Park Notices – Maintenance, Updates, Public Information

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.

repaired wooden boarders at Bullis Park

Soil, Tree, Water

Washed away bridge at Blockhouse Point.Water, Tree, State park, Nature reserve, Watercourse

Bullis Local Park | Camp Seneca Special Park | Fairland Recreational Park | Kings Local Park | New Hampshire Estates Neighborhood ParkRock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail & Beach Drive | Rock Creek Regional Park & Lake Needwood | Sligo Stream Valley Park & Trails | South Germantown Recreational Park | Woodacres Local Park


Bullis Local Park

Maintenance staff to close off some playground equipment until repairs can be made – posted November 1, 2019

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.


New Hampshire Estates Neighborhood Park

MD DOT- SHA Transit project work to intermittently disrupt park access and use- posted July 7, 2019

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.

  • New Hampshire Estates Neighborhood Park – The 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.

Fairland Recreational Park

Maintenance staff to close off some playground equipment until repairs can be made- posted October 30, 2019

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.


Kings Local Park

Improvements will impact parking lot access during the project- posted October 30, 2019

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.


Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail & Beach Drive

WSSC work to repair sewer line will impact traffic starting in the fall- posted October 29, 2019

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.


Rock Creek Regional Park & Lake Needwood

High Levels of Microcystin reported. Park users are encouraged to use caution around lakes- posted Summer & Fall, 2019

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:

  • Avoid direct contact with water while boating or fishing
  • Swimming is prohibited in lakes at all times
  • Keep dogs on leash (as is regularly required at the park), and do not allow them to drink or be in contact with the water
  • Wash hands thoroughly prior to eating, drinking, or smoking if someone comes in contact with the water
  • Only eat properly cooked muscle meat of fish that are caught in the lake

Recreational activities including boating and fishing will remain open at the lake.  For additional information, please review the Microcystin Fact Sheet.


Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park and Trails

Purple Line Project- Additional Work at Sligo Cabin Neighborhood Park- posted July 2019

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.

Stream and Trail Realignment Project in Sligo Creek Stream Valley Unit #3- posted June 2019

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 project to improve tributary starting in December- posted December 2019

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.

 


South Germantown Recreational Park

Maintenance staff to close off some playground equipment until repairs can be made- posted November 1, 2019

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.


Woodacres Local Park

Maintenance staff is closing off some playground equipment until repairs can be made- posted October 30, 2019

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.


 

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Last Updated: December 24, 2019