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Aug 3 16

Montgomery Parks Launches Nature-Based Pre-School Program for Children Ages 3 – 5.

by Melissa Chotiner

Locust Grove Nature Center to host “Nature Explorers,” a classroom without walls for children to learn through outdoor play. Public is invited to an open house on August 31, 2016 from 4 – 6 p.m.

27724520030_63aaae91fb_oSILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is launching “Nature Explorers,” a new nature-based pre-school program at Locust Grove Nature Center. The five-week program begins in September and takes children outdoors to explore, discover and create – while learning through play.

“Getting kids outside is so important to their wellbeing and development,” said Marta Potter, facility and program manager at Locust Grove Nature Center. “Research shows that kids are spending half as much time outside today as they did 20 years ago. We put this program together specifically to address this need and to lay the ground work for a love of learning.”

Continuous research shows nature-based programs not only provide children with physical benefits, but also contribute to their overall health, learning, gross motor and mental health.

Children in the program will be immersed in nature by exploring Cabin John Regional Park, which surrounds Locust Grove Nature Center.  They will have the opportunity to discover the woods and streams while learning what is growing and living all around them. These hands-on, nature based activities encourage social skills, problem solving, and foster independence and self-esteem.

Nature Explorers offers two five-week sessions, September 13th to October 13th and October 18th to November 17th.  Each session is offered twice a week, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Classes are limited to 10 children and cost $275 per session.

Locust Grove Nature Center will host an open house August 31st from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for parents and caregivers to learn more about the program and register in person.

For more information, including how to register for Nature Explorers visit www.ActiveMontgomery.com

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About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 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.

 

Aug 1 16

Montgomery Parks Reports Elevated Levels of Microcystin at Lake Needwood and Lake Frank; Visitors Asked to Use Caution

by Melissa Chotiner

Pet owners urged to keep dogs out of the lake; boating and fishing remain open.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is asking residents to use caution when recreating on or near Lake Needwood and Lake Frank located within Rock Creek Regional Park. Testing has shown there are elevated levels of microcystin, a toxic substance produced by some species of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), in both lakes. 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:

 

  • Park visitors are encouraged to avoid direct contact with water while boating or fishing
  • Notice that swimming is prohibited in the lake 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.

 

Signs have been posted around Lake Needwood and Lake Frank indicating that elevated levels of microcystin have been found, and to urge visitors to take precautions. Portions of both lakes may be contaminated for the rest of the season. Montgomery Parks will continue to monitor the lakes and update signs when the warning is lifted.

 

For updates or more information, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org.

 

 

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

 

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 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

 

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Jul 25 16

Join Montgomery Parks at the Annual Great Outdoors Festival at Little Bennett Campground, August 20, 2016, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

by Melissa Chotiner

Check out the campground’s newest amenities: pedal carts, a giant jumping pillow and yurts!

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Yurts are new at Little Bennett Campground this season.

 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, invites the public to the annual Great Outdoors Fest at Little Bennett Campground on August 20, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The free family event features live music, hayrides, hikes, contests and giveaways, as well as information and demonstrations from various outdoor activity, nature and conservation groups.

 

“Little Bennet Campground has a bunch of new additions this year to show off, including pedal carts, a giant jumping pillow and three yurts,” David Williams, Little Bennett Campground Manager. “We host this free festival every year to let people know about this tucked away treasure that is located just outside our nation’s capital. It’s a great campground for experienced campers and newbies.”

 

Little Bennett Campground is located in Little Bennett Regional Park, Montgomery Parks largest park spanning 3,700 acres of forests, meadows and more than 30 miles of trails. The campground features 91 wooded campsites, including three new yurts and a variety of weekend activities available for all ages and interests. There is a “Camper-Ready Camping” option available for people who want to try out camping but may not have all the equipment and gear.

 

The Great Outdoors Fest will feature live music from Know1Else and The Haley Fahey Band. Many local organizations, retailers and conservation groups will be at the event as well including:

  • Black Hill Boats and Lake Needwood Boats
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Eloise Woodfield Clarksburg Historical Society
  • Friends of Black Hill Nature Programs
  • Go Ape Zip Line
  • Hyatt town Mill Arts Project
  • Maryland Chapter of the American Chestnut
  • Mid Atlantic Hiking Group
  • Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S. Search and Rescue
  • Montgomery Parks’ Cultural Resources and Stewardship
  • Montgomery Parks’ Volunteer Service Office
  • Orienteering Course Group
  • Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
  • Quantico Orienteering Club
  • Seneca Valley Trout Unlimited
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling (Montgomery County)

Visit here for complete information on the event and a Little Bennett map.

 

The Great Outdoors Festival will take place at Little Bennett Campground at 23701 Frederick Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871.

 

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

Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 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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Jul 21 16

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Invites Public Input on Updates to Park Rules and Regulations

by Melissa Chotiner

Montgomery Planning Board will hold public hearing on July 28, 2016 on proposed updates.  

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks and Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation Departments, which are part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission are inviting the public to provide input on proposed revisions to the Commission’s Park Rules and Regulations. The Rules and Regulations were last updated in March 2001, and are being revised to better reflect today’s use of the parks, facilities and amenities.

 

The Montgomery County Planning Board will host a public hearing about the proposed changes July 28. The time of the hearing will be determined closer to the date of the meeting and listed on the Planning Board agenda available at www.MontgomeryPlanningBoard.org. Planning Board meetings are held at:

Montgomery Regional Office Building
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20901

 

A draft of the new rules and regulations is currently available at www.mncppc.org. The public may provide comments and questions at the meeting, or via email at commentonparkrules@mncppc.org, or by mail to:

M-NCPPC
c/o Rules and Regulations Review Committee
6611 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 200
Riverdale, MD 20737

The public input period will end at 5 p.m. on August 1, 2016.  Public input will be considered before the Commission enacts new rules and regulations.

 

“We are updating the rules and regulations to provide greater flexibility in defining the many ways the public can access our parks, facilities and amenities,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “This approach strikes an important balance so that we can make appropriate site-specific decisions.”

 

Ronnie Gathers, Director of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, said, “Park rules and regulations are put in place to maintain safe and enjoyable recreation experiences in all of our parks and facilities. We are committed to the fair and equitable use of our parks and recreation facilities by all residents and visitors.”

 

A sampling of the activities covered by the rules and regulations includes:

  • Commercial activities in parks
  • Unpermitted regular use of athletic fields
  • Hours of operation for trails

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Montgomery Parks and the Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County are departments of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land and later to operate parks and recreation systems. 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; it is a six-time National Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in parks and recreation management and programming.

 

The Department of Parks and Recreation operates and programs 28,000 acres of park land and more than 100 recreation facilities in Prince George’s County. For more information, visit www.pgparks.com. Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 parks. For more information, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org

M-NCPPC encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

 

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Jul 20 16

Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation Department Begin 2017 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan

by Melissa Chotiner

Parks Department seeks public input to predict future needs and determine how to put the “right parks in the right places,” and steward natural and cultural resources.

 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is starting the process of preparing the 2017 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan. Park planners will present an outline, schedule and outreach strategy for developing the PROS Plan at the July 28th Planning Board meeting. The presentation will be given in the morning at around 10 a.m.

 

Ideas and comments from the public are welcome throughout the planning process, and may be submitted online, by email to the project manager, Brooke.Farquhar@MontgomeryParks.org, at public meetings and by mail to Brooke Farquhar, Montgomery Parks, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901.

 

“Parks, recreation, and open spaces are essential to the high quality of life for Montgomery County residents,” said Brooke Farquhar, Supervisor, Park and Trail Planning in the Park Planning and Stewardship Division of M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks Department. “One of the greatest challenges is balancing the need for recreational facilities with stewardship of environmental and cultural resources. The 2017 PROS Plan will help guide us in this challenge.”

 

The PROS Plan provides a framework for the next decade for how Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation Department will balance the need for open space and recreational facilities in a county that is becoming increasingly urbanized. The plan will address a variety of factors impacting parks and recreation including:

 

  • Planning for urban parks, trails and athletic fields
  • Methods to achieve social equity, health and conservation

 

The 2017 PROS Plan will build upon and expand the work of the 2012 PROS Plan, which introduced a new methodology and typology for urban park planning, service delivery strategies for 27 facility types, funding priorities for historic resources, and resource-based recreation.

 

About the 2017 Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan

The 2017 PROS Plan is required under State law, and completed in conformance with Maryland State Guidelines. The PROS Plan was last updated in July 2012. The schedule mandated by the State requires the 2017 Staff Draft PROS Plan to be submitted by December 31, 2016, with final completion by July 1, 2017.

 

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

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 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

Accessibility
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages the involvement and participation of all individuals in the community, including those with disabilities, in the planning and review processes.  In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M?NCPPC) will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities.  M?NCPPC works to make its facilities and materials accessible and to hold public meetings in locations that are, likewise, accessible. M?NCPPC will generally provide, upon request, appropriate aids and services and make reasonable modifications to policies and programs for qualified persons with disabilities (e.g., large print materials, listening devices, sign language interpretation, etc.).  For assistance with such requests, please contact the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Commissioners’ Office, at least a week in advance, at (301) 495-4600 or at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org .  Maryland residents can also use the free Maryland Relay Service for assistance with calls to or from hearing or speech-impaired persons; for information, go to www.mdrelay.org/ or call (866) 269-9006.

 

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Jul 11 16

Montgomery Parks Volunteer Named State and County Volunteer of the Year!

by Melissa Chotiner

Sarah Morse honored for her community volunteer leadership with the Little Falls Watershed Alliance.


Sarah MorseSILVER SPRING, MD
Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is proud to announce Sarah Morse, a longtime Montgomery Parks volunteer, as the recipient of both the 2016 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Community Volunteer Award and the 2016 County-wide Recreation Advisory Board Outstanding Parks Volunteer Award in recognition of her dedication and extraordinary service to her local parks, environment, and community. Montgomery Parks Director Mike Riley presented the awards on June 6th at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek in Boyds, MD.

 

“During the past five years Sarah has motivated over 850 volunteers from the local community who have spent more than 2,400 hours working in our parks,” said Montgomery Parks Director Michael F. Riley. “She is a tireless educator and community organizer who manages to bring residents closer to their parks every day. She is a true citizen advocate, the neighbor who is always willing to learn and share what Montgomery Parks is doing and why.”

 

Sarah is a founding board member and the current executive director of the Little Falls Watershed Alliance (LFWA), one of Montgomery Parks most active and productive community partners. Since 2008, LFWA has been dedicated to restoring the water quality, improving the natural habitat, protecting the natural heritage and enhancing the community’s enjoyment of the many creeks and forests in the watershed.

 

Under Sarah’s direction, LFWA organizes more than 40 service projects a year, including monthly stream and park cleanups and invasive plant removal. Sarah has also led efforts in community education for children and adults, securing grant funding for projects, and championing the importance of parks and streams in current and future community planning. Sarah’s outreach and engagement efforts bring together volunteers from the local neighborhoods, schools, scout groups, religious organizations, corporations, and environmental organizations.

 

Sarah has deep roots in the Little Falls Watershed community, as it is where she raised her children and has lived for more than 30 years. In addition to an inspirational volunteer leader, Sarah is an educator, artist, and naturalist. She has worked as a statistician, an art teacher, and the director of the Jewish Folk Arts Festival. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, double majoring in art and general science, and holds a master’s degree in education from Temple University.

About Montgomery Parks’ Volunteer Services Office

Montgomery Parks Volunteer Services Office works with an estimated 11,600 volunteers annually who donate more than 84,000 hours of service to the Department in a variety of ways including, but not limited to:

  • Park and stream cleanups
  • Trail work
  • Special events
  • Nature programs and gardening
  • Public safety
  • Historic interpretation

Visit www.ParkVolunteers.org for more information.

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

Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 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

 

 

 

 

Jul 1 16

Montgomery Parks Begins Pesticide Reduction Program

by Abbigail Irelan

Program includes Pesticide Alerts, Pesticide-Free Playgrounds, and Pilot Program for Pesticide-Free Parks

SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will introduce a pesticide-reduction program beginning July 1, 2016 in accordance with Bill 52-14, legislation passed by the Montgomery County Council regarding the use of pesticides on county-owned property, parks and private property.
In accordance with this legislation, Montgomery Parks is embracing new ways to manage their parks while still working to protect the health of trees, shrubs, and ornamental beds, wildlife, and the people who use our parks.
Beginning July 1, 2016, Montgomery Parks will:

  • Inform the public of pesticide applications via advanced notifications on the Montgomery Parks website www.MontgomeryParks.org/Pesticide. Notifications will be placed on the website at least 48 hours in advance of pesticide applications.
  • Inform the public of pesticide applications via signage. Pre-application signage will be placed at the location of the application at least 48 hours in advance of the pesticide application. Post-application signage will be placed at the location of the application for at least 48 hours after the pesticide application.
  • Discontinue the use of pesticides on all playgrounds in Montgomery Parks.
  • Begin a pilot program to eliminate the use of pesticides in 11 of our local parks.
  • Develop and implement new pesticide usage protocols in our parks, with the goal of reducing pesticide usage (other than listed pesticides) where possible.

Pesticide-Free Parks Pilot Program

An important component of Montgomery Parks’ pesticide reduction program is a Pesticide-Free Parks Pilot Program, which will create 11 pesticide-free parks in the Montgomery Parks system. Citizens will gain access to pesticide-free parks while staff will gain valuable information about the impact and best practices associated with maintaining parks without pesticides. The following parks will be part of this pilot program:

It is important to note that Montgomery Parks will make every effort to make playgrounds and Pesticide-Free Pilot Parks completely pesticide free; however, Bill 52-14 includes provisions whereby pesticides may be applied in a playground, pesticide-free park, or elsewhere. Exemptions allowed under law permit pesticide application in these areas for the control of weeds, invasive species, pest control while engaged in agriculture, the maintenance of a golf course, to protect human health or to prevent significant economic damage. In the case of such a situation, the area may be closed for a brief period while the emergency is managed and re-opened as soon as possible afterwards. Notices will be posted via signage at the location for at least 48 hours after the application is made.

Athletic Fields
Montgomery Parks is also making plans to transition to pesticide-free athletic fields. Per the pesticide legislation, Montgomery Parks’ goal is to develop a plan for maintaining athletic fields with only listed pesticides by September 2019 and to transition to the maintenance of all playing fields with the use of listed pesticides only in the year 2020 (contingent on the results of the pilot study, 2019 Athletic Field Plan and available budget). Montgomery Parks’ plans to begin a pilot program at five athletic fields starting in 2017, while maintaining all other playing fields with an Integrated Pest Management Program.

As a result of Montgomery Parks’ efforts to reduce pesticide usage in parks, you may expect to see staff using techniques like hand pulling and mechanical pulling of weeds, additional string pulling, propane flame weeding, and the use of listed pesticides on the National Organic List and the Minimum Risk Ingredients List, which are approved per the legislation.

For more information on Montgomery Parks’ pesticide reduction program, up-to-date pesticide application alerts, frequently asked questions about the program and more, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/Pesticide.

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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.

Jun 30 16

Montgomery Parks Adopts New Rules Regarding Smoking and Tobacco Use in Parks and Facilities

by Melissa Chotiner

Policy addresses health, safety and environmental concerns

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, today announced effective July 1, 2016, it will adopt regulations in accordance with the Maryland legislation passed in October 2015 to prohibit smoking of lighted tobacco products in its nonexempt parks and facilities. In addition, M-NCPPC is prohibiting the usage of e-cigarettes, vapors or any smokeless tobacco products indoors and in designated outdoor areas.

 

Montgomery Parks joins a growing number of Maryland municipalities, as well as city parks, public beaches, college campuses and private venues across the country, to address the concerns of tobacco use in public spaces.

 

Beginning July 1, 2016, the following rules regarding the use of smoking and tobacco products will go into effect:

  • Visitors and staff will not be permitted to smoke a cigarette, cigar, pipe or any other lighted tobacco in outdoor parks or venues or indoor facilities.
  • Visitors and staff will not be permitted to use e-cigarettes or vaping devices in all indoor facilities and designated outdoor areas.
  • Visitors and staff will not be permitted to use any smokeless products such as chewing tobacco or snuff in all indoor facilities and designated outdoor areas.

 

The ban covers all public parks and facilities within the jurisdiction of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, with the exception of designated facilities used to raise revenue. Current exemptions in the Montgomery Parks system include event/wedding venues, golf courses, and residential rental homes. The policy applies to all park patrons as well as M-NCPPC employees.

 

“The purpose of the legislation is to preserve and improve the health, safety and comfort of people in our public parks and facilities,” said Montgomery Parks Director Mike Riley, “and to provide and maintain a healthy work environment for all employees.”

 

Banning smoking at parks and facilities will benefit people, wildlife and the environment in many ways including:

  • Improves air quality for park users, protecting individuals from the harmful effects of second hand smoke.
  • Reduces the risk of fire, protecting the physical safety of individuals and wildlife.
  • Reduces the environmental impact of cigarette butts, including harm to wildlife, water supply systems and soil.
  • Saves money by reducing associated clean-up costs.
  • Motivates smokers to quit or reduce use.
  • Decreases negative role modeling for impressionable children.
  • Cultivates healthy outdoor environments, building a healthier community.

 

Park patrons who do not adhere to the new policy will receive a warning from The Maryland-National Capital Park Police for the first offense and a $25 fine for subsequent infractions.

For more information, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org

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

Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 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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Jun 13 16

Montgomery Parks Hosts July 4th Celebration “Germantown Glory” with Live Music and Fireworks

by Melissa Chotiner

Plus Parks Happenings and Operating Schedule for Independence Day Weekend

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is the place for all of your July 4th weekend activities.  There’s the Splash Playground & Mini Golf at South Germantown Recreational Park (10am-6pm), Boating at Black Hill Regional Park (6:30am-6:30pm) and Miniature Trains at Cabin John Regional Park and/  or Wheaton Regional Park, which also has the Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel, (10am-6pm) to fill your days.

End your holiday weekend with live music and fireworks at “Germantown Glory,” Montgomery County’s July 4th celebration, at South Germantown Recreational Park. Festivities kick-off at 7pm with the sounds of Quiet Fire Soul Show. Fireworks are slated to begin at 9:15pm.  Bring a picnic dinner or purchase food from one of the many food trucks which will be located throughout the park. Parking lots open at 7pm and Park Police will direct traffic. Gates to the lots will close once full and remain closed until the conclusion of the fireworks.  Glass receptacles or alcohol is not permitted into the park and visitors are urged to properly dispose of all trash. Rain date for fireworks is July 5th.

All Montgomery Park facilities, parks and programs will follow standard operating hours with the following exceptions:

  • Parkside Headquarters offices are closed on Monday, July 4th.
  • Park Permits Office is closed on Monday, July 4th.
  • There is no camp session on Monday, July 4th. All new camp sessions starting that week will start on Tuesday, July 5th.
  • No classes at Cabin John Ice Rink and Wheaton Ice Arena on either July 3rd or July 4th.
  • Cabin John Ice Rink, Wheaton Ice Arena, Pauline Betz Addie and Wheaton Indoor Tennis Centers will be closed on Monday, July 4th.

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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.

Jun 10 16

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Invites Public Input on Updates to Park Rules and Regulations

by Melissa Chotiner

Oral, written and online comments to be accepted through July 1, 2016.  

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks and Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation Departments, which are part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission are inviting the public to provide input on proposed revisions to the Commission’s Park Rules and Regulations. The Rules and Regulations were last updated in March 2001, and are being revised to better reflect today’s use of the parks, facilities and amenities.

A public meeting about the proposed changes will take place at 7 p.m. on July 7 at:

Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center
7120 Contee Road
Laurel, Maryland 20707

A draft of the new rules and regulations is currently available at www.mncppc.org. The public may provide comments and questions at the meeting, or via email at commentonparkrules@mncppc.org, or by mail to:

M-NCPPC
c/o Rules and Regulations Review Committee
6611 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 200
Riverdale, MD 20737

The public input period will end at 5 p.m. on July 1, 2016.  Public input will be considered before the Commission enacts new rules and regulations.

“We are updating the rules and regulations to provide greater flexibility in defining the many ways the public can access our parks, facilities and amenities,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “This approach strikes an important balance so that we can make appropriate site-specific decisions.”

Ronnie Gathers, Director of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, said, “Park rules and regulations are put in place to maintain safe and enjoyable recreation experiences in all of our parks and facilities. We are committed to the fair and equitable use of our parks and recreation facilities by all residents and visitors.”

A sampling of the activities covered by the rules and regulations includes:

  • Commercial activities in parks
  • Unpermitted regular use of athletic fields
  • Hours of operation for trails

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Montgomery Parks and the Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County are departments of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land and later to operate parks and recreation systems. 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; it is a six-time National Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in parks and recreation management and programming.

The Department of Parks and Recreation operates and programs 28,000 acres of park land and more than 100 recreation facilities in Prince George’s County. For more information, visit www.pgparks.com. Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 parks. For more information, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org

M-NCPPC encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

 

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