parks system.” 

The 3-foot-by-5-foot board is a framed panel that displays photos, symbols, and illustrations to assist people with diverse language skills to express themselves. The words or phrases are in English, Spanish and Braille, and customized based on relevant features and activities at the site. Users can gesture, point to, or blink at images to communicate with others. 

Mother and son kneel and point to a communication board

“Communication boards allow all our park visitors to express their needs and thoughts, play freely and feel connected to the people around them,” said Marybeth Dugan, Program Access Manager at Montgomery Parks. 

According to the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities, 85,852 Montgomery County residents have disclosed that they have a disability. In addition, the U.S. Census states 41.2% of the county’s population speak a language other than English.  

A second communication board will be installed at South Germantown Recreational Park later this summer, with plans for additional locations underway.  

 

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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In the Press: Communicating got a little easier at this Montgomery Co. park /in-the-press-communicating-got-a-little-easier-at-this-montgomery-co-park/ /in-the-press-communicating-got-a-little-easier-at-this-montgomery-co-park/#respond Wed, 28 Jul 2021 16:40:00 +0000 /?p=84636 WTOP reported on the installation of a communication board at Wheaton Local Park. The hands-on interactive device is for park...

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WTOP reported on the installation of a communication board at Wheaton Local Park. The hands-on interactive device is for park visitors who have autism, are recovering from a stroke or brain injury, are non-verbal, or have learning and/or developmental disabilities.

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In the Press: Montgomery Parks unveils new communication board to promote inclusion /in-the-press-montgomery-parks-unveils-new-communication-board-to-promote-inclusion/ /in-the-press-montgomery-parks-unveils-new-communication-board-to-promote-inclusion/#respond Wed, 28 Jul 2021 16:31:00 +0000 /?p=84635 WDVM-TV’s Nordea Lewis profiled the unveiling of the Montgomery Parks’ first-ever communication board at Wheaton Local Park. The device displays...

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WDVM-TV’s Nordea Lewis profiled the unveiling of the Montgomery Parks’ first-ever communication board at Wheaton Local Park. The device displays photos and symbols to help those with limited language skills express themselves, creating a more inclusive play environment for park visitors who are non-verbal, or who may have other disabilities.

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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: 

For these Friday night showings, Montgomery Parks is partnering with our very own Park Police! They will be helping Park Staff set up Movies in the Parks and will remain on-site throughout the evening to hang out with community members and keep the event safe. Officers will be there on horseback to show off their trusted animal companions and will be bringing a police vehicle to offer tours to interested movie-goers.

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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