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.
The bridge and trail at Blockhouse Point are open. The section of the Muddy Branch Greenway Trail is now available for trail users while they continue to stabilize the area from heavy rains. Repair work around the area will continue so trail users should continue to use caution. Visit the Park Trails Planning and Implementation webpage for more information on other park trail projects.
A major renovation project will close the park through the summer of 2020. A new playground, dog park, walking paths are being installed. A combination in-line skate rink and futsal court are also being developed to better use the hard surface area. Trail work in the area is also planned as part of the improvement project, including trail realignment. The trail will remain open but all park patrons should stay alert around construction areas and follow all posted signs. Visit the Dewey Local Park Project web page for more information.
Portions of the playground at Dickerson Local Park are currently unusable and is not accessible by the public. 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.
The improvement project for Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park has been delayed. The work is scheduled to start in the summer of 2020. The work will focus on improving access to the playground and the parking lot. Although park facilities will remain open, visitors should expect minor interruptions near work sites. For additional information on Accessibility in the Parks and a list of other improvement projects, please visit our Accessibility webpage.
Germantown Square Urban Park will be going under renovations. The renovations will be completed in phases with the removal of the existing gazebo, the pergola, and park benches in phase one. Phase two is scheduled to start in fall 2020. The overall work will include the removal of some existing trees around the knoll and realigning the pathways. Park patrons should use caution around designated work areas at all times.
For additional information, please visit the park projects web page.
A construction project will close the parking lot and parking area at Kings Local Park. 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.
Portions of the playground at McKnew Local Park are currently unusable and is not accessible to the public. Park Staff has placed orange fencing or corded off the equipment until further notice while they work on replacing the parts. Please continue to use caution around closed-off areas.
New Hampshire Estates Neighborhood Park – The Purple Line Project is relocating a water line near the park entrance. The work will impact access to the park and entrance to the plaza. Park users should use caution around work areas at all times.
WSSC will be working to repair the water system in the Paint Branch Stream Valley Area. WSSC is working with the community on proper access to work areas with minimal impact on the community. Work will be accessing the parks through Deer Ridge Road and Old Columbia Pike. The projects will continue through the fall of 2020. Park users should be cautious around work areas at all times. For additional information on WSSC projects in the Parks, click here.
A portion of the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail will be closed due to the Purple Line Project. When posted, the work will intermittently require trail users to be detoured from the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail section in Ray’s Meadow Local Park. The detour will use a part of East-West Highway and Jones Bridge Road. Trail users will be required to use detour when notice is posted. Visit the Purple Line Project page for more information and updates.
WSSC is repairing a broken sewer line on Beach Drive. The work will impact parts of the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail, including the roadway. The work area is just off of Connecticut Avenue. The construction will impact vehicular traffic during workdays for 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
Workers are repairing several culverts in the Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park. The construction will take place between Colesville Road (Rte. 29) and Wayne Avenue. The first phase of work will start between Three Oaks Drive and Schuyler Road. Future phases will be directed south toward Wayne Avenue. Vehicular traffic should expect minimal delays during the day. Trail users should expect impacts as work vehicles enter/exit the area. Please obey all traffic laws and follow flaggers’ directions and detours.
WSSC works to protect the infrastructure and improve the Anacostia Stream Tributary in Sligo Creek Stream Valley- area #3 is underway. The project will impact the trail access from Edgevale Road with areas being closed to the public during construction. An alternate trail from Edgevale Road to the Sligo Creek Trail will be temporarily installed but it will be shared with construction access.
Contractors will be realigning the trail in Sligo Cabin Neighborhood Park. They will be removing trees, installing, storm drain management 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 trail closures as well as the playground area.
Workers are closing the right-hand eastbound lane of Sligo Creek Parkway to construct a turning lane. The closure will be along Wayne Avenue between Mansfield Road and Sligo Creek Parkway. The closure will last for approximately five months. Vehicular traffic should use caution and watch for flaggers directing traffic.
UPDATE: Work to repair aging sewer lines within Stratton Local Park is scheduled. The playground will be closed for several weeks when work begins. Workers will be fencing off the playground and begin removing some trees before excavation. Other facilities, including the ball fields and picnic shelter, will remain open with minimal interruption. For your safety, please use caution around work areas. Please visit other parks in the area during construction.
Work in Watts Branch Stream Valley Park is underway. WSSC is making repairs to a sewer manhole. The area off Paddock Lane and includes stream restoration work. The work will continue through 2020. Please use caution and expect minimal impact to park use. For more information on WSSC Projects in your park or neighborhood, please visit the Park Projects webpage.
UPDATE: An improvement project in Wheaton Regional Park is starting. The project will focus on improving access to the park and installing outdoor fitness equipment. The scope of the work will close off certain areas are for several weeks. No access will be permitted to the public. Please, follow all directions posted. For additional information on Accessibility in the Parks and a list of other improvement projects, please visit our Accessibility webpage.