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Oct 1 14

Montgomery Parks Announces Completion of 32 Intercounty Connector Mitigation Projects in Parks

by Melissa Chotiner

Exemplary projects to be presented at Peachwood Neighborhood Park on October 11, 2014.

SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission announces the completion of 32 Intercounty Connector (ICC) mitigation projects in parks spanning the entire county. Peachwood Neighborhood Park is a prime example of the different types of environmental enhancements established in Montgomery County parks as part of the State Highway Administration’s (SHA) ICC Environmental Stewardship and Compensatory Mitigation Program. Park staff will provide tours detailing the projects at Peachwood Neighborhood Park on October 11 at 10 a.m. Media and the public are invited to attend.

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The ICC Environmental Stewardship and Compensatory Mitigation Program  was directed by SHA and conducted to offset the environmental impacts of the ICC and go over and above required environmental mitigation.

Located along one of the county’s most valuable resources, Peachwood Neighborhood Park is nearly 20 acres and part of the Upper Paint Branch Special Protection Area (SPA). The Upper Paint Branch stream valley is a unique, nationally recognized coldwater fishery that contains the only suburban stream system in the county that supports a self-sustaining brown trout population.

To protect and preserve this habitat and other environmental aspects of the park, the mitigation work included:

Bioswales in the neighborhood surrounding the park;
A stormwater management pond
Stream restoration; and
Tree plantings

 

Montgomery Parks’ staff worked in close collaboration with SHA during planning to determine the most important needs of the community and correlate them with the greatest environmental needs of the sensitive area where the park is located.

 

“We knew the importance of involving the community in this project,” said Matt Harper, Montgomery Parks Principal Natural Resources Specialist. “Before doing any work on the park, we conducted a park user survey to understand which amenities park users valued and what they felt the park lacked.”

 

As a result of the survey, park staff incorporated a variety of additional initiatives into the project including installing a new basketball court, resurfacing the tennis courts, repairing and repainting of the handball court and removing impervious surface from the parking lot.

 

The success of this project was achieved through collaboration among the SHA, Montgomery Parks and the Peachwood community.

 

A number of other ICC mitigation projects have been completed in the SPA including but not limited to:

  • A stream restoration along the right branch of the Good Hope tributary, as well as along the main Good Hope Tributary;
  • A stromwater pond retrofit and outfall stabilization within the Great Hope Homes Community;
  • A 12 acre wetland creation within the Peach Orchard/Allnut property;
  • Ovreall stream restorations in the Gum Springs tributary, Left Fork of Upper Pint Branch and Paint Branch Mainstem;
  • Stormwater facility upgrades south of Peach Orchard Heights, along Cabin Creek Drive, within the Fairland Gardens community, in Wembrough Neighborhood Park, and in the Colesville Heights community; and
  • Multiple reforestation sites.

 

About the ICC Environmental Stewardship and Compensatory Mitigation Program (ES/CM)

Symbolizing the ICC project’s commitment to the environment are initiatives that go beyond meeting minimum requirements to mitigate for environmental impacts – unrelated to the ICC – that otherwise would remain unaddressed. These include 51 environmental stewardship projects that are addressing environmental needs caused by development in the area. Many environmental mitigation and stewardship projects, all of which are located in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, have been combined into approximately 51 projects that have an estimated value of more than $97 million.

 

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

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 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.

 

For more on the Montgomery Parks visit www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Sep 30 14

Montgomery Parks Hosts Champion Tree Tour

by Melissa Chotiner
The largest tree in Montgomery County and the state of Maryland is this American Sycamore located in Dickerson Conservation Park.

The largest tree in Montgomery County and the state of Maryland is this American Sycamore located in Dickerson Conservation Park.

SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery County is home to 300 champion trees—the largest known trees of a given species in a particular geographic area. On October 21, Montgomery Parks and The Montgomery County Forestry Board will host its annual Champion Tree tour, which runs from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and costs $45. Attendees (ages 18 and older) journey around the county in a van with Montgomery Parks Forest Ecologist Carole Bergmann and Joe Howard of the Montgomery County Forestry Board to learn about a variety of these unique trees. The 2014 tour will feature many trees located around Silver Spring, the area of the county most densely populated with champion trees, including a willow oak that is 18’ in circumference and a mammoth sassafras, among many others.

 

“We…on the Forestry Board…are really interested in getting folks to acknowledge the fact that we have so many grand old trees here and to try to learn about them and protect them,” said Bergmann.

 

“People are always amazed at the number of big trees there are,” added Howard. “We’ve got the most state champion trees (in Montgomery County) and there are four national champion trees in our county.”

 

The largest known champion tree in the county and state is an American sycamore tree (Platanus occidentalis) located in Dickerson Conservation Park. The 137-foot tall tree has a circumference of 310 inches or 25 feet and crown spread of 108 feet. It is one of more than 200 trees in a growing inventory of historic, significant and champion trees that are nurtured and protected by Montgomery Parks Arboriculture Section’s Tree Preservation Program.

 

Champion tree nominations are accepted annually by the Montgomery County Forestry Board. Information and nomination forms are available at www.mcmdforestryboard.org.

 

A video of last year’s Champion Tree tour is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb7YNhAS5LY. For more information and to register for the upcoming tour visit www.ParkPASS.org (Course #296049).

 

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

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 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.

 

For more on the Montgomery Parks visit www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Sep 29 14

Montgomery Parks Announces Halloween Festivities For All Ages, Including Scary and Not-So-Scary Trains!

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MD—Get out those costumes and candy because Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is ready for Halloween 2014 with a host of festivities and the much anticipated Halloween Trains!

 

halloween trainHALLOWEEN TRAINS

The “Eye Spy” Halloween Train at Cabin John Regional Park is a perfect treat for kids eight and under. Passengers will spy items in the woods as they ride through the park. Family Halloween movies are shown every evening. The train runs on the following dates and times, weather permitting:

October 11- 12, 17 – 19, 24 – 26 and October 29 – November 1. Weekday hours are 3 – 8 p.m. and weekends 1 – 8 p.m.

For more information visit www.CabinJohnTrain.com or call 301-765-8670.

 

The Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel at Wheaton Regional Park is suitable for riders ages 8 and older, featuring very scary sights, sounds and creatures. Scary movies are shown every night and snacks will be available for purchase. The train and carousel run on the following dates and times, weather permitting:

October 11 – 12, 17 – 19, 24 – 26 and October 20 – November 1. Hours are 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

For more information visit www.WheatonTrainandCarousel.com or call 301-942-6703.

 

Both trains run on the half-hour, and tickets are available online for specific departure times each day at www.ParkPass.org (click on “Special Events” in the left-hand menu). Admission is $5 per person; children under age two ride free with a paying adult. Visitors are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before their departure time, and to bring non-perishable canned food items to either train for their annual food drives.

 

 

Skating Lion GirlHALLOWEEN ON ICE

“Spooky” and “Not-So-Spooky” Halloween Skating Sessions Offered at Cabin John Ice Rink and Wheaton Ice Arena 

“Spooky” skating sessions at both rinks feature creepy Halloween tunes and a darkened rink lit by a magical mystical ball. The “Not-So-Spooky” skating sessions take place on a fully lit rink, and feature a costume contest with prizes. Both sessions include treats for all.

Cost: $6.50 per person includes admission and skate rental.

Cabin John Ice Rink
Cabin John Regional Park
10610 Westlake Drive, Rockville, MD 20852
Not-So-Spooky Skate: Thursday, October 30, 4:30–6:15pm
Spooky Skate:  Friday, October 31, 1, 8–10pm

For more information, visit www.CabinJohnIce.com or call 301-765-8620

Wheaton Ice Arena
11717 Orebaugh Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
Not-So-Spooky Skate: Thursday, October 30, 4:45– 6:15pm
Spooky Skate:  Friday, October 31, 8:15–10:15pm

For more information, visit www.WheatonIceArena.com or call 301-905-3000

 

HALLOWEEN AT THE NATURE CENTERS

Halloween programs and activities are planned at Montgomery Parks Nature Centers, including:

Halloween Geocache Hunt
Friday, October 17, 1 – 3 p.m.
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD 20855
For kids ages 8 and up
$15
www.ParkPASS.org (Course #293462)

Today we’ll use GPS units to hunt for Halloween tricks and treats throughout the woods surrounding Meadowside Nature Center.


In Search of the Great Pumpkin Discovery Hike
Thursday, October 23, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
For kids ages 3 – 6 years old
$6
www.ParkPASS.org (Course #295101)

Children will enjoy a pumpkin story and hike along a trail in search of a little pumpkin.

 

Owl-O-Ween Campfire
Friday, October 24, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD 20855
For kids ages 3 and up
$7
www.ParkPASS.org (Course #295999)

Participants will gather around a campfire to learn owl facts and folklore, meet Otus the Owl (mascot) as well as one of Meadowside’s resident owls, and enjoy s’mores.
Great Pumpkin Treasure Hunt
Saturday, October 25, 3 – 3:45 p.m.
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD 20855
For  kids 3 – 8 years old
$5
www.ParkPASS.org (Course #294203)

Join Meadowside staff on a nature treasure hunt searching for the Great Pumpkin. Trail-friendly costumes welcome!
Not-Too-Scary Halloween Story Time on the Lake
Sunday, October 26, 1 – 2 p.m.
Black Hill Nature Programs at Black Hill Regional Park
20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, MD 20841
For kids ages 1 & up
$5
www.ParkPASS.org (Course #292750)

Kids will enjoy Halloween story time as they take a ride aboard the pontoon boat on Little Seneca. Costumes encouraged!


Otus the Owl Halloween Storytime
Friday, October 31, 10 – 10:45a.m.
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD 20855
For kids 2 – 10 years old
$3
www.ParkPASS.org (Course #294257)

Get in the Halloween spirit with Otus the Owl! Join us for fun Halloween tales.


Green Halloween Costume Party
Friday, October 31, 1 – 3 p.m.
Black Hill Nature Programs at Black Hill Regional Park
20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, MD 20841
For kids ages 1 month & up
$2
www.ParkPASS.org (Course #292752)

Show off your spook-tacular green costumes made from reused or recyclable materials at a party! Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and use of reused and recycled materials. Enjoy a campfire and s’mores.

 

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 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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Sep 29 14

Design Workshops Explore Placemaking Opportunities in Downtown Silver Spring

by Bridget Schwiesow

 Silver Spring and Placemaking logo without Partnership tag

Public invited to brainstorm creative ideas for improving Transit Center civic space, Ripley District and Metro Plaza

The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is partnering with the office of County Councilmember Hans Riemer, and the Silver Spring Urban District to host three design workshops focused on placemaking strategies for Downtown Silver Spring.

The current Silver Spring Sector Plan was last updated in 2000. Since then, many aspects of the plan have been implemented, transforming Downtown Silver Spring into a vibrant urban community. These workshops will explore creative ways of enhancing three downtown locations with proposed improvements. The public is invited to participate in these workshops. RSVP’s are encouraged but not required. RSVP for each event at www.silverspringplacemaking.com

The first workshop, to be held on October 15 from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD) will explore the creation of civic space in the vicinity of the Transit Center. The session will examine enhancements such as temporary short-term green space and bike facilities improving pedestrian experiences from the Transit Center to Downtown Silver Spring via Wayne Avenue. RSVP for the first Silver Spring Placemaking workshop focused on the Transit Center and green space.

The second workshop happening on Wednesday, October 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Denizens Brewing Co. (1115 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD), will focus on the community character of the Ripley District and the pedestrian experiences in the area to heighten community identity within the district. Creating a civic green space within the area will also be considered. RSVP for the second workshop focusing on the Ripley District.

The third workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.(location to be announced), will examine the areas immediately surrounding the proposed Purple Line station in Downtown Silver Spring. These areas are slated for high density development. Participants will explore design options for the redevelopment of the Metro Plaza site (located on the northeast corner of East-West Highway and Colesville Road), a prominent gateway to Downtown Silver Spring from the District of Columbia.  So that redevelopment can proceed in a manner best suited to this location, the workshop will address transit support structures and streetscape enhancements aimed at improving pedestrian connectivity. RSVP for the third workshop examining the areas around the Purple Line station.

Learn more about the workshop series: www.silverspringplacemaking.com.

 

 

Sep 29 14

Some Property Owners in County’s Urban Districts Eligible to Receive Free Trees

by Bridget Schwiesow

Casey Trees Community Tree Plantings (2)

Planning Department Expands Shades of Green program that provides free trees to eligible property owners in Montgomery County

SILVER SPRING, MD The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is offering free trees to property owners in certain areas of Montgomery County. The Shades of Green program, which was launched in 2012 as a pilot program, is now expanding to some additional areas of the county in an effort to enhance the tree canopy cover in in areas with a high impervious cover.

The Shades of Green program provides free trees to qualifying property owners.. The program is financed through the Forest Conservation Fund, which primarily includes contributions paid into the fund by developers when tree planting on their own development sites is impractical.

The expanded program includes property owners who live within the urban centers identified below.  They are invited to participate in the program to receive free trees by filling out a form at: www.montgomeryplanning.org/shadesofgreen.

The Shades of Green program will now be offered for these urban centers:

-Germantown Center
-Shady Grove
-Olney Center
-Glenmont
-Grosvenor

The program has already been active since 2012 for the following urban centers:
Silver Spring CBD
Montgomery HIlls
Wheaton CBD
Flower/Piney Branch Urban District
Bethesda CBD
Friendship Heights Urban District
Westbard Urban District

To better understand Montgomery County’s tree cover, county planners analyzed the layer of leaves and branches that cover the ground when viewed from above. High-resolution aerial imagery revealed much lower tree canopy levels in urban areas than in more  suburban neighborhoods.  Increasing the number of trees in urban areas will increase the tree canopy cover  resulting in numerous benefits.

More trees will help to:

-beautify urban districts
-reduce street temperatures
-cool buildings, thereby reducing energy demands
-support the local economy
-improve street ambiance and quality of place
-enhance water, air and habitat quality
-reduce greenhouse gas, and
-reduce the “heat island effect”

Learn more about eligibility and Shades of Green program details.

Sep 29 14

Attend or Watch the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop Tonight

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planners will ask community to give in-person and online feedback 

The community is invited to attend the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop starting at   5 p.m. on Monday, September 29 at the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave.).

The workshop, which will be held from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m., will have an open house format, with the presentation being given at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 pm. At each one, Staff will present the planning process, recent feedback that has been provided regarding constraints and opportunities, as well as next steps. The workshop will also include an interactive exercise to explore community character as it relates to open spaces, streetscapes, environmental elements, land uses, buildings, and community facilities.

Watch the live online streaming of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop.
http://mncppc.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2

Attendees, residents and business owners will also have the opportunity to take the Greater Lyttonsville Visioning Questionnaire that will ask respondents what they would like to see in the Sector Plan Area. The online questionnaire will be available for the next two weeks and will help to guide the planners in their work as they form preliminary recommendations.  Take the questionnaire here.

The Planning Board will receive a briefing at their regular meeting on Oct. 16 that will summarize the outcomes of the Sept. 29 workshop. All are invited to attend. The summary will also be available on the Planning Board website online one week before the Planning Board briefing.

Details:
Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop

Monday, Sept. 29
5 – 8:30 p.m.
Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910)
All community members and children are invited. Snacks will be provided

To get up to speed on the progress so far on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan, view these videos below:

-The GreaterLP recap video from the July 15 community workshop

-Check out this video segment with planners Erin Banks and Melissa Williams and learn how to get involved with the future of shaping the #greaterLP area.

-Watch the GreaterLP Needs You short promotional video

Learn about the progress of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and how to get involved with shaping the future of this community.

Sep 25 14

Training Session Offered to Community on New County Zoning Ordinance

by Bridget Schwiesow

Planning Department staff will present the new code and answer questions

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is offering an evening training session to the Montgomery County community on the newly approved County Zoning Ordinance on Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Planning Department Headquarters Auditorium (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD).

The session is open to the public and will include a presentation by Planning Department staff on the new zoning code followed by a question and answer session. The new zoning code and zoning map have been adopted by the County Council and will become effective on October 30, 2014.

Details:
What: Zoning Code Training
When: Tuesday, Oct. 7 (7-9 pm)
Where: Planning Department Auditorium (8787 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring)
Who: all community members are invited to attend
Details: www.montgomeryplanning.org/zoning

The County Council recently approved the revision of the County’s Zoning Ordinance which governs land use laws in the county. The last time the code was comprehensively reviewed was in 1977. Much has changed since that time, and the new code reflects the growing needs of the Montgomery County community. The comprehensive rewrite of the ordinance started five years ago with the goal of simplifying the complex and outdated code. It is now easier to use, encourages better development, enhances compatibility, promotes sustainability and supports the county master plans.

The new zoning code represents a great step forward for Montgomery County to have a more understandable, clear and coherent zoning ordinance that will be easier to use. It offers a better organization of uses and zones, clearer procedures for approval and a solid foundation in modern planning and design principles

As part of the roll-out of the new code, Montgomery Planning staff has produced companion documents to help the community better understand and interpret the new code. The companion documents include:

-Use of the Zoning Ordinance
-Old Code to New Code Section Cross Reference
-Article by Article Summary of Changes Made in the New Zoning Code |
-Use comparison charts
-Parking requirement comparison charts

Staff also created a series of fact sheets to explain different aspects of the new zoning code. The fact sheets include:

-Building Types
-Compatibility Standards
-“T” Provisions
-Commercial/ Residential zones
-Employment zones
-Industrial zones
-Floating zones
-Summary of development standards for Agricultural, Rural Residential, and Residential Detached zones

Learn more about the new Montgomery County Zoning Code

Sep 24 14

Montgomery Parks Announces Seasonal Park Closures for Annual Deer Management Operations and Proposed Expansions

by Melissa Chotiner

Public comment sought through October 29 on eight new proposed park locations.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will launch its Fall 2014, Winter 2015 deer management operations season on October 28. Several parks will be closed intermittently during the program which takes place through the end of February. Lottery-based and cooperative managed deer hunts, as well as Park Police-based sharpshooting, will take place in 28 parks in the Montgomery Parks system to address increasingly adverse impacts of the burgeoning deer population on local neighborhoods. (A complete schedule of park closure dates and times is listed at the end of the release.)

 

Program Expansion and Public Comment

Montgomery Parks is currently seeking public comment through October 29 on adding eight parks to the program. The proposed parks, spanning 700 acres are inhabited by an estimated 191 – 241deer, six times the recommended density, and include:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park and Paint Branch Stream Valley Park between Rt. 29 (Columbia Pike) and Fairland Rd.; including the attached Paint Branch Neighborhood Park, Pilgrim Hill Local Park, Tamarack Neighborhood Park and Valley Mill Special Park, and
  • Red Door Store Historical Cultural Park

 

Comments must include a valid name and address and may be submitted via email to MCP-deermanagment@montgomeryparks.org or by U.S. Mail to:

M-NCPPC, Deer Management Initiatives,
12535 Milestone Manor Lane
Germantown, MD  20876.

All comments will be posted online at www.parksdeermanagement.org

 

Montgomery County has proven to be a very conducive environment for deer population growth,” said Montgomery Parks Wildlife Ecologist Bill Hamilton. “An expansive patchwork of public and private green space provides excellent edge habitat rich with food and cover.  These habitat features and limited opportunities for hunting provide the perfect environment for unchecked population growth in the absence of natural predators.”

The result has been an increase in citizen complaints about deer-human conflicts in their communities including deer related automobile accidents, damage to agricultural crops and residential gardens, and concerns about Lyme disease.

“Such complaints appear to be shifting to the more densely populated areas of the eastern and southern-portions of the county in recent years, where most forms of deer population management are highly restricted,” added Hamilton.

Montgomery Parks’ conducts its deer management program with specially trained Park Police sharpshooters and qualified, pre-screened hunters to ensure the operations are carried out in a safe and humane manner. More details about these programs are available at www.parksdeermanagement.org.

 

In advance of the hunts, yellow and black “Park Closed” signs are posted throughout and surrounding affected parks, at all park entrances and in surrounding communities.

 

“The safety of residents is our top priority,” said Hamilton. “In eighteen years of operations, and having harvested 13,000 deer, we have not had one occurrence of personal injury of the public as a result of the Department’s deer management operations. When our safety record is considered alongside the demonstrated reduction of deer densities and impacts, including an average sixty-nine percent reduction of deer vehicle collisions where deer population management occurs on

M-NCPPC parkland, the benefit of these methods becomes difficult to ignore.”

 

Driver Safety Tips

October through December is breeding season for deer, when activity reaches an annual peak. Montgomery Parks urges residents and drivers to use caution as deer activity becomes more frequent and unpredictable, 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 there to be others.
  • Pay attention to deer crossing signs; these signify areas where multiple accidents have occurred.
  • 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 run adjacent to the roadway.


Dates and Locations of Park Closure

FY2015 M-NCPPC, Department of Parks, Montgomery County
Deer Population Management Programs

Lottery-Based and Cooperative Managed Deer Hunting Programs

[Parks Closed from Sunrise – Sunset]

October

24 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

25 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

27 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

29 – North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park (Gaithersburg)

 

November

1 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

3 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

5 – North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park (Gaithersburg)

7 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

8 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

12 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

14 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

15 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

17 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

18 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

19 – North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park (Gaithersburg)

21 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

22 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

24 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

25 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

 

December

5 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

6 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

9 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)

10 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)

11 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)

12 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)

16 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

17 – North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park (Gaithersburg)

19 – Black Hill Regional Park: 10 Mile Creek Segment (Boyds)*

19 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)

19 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)

20 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

 

January

2 – Black Hill Regional Park: 10 Mile Creek Segment (Boyds)*

2 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)

2 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)

3 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

9 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

10 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

23 – Black Hill Regional Park: 10 Mile Creek Segment (Boyds)*

23 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)

23 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)

24 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

 

Park Police-Based Sharpshooting Program

[Parks Closed from 6:00PM – 6:00AM daily, January 10 – February 28]

 

  • 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)*
  • Needwood Golf Course (Rockville)
  • North Branch Stream Valley Park Units 2 & 3 (Norbeck)
  • North Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 4 (Olney)
  • Northwest Branch Recreation Park (Aspen Hill – including Layhill Local Park in Wheaton)
  • Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 7 (Norwood)
  • Northwest Golf Course (Wheaton)
  • Paint Branch Stream Valley Park Units 5 & 6 (Silver Spring – including Pilgrim Hill Local Park, Valley Mill Special Park, Tamarack Neighborhood Park and Paint Branch Neighborhood Park)*
  • Red Door Store Historical Cultural Park (Sandy Spring)*
  • 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)
  • Wheaton Regional Park (Wheaton)
  • Woodlawn Cultural Special Park (Sandy Spring)

 

Tenant-Based Managed Deer Hunting Program

[Park Closed to Public Access Year Round]

Goshen Recreation Park (Goshen)

* Proposed conversion/expansion initiative for FY2015

 

About Montgomery Parks Deer Management Program
The deer population reduction program began in 1996 following recommendations from the Montgomery County Deer Management Work Group (DMWG), and in response to citizen concerns about the deer population.

For more information on the County’s deer management program see The Montgomery County Deer Management Program Annual Report and Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2015 which contains data on deer impacts and recommendations for the upcoming year. This and other information including a copy of the county’s deer management plan, and information on deer management operations, are available at www.ParksDeerManagement.org.

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 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

 

 

 

Sep 22 14

Attend the Westbard Sector Plan Kickoff Meeting – Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m.

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Westbard Sector Plan Briefing Book Now Available for Review

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold a community meeting on the Westbard Sector Plan on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 7-9 p.m. at Walt Whitman High School cafeteria (7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda, MD). Anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the future of the Westbard community is invited to attend the PlanWestbard kickoff meeting where the existing conditions, opportunities and constraints of the plan area will be discussed.

The community is invited to review the Westbard Sector Plan Briefing Book which summarizes the existing conditions of the Sector Plan area and is intended to be used as a reference for the community throughout the planning process.

The first hour of the meeting will be an open house and include interactive map activities for attendees. The second hour will consist of a presentation about the planning process, schedule, planning subject areas and will conclude with a discussion of next steps.

Meeting Agenda:
7-8 p.m. Open House/Map Exercise
8-9 p.m. Montgomery Planning Department Presentation about process, subject areas, schedule

The Westbard Sector Plan is one of the oldest plans still in use in Montgomery County, having last been revised in 1982. It is now being updated at the direction of the Montgomery County Council to keep pace with the times and changes in the area. The community will have an opportunity to review the Westbard Briefing Book at the kickoff meeting that will feature the existing conditions of the area.

The Plan’s Scope of Work, focused on the areas and issues identified at the kickoff session, will be presented at a meeting on Oct. 21. A week-long planning workshop scheduled for November will allow community members to give their perspective and provide feedback on the planning process.

Details:
What: Westbard Sector Plan Kickoff Meeting: Existing Conditions, Opportunities and Constraints
Who: Residents, property owners and anyone with an interest in the future of Westbard
When: Tuesday, Sept. 23 (7 – 9 p.m.)
Where: Walt Whitman High School cafeteria (7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda, MD)
Sign up: for the PlanWestbard-E-Newsletter
Call: the PlanWestbard Hotline for updates on upcoming planning events: 301-495-4567
Follow: updates on Twitter: @planwestbard
Learn More: www.montgomeryplanning.org/planwestbard
RSVP: for the Kickoff Meeting}
Use: #PlanWestbard

Information and ideas gathered at the Sept. 23 meeting will inform the planning process. This is an opportunity for the community to contribute to planning for a successful Westbard that should continue to thrive for the next 20 years and beyond.

Learn more about the Westbard Sector Plan and how to get involved: www.montgomeryplanning.org/planwestbard

Westbard Background:
Westbard lies in the southwestern part of Montgomery County, approximately one mile from the D.C. boundary line. It is less than two miles from the commercial areas of Friendship Heights and Bethesda. The Westbard area is served by two major northwest to southeast highways: River Road and Massachusetts Avenue and is surrounded by well-established single-family neighborhoods. Over a period of years, the residential uses were built around the commercial/industrial areas, which extend along River Road and Westbard Avenue. The popular regional Capital Crescent Trail runs the length of Westbard.

Sep 22 14

Go Ape Announces Park Friends Fundraiser!

by Melissa Chotiner

-Support Montgomery Parks with a Swing Through the Trees-

 

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In appreciation for their partnership with Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Go Ape at Rock Creek Regional Park announces a Park Friends Fundraiser!  On Saturday October 4th and Sunday October 5th, $10 of every ticket sold will go back to the park through a donation to the Montgomery Parks Foundation.

 

“As part of Go Ape’s mission to support the parks, we are happy to support organizations, like the Montgomery Parks Foundation, that are such worthwhile contributors to the preservation and sustainability of Rock Creek and other parks across the Maryland region.  I hope that everyone will join us as we raise funds for the Montgomery Parks Foundation while enjoying this exhilarating outdoor adventure.”  Dan D’Agostino, USA Managing Director.

 

The Montgomery Parks Foundation (www.montgomeryparksfoundation.org) is a fundraising and support organization to Montgomery Parks. Funds raised by the Foundation support Montgomery County Parks facilities and programs.

 

During the Park Friends Fundraiser, guests receive 10% off their ticket when they use promo code “GIVERC” to book at www.goape.com or by calling 1-800-971-8271.  With the promo code, every guest who books for October 4th and 5th will receive a 10% discount PLUS $10 of their ticket goes back to the Foundation.

 

Park Friends Fundraisers, are just one way Go Ape supports the parks.  A portion of every ticket sold throughout the year already goes back to the parks, and throughout the year Go Ape staff also takes part in park cleanups, replanting, and donating free and discounted tickets to underserved and special needs communities. All of Go Ape’s treetop adventure courses; built in partnership with public parks across the country, are taking part in the fundraiser.  The company encourages everyone to support the organizations that contribute to their parks and make this year’s Park Friends Fundraiser the most significant yet.

 

WHEN and WHERE 

Saturday October 4th – Sunday October 5th, 2014

 

Go Ape! Rock Creek Regional Park
6129 Needwood Lake Drive
Rockville, MD 20855

 

 

BOOK RESERVATIONS

 Reservations are recommended through www.goape.com or call 1-800-971-8271.

For the fundraising weekend, tickets are 10% off with promo code “GIVERC” plus $10 of every ticket will be donated.

 

ABOUT GO APE USA (www.goape.com)

Go Ape is a highly interactive treetop adventure where participants are equipped with harnesses, pulleys and carabineers and receive a 30-minute training session before they are turned loose into the forest canopy.  The courses feature a series of zip lines, Tarzan swings, rope ladders, bridges, swings, and trapezes.  Catering to all skill levels, participants are encouraged to live life adventurously, push themselves, and turn “I can’t” into “I can.”  To join the tribe, follow @GoApeUSA or visit the YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/goapeusa.

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

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 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