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Mar 30 15

Montgomery Parks Athletic Fields to Open April 1, 2015

by Melissa Chotiner

Updates on field conditions will be available 24 X 7 at the Parks’ Rainout line, 301-765-8787. 

SILVER SPRING, MD–Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will open all athletic fields on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. This includes fields in parks, at elementary and middle schools as well as Blair and Blake High School fields.

 

The field openings were delayed from the initial date of March 15 due to conditions created by this year’s unusually harsh winter weather.

 

Updates on field conditions will be provided via the Parks’ rainout line at 301-765-8787. Lines are updated at 7 a.m. when fields are permitted for morning and afternoon play, and at 3 p.m. when there is permitted evening play. Parents and coaches should call this line if they have questions about field openings. Updates are also available via text notifications from Alert Montgomery. To register for notifications please visit http://www.montgomeryparks.org/media/alerts.shtm

 

Montgomery Parks maintains close to 300 fields for public games, practices and walk-on play. For information about field locations, scheduling and permitting and rules and regulations please visit: http://www.montgomeryparks.org/permits/find/athletic_field.shtm

 

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. 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

 

Mar 23 15

Montgomery County GreenFest to Take Place March 28, 2015 in Silver Spring!

by Melissa Chotiner

Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection will host free festival  from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. #MCGreenfest 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and 11 nonprofit and governmental partners are hosting the inaugural Montgomery County GreenFest on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Jesup Blair Local Park and Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus.  The festival will feature family-friendly activities, exhibits, workshops and numerous opportunities to learn while having fun.

“The Montgomery County GreenFest is a celebration of our environment and an opportunity for County residents to learn about actions they can take to reduce their impact,” said Lisa Feldt, Director of the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. “Young people play an important role, because they are often the champions of green actions in the household. By coming to the Montgomery County GreenFest, young people see that environmental activities can extend to recycling, water quality, food, community service and beyond.”

A sampling of fun, interactive activities taking place at the festival include:

  • Rope-assisted tree climbing for kids in Jesup Blair Local Park.
  • A self-guided tree trail to learn more about the trees of Jesup Blair Local Park.
  • Kids’ films with educational activities: Montgomery College students will facilitate a learning activity after screenings of the “Loop Scoop” film series, helping children to consider the impact that their choices have on the environment.
  • Bioretention demonstration in the park. Experts will explain how stormwater management facilities help keep local waters clean.
  • Almost 80 exhibitors showcasing different ways to go green – including green energy sources, green food, transportation and more.
  • Music and picnic area in the park.

“We are looking forward to co-hosting this event and we have a lot of neat activities and demonstrations planned that will get kids and grownups excited about protecting our environment.” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “While everybody loves their parks—the GreenFest invites people to learn about the many ways the department is working to protect and preserve our most treasured resource – the environment. From streams, wildlife and natural resources to the development of new parks and new park amenities, Montgomery Parks is dedicated to environmental stewardship across everything we do. We look forward to a great event and welcome everyone to join us in the park!”

Food will be available for purchase at the event by Montgomery College’s caterer, Chartwells, including sustainably sourced lunch items and snacks with vegan options. Attendees who bring a reusable bottle can also receive a discount on drinks, such as lemonades and iced tea.

The Montgomery County GreenFest takes place from 11AM-4PM, rain or shine.   To view the full schedule, visit montgomerycountygreenfest.org.  Attendees are encouraged to use public transit, walk or bike to the event.  The city of Takoma Park is sponsoring a free shuttle between the event and the Takoma Metro Station.  For directions to the GreenFest, visit montgomerycountygreenfest.org/directions.

Jesup Blair Local Park and the Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus are located at 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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. 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

Mar 18 15

Planning Board Member Natali Fani-González Wins Rising Star Award

by Bridget Schwiesow

fani_gonzalez photo

Montgomery Women honors community activism of Board’s first Hispanic member.

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce that Planning Board member Natali Fani-González has been chosen for the 2015 Rising Star Award. This annual prize is given by Montgomery Women, a non-partisan leadership and political action committee, to recognize the promise and achievements of a female community activist.

“We’re proud that Natali Fani-González has received the Rising Star award. I would say she already rose quite a while back – she is a great leader and a colleague with no ceiling on her future,” said Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson at the ceremony.

Fani-González received the award at Montgomery Women’s 11th annual Power Tea on March 15 at the Strathmore Mansion. “I am committed to improving Montgomery County and honored by this award and its celebration of community service,” she said.

The Rising Star Award honors the memory of Phyllis Campbell Newsome, a founder of Montgomery Women and a director of community advocacy for the Washington Council of Agencies, who died in 2002. In prior years, the recipients of the Rising Star Award have been Denise Young (2006), Amy Presley (2007), Kathy Lally (2008), Dr. Yvette Butler (2009), Theresa Testoni (2010), Rachel Glass (2011), Hannah McCann (2012), Wendy Howard (2013) and Hedieh Mirahmadi (2014).

About Natali Fani-González
Appointed to the Montgomery County Planning Board in October 2014, the Venezuelan-born Fani-González, 34, is the founder and principal of the Rockville-based public relations firm, The Matea Group. She is the first Latino and millennial to serve on the five-member Planning Board, which reviews master plans and policies governing growth and development throughout Montgomery County.

A human and civil rights activist and entrepreneur, Fani-Gonzalez was recognized in 2013 as a “Leading Women” honoree by The Daily Record for her numerous contributions to Maryland. She started her career as a lobbyist for CASA de Maryland, the largest Latino and immigrant organization in the state, and then joined the communications team of the Service Employee International Union Local 32BJ before starting her own public relations firm.

Fani-González graduated from Goucher College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations. She lives with her husband and their two children in Kensington.

Mar 13 15

Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation Host Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Public Forum

by Melissa Chotiner

Forum will be held on April 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Montgomery Regional Office Auditorium.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and Montgomery County Recreation will host a joint public forum on April 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. on future capital improvement projects (CIP) for parks and recreation facilities for fiscal years 2017-2022. Details about the forum are below.

 

WHO: Montgomery Parks and the Montgomery County Countywide Recreation Advisory Board

WHAT: Joint Public Forum for the Proposed FY 2017-2022 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Budget

WHEN: Thursday, April 23, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Montgomery Regional Office Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

WHY: Learn about Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation CIP and provide input on future project proposals.

 

To speak at the public forum, residents must call 301-495-2545 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. The forum is limited to 35 speakers. Written comments may be submitted by mail to the Montgomery County Planning Board, Casey Anderson, Chair, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910 or by email to mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org by Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

 

Background on Capital Improvement Program
The Capital Improvement Program is a six-year funding plan for capital projects that is approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board and Montgomery County Council every two years.  The CIP for Montgomery Parks includes projects for parkland acquisitions, renovation of park facilities, and new development within parks.  The Recreation Department’s CIP includes projects for new community/recreation centers and aquatic facilities, and for renovations to existing facilities.

 

Upcoming projects in the CIP for Fiscal Years 2017 – 2022
Park projects moving forward in the FY17-22 CIP include new parks (Seneca Crossing Local Park and Laytonia Recreational Park); renovations/enhancements to existing parks (Josiah Henson Historical Park, Little Bennett Regional Park, Northwest Branch Recreational Park, and Woodside and Kemp Mill urban parks); hard surface trail segments along North Branch and Magruder Branch trail systems;, and natural surface trails at Rachel Carson Greenway, Black Hill Regional Park and Cabin John  stream valley park.  On-going infrastructure maintenance     includes ADA-related improvements, energy conservation measures, playground and tennis court renovations; and environmental and cultural resource conservation programs.  Additional information about Parks’ CIP projects is at www.parkprojects.org/Capital Improvements Program Projects.

 

The Montgomery County Department of Recreation’s Capital Budget includes construction of a new community recreation center in N. Bethesda; facility improvements at Good Hope and Ross Boddy recreation centers; and Western County outdoor pool and Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center.

 

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

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Mar 13 15

Montgomery Parks Delays Opening Lakes Until End of March

by Melissa Chotiner

Both lakes will remain closed until March 28 when conditions will be reassessed.

Ice on Little Seneca Lake March 2015

Ice is 4 inches deep on Little Seneca Lake.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is delaying the opening of Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park and Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park for the second time this season, until March 28th at the soonest. Both lakes typically open on March 1st for recreational boating, fishing and other uses, however due to unusually harsh winter weather the lakes remain frozen.

Boating:
Once lakes open for the season, boaters with a daily or seasonal boating permit are allowed to use their private boats on the lakes from 6 a.m. until official sunset. Seasonal permits may be purchased at the Black Hill Visitor Center or the Needwood Mansion. Daily permit fees can be deposited in the fee boxes at the boat ramps or other launching locations around each lake. Seasonal mooring stakes for private boats are sold at both locations on a first-come, first-served basis.  Boat rentals at both lakes will not be available until May 3.


*PLEASE NOTE:
 All boats must comply with Maryland State, U.S. Coast Guard and M-NCPPC regulations and standards. Use of gasoline motors is strictly prohibited; only electric motors are permitted. All boats must be off the lake by official sunset. For a complete list of regulations, please visit BlackHillBoats.com or Lake NeedwoodBoats.com.


Fishing:
Fishing from private boats at both lakes is permitted once the lakes open for the season. (Year-round fishing is permitted at both lakes from the shoreline.) All Maryland State Fishing Regulations for inland waters apply, and people ages 16 and older must have a Maryland Fishing License. Trophy Bass Fishing Regulations are in effect at Little Seneca Lake. Largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, and crappie, are some of the fish species found in both lakes. Please view the Regulations for Private Boats for complete information.

For information about fishing licenses, please contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources at 1-855-855-3906 (7 days a week, 7am – 7pm), or visit www.dnr.maryland.gov and use their new “COMPASS” Online Licensing and Registration System.


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 park systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Mar 4 15

Planning Board Meeting for March 5 Canceled

by Bridget Schwiesow

The Montgomery County Planning Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 5 has been canceled in anticipation of the inclement weather. Items that were scheduled for March 5 have already been rescheduled for either March 12 or March 19. Please check the Planning Board agenda for those dates on the following link: http://www.montgomeryplanningboard.org/meetings_archive/

Mar 3 15

Montgomery Parks Delays Opening of Athletic Fields Until April 1 Due to Unusually Harsh Weather Conditions

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MD –The opening of all Montgomery Parks’ park and elementary / middle school athletic fields (excluding synthetic turf fields) will be delayed from the original opening date of March 15 until April 1 at the earliest, due to this year’s extremely harsh winter weather conditions. Field conditions will be assessed on a daily basis beginning April 1 to determine if they are suitable for use. Until then, teams are not permitted to play or practice on fields due to the risk of destroying surfaces as well as the ground underneath.

 

The Washington Post reported that this past February has been the coldest in the last 36 years,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Department of Parks. “The unusually cold temperatures coupled with snow, sleet and ice have had a significant impact on our athletic fields. Even when snow and ice melt from the fields, the ground will remain frozen trapping moisture on the surface.  Play when the surface is saturated can cause damage to the turf that will last the entire season.”

 

Use of park athletic fields is prohibited when park staff or Park Police have deemed them unplayable and during any of the following conditions:

  • Seasonal rest and/or preparation
  • Renovations and/or repairs
  • Standing water on the field
  • A half inch or more of rain has fallen in the past 24 hours
  • Soil is frozen or wet and “spongy”
  • Ground is muddy and/or soil clings to shoes
  • Steady rain is falling
  • A lightning or electrical storm is occurring

 

For additional information and updates about fields contact Montgomery Parks and Community Use of Public Facilities athletic field rainout line at 301-765-8787 or register for Montgomery Parks ALERT notifications at http://www.montgomeryparks.org/media/alerts.shtm to receive updates on field conditions. Updates regarding field status will also be available at 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 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. 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

 

Feb 27 15

Montgomery Parks to Present Solar Initiative Proposal to Montgomery County Planning Board on March 5, 2015

by Melissa Chotiner

Public input is welcome at the meeting or by mail, email or online.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will present a solar initiative proposal at the March 5th Montgomery County Planning Board meeting. The proposal calls for installing solar arrays at South Germantown Recreational Park and Rock Creek Regional Park. The proposed locations are on undeveloped land that is not suitable for recreational use. The site at South Germantown Recreational Park is adjacent to high voltage power lines and the proposed Rock Creek Regional Park site is currently used to stockpile dredging spoils.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting to provide input / ask questions.

Public Meeting on Montgomery Parks Solar Initiative Proposal
March 5, 2015; item is scheduled in the morning, estimated time 9:30 a.m.
Montgomery Regional Offices building
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
www.ParkPlanning.org

Written questions, comments or requests for more information may be sent to:

Dominic Quattrocchi, Project Coordinator
M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks
9500 Brunett Ave.,
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Dominic.Quattrocchi@montgomeryparks.org
301-650-4361

About the Solar Initiative:
Montgomery Parks is researching the feasibility of installing two solar arrays on undeveloped parkland at Rock Creek Regional Park and South Germantown Recreational Park. These sites were selected following a comprehensive study of parkland which reviewed usage and environmental impacts and included information provided by park managers and subject matter experts.

Benefits include:

  • Reduced carbon footprint equivalent to annual greenhouse gas emissions from 300 automobiles
  • Estimated energy savings up to $290,850 per year per 2 megawatt solar array
  • Reduce dependence on non-renewable resources and impact of extraction techniques that harm the environment
  • Consistent with M-NCPPC’s Mission Statement
  • Consistent with Montgomery County’s Energy Initiatives and Carbon Reduction Goals

Pending approval from the Montgomery County Planning Board, solar farm construction will begin in the late spring /early summer of this year and is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.

The Department of Parks will continue to explore additional solar options in the future to reduce energy costs and the department’s carbon footprint. Due to limited availability of undeveloped parkland, future options for solar initiatives may involve technologies that are embedded in parking lot surfaces, roads and trails and/or constructed over commission parking lots and facilities.

 

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

 

 

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Feb 26 15

Montgomery Parks Delays Opening Lake Needwood and Little Seneca Lake for Boating and Fishing

by Melissa Chotiner

Both lakes are planned to open on March 14th instead of March 1st due to inclement weather.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will open Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park and Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park on March 14th for recreational boating, fishing and other uses. The original planned opening date of March 1st is delayed due to inclement weather conditions.

 

Boating:
Boaters with a daily or seasonal boating permit are allowed to use their private boats on the lakes starting March 14 from 6 a.m. until official sunset. Seasonal permits may be purchased at the Black Hill Visitor Center or the Needwood Mansion. Daily permit fees can be deposited in the fee boxes at the boat ramps or other launching locations around each lake. Seasonal mooring stakes for private boats are sold at both locations on a first-come, first-served basis.  Boat rentals at both lakes will not be available until May 3.


*PLEASE NOTE:
 All boats must comply with Maryland State, U.S. Coast Guard and M-NCPPC regulations and standards. Use of gasoline motors is strictly prohibited; only electric motors are permitted. All boats must be off the lake by official sunset. For a complete list of regulations, please visit BlackHillBoats.com or Lake NeedwoodBoats.com.

 

Fishing:
Fishing from private boats at both lakes is permitted beginning on March 14. (Year-round fishing is permitted at both lakes from the shoreline.) All Maryland State Fishing Regulations for inland waters apply, and people ages 16 and older must have a Maryland Fishing License. Trophy Bass Fishing Regulations are in effect at Little Seneca Lake. Largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, and crappie, are some of the fish species found in both lakes. Please view the Regulations for Private Boats for complete information.

For information about fishing licenses, please contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources at 1-855-855-3906 (7 days a week, 7am – 7pm), or visit www.dnr.maryland.gov and use their new “COMPASS” Online Licensing and Registration System.

 

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 park systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Feb 26 15

Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting and Board of Education Dinner Canceled for Thursday, February 26

by Bridget Schwiesow

Both meetings for February 26 canceled due to inclement weather 

The Montgomery County Planning Board meeting scheduled for today, Thursday, February 26 at 4 p.m. has been canceled due to inclement weather. The agenda items scheduled for today have been rescheduled for March 5. Please contact the Montgomery County Planning Board Chair’s Office with any questions MCP-CHAIR@mncppc-mc.org.

The Montgomery County Board of Education dinner scheduled for 6 p.m. this evening with the Planning Board is also canceled due to the weather and will be rescheduled.

Learn more about the Montgomery County Planning Board.