With more than 36,000 acres and 422 parks consisting of thousands of amenities, there is constant work going on behind the scenes to make sure you have the best Montgomery Parks experience possible. The following parks, trails, or facilities currently have smaller or inter-governmental work going on that might change the park experience. Learn more by scrolling down or by clicking the park or trail name below.
Portions of the playground at Bullis Local Park are currently unusable and should not be accessed by the public: the tot train set was removed and replacement of worn-out wooden boarders. Park Staff has placed orange fencing or cord off equipment and is working on replacing the parts. Please continue to use caution around closed-off areas.
The Maryland Transit Authority – State Highway Administration’s Purple Transit Construction Project is underway. The project will impact several parks during the preliminary development stage. Continue to visit the Purple Line Transit Construction Project Park Projects Page for updates and schedules.
Portions of the playground at Fairland Recreational Park are currently unusable and is not accessible to the public: Spiral slide and decks are closed. Park Staff has placed orange fencing or cord off the equipment until further notice while they work on replacing the parts. Please continue to use caution around closed-off areas.
A construction project will close the parking lot and parking area at Kings Local Park effective October 3, 2018. The athletic fields will remain open and accessible from Burdette Forest Road. The work is through the Parks Accessibility Transition Program to improve public access to park facilities.
WSSC will begin making repairs to a broken sewer line on Beach Drive starting in late October. The area impacted will also be the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail, just off of Connecticut Avenue. The work will impact vehicular traffic during workdays for the next several months. Vehicles should expect delays and single lane traffic throughout the week. Trail users should use caution around the work zone and share the road. For additional information on WSSC projects in the Parks, visit the WSSC Parks Project web page.
Montgomery Parks is asking residents to use caution during recreational activities on or near Lake Needwood and Lake Frank located within Rock Creek Regional Park. Testing indicates elevated levels of microcystin, a toxic substance produced by some species of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), in Lake Needwood. Microcystin, a hepatotoxin, can cause harm to the liver of humans and pets if ingested.
Of particular concern are dogs that are off-leash and may swim and/or drink from the lake, despite park regulations. Montgomery Parks urges visitors to take the following precautions:
The Maryland Transit Authority – State Highway Administration’s Purple Transit Construction Project will impact several parks during the preliminary development stage. Workers will be relocating the trail in Sligo Cabin Neighborhood Park. They will be removing trees, installing, storm drain mangement and other items, Parks will close a part of the parking lot for use as a staging area. Park users should expect disruptions and temporary closures of the playground as well. For additional information visit the Purple Line Transit Construction Project.
Work continues to replace the pedestrian bridge in the Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park area. Vehicular traffic and trail users should expect intermittent closures near Brunett Avenue and Dallas Avenue. As part of a stream realignment project, the work will also feature the realignment of the trail and stream. Trail users should watch for detours and seek alternate routes as plans to remove the existing bridge will happen this fall.
WSSC work to protect the infrastructure and improve the Anacostia Stream Tributary in Sligo Creek Stream Valley- area #3 will begin in December. The project will impact the trail access from Edgevale Road with areas closed to the public during construction. An alternate trailway from Edgevale Road to the Sligo Creek Trail will be temporarily installed but it will be shared with construction access.
Portions of the playground at South Germantown Recreational Park are currently unusable and is not accessible by the public: Kinetic Swing, Steering wheel & mallets removed from the pirate ship, Observation bubble, Berliner bridge, Fat rope bridge, Gray hills maze. Park Staff has either removed the equipment, placed orange fencing around, or has corded off the equipment until further notice while they work on replacing the parts. Please continue to use caution around closed-off areas.
Some playground equipment at Woodacres Local Park is currently not available and should not be used. The equipment includes the stationary interactive train play area. Park Staff is placing orange fencing or has cord off the playground equipment and is working on replacing the parts. Please continue to use caution around work areas until further notice.