Montgomery Parks Official Parks Department for Montgomery County, MD Thu, 30 Aug 2018 16:33:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 /uploads/2016/07/cropped-favicon-490x490.png Montgomery Parks 32 32 Montgomery Parks Programming and Operating Hours for Labor Day Weekend /montgomery-parks-programming-and-operating-hours-fro-labor-day-weekend/ /montgomery-parks-programming-and-operating-hours-fro-labor-day-weekend/#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 13:49:48 +0000 /?p=39717 From boating to golf to miniature trains, Montgomery Parks has plenty of options for you to enjoy Labor Day weekend.

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

 Whether you want to savor the last days of summer, unleash your inner naturalist, or get active, here is a sampling of ideas to get your holiday weekend planning started;

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

Labor Day Operating Hours

The following facilities will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2018.

  • Cabin John Ice Rink (also closed September 1 and 2)
  • Wheaton Ice Arena (also closed September 1 and 2)
  • Wheaton Sports Pavilion
  • Pauline Betz Addie and Wheaton Indoor Tennis Centers
  • Brookside Nature Center
  • Meadowside Nature Center
  • Locust Grove Nature Center
  • Black Hill Visitor Center
  • Woodlawn Manor House and Museum (Trail and grounds open sunrise to sunset)
  • Montgomery Parks Headquarters and Permit Offices

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

 

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

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

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Montgomery Parks Closes Natural Surface Trails Due to Excessive Rainfall /montgomery-parks-closes-natural-surface-trails-due-to-excessive-rainfall/ /montgomery-parks-closes-natural-surface-trails-due-to-excessive-rainfall/#respond Wed, 22 Aug 2018 15:29:19 +0000 /?p=39680 Montgomery Parks is closing all natural surface trails for the next 24 hours due to yesterday's heavy rainfall.

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Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has closed all natural surface trails to the public for the next 24 hours, following yesterday’s rainfall. Trails will reopen tomorrow, Thursday, August 23, 2018, at 12 p.m. An estimated 2.5 inches of rainfall has left trails wet and muddy creating potentially dangerous conditions for trail users and can also adversely affect the integrity of the trails.

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

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

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

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

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Marye Wells-Harley Dream Camp Scholarship Helped Make Summer Camp a Reality for Area Families /marye-wells-harley-dream-camp-scholarship-makes-summer-camp-a-reality-for-area-families/ /marye-wells-harley-dream-camp-scholarship-makes-summer-camp-a-reality-for-area-families/#respond Tue, 21 Aug 2018 16:10:34 +0000 /?p=39651 This summer, some young people experienced the joys of summer camp thanks to the Marye Wells-Harley Dream Camp Scholarship. Named in honor of the former Montgomery Planning Board Commissioner, the scholarship provides funds for youth, ages 6 – 14, to attend a Montgomery Parks summer camp.

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This summer, some young people experienced the joys of summer camp thanks to the Marye Wells-Harley Dream Camp Scholarship. Named inGraphic showing stats for Marye-Wells Harley Summer Camp Scholarship. In FY 2018: Parks awarded fifteen scholarships. 24 applications were received. 45% of the funds were awarded, 55% of the funds reamain. Types of camps kids enrolled in included nature, archaeology, tennis, week in the park, fields sports, golf, and outdoor adventure. Scholarship recipients live in Silver Spring, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Potomac, Boyds and Kensington. honor of the former Montgomery Planning Board Commissioner, the scholarship provides funds for youth, ages 6 – 14, to attend a Montgomery Parks summer camp.

In the fiscal year ending in June 2018, approximately $10,000 was raised for the scholarship through individual contributions. Montgomery Parks awarded approximately half of the funds for camp scholarships this summer. The remaining balance will be distributed in the future, enabling the funds to grow with additional donations.

“Summer camp offers children an opportunity to immerse themselves in an activity that interests them, while spending time with their peers,” says Beth Hile, Area Recreation Program Manager for the Enterprise Division. “Camps contribute to the healthy development of children by allowing them to make meaningful connections.”

Montgomery Parks has a variety of summer camps, ranging from nature and gardening to sports programs and adventure outings. Camps are offered at facilities and parks around the county and for kids of all ages and abilities from June through August.

Montgomery Parks awarded the scholarships on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, based on eligibility of financial need, and a letter from a parent or guardian that explained how the child or children would benefit from participation in a summer camp program.

The Marye Wells-Harley Dream Camp Scholarship is administered through the Montgomery Parks Foundation. For information on how to make a donation, visit: www.MontgomeryParksFoundation.org.

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Seven Things To Do Before Summer Ends /seven-things-to-do-before-summer-ends/ /seven-things-to-do-before-summer-ends/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:25:01 +0000 /?p=39584 Make the most of the remainder of the summer before it’s over! Montgomery Parks has lots of experiences for you and your family to enjoy.

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“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”
-Charles Bowden

For many, summertime is the season to let loose and have fun! Vacations, camps, and cookouts fill our days between June and August. Yet as the season winds down, some may find themselves yearning for more. Fret not — you can still make the most of the remainder of the summer before it’s over! Montgomery Parks has lots of experiences for you and your family to enjoy.

Here are seven things to do before the summer ends!

  1. Explore the Parks

Take a walk on one of the trails at Wheaton Regional Park or have some fun with the Hike Club as they journey through Black Hill Park.

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  1. Picnic in the Parks

Rent a picnic pavilion  at Waters Landing park and enjoy the day with your family and friends.

  1. Catch a movie

Join us for a special viewing of Led Zeppelin Played Here on August 31st at Brookside Gardens! Be sure to stay after for a special Q&A session with filmmaker Jeff Krulik.

  1. Enjoy Butterflies in the Park

Learn about butterfly’s amazing metamorphosis at the Wings of Fancy exhibit before it ends on September 16.

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  1. Earn your SSL hours

Students can knock out their Student Service Learning hours at Wyngate Woods Neighborhood Park in Bethesda. Join Weed Warrior Supervisor Dick Kerr for an invasive plant removal workday.

  1. Gather around a Campfire

Brookside Gardens and Black Hill have the perfect campfire events for you. Sit by the campfire and enjoy the stars at Black Hill while a naturalist leads the group in themed songs, stories, games, and of course, s’mores. Or spend an evening at Brookside Garden’s Fireside Friday’s campfire. Bring your dinner to cook and enjoy around the open fire, then roast marshmallows provided by the Nature Center.

  1. Take Your Kids to the SplashPark 

The SplashPark is one of the most popular features of South Germantown Recreational Park. Kids will have an excellent time and stay cool playing in the one-of-a-kind 280-jet water maze, cave with a waterfall, water bucket drops, slide, and spraying animals.

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Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division Offer End-of-Summer Safety Tips to the Public /maryland-national-capital-park-police-montgomery-county-division-offer-end-of-summer-safety-tips-to-the-public/ /maryland-national-capital-park-police-montgomery-county-division-offer-end-of-summer-safety-tips-to-the-public/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:01:52 +0000 /?p=39577 Park Police are encouraging people to take some basic summer safety precautions when using parks such as staying alert, staying hydrated and wearing bug spray and sun screen.

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Silver Spring, MD – The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division are urging the public to use common sense and pay heed to some safety tips as the summer season winds down.  With Labor Day weekend approaching, many people will head to parks to barbeque, play and celebrate with family and friends. To ensure these visits are fun, the park police are reminding people to be alert, and take some basic precautions.

 

“Safety may not always be top of mind when people are out in the parks,” said Maryland-National Capital Park Police Captain Nicole Adams. “We want to remind people to stay alert, use common sense and take some simple but important precautions.”

 

  • Heat safety: Summer heat and sun can take a toll quickly without people realizing it. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, use sun screen and limit the amount of time exposed to direct sunlight.

 

  • Theft:             Leave valuables at home! If you must take them lock them up in the trunk of the car when no one is looking. Be aware of your surroundings. Put a lock on lockers at facilities such as swim centers, tennis centers, ice rinks.

 

  • Water safety: Do not swim in streams, ponds or lakes in parks. Pets are not allowed to play or swim in these areas either. Wear safety vests when boating.

 

  • Biking and hiking safety: Always wear a helmet when biking. Keep police emergency and non-emergency numbers in your cell phone. Go in groups rather than alone. Bring water with you and try to hydrate a few days before taking a long ride or hike.

 

The non-emergency and emergency numbers for the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division are as follows:

Non-emergency: (301) 949-8010

Emergency:      (301) 949-3010.

 

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

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

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Cool Off and Hit a Hole-In-One at South Germantown SplashPark & Mini-Golf! /cool-off-and-hit-at-hole-in-one-at-south-germantown-splashpark-mini-golf/ /cool-off-and-hit-at-hole-in-one-at-south-germantown-splashpark-mini-golf/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:40:47 +0000 /?p=39371 Visitors to South Germantown SplashPark & Mini Golf are enjoying new amenities and upgraded facilities this summer!

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Visitors to South Germantown SplashPark & Mini Golf are enjoying new amenities and upgraded facilities this summer. From a new water feature to top of the line mini golf grass, these upgrades are just the first steps of a multi-year plan to create a more engaging experience for facility patrons.

“As more people try to beat the heat, even for the youngest amongst us, we wanted to have a new offering at the SplashPark,”  says Joe Clarke, Facility Manager. “The new water feature has been a hit with families  who are spending time enjoying the remaining summer days.”

The new water feature isn’t the only upgrade. The mini golf course saw the installation of new “grass” for all of the holes and benches added near holes. In addition, Montgomery Parks has worked to make nine holes accessible to those with disabilities.

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These recent changes are just the start as Montgomery Parks looks to make significant enhancements to one of our most popular amenities.

“The South Germantown SplashPark and Mini-Golf is a great example of how Montgomery Parks is improving facilities to provide more engaging and inclusive experiences,” said Beth Hile, Area Recreation Program Manager for the Enterprise Division.

In the future, the mini golf course will feature a fun safari theme with large animal cutouts and trees. We hope to see you there, either cooling off or hitting a hole-in-one!

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Montgomery Parks Announces 2018 – 2019 Annual Deer Population Management Operations and Seasonal Park Closures /montgomery-parks-announces-2018-2019-annual-deer-population-management-operations-and-seasonal-park-closures/ /montgomery-parks-announces-2018-2019-annual-deer-population-management-operations-and-seasonal-park-closures/#respond Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:18:21 +0000 /?p=39423 The annual deer management program has been in place for 22 years to address an overpopulation of deer in the county.

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Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 4, Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 5 and Watts Branch Stream Valley Park Units 3 & 4 added to ongoing efforts.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) announces its annual deer population management program to occur from September 2018 through March 2019.  An additional four parks have been added to the effort this year, for a total of 46 parks where archery and shotgun managed deer hunting and Park Police-based sharpshooting operations will take place. The 46 parks comprise just over 50% of the M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks total land area.

 

Initiated 22 years ago, the program addresses an overabundant deer population in many areas of the county that results in deer-automobile accidents, excessive damage to the environment, private landscapes and agriculture, and growing concerns over disease. Once programming is implemented and established in these areas, routine maintenance is typically required to balance deer with the available habitat and human land uses.

 

Over 18,000 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 290,000 pounds to date.

 

“Suburban development, agriculture, and other land use patterns across much of the county have created edge habitat, ideal for deer populations to grow and thrive. This optimal habitat, combined with limitations on hunting and a lack of other predators, results in overabundant deer populations and increased impacts to the environment and human interests,” said Ryan Butler, 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.”

 

This year, the following parks are being added to deer population management efforts: Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 4 (Park Police-based sharpshooting), Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 5 (Park Police-based sharpshooting), and Watts Branch Stream Valley Park Units 3 & 4 (archery managed hunting).  In addition to new expansions, two park locations will see an adjustment to strategy.  North Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 4 will transition from sharpshooting to archery managed hunting, and Bennett Creek Conservation Park will add archery hunting to its existing shotgun-based managed hunting efforts.  Residents adjacent to the newly added park locations are notified by mail of new deer population management expansions.

 

Signs (yellow with black lettering) alerting the public of all hunts are posted in advance throughout and surrounding affected parks, at all park entrances and in select communities surrounding the affected parks.

 

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 staff. Archery Managed Deer Hunting occurs from September through January, currently in four locations (7 park units), and does not require the parks to be closed.  Lottery-based and Cooperative Managed Deer Hunts (shotgun) takes place in ten parks which are closed to the public for each 24-hour period while operations are underway. (A complete schedule of hunt dates and locations is listed at the end of this release.)

 

Park Police-based Sharpshooting Operations:
Park Police-based sharpshooting operations are conducted at night by highly trained and certified Park Police sharpshooters, in cooperation with Parks Wildlife Ecologists, under stringent guidelines, in 29 parks from January – March 2019. These parks, including all trails, are closed during the operations from 6 PM – 6 AM (when parks are typically closed, per Park Rules and Regulations).

 

Questions or comments regarding additions and/or changes to existing programming (or other deer management-related inquiries), may be directed to: MCP-Deermanagement@montgomeryparks.org OR Montgomery Parks Deer Management, 12535 Milestone Manor Ln, Germantown, MD 20876.  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 increase 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. 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 the County’s deer management program see The Montgomery County Deer Management Program Annual Report and Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2019 which contains data pertaining to deer impacts and recommendations for the upcoming year. This and other information, including a copy of the County’s deer management plan, and information regarding deer management operations are available through www.ParksDeerManagement.org.

 

M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks Deer Population Management Programs
Schedule of Events & Park Closures for Fall 2018 – Winter 2019

Archery Managed Deer Hunting Program
[Pre-selected, Insured Groups: M-NCPPC Permit, Only]

No Park Closure – Parks remain open to public as usual. Hunting may occur Monday – Saturday, September – January, annually. Legal hunting hours are ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset.

Bennett Creek Conservation Park (Damascus)

Great Seneca Stream Valley Park Unit 1(Gaithersburg)

North Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 4 (Olney)

Watts Branch Stream Valley Park Units 1, 2, [3 & 4]* (Potomac)

 

Lottery-Based and Cooperative Managed Deer Hunting Programs
[Lottery-based = Pre-screened Individual hunters; Cooperative = Pre-selected, Insured Groups: Hunting by M-NCPPC Permit, Only]

Parks Closed 24 hours each scheduled date

October

12        Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

24        North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca SVP Unit 2(Gaithersburg)

26         Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

27        Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

29        Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

November

2          Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

3          Black Hill Regional Park: 10 Mile Creek Segment (Boyds)

Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)

5          Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

7          North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca SVP Unit 2(Gaithersburg)

9          Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

10        Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

13        Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

15        Bennett Creek Conservation Park (Damascus)

17        Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

19        Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

27        Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

28        North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca SVP Unit 2(Gaithersburg)

 

December

1          Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

3 – 6     Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)

6          Bennett Creek Conservation Park (Damascus)

8          Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

11        Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

12        North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca SVP Unit 2(Gaithersburg)

14        Black Hill Regional Park: 10 Mile Creek Segment (Boyds)

Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)

15        Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

17        Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

18        Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

20        Bennett Creek Conservation Park (Damascus)

 

January

4          Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

5          Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

10        Bennett Creek Conservation Park (Damascus)

12        Black Hill Regional Park: 10 Mile Creek Segment (Boyds)

Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)

19        Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

26        Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

 

Tenant-Based Managed Deer Hunting Program
[Tenant-facilitated M-NCPPC Permit & MD DNR Deer Management Permit (DMP), Only]

Park Closed to Public Access Year-round

  • Goshen Recreation Park (Goshen)

 

Park Police-based Sharpshooting Operation Locations 2019

[Parks and trails Closed, Intermittently and as necessary, January – March from 6:00PM – 6:00AM, Monday-Friday]

  • Agricultural History Farm Park (Derwood – including attached segments of Rock Creek Stream Valley Units 15 & 16)
  • Black Hill Regional Park [Day Use Area] (Boyds)
  • Cabin John Regional Park (Bethesda)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park (Silver Spring)
  • Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 1 (Travilah)
  • Needwood Golf Course (Rockville)
  • North Branch Stream Valley Park Units 2 & 3 (Norbeck)
  • Northwest Branch Recreation Park (Aspen Hill – including Layhill Local Park in Wheaton)
  • Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 4 (Silver Spring – including attached Kemp Mill Estates Local Park)*
  • Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 7 (Norwood)
  • Northwest Golf Course (Wheaton)
  • Paint Branch Stream Valley, Units 5&6 (Silver Spring – including Paint Branch Neighborhood Park, Pilgrim Hills Local Park, Tamarack Neighborhood Park and Valley Mill Special Park)
  • Red Door Store Historical Cultural Park (Olney)
  • Rock Creek Regional Park (Rockville)
  • Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 2 (Chevy Chase)
  • Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 7 (Aspen Hill)
  • Sligo Creek Golf Course (Silver Spring)
  • Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 5 (Silver Spring– including attached Colt Terrace Neighborhood Park)*
  • Wheaton Regional Park (Wheaton)
  • Woodlawn Special Park (Sandy Spring)

* New addition to deer population management programming

To learn more about the department’s deer population management programming, visit www.ParksDeerManagement.org.

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

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

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Montgomery Parks Foundation and AFI Silver Theatre Team Up to Bring Josiah Henson Documentary to the Big Screen, August 10 & 12 /montgomery-parks-foundation-and-afi-silver-theatre-team-up-to-bring-josiah-henson-documentary-to-the-big-screen-august-10/ /montgomery-parks-foundation-and-afi-silver-theatre-team-up-to-bring-josiah-henson-documentary-to-the-big-screen-august-10/#respond Mon, 30 Jul 2018 15:04:03 +0000 /?p=37754 The film screenings aim to raise awareness of esteemed author, abolitionist, and minister. Narrated by Danny Glover, the film traces Josiah Henson’s harrowing journey from slavery in Maryland and Kentucky to freedom in Canada.

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*UPDATE (as of 8/4):  Tickets are no longer available for the Friday, August 10 screening of JOSIAH. It is a sold-out show. A second show (screening only, no intro or panel) has been added for Sunday, August 12. 

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery Parks Foundation and AFI Silver Theatre present special screenings of theJosiah Henson flyer for documentary screening at AFI documentary film “Josiah” on Friday, August 10th and Sunday, August 12th. Narrated by Danny Glover, the film traces Josiah Henson’s harrowing journey from slavery in Maryland and Kentucky to freedom in Canada.

Josiah Henson (1789–1883) spent 41 years enslaved and overcame incredible odds to escape slavery and improve the lives of hundreds of people throughout his life. Though catapulted to international fame in 1852, his life story remains largely untold. Through interviews with leading experts and Josiah Henson’s descendants, “Josiah” explores the man immortalized by Harriet Beecher Stowe in her seminal novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”.

“We are honored to be partnering with the Montgomery Parks Foundation to showcase this documentary and to share Josiah Henson’s incredible story with our community,” said Todd Hitchcock, Director of Programming at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. “This is a welcome opportunity to use film to shed light on the work of an inspirational individual and his connection to Montgomery County.”

In co-presenting these screenings, the Montgomery Parks Foundation aims to raise awareness about Josiah Henson and the Josiah Henson Park located in Bethesda, Maryland. Michael Nardolilli, executive director of the Montgomery Parks Foundation says, “Josiah Henson’s story is an important part of American history. When you see the documentary, you will understand how instrumental he was in the abolitionist movement and why his life deserves to be remembered.”

The August 10th film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Jared Brock, First Lady of Montgomery County Catherine Leggett, Montgomery Parks Historian Jamie Kuhns and Dennis Green, a Henson descendant. The discussion will be moderated by historian Anthony Cohen and signed copies of the book, “The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War” will be available for purchase.

The film screenings and discussion will take place at AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Tickets are $5 and are available on the AFI Silver Theatre website and at the AFI box office.

The Foundation has arranged for Henson’s descendants to attend the documentary screening on August 10th as part of their Henson family reunion festivities. The family reunion will bring over 70 Henson descendants together at Josiah Henson Park; the first time descendants of Henson have gathered at the site where he was enslaved.

Josiah Henson Park is on the verge of becoming a world-class museum and education center. Construction begins this winter on a Visitor Center and a rehabilitated historic house, which is the former plantation property where Josiah Henson was enslaved.

About the Montgomery Parks Foundation
The Montgomery Parks Foundation is a champion for Montgomery Parks, promoting the values and benefits of the park system to Montgomery County residents and policy-makers. The Foundation provides opportunities for county residents and businesses to support Montgomery Parks as members, donors, sponsors, and advocates, and actively seeks individual donations, sponsorships, legacy gifts, and endowments to support park operations, development and maintenance. The Parks Foundation is a fundraising and support organization to Montgomery Parks.

About AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is one of the nation’s premier film theatres, dedicated to exploring and celebrating new and classic films and filmmakers from around the globe. AFI Silver offers a year-round program of the best in American and international cinema, featuring a dynamic mix of retrospectives, special events, tributes, on-stage guest appearances, specialty first-run movies, festivals, premieres and education and community-based programs in a theatrical setting of the highest standards. Anchored by the stunningly restored 1938 Silver Theatre, the three-screen AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is a state-of-the-art film and digital media exhibition venue that serves as a national model for preserving and honoring our shared film and film-going heritage.

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Montgomery Parks to Reopen Natural Surface Trails Saturday, July 28, 2018 /montgomery-parks-to-reopen-natural-surface-trails-saturday-july-28-2018/ /montgomery-parks-to-reopen-natural-surface-trails-saturday-july-28-2018/#respond Fri, 27 Jul 2018 19:27:24 +0000 /?p=37748 Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will reopen all natural surface...

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Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will reopen all natural surface trails to the public tomorrow, Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 12 p.m. The trails have been closed since Tuesday this week due to excessive rain which creates dangerous conditions for park users and adversely affects the integrity of the trails.

“Despite the potential for additional rainfall in the coming days, we will open the trails tomorrow at noon, as the forecasted weather pattern for the coming days is quite different than what we experienced last week,” said Bob Turnbull, Manager for Montgomery Parks Natural Surface Trails Program. “Our trails are able to withstand scattered thunderstorms and showers,” added Turnbull.

Montgomery Parks is urging the public to use common sense and good judgment when accessing trails and avoid those that are wet or have muddy conditions. In addition, the department is asking trail users to report downed trees or other unsafe trail conditions to the Parks Service Center by email to service.center@MontgomeryParks.org or by calling 301-495-2595 during the week between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Mountain Bike and BMX Pump Track at South Germantown Recreational Park will also reopen Saturday at noon. The miniature train at Cabin John Regional Park as well as the miniature train and carousel at Wheaton Regional Park have already reopened after being closed due to the rain.

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

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

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Montgomery Parks Closes Natural Surface Trails Due to Excessive Rain Fall /montgomery-parks-closes-natural-surface-trails-due-to-excessive-rain-fall/ /montgomery-parks-closes-natural-surface-trails-due-to-excessive-rain-fall/#respond Tue, 24 Jul 2018 15:29:21 +0000 /?p=37583 Rain can create hazardous conditions along trails for park users and adversely affect the integrity of the trails. 

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Standing water on a natural surface trail at Little Bennett Regional Park (photo credit: Bob Turnbull)

Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has closed all natural surface trails to the public until further notice. Forecasted excessive rain can create dangerous conditions along natural surface trails for park users and adversely affect the integrity of the trails.  Paved trails remain open.

Montgomery Parks will continue to provide weather related updates at www.MontgomeryParks.org, on our Facebook page, and Twitter account. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for most of Montgomery County through Friday, July 27.

“Many people don’t realize that using wet and muddy trails isn’t just potentially dangerous, it seriously damages the trails making them impassable for other users even after they’ve dried out,” said Casey Anderson, Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board.  “Our staff and volunteers work very hard to build and maintain an extensive trail network that serves thousands of park users, so we’re getting the word out: please stay off the trails until conditions improve.”

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

Additional Montgomery Parks facilities that are closed today due to weather include the Mountain Bike and BMX Pump Track at South Germantown Recreational Park, the Cabin John Miniature Train and Wheaton Miniature Train and Carousel.

 

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Wheaton Indoor Tennis Hosting Inaugural Medstar NRH Wheelchair Tennis Championships /wheaton-indoor-tennis-hosting-inaugural-medstar-nrh-wheelchair-tennis-championships/ /wheaton-indoor-tennis-hosting-inaugural-medstar-nrh-wheelchair-tennis-championships/#respond Tue, 24 Jul 2018 13:27:53 +0000 /?p=37249 Twenty Athletes Competing Across A, B, and C Divisions on August 4 & 5 

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Twenty Athletes Competing Across A, B, and C Divisions on August 4 & 5

Montgomery Parks’ Wheaton Indoor Tennis Center, one of two Montgomery Parks indoor tennis facilities, will host the Inaugural Medstar NRH Wheelchair Tennis Championships on August 4-5. Sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Mid-Atlantic section, the competition will be the first in what will become an annual event. First-round matches begin the morning of August 4th with Championship matches starting at noon on Sunday, August 5th.

A wheelchair tennis player takes a drink of water

“Maintaining a tennis tradition that is welcoming and inclusive is one of our top priorities,” said Lynn Gertzog, Facility Manager at Wheaton Indoor Tennis. “We are excited to welcome this event to Wheaton and look forward to seeing some great wheelchair tennis competition on our courts!”

Tournament Director and competitor, Enrique Carrasco, who has only been playing for three years, is excited to see a tournament being held so close to home. Additionally, Carrasco hopes that this tournament is just a stepping stone to bringing in more athletes and stresses the We Play motto. “We Play reinforces that we are awesome athletes,” said Carrasco. “Wheelchair athletes are doing fun things in life, and we are cool people!”

The USTA, the national governing body for the sport of tennis, sanctions wheelchair tennis tournaments throughout the country, creating play opportunities for all skill levels. In addition, wheelchair tennis players can earn a national ranking, and there are opportunities for players to represent the U.S. in international competitions, from the Paralympics to the Parapan Am Games.

wheelchair tennis athlete about to serve with the "we play" motto on the photo.

Jeremy Boyd, who will be competing in the Medstar NRH Wheelchair Tennis Championships, says the comradery and the competition make wheelchair tennis fun. “It is enjoyable. Life isn’t as easy as it used to be, but it is always amazing to see how strong the other athletes are. The grit, will, and toughness that exists in the community is amazing.”

Spectators are welcome to watch the tournament throughout the competition on Court 1. More information, including registration information, tournament draws and player listings, can be found on the tournament website.

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Discover Montgomery Parks this July during Park and Recreation Month! /discover-montgomery-parks-this-july-during-park-and-recreation-month/ /discover-montgomery-parks-this-july-during-park-and-recreation-month/#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:44:59 +0000 /?p=37029 Residents are encouraged to explore “undiscovered” aspects of the parks

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Montgomery Parks highlights some of the lesser known places, amenities and programs available in parks.

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Visitors tour Oakley Cabin African  American Museum and Park

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is encouraging residents to discover something new this July during Park & Recreation month. This year’s theme, A Lifetime of Discovery, aims to take people beyond their favorite parks, playgrounds and picnic spots to explore the “undiscovered” aspects of the parks.

Each week in July, Montgomery Parks will highlight a theme to encourage people to experience some of the lesser known features and amenities within the parks. The weekly themes are Health and Wellness, Art in the Parks, History and Culture and Nature and New Adventures. A companion online calendar lists activities, places and programs that correspond to the different themes for people to explore each day.

Montgomery Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson started his own journey of exploring parks at the beginning of 2018, pledging to visit all 421 Montgomery Parks by the end of the year.

“I’ve visited almost half of our parks so far, and I’ve seen firsthand that we have an incredibly rich, diverse system with something for every user. I hope my tour encourages others to explore new parks, try new activities, and enjoy the outdoors with family, friends and neighbors,” said Anderson.

Some of the places, amenities and activities Montgomery Parks is recommending residents check out during Park & Recreation month include:

A July calendar with suggested daily activities is available online.

The month-long programming concludes with a free popsicle social hosted by Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Plum Gar Neighborhood Recreation Center located in Plum Gar Local Park. The event is open to the public.

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 The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

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

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

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Five Ways to Beat the Heat Today in Montgomery Parks /five-ways-beat-heat-today-montgomery-parks/ /five-ways-beat-heat-today-montgomery-parks/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:55:24 +0000 /?p=22653 With the hottest days of summer ahead, you can still be active, stay cool, and enjoy Montgomery Parks.

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Montgomery Parks is the perfect place to beat the heat.

With the hottest days of summer ahead, you can still be active, stay cool, and enjoy Montgomery Parks.

Run and play through the water sprays at Splash Park and Mini Golf at South Germantown Recreational Park. Open daily through September 3, 10 am to 6 pm.

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Grab a hoodie and go ice skating at Wheaton Ice Arena and Cabin John Ice Rink. Public skating sessions for Wheaton Ice Arena and Cabin John Ice Rink are offered every day, and most days have multiple options.

Teenagers playing doubles tennis at PBA Tennis Center

Find your inner Wimbledon and play tennis at Wheaton Indoor Tennis and Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center. Contact tennis centers for open court times.

Take a shady ride on the Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel at Wheaton Train and Carousel. Open daily through September 3 from 10 am to 6 pm.

Finally, learn about the great outdoors INDOORS at one of our nature centers: Black Hill Nature Programs, Montgomery Parks at Black Hill Visitor Center, Meadowside Nature Center, Montgomery Parks, Brookside Nature Center, Montgomery Parks, and Locust Grove Nature Center, Montgomery Parks.

Montgomery Parks is the perfect place to beat the heat.

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Protecting Streams in Montgomery Parks and Beyond /protecting-streams-in-montgomery-parks-and-beyond/ /protecting-streams-in-montgomery-parks-and-beyond/#respond Thu, 12 Jul 2018 18:15:19 +0000 /?p=37304 Biological monitoring plays a vital role in helping to assess Montgomery County’s stream systems. By monitoring trends in water quality and supplying important data, ecologists at Montgomery Parks are helping to ensure that aquatic ecosystems thrive.

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A group of people in a stream electrofishing

 

Biological monitoring plays a vital role in helping to assess Montgomery County’s stream systems. By monitoring trends in water quality and supplying important data to document the effectiveness of stream restoration projects and stormwater management projects, ecologists at Montgomery Parks are helping to ensure that aquatic ecosystems in the County thrive.

Between June and September each year, Montgomery Parks’ aquatic ecologists conduct fish sampling. The group collects fish from streams usingA group of people in a stream electrofishing backpack electrofishing equipment. Fish are counted, weighed, identified, all while immersed in a bucket of oxygenated water. Once the process is complete, the fish are released downstream.

David Sigrist, a senior natural resources specialist and aquatic ecologist, is responsible for the day-to-day operation of Montgomery Parks’ Biological Monitoring Program. He says, “There are numerous pressures that affect the ecological health of streams in Montgomery County. The many streams and watersheds in the County vary, but generally, the more urbanized, down-county areas have poorer water quality than the less densely populated up-county areas.”

One of the major impacts affecting stream health is sediment. Sediment movement through streams is a natural process but has been greatly accelerated by human activity and can make conditions difficult for a number of aquatic insects and fish. Stormwater management projects help reduce the amount of sediment that gets into streams, by slowing the water heading towards the stream, trapping sediment before it gets to the stream and protecting stream banks from erosion that would move additional sediment downstream.

Based on the kinds and numbers of fish and macroinvertebrates that are found at a given site, an Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) is calculated to give the site a numeric score, which is then broken down into four categories: Excellent, Good, Fair, or Poor.

water, vertebrate, tree, water resources, plantThe data that Sigrist and his team collect from monitoring sites is shared with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (MCDEP) and is included in a larger dataset of county-wide stream conditions. This information can be accessed from MCDEP’s website, which also provides a wealth of information about the water quality health of the County.

Sigrist is pragmatic but optimistic about the future of the County’s water quality health. Five years from now, he hopes to see that watersheds in the best conditions continue to score in the “Good” and “Excellent” IBI Ranges. Also, he would like to see those areas in the “Fair” IBI Range and in danger of trending towards “Poor” be stabilized—perhaps with assistance from stream restoration and stormwater retrofit projects—to prevent further water quality degradation.

 

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Montgomery Parks’ Speaker Series Examines the Restoration and Revitalization of the Anacostia River /montgomery-parks-speaker-series-examines-the-restoration-and-revitalization-of-the-anacostia-river/ /montgomery-parks-speaker-series-examines-the-restoration-and-revitalization-of-the-anacostia-river/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:20:14 +0000 /?p=37163 Area leaders will discuss the 11th Street Bridge Park project and the work of the Anacostia Watershed Society on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

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Area leaders will discuss the 11th Street Bridge Park project and the work of the Anacostia Watershed Society on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

SILVER SPRING, MD –  Montgomery Parks part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, continues its monthly speaker series on July 18, with Scott Kratz, the director of the 11th Street Bridge Park and Jim Foster, president of the Anacostia Watershed Society. The two local leaders are pioneering projects aimed at restoring, revitalizing and reconnecting the Washington D.C. community with one of its most significant natural resources, the Anacostia River.

The 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of the Ward 8 based non-profit Building Bridges Across the River, will transform an old freeway bridge spanning the Anacostia River into Washington D.C.’s first elevated public park, creating a one-of-a-kind civic space for recreation, education and the arts.

The Anacostia Watershed Society is committed to cleaning the water, restoring the shore and honoring the heritage of the Anacostia River. The society’s goal is to help make the river fishable and swimmable by 2025.

 

Scott Kratz, Director of the 11th Street Bridge Park, business executive

Scott Kratz

Jim Foster, President of the Anacostia Watershed Society paddles a kayak

Jim Foster

WHAT:  Montgomery Parks Speaker Series featuring Scott Kratz and Jim Foster

               Public presentation and complimentary lunch

                Must pre-register for lunch

 

WHO:     The event is open to the public.

 

WHEN:   July 18, 2018 | 12:00-2:00 p.m.

 

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

 

REGISTER: www.montgomeryparks.org/speakerseries

About Scott Kratz:
Scott Kratz is the director of the 11 Street Bridge Park.  For the last five years, Scott has been working with the Ward 8 based non-profit Building Bridges Across the River and the Washington D.C. city government to transform an old freeway bridge into a park above the Anacostia River. The old 11th Street Bridges that connect Capitol Hill with communities east of the river have reached the end of their lifespan. Scott is working with the community to use the base of one of the bridges to create a one-of-a kind civic space supporting active recreation, environmental education and the arts.

About Jim Foster:
Jim Foster is the President of the Anacostia Watershed Society, an organization working to restore the Anacostia River. Their mission is to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities with the goal of making the river fishable and swimmable by 2025. Through their education, engagement, and demonstration efforts Anacostia Watershed Society improves the watershed, the communities, and the habitat. Mr. Foster is presently on the DC Leadership Council for a Cleaner Anacostia River. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Watershed Stewards Academy where he learned about rainwater management solutions and started the National Capital Region Watershed Stewards Academy. Mr. Foster has a B.S. from Penn State University in Environmental Resource Management.

About the Parks Speaker Series:
Montgomery Parks’ Power of Parks Speaker Series features subject matter experts on topics pertaining to parks including; activation, urban planning, unique design and safety in urban parks.

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

Accessibility
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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Join Montgomery Parks in Celebrating Latino Conservation Week /join-montgomery-parks-in-celebrating-latino-conservation-week/ /join-montgomery-parks-in-celebrating-latino-conservation-week/#respond Mon, 09 Jul 2018 13:33:36 +0000 /?p=37193 5th Annual Latino Conservation Week runs July 14 – 22, 2018

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Latino Conservation Week runs July 14 – 22, 2018

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SILVER SPRING, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting a series of special programming and events in celebration of Latino Conservation Week which takes place July 14 – 22, 2018. The week, an initiative of the Hispanic Access Foundation, launched in 2014 to provide opportunities for Latinos (and others) to enjoy the outdoors and learn more about how to protect our natural resources.

Montgomery Parks will kick-off the week on Sunday, July 15, with a 5k Fun Run/Walk at Brookside Gardens in partnership with Latino Outdoors.  The week will culminate on Saturday, July 21, with an outdoor family movie night featuring “Coco” at Wheaton Regional Park.

“We are thrilled to support Latino Conservation Week and offer a variety of activities that people of all ages and interests can enjoy. I encourage all Montgomery County residents to seize the opportunity to get outside and connect to the outdoors,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks.

According to the Hispanic Access Foundation, Latinos are the largest minority group in America – and are expected to make up nearly one-third of the population by 2050.  The Latino community’s role as environmental stewards will be critical to the future success and preservation of our nation’s public lands.  This year, there are expected to be more than 120 Latino Conservation Week events nationwide.

“Latinos are passionate about enjoying the outdoors and hold a strong belief that we have a moral obligation to protect it for future generations. The week’s events introduce Latinos to new opportunities, new locations, and new ways to translate their passion for the outdoors into making a difference for our nation’s treasured natural resources,” said Maite Arce, president and CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation. “We appreciate the vast number of partners, like Montgomery Parks, which recognizes the importance of encouraging more Latinos to go outdoors and experience all that our public lands have to offer.”

Montgomery Parks’ Latino Conservation Week event schedule includes:

For complete event details, visit montgomeryparks.org

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

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

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Celebrate Latino Conservation Week /celebrate-latino-conservation-week/ /celebrate-latino-conservation-week/#respond Thu, 05 Jul 2018 13:00:18 +0000 /?p=36576 Montgomery Parks is hosting a series of special events and programs as part of Latino Conservation Week, July 14 - 22, 2018.

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Montgomery Parks is hosting a series of special events and programs as part of the 5th Annual Latino Conservation Week, July 14 – 22, 2018.

Latino Conservation Week LogoLatino Conservation Week was launched by the Hispanic Access Foundation in 2014 to provide opportunities for Latinos (and others) to enjoy the outdoors and learn more about how to protect our natural resources.

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.  children outdoors

This year, there are expected to be more than 120 events nationwide.

Montgomery Parks will kick-off the week with a 5k Fun Run/Walk at Brookside Gardens in partnership with Latino Outdoors.   The week will culminate with an outdoor family movie night featuring “Coco” at Wheaton Regional Park.

All residents are encouraged to seize the opportunity to get outside and connect to the outdoors!

 

Latino Conservation Week Events at Montgomery Parks

5k Fun Run/Walk  |   Carrera Divertida 5k

Sunday, July 15, 2018; 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | FREE
Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland 20902

Kick off Latino Conservation Week by joining Brookside Gardens and Latino Outdoors for an enjoyable 5k Fun Run around the Garden’s HeartSmart Trail.

Comience la Semana de Conservación Natural Latina acompañando a Brookside Gardens y Latino Outdoors a disfrutar de una divertida carrera de 5k, alrededor del sendero Garden’s Heart Trail.

Runners/Walkers will have the option of registering for a 7 a.m. or a 9 a.m. start time.
On-site registration begins at 6:30am for 7 a.m. start time
On-site registration begins at 8:30am for 9 a.m. start time

Before or after the run/walk be sure to check out two special short films screening in the visitors center:  Leche y Miel and How Can Rain Be Bad? Stormwater Impacts on the Anacostia River

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Bilingual Storytime with Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro |  Cuento bilingüe con la concejal del condado de Montgomery Nancy Navarro

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | FREE
Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland 20902

Join Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro for a special nature-themed bilingual story time.

Únase a Montgomery Parks y a la concejal del condado de Montgomery, Nancy Navarro, para una sesión especial de cuentos bilingües inspirada en la naturaleza.

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Volunteer Park Cleanup | Limpieza del Parque Voluntaria

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | FREE
Long Branch-Garland Neighborhood Park, 8601 Garland Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20912

Get outdoors and give back to your local environment! Join Montgomery Parks and the Latin American Youth Center for a morning of volunteer service sprucing up a local park.

Salga al aire libre y regrese a su entorno local! Únase a Parques Montgomery y al Centro de Latin American Youth Center para una mañana de servicio voluntario mejorando un parque local.

To sign up email Erin Pant or call 301-650-2867

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Youth on Earth Nature Program | Juventud en la Tierra Programa de Naturaleza

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | FREE
Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20855

Do you love watching Animal Planet? Do you inspire friends to “go green” or want to learn more about it? Do you enjoy being active outdoors? Join other teens in Meadowside’s summer Youth on Earth program! Go hiking with new friends, learn about wildlife and ecology, and tap into your creativity as Youth on Earth activists. Bilingual (English/Spanish) program coordinator. Transportation available to/from Glenmont Metro. Call 301-258-4030 for info about fee reduction.  Intended for ages 13-18yrs.

¿Disfrutas siendo activo al aire libre? ¡Únete a otros adolescentes en el programa “Youth on Earth” (Juventud en la Tierra) de Meadowside! Vaya de excursión con nuevos amigos, aprenda sobre la vida silvestre y la ecología, y aproveche su creatividad como activistas. Habrá coordinador bilingüe (inglés/español) para el programa. Transporte disponible desde/hacia Glenmont Metro. Llame al 301-258-4030 para obtener información sobre la reducción de tarifas. Destinado a edades entre 13-18 años.

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Family Movie Night Presenting “Coco” |  Noche de Cine Familiar, presentando “Coco”

Saturday, July 21, 2018      *****CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER*****
Wheaton Regional Park, 2000 Shorefield Road, Wheaton, Maryland 20902  (near Wheaton Train & Carousel)

Bring your chair, blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy a movie under the stars with family, friends and neighbors.

Traiga su silla, mantas y canastas de picnic y disfrute de una película bajo las estrellas con su familia, amigos y vecinos.

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Montgomery Parks Offers Safety Tips for People Attending Germantown Glory Fireworks Display and Festival /montgomery-parks-offers-safety-tips-for-people-attending-germantown-glory-fireworks-display-and-festival/ /montgomery-parks-offers-safety-tips-for-people-attending-germantown-glory-fireworks-display-and-festival/#respond Mon, 02 Jul 2018 17:18:01 +0000 /?p=37119 SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will sponsor the Montgomery County...

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fireworks, event, skySILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will sponsor the Montgomery County Department of Recreation’s annual Germantown Glory Independence Day celebration on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at South Germantown Recreational Park. The event starts at 7 p.m. with live music, featuring Gringo Jingo. Fireworks begin at 9:15.

Each year, the festival attracts thousands of people to enjoy the park, festivities and fireworks display. The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division, and the Montgomery County Police manage traffic and parking for the event, and offer the following safety tips for people who are planning to attend:

  • Carpool, if possible, to help reduce congestion entering and exiting the park
  • Drivers should be mindful of pedestrians, drive slowly and cautiously
  • Report any suspicious activities to a public safety official
  • Many people exit the event at the same time, so patience is appreciated. If possible, stay at the park a little longer to exit after the initial crowd

“We welcome all visitors to this festive occasion,” said Darryl McSwain, Chief of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division. “This is a wonderful time for community members of all backgrounds to come together in solidarity and celebrate the diversity that makes Montgomery County special.”

July 4th is one of the most popular park visitation days. Park Police urge visitors to adhere to park rules and regulations during the holiday and remind the public that possession and use of fireworks in Montgomery County is illegal.

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

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

 

 

 

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Shakespeare in the Parks /shakespeare-in-the-parks/ /shakespeare-in-the-parks/#respond Mon, 02 Jul 2018 14:55:06 +0000 /?p=37099 At Montgomery Parks, you don’t have to go far for an evening filled with love and laughter at one of the two free upcoming performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Brookside Gardens and Meadowside Nature Center.

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Bring your lawn chairs, kick back and enjoy an evening of Shakespeare under the stars. At Montgomery Parks, you don’t have to go far for an evening filled with love and laughter at one of the two free upcoming performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Brookside Gardens and Meadowside Nature Center. The classic comedy, performed by Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation, is one of the most popular Shakespeare performances and infuses magic, mayhem and a happy ending.

The open-air performances take place among the breathtaking landscapes at Brookside Gardens and the forested woodland at Meadowside Nature Center. The outdoor settings provide the perfect backdrop to the performances and allow the audience to experience Shakespeare the way the poet himself intended.

The overarching plot is of Duke Theseus of Athens and his impending marriage to an Amazonian warrior, Hippolyta and the romantic entanglement of four young Athenians: Hermia and Lysander, Helena and Demetrius after they fled into the forest.  As a complicated series of mix-ups occur, the multi-layered theme of love is explored through the interactions between mischievous fairies.

The performance’s Artistic Director, Christopher Dwyer, explains that the magic and dream qualities in the play lend themselves to creative staging that is brought to life through movement and special effects. He says, “Our brand of storytelling physicalizes the text so that it becomes accessible to people who may not otherwise be interested in seeing Shakespeare.” He explains that through the use of puppetry and other creative means, even those who have seen the play before may get a fresh perspective of the complex plot and cast of characters.

Performance Details:

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 6:30-8:45 p.m. at Brookside Gardens

Friday, July 13, 2018, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Meadowside Nature Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Montgomery Parks Announces Fourth of July Festivities and Operating Hours /montgomery-parks-announces-fourth-of-july-festivities-and-operating-hours/ /montgomery-parks-announces-fourth-of-july-festivities-and-operating-hours/#respond Mon, 25 Jun 2018 16:09:44 +0000 /?p=36934 Annual "Germantown Glory" fireworks show will take place at South Germantown Recreational Park

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Silver Spring, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is proud to sponsor the Montgomery County Recreation’s annual “Germantown Glory” fireworks show at South Germantown Recreational Park on Wednesday, July 4. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. with a concert by Gringo Jingo performing the best of Santana. Free on-site parking is available. Low lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome. Food vendors will be on-site. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. The fireworks display begins approximately at 9:15 p.m.  The timing can change due to weather conditions. The rain date for the fireworks display only is Thursday, July 5.

Additional ways you can enjoy the holiday in Montgomery Parks include:

Full details for these and many more activities can be found at Montgomery Parks.org.

July 4 Operating Hours

The following facilities have modified operating hours on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

  • South Germantown Driving Range (Closes at 6pm)

The following facilities will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

  • Montgomery Parks Headquarters and Permit Offices
  • Cabin John Ice Rink
  • Wheaton Ice Arena
  • Wheaton Sports Pavilion
  • Pauline Betz Addie and Wheaton Indoor Tennis Centers
  • Brookside Nature Center
  • Meadowside Nature Center
  • Locust Grove Nature Center
  • Black Hill Visitor Center

Visit Montgomery Parks.org for complete operating hours for all facilities.

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

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

 

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Montgomery Parks Highlights Efforts to Support Pollinator Populations /montgomery-parks-highlights-efforts-to-support-pollinator-populations/ /montgomery-parks-highlights-efforts-to-support-pollinator-populations/#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:18:55 +0000 /?p=36813 Public encouraged to learn more about the role of pollinators for National Pollinator’s Week. SILVER SPRING, MD –Montgomery Parks, part...

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Public encouraged to learn more about the role of pollinators for National Pollinator’s Week.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is working to protect and promote environments to support pollinators in the parks while also encouraging the public to learn more about their important role in the ecosystem. This week marks the 11th anniversary of National Pollinator’s Week, designated by the U.S. Senate to draw attention to the urgent issue of a declining pollinator population.

“Pollinators are essential. Our food supply and numerous ecosystems would collapse without the help of bees, birds, butterflies, moths and even beetles,” said Jennifer Scully, Nature Facility and Nature Programs Manager at Black Hill Regional Park. “At Montgomery Parks we work to support native pollinator populations by planting native plants, limiting the use of pesticides, restoring habitat and educating people of all ages about the roles of pollinators and what they can do to help.”

Black Hill Nature Programs is home to diverse habitats for flora and fauna which support pollinators. At Brookside Nature Center, visitors can learn all about bees, their life cycle and role as pollinators through an observation bee hive exhibit.

The Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit at Brookside Gardens provides an up-close and personal experience for visitors to interact with hundreds of brilliant butterflies from around the world. The exhibit showcases the metamorphosis of the insects and the important role they play in healthy ecosystems while providing visitors with information on how to ensure butterflies can thrive in their own gardens.

Another way Montgomery Parks is supporting pollinator populations is through its “Meadow Management Program,” which establishes, restores and maintains diverse natural habitats for wildlife of all types, including varied pollinator populations.

“We have worked intensively to select and prioritize meadow acreages across Montgomery Parks system to manage non-native invasive species; enhance chosen meadows by replanting native grasses and herbaceous species; and to work towards getting each established meadow into an annual mowing scheme,” said Carole Bergmann, Forest Ecologist and Field Botanist for Montgomery Parks.

To learn more about Montgomery Parks efforts to support pollinators and/or arrange for an interview with one of Montgomery Parks subject matter experts, please contact Melissa Chotiner at 202-351-9063 or by email at Melissa.Chotiner@MontgomeryParks.org.

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

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

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

 

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Montgomery Parks Continues Efforts to Address Resident Geese Impacts on Parkland /montgomery-parks-continues-efforts-to-address-resident-geese-impacts-on-parkland/ /montgomery-parks-continues-efforts-to-address-resident-geese-impacts-on-parkland/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:41:28 +0000 /?p=36664 Montgomery Parks is continuing annual efforts to address localized impacts of non-migratory (resident) Canada geese on parkland utilizing a variety of measures.

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Public urged not to feed geese and be alert of possible aggressive behavior.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is continuing annual efforts to address localized impacts of non-migratory (resident) Canada geese on parkland utilizing a variety of measures such as: exclusionary fencing, disruptive lighting devices, spray repellants, predator decoys, chase dogs and other harassment techniques as well as population management through ongoing egg-oiling efforts.

“These geese are year-round residents and create multiple issues for park users and staff. The excessive feces they leave, up to one pound daily, is not only unsightly but causes unsanitary conditions around bodies of water, docks, pathways, athletic fields and lawn areas,” said Ryan Butler, Principal Natural Resources Specialist for Montgomery Parks.

Other negative impacts from resident geese include turf damage, shoreline erosion, aggressive and potentially dangerous behavior during nesting season, and public safety hazards on roads.

In addition to the above-mentioned management measures, geese removal is sometimes necessary as a last resort to address chronically high impact areas where other methods have not adequately mitigated. Removal is conducted by a federally permitted wildlife contractor in cooperation with Montgomery Parks Natural Resources Stewardship staff.

Perhaps the best way the public can help with reducing negative impacts from Canada geese is to refrain from feeding them.

“Geese and other waterfowl should not be fed, especially human food. It’s not good for the birds and it creates an atmosphere in which geese become accustomed to people and reliant on people,” said Butler.

Butler also notes that people should be cautious around Canada geese, which can exhibit aggressive behavior, especially in the spring and summer during the birds’ nesting and molting seasons. In such instances, he suggests people back away slowly from the geese while maintaining eye contact.

“Geese will typically back off once people have moved away from the nesting area,” added Butler. “If they don’t, then people should wave their arms and make noises in an attempt to scare the geese off.”

Non-migratory Canada geese generally nest and rear young during the months of April – June.  Geese tend to be most aggressive during this time of year.  Resident geese also seek out areas to congregate during their molting season while they replace their feathers.  Impacts tend to be highest during these times.  For this reason, Montgomery Parks’ most intensive management efforts are focused on the spring and summer months.  Though, some areas may require attention year-round to best address the associated impacts.

Butler adds that as stewards of parks and wildlife, particular focus is placed on working toward balance.  “When geese are properly managed toward balance with their surrounding environment and the interests of park users, a healthier relationship is established both ecologically and socially.  In this way, people can more sustainably enjoy these beautiful birds and the parks they frequent.”

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

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. 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

 

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Montgomery Parks to Host Community Meeting on Intersection Improvements at Capital Crescent Trail and Little Falls Parkway /montgomery-parks-to-host-community-meeting-on-intersection-improvements-at-capital-crescent-trail-and-little-falls-parkway/ /montgomery-parks-to-host-community-meeting-on-intersection-improvements-at-capital-crescent-trail-and-little-falls-parkway/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:41:01 +0000 /?p=36619 Public meeting to take place Wednesday, June 13, 2018,  from 7 -9 p.m. at Somerset Elementary School. Silver Spring, MD...

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Public meeting to take place Wednesday, June 13, 2018,  from 7 -9 p.m. at Somerset Elementary School.

Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will discuss ways to improve safety on the Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) at the intersection of Little Falls Parkway (LFP) at a community meeting on June 13th from 7 – 9 p.m. The meeting will take place at Somerset Elementary School at 5811 Warwick Place, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.

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

At this week’s meeting park staff will discuss various options for long-term improvements at the intersection, including, but not limited to:

  • Making the interim two-lane Little Falls Parkway at the CCT crossing permanent
  • Incorporating a roundabout at the LFP and Arlington Road
  • Relocating the CCT to cross at one of the existing nearby traffic signals
  • Installing a traffic control signal at the crossing
  • Building a pedestrian tunnel or bridge

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Montgomery Parks Presenta Una Fiesta de Observacion Para La Copa Mundial FIFA en Wheaton Sports Pavilion /montgomery-parks-presenta-una-fiesta-de-observacion-para-la-copa-mundial-fifa-en-wheaton-sports-pavilion/ /montgomery-parks-presenta-una-fiesta-de-observacion-para-la-copa-mundial-fifa-en-wheaton-sports-pavilion/#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 19:50:10 +0000 /?p=36338 El 23 de junio, una jornada de casa abierta para atraer a los fanáticos locales entusiasmados por el partido de México v. Corea del Sur

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El 23 de junio, una jornada de casa abierta para atraer a los fanáticos locales entusiasmados por el partido de México v. Corea del Sur

WHEATON, MDWheaton Sports Pavilion, un campo de césped cubierto ubicado en el Parque Regional de Wheaton, organizará una fiesta de observación y una casa abierta el 23 de junio durante el partido de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA entre México y Corea del Sur. Las puertas se abren a las 10:30 a.m. con inicio previsto para las 11 a.m. Este emparejamiento poderoso se mostrará en una pantalla gigante en una atmósfera familiar. Los camiones de comida estarán ofreciendo refrescos para comprar. Además, habrá pequeños juegos organizados para niños.

La casa abierta ofrecerá a los visitantes un vistazo a las instalaciones y brindará una oportunidad única para reunirse con representantes de otras organizaciones locales, incluyendo: Departamento de Recreación del Condado de Montgomery, S.O.T.A.M. Futbal Academy y Play It Again Sports.

Wheaton Sports Pavilion es un lugar de primera categoría para jugar fútbol, lacrosse o cualquier deporte de campo. El campo de césped cubierto está abierto durante todo el año y está disponible para alquileres, fiestas de cumpleaños y programas sin cita previa como

“Hora de juego preescolar” o hora de campo. Para obtener más información, visite: www.WheatonSportsPavilion.org.

  • QUÉ: Fiesta de Observación FIFA y Casa Abierta, México v. Corea del Sur en pantalla grande
  • CUANDO: sábado, 23 de junio | 10:30 a.m. a 2 p.m., inicio a las 11 a.m.
  • DÓNDE: Wheaton Sports Pavilion, 11751 Orebaugh Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
  • ¡Gratis!

Wheaton Sports Pavilion World Cup Viewing Party, Saturday June 23, 10:30am - 2:00 pm, Mexico against South Korea, WSP Logo, Parks LogoAcerca de Montgomery Parks National Capital Park y Planning Commission (M-NCPPC)

Montgomery Parks consta de más de 36,000 acres de zonas verdes, que consta de 421 parques. Montgomery Parks es un departamento de Maryland Capital National Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), una agencia de dos condados establecida en 1927 para administrar tierras públicas. M-NCPPC ha sido reconocido a nivel nacional por sus servicios de parques y recreación de alta calidad, y es considerado un modelo nacional por otros sistemas de parques. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Accesibilidad

La Comisión de la Planificación de Parques de la Capital Maryland-Nacional alienta la participación y la participación de todas las personas de la comunidad, incluso las personas con discapacidades, en los procesos de planificación y revisión. De acuerdo con los requisitos de la Ley de Discapacidad de los Estados Unidos, la Comisión de Planeación y Parque de Capital Nacional de Maryland (M-NCPPC) no discriminará a las personas con discapacidades sobre la base de la discapacidad en sus servicios, programas o actividades. M-NCPPC trabaja para que sus instalaciones y materiales sean accesibles y para llevar a cabo reuniones públicas en lugares que también son accesibles. M-NCPPC proporcionará una respuesta razonable al problema, y ​​puede requerir modificaciones razonables a las políticas y programas para personas calificadas con discapacidades (por ejemplo, materiales de letra grande, dispositivos de escucha, interpretación de lenguaje de señas, etc.).

Para obtener ayuda con dichas solicitudes, por favor contacte a la Oficina de los Comisionados del Condado de Montgomery M-NCPPC, con al menos una semana de antelación, al (301) 495-4605 o al mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org. Los residentes de Maryland también pueden usar el servicio de retransmisión de Maryland para recibir asistencia con llamadas a personas con problemas auditivos o del habla; para obtener información, visite al www.mdrelay.org o llame al (866) 269-9006. Los residentes también pueden llamar al número TTY, (301) 495-1331, para obtener ayuda.

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Montgomery Parks Hosts FIFA World Cup Watch Party at Wheaton Sports Pavilion /montgomery-parks-hosts-fifa-world-cup-watch-party-at-wheaton-sports-pavilion/ /montgomery-parks-hosts-fifa-world-cup-watch-party-at-wheaton-sports-pavilion/#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 19:49:17 +0000 /?p=36334 June 23 Open House to engage excited local fans for Mexico v. South Korea Match.

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June 23 Open House to engage excited local fans for Mexico v. South Korea Match

WHEATON, MD – Wheaton Sports Pavilion, a covered turf field facility located in Wheaton Regional Park, will host a free watch party and open house on June 23rd during the FIFA World Cup match between Mexico and South Korea. Doors open at 10:30am with kick-off slated for 11:00am. This powerhouse matchup will be shown on a blow-up big-screen in a family-friendly atmosphere. Food trucks will be on-site offering refreshments for purchase. In addition, there will be small games organized for children.

The Open House will offer visitors an up-close look at the facility and provide a unique opportunity to meet representatives from other local organizations, including: Montgomery County Recreation Department, S.O.T.A.M. Futbal Academy, and Play It Again Sports.

Wheaton Sports Pavilion is a first-rate place to play soccer, lacrosse, or any field sport. The covered turf field is open year-round and available for rentals, birthday parties, and drop-in programs like “Preschool Playtime” or field time. For more information visit: www.WheatonSportsPavilion.org.

  • WHAT: World Cup Watch Party and Open House, Mexico vs South Korea on a big screen
  • WHEN: Saturday, June 23 | 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 pm, kickoff at 11:00am
  • WHERE: Wheaton Sports Pavilion, 11751 Orebaugh Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
  • COST: Free!

Wheaton Sports Pavilion World Cup Viewing Party, Saturday June 23, 10:30am - 2:00 pm, Mexico against South Korea, WSP Logo, Parks Logo

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

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

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Fall in Love with Mud /fall-in-love-with-mud/ /fall-in-love-with-mud/#respond Sun, 10 Jun 2018 20:28:27 +0000 /?p=36352 Mud is magic. Its mystique and charm—most often appreciated during childhood—can sometimes get lost as we grow older. This summer, let Montgomery Parks remind you of that mud magic in a whole new way.

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Photo of Children playing in Mud

Mud is magic. Its mystique and charm—most often appreciated during childhood—can sometimes get lost as we grow older. You may recall jumping in mud puddles as a child. But at some point, between youth and adulthood, you probably forgot how amazing and liberating playing in the mud can be. This summer, let Montgomery Parks remind you of that mud magic in a whole new way.

 Embrace the messiness and come play at MudFest on June 23Mud-seekers will find themselves in the rolling hills of Woodstock Equestrian Park with mud pools and puddles to slip, slide and get dirty in. The event encourages people to get outside and reconnect with nature.

There’s more mudddy fun in store this month. You can discover why mud is important for animals, plants, and our daily lives at our International Mud Day Celebration on June 30 at Locust Grove Nature Center. Splash in our mud pit, get creative in the mud kitchen, and make masterpieces of art with mud.

There is a reason why a mud bath makes you feel more happy, relaxed, and calm! Studies show that the bacteria in dirt can make you happier and can also boost your immune system. Additionally, children who spend more time outside have a stronger immune system because of the exposure to microbes in nature.

This summer, fall in love with mud and reconnect with nature in your own backyard or at a Montgomery Parks’ mud event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Five Things to do on Father’s Day /five-things-to-do-on-fathers-day/ /five-things-to-do-on-fathers-day/#respond Sat, 09 Jun 2018 17:11:51 +0000 /?p=36606 June 17th is approaching fast. With the weather getting warmer, we encourage you to spend Father’s Day outdoors. Whether exploring the woods at Little Bennett Campground or enjoying an evening campfire, you can make dad’s day extra special with some exciting activities in Montgomery Parks.

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June 17th is approaching fast. With the weather getting warmer, we encourage you to spend Father’s Day outdoors. Whether exploring the woods at Little Bennett Campground or enjoying an evening campfire, you can make dad’s day extra special with some exciting activities in Montgomery Parks.

Here are our top five recommendations:

#1 – Cast Away
Put on your fishing hats and join us at Black Hill Nature Center for our Daddy & Me Fishing event! Whether you’re a newbie or a fishing expert, we have the tips, tricks, and fishing supplies to help you catch lots of fish! Spend the morning on the dock and take in the beauty of Little Seneca Lake.

#2 – Go Ape!
Engage in an exhilarating outdoor experience with Go Ape Treetop Adventure! Explore the forest from a whole new perspective as you maneuver through the treetops on suspended obstacles, Tarzan swings, and epic ziplines. Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself with this 2-3 hour activity that will be sure to make Father’s Day unforgettable.

#3 – Enjoy a Park Play Day
Stay active, while staying on the ground, and spend a simple day in the park. Pack a lunch, take a bike ride, and enjoy the scenery of one of our many parks. With more than 200 miles of trails, it’s easy to find a trail near you.

#4  –  Perfect Your Golf Swing
Tee up at South Germantown Driving Range. The facility features 40 elevated tees (10 covered), a putting green, and a sand bunker.

#5 – Celebrate Nature at Night
End your Father’s Day the right way at the Lightning Bug Jubilee. Tell stories around a campfire while watching a firefly light show. Biologist and world expert on fireflies Sara Lewis will be there to light up the summer night with insight about how we can help keep the lightning bugs around for generations to come.

For more ideas, visit the Montgomery Parks activities webpage. Here’s to a wonderful weekend with dad!

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Montgomery Parks Celebrates Grand Opening of Laytonia Recreational Park /montgomery-parks-celebrates-grand-opening-of-laytonia-recreational-park/ /montgomery-parks-celebrates-grand-opening-of-laytonia-recreational-park/#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:15:15 +0000 /?p=36384 New park features four state-of-the-art athletic fields, a playground, half basketball court, a pavilion and trail network.

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The ribbon-cutting ceremony Laytonia Recreational Park artificial turf fieldand activities will take place June 10, 2018, 11 a.m. –  1 p.m.

Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), will celebrate the grand opening of Laytonia Recreational Park located at 7300 Airpark Road, Gaithersburg, MD, 20879 on Sunday, June 10, 2018, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The 48-acre park features four recreational fields—three natural turf, and one, artificial turf. The four fields can be used for a variety of sports including field hockey, football, baseball and men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse.

Other amenities at the park include a half basketball court, playground, restroom and pavilion, trail network and plenty of parking for sports games and tournaments.

“It’s not often that we get to deliver a brand new recreational park to the residents of Montgomery County,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “The four state-of-the-art athletic fields in the park will help meet the growing demand for sports fields in our county, while providing a great venue for leagues and tournaments.”

The parkland was acquired in 1996. The park is situated on land shared by the Montgomery County Animal Shelter and is adjacent to Montgomery Parks’ Pope Farm Nursery, and the New Life Seventh Day Adventist Church.  The park is located in the Upper Rock Creek Special Protection Area and includes design features intended to protect the water quality of Pope Farm Creek. The features include:

  • Compact parking and vehicular circulation located close to Airpark Road to minimize paving
  • Stone reservoirs under 60% of the paved surfaces store and infiltrate 3” of rain
  • Specialized grass cultivars improve wear tolerance and performance
  • A state of the art irrigation system uses 30% less water than conventional systems
  • Dedicated aeration equipment for the fields keeps the grass healthy and helps rain soak into the ground

The opening celebration will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, multiple sports games, as well as field day games, a rock climbing wall, food trucks and informational tables for the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, the Wheaton Sports Pavilion, the Montgomery Parks Foundation, Woodlawn Manor, among others.  The rain date for the event is Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

A sports equipment drive will take place at the event by Leveling the Playing Field, an organization which donates equipment to youth sports leagues. Event attendees are encouraged to bring new and used sports equipment to donate.

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

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

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Montgomery Parks Announces Urban Parks Design Guidelines for Recently Approved New Functional Master Plan /montgomery-parks-announces-urban-parks-design-guidelines-for-recently-approved-new-functional-master-plan/ /montgomery-parks-announces-urban-parks-design-guidelines-for-recently-approved-new-functional-master-plan/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 15:34:59 +0000 /?p=36333 New guidelines will provide overall direction for major features of parks and public spaces design for Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan.

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Guidelines will provide overall direction for major features of parks and public spaces design for Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan.

Silver Spring, MD –  Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will unveil new design guidelines for the recently approved Energized Public Spaces (EPS) Functional Master Plan at the June 28th Montgomery Planning Board meeting. The Urban Parks and Public Spaces (UPPS) Design Guidelines will be used for developing flexible urban parks and public spaces in areas of the county with dense populations. The guidelines will encourage high-quality design, develop a common design language, and integrate lessons learned from outdoor public spaces case studies. They will be used to help determine size, types of experiences and amenities each park should provide.

Details about the staff briefing to the Planning Board will be posted a week in advance of the meeting at www.MontgomeryPlanningBoard.org on the agenda for the June 28th meeting.

For more information about this project, visit www.ParkPlanning.org. For questions or comments please contact Project Coordinator Cristina Sassaki at Cristina.Sassaki@montgomeryparks.org.

 

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

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

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Marriott Employees Roll Up Their Sleeves for Service Projects in Montgomery Parks /marriott-employees-roll-up-their-sleeves-for-service-projects-in-montgomery-parks/ /marriott-employees-roll-up-their-sleeves-for-service-projects-in-montgomery-parks/#respond Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:18:49 +0000 /?p=36419 Hundreds of employees from Marriott International descended upon parks sites for Spirit to Serve – Marriott’s global day of giving. Spirit to Serve has been celebrated by associates at Marriott International for over 20 years; and for the past 18 years, associates have tackled projects in Montgomery Parks.

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Marriott Employees at Ag History Farm Park 2018

Hundreds of employees from Marriott International descended upon parks sites for Spirit to Serve – Marriott’s global day of giving. The event, held on May 23, was part of the company’s Associate Appreciation Week. Spirit to Serve has been celebrated by associates at Marriott International for over 20 years; and for the past 18 years, associates have tackled projects in Montgomery Parks.

This year, more than 400 volunteers from Marriott worked on projects at Agricultural History Farm Park, Brookside Gardens, Brookside Nature Center, Locust Grove Nature Center, North Gate Local Park, the North Branch Trail in the Upper Rock Creek corridor, the Matthew Henson Trail and Red Wiggler Community Farm in Ovid Hazen Well Recreational Park.

They spent the morning on tasks including reforestation maintenance, gardening, planting, weeding, trail work, and cleaning. Their efforts helped get our facilities Marriott Employees Doing Trailwork - Spirit to Serve 2018in tip top shape for our busiest season!

Here are just some of their accomplishments:

  • 37 volunteers at Brookside Nature Center helped plant over 100 native plants along the new boardwalk, cleaned up and “staged” the Harper Cabin, removed wavy basket leaf grass (a particularly nasty invasive) and general spruce up around that Nature Center.
  • 80 volunteers at Brookside Gardens removed and “liberated” the deer fencing around the growing facility at Brookside Gardens. They also weeded around trees that were going to be mulched later that week. Three turtles were found underneath the weeds — befitting on International Turtle Day!
  • 60 volunteers at Agricultural History Farm Park helped repair/replace and create new tree cages to help protect newly planted trees from deer damage and removed weeds to keep the competition down for vital resources.
  • 50 volunteers on the North Branch Trail in the Upper Rock Creek Corridor finished ¾ of a mile of new trail construction.
  • 60 volunteers at Northgate Park helped spread mulch, painted signs, picked up trash and did a spruce up of the playground.

A big THANK YOU to the volunteers who helped spruce up Montgomery Parks! For more information on Spirit to Serve, visit Marriott International’s website or check out the participants’ experiences on social media.

 

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