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2017 Park, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan

Division: Park Planning and Stewardship

Image: Icons for the 2017 PROS Plan focus areas, parks, recreation, urban parks, natural, cultural resources, agricultural land preservation

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Parks, recreation, and open spaces are essential to the high quality of life for Montgomery County residents. The greatest challenge for the park and recreation system in Montgomery County is to equitably provide enough of the “right” parks and recreation in the “right” places for a growing population of residents and employees.

Parks and open spaces are needed now more than ever to serve the leisure needs of residents, many of whom do not have backyards. The focus of the 2017 PROS Plan is on providing equitably activated, central community spaces, while meeting recreational needs and protecting and managing natural and cultural resources for future generations.

THE PLAN

Table of Contents

Depending on your needs, you can choose to download a copy of the complete plan 2017 PROS Plan and Appendices (PDF, 500 pages, 16MB) or download smaller individual files – Plan only (PDF, 198pages, 6MB), Appendices Only (PDF, 302pages, 9.5MB)

CHAPTER 1 – Executive Summary

Introduction 1
Purpose and Scope 2
Public Outreach 2
Plan Highlights 3
Summary of Plan Recommendations 7

CHAPTER 2 – Policy Framework and Plan Foundation

About Montgomery Parks and Recreation 13
Policies 15
Population and Facilities 18
Implementation Strategies 36

CHAPTER 3 – Optimizing Growth with Urban Parks

Introduction 67
Implementation 69
Status of 2012 PROS Recommendations 72
Recommendations 75

CHAPTER 4 – Parks and Recreation

Introduction   79
Goals   79
Implementation   80
Status of 2012 Recommendations   82
Recommendations   85

CHAPTER 5 – Natural Resources Stewardship

Introduction   119
Goals   120
Implementation   125
Status of 2012 PROS Plan Recommendations   150

CHAPTER 6 – Cultural Resources Stewardship

Introduction   159
Policy and Guidelines   160
Implementation   163
Status of 2012 PROS Recommendations   165
Recommendations   172

CHAPTER 7 – Agricultural Land Preservation

Introduction 175
Goals 179
Implementation 181
Progress Towards Goals 189
Recommendations 190

APPENDICES

APPENDIX 1 – 1993 General Plan Refinement A1.1
APPENDIX 2 – Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) FY17-22 A2.1
APPENDIX 3 – Land Acquisition Needs to 2030 and Beyond A3.1
APPENDIX 4 – M-NCPPC Parkland and facility inventory A4.1
APPENDIX 5 – Development Priorities A5.1
APPENDIX 6 – Vision 2030 Parks and Recreation Amenity Analysis Chart A6.1
APPENDIX 7 – Total Population Projected By Planning Area A7.1
APPENDIX 8 – Non M-NCPPC Parks and Open Space In Montgomery County A8.1
APPENDIX 9 – Natural Resource Maps and GIS Data List of Deliverables A9.1
APPENDIX 10 – Glossary of Definitions, Terms and Acronyms A10.1
APPENDIX 11 – Needs Assessment Report A11.1
APPENDIX 12 – – Segment Analysis Report A12.1

THE PLAN PROCESS

A majority of the public input for the 2017 PROS Plan was based on a statistically valid survey, public meetings, an online survey, and meetings with advisory boards and focus groups. The timeline for this plan is shown in the Calendar & Meeting Notes chart below.

Ideas and comments from the public were welcome throughout the planning process with numerous opportunities for input. The public record remained open until midnight on Thursday, June 1, 2017, through our Town Hall public comment survey and interactive map.

Public outreach included this project web page, public meetings, focus group meetings, media releases and email campaigns to individuals and registered Homeowner and Civic Associations. Notices and updates were communicated through the Commission E-newsletter, our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #MoCo2017 and  #FutureParks and via the Parks Department Media Center.

 Calendar and Meeting Notes

The Plan schedule and presentation materials are listed on the calendar below. You may also want to review all outreach from the Vision 2030 Strategic Plan including, surveys, public meeting notes, and focus group notes.

DATES / TIMES EVENTS & MEETING NOTES LOCATIONS
2017 Focus Group Meetings
Staff meetings with citizen groups to gather input for the 2017 PROS Plan.
March 22 Upcounty Public MeetingPowerPoint Presentation (3MB, PDF) Upcounty Service Center
12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown, MD
March 29 Downcounty Public MeetingPowerPoint Presentation (3MB, PDF) M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
April 27 Planning Board Working Draft Presentation
Planning Board memo (PDF, 8MB)
– PowerPoint Presentation (3MB, PDF) PowerPoint Presentation (4MB, PDF)
M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 – check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.
Public Review Period
The public was invited to review the Public Hearing Draft 2017 Park Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan (PDF, 8MB) in order to give public testimony at the public hearing.
May 25  Public Hearing
Planning Board memo (PDF, 1.7MB)
M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Sign up to testify online or call 301-495-4605. If you are unable to attend, email written testimony to MCP-Chair@mncppc-mc.org or send U.S. mail to: Planning Board Chairman, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
The public record was open for public comment until midnight on Thursday, June 1, 2017.
June 8 This meeting was consolidated with the worksession on June 22, 2017.
June 22 Planning Board Worksession
Public Notice Flier (PDF, 225KB), Board Memo – Item #3, PowerPoint presentation (PDF, 2.7MB)
M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 – check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.
Planning Board Approved Draft Plan
2017 PROS Plan Public Hearing Draft (PDF, 8MB)
M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 – check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.
Development of final plan, Executive Summary, and materials requested by the State
Approved and Adopted Plan

2018
TBD Presentation to the Montgomery County Council PHED Committee

 CONTACT US

Mark Wallis, Project Coordinator – Mark.Wallis@montgomeryparks.org

Last Updated: June 26, 2018