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Apr 9 14

Montgomery Parks is Recognized with Six Awards from the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association

by Melissa Chotiner

Awards recognize excellence in creative programming, environmental protection and volunteerism, among other aspects.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has received six awards from the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA) at the Annual Conference this week in Ocean City, Maryland.

Montgomery Parks received awards in the following categories:

  • PARC Branch Planning and Design with Environmental Protection in Mind Award for impervious surface removal and wetland creation project in Meadowbrook Local Park. The project was managed by Montgomery Parks Engineer Designer Erin McArdle and Montgomery Parks Park Development Division Section Chief Andrew Frank.

 

  • Creative Programming Award for Minnow Minutes, a newsletter-style, education and outreach tool designed to  and educate park staff on environmental and water quality related topics. The award was presented to Montgomery Parks Senior Natural Resources Specialist Amanda Matheny.

 

  • Agency Volunteer Award to Ralph Buglass for his volunteer service to Montgomery Parks at the Kingsley Schoolhouse, a 19th century one-room schoolhouse in Little Bennett Regional Park. Mr. Buglass was nominated for this award by Montgomery Parks Cultural Resources Planner Julie Mueller.

 

  • MRPA Agency Showcase Award for Best Photography for Woodstock Horse Jump photo taken by Stacey Wigmore at the Woodstock Equestrian Park Opening.

 

  • MRPA Agency Showcase Award for Best Website for History in the Parks (www.HistoryInTheParks.org) presented to Barbara Lerch, Montgomery Parks Senior Graphic Designer.

 

  • MRPA Agency Showcase Award for Best Activity Guide for Summer Camps 2013 Guide presented to Colleen Holt, Enterprise Division Marketing Manager at Montgomery Parks, and Judy Stiles, Media Relations Manager at Montgomery County Recreation.

 

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

 

 

Apr 7 14

Montgomery Parks Celebrates the Opening of its Newest Park: Carroll Knolls Local Park

by Melissa Chotiner
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
 10500 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20839
*Located at the intersection of Evans Parkway

 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will unveil its newest park, Carroll Knolls Local Park at a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11 a.m.

 

Carroll Knolls Local Park, the former site of the Montgomery College of Art and Design, was acquired by Montgomery Parks in 2012 through the Department’s Legacy Open Space Program.

 

“The communities surrounding this new park have been using the site for decades. Children come here to play, families walk their dogs here, and in general people enjoy the access to nature and open space on this side of Georgia Avenue,” said Beverly Sobel, President of GreenSpaceonGeorgia.org. “We are grateful that the site is being saved as parkland for generations to come.”

 

Carroll Knolls Local Park is a four acre passive park located in an increasingly dense urban area of the county. It features urban wooded areas, an open meadow, picnic tables and benches; in the future a natural surface trail will be incorporated into the site. The park is the only one within walking distance of a community that previously had to walk almost a mile or cross a major roadway to reach parkland.

 

“Preserving green space in rapidly growing urban areas such as Silver Spring and Wheaton is so important as these parts of the county experience an increase in development,” said Dominic Quattrocchi, AICP, Park Planner at Montgomery Parks. “We recognize how important this new park is to the community and are pleased that the time, energy and hard work of local supporters, elected officials, planning board commissioners and our staff has paid off in preserving this space.”

 

Please find details about the park opening event below.

CARROLL KNOLLS LOCAL PARK OPENING

WHO: Elected officials, leaders from regional environmental organizations and the community will join Montgomery Parks to celebrate the opening of Carroll Knolls Local Park.

WHAT: The event will feature a speaking program and ribbon cutting ceremony followed by various family friendly activities.

Carroll Knolls Local Park Opening Schedule:

10:45   Arrival and light refreshments

11:00   Speaking Program

                        Mary Bradford, Director of Montgomery County Parks Department
                        Beverly Sobol, Green Space on Georgia President
 
11:20   Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

11:30   Family friendly activities including:

  • Naturalist demonstrations with live animals
  • Children’s games and relay races
  • Meet Montgomery Parks Tree Stewards, Scavenger hunt to identify different types of trees, Make a tree cookie necklace
WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014,* 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
*Rain date: May 3, 2014, 11AM – 1 PM
 
WHERE: Carroll Knolls Local Park  
10500 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20902
*At the intersection of Evans Parkway

 

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Apr 7 14

Montgomery Parks Announces Special Events, Festivals and Programs for May and June 2014!

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission announces a variety of special events, festivals and programs for May and June 2014. A sampling is listed below; all spring offerings can be found in the Montgomery County Spring Guide to Recreation and Parks Programs at www.MontgomeryParks.org/guide and in print at select Parks and Recreation facilities, government buildings and libraries, while supplies last.

MAY 2014 SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGAMS
 
Family Archaeology Daykids at archaeology camp 2013 web
Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$8 per person / $15 per family
Needwood Mansion
6700 Needwood Road
Derwood, MD 20855
www.ParksArchaeology.org

 

Bring the family and enjoy an introduction to archaeology for all ages with a day of interactive learning and fun including mansion tours, a simulated archaeology dig for children, a 19th century Slave Quarters Dig Exhibit, storytelling, old-time games and crafts.

 

No Child Left Inside – Parent Boot Camp
Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$10 www.ParkPASS.org (Course #267099)
Black Hill Visitor Center at Black Hill Regional Park
20926 Lake Ridge Dr.
Boyds, MD 20841
www.BlackHillNature.org

 

Join Montgomery Parks’ naturalists and staff as they lead you through hands-on-activities you can use on family explorations. Learn to engage your kids in the natural world and help improve their health, emotional well-being and create stronger family bonds. Dress for outdoor play. Need child care? Enroll children in our free Outdoor Classrooms Explore-A-Thon – taking place at the same time!

 
McCrillis Gardens are open daily 10 a.m. to sunset

McCrillis Gardens are open daily 10 a.m. to sunset

Free Garden Tours of McCrillis Gardens

Sundays in May, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
McCrillis Hous
6910 Greentree Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
www.BrooksideGardens.org

 

Visit this premier shade garden at the height of the azalea and rhododendron season as well as beautiful ornamental trees,  groundcovers and other shade-loving perennials.

 

Raptors Rule Festival
Sunday, May 4, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
$5, www.ParkPASS.org (Course #270700)
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, MD 20855

Join Montgomery Parks’ naturalists and staff for an afternoon of raptor-filled fun and facts and celebrate Maryland’s amazing birds of prey. Explore the world of owls, hawks and eagles through games, crafts and talks by local experts. No registration required. All attendees must pay. No dogs allowed at the festival site.

 

 

Forest Friends Festival
Saturday, May 10, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
$5, www.ParkPASS.org (Course #269951)
Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

 

Enjoy a day of fun for the whole family featuring tree care tips from the pros, tree climbing for kids, forest friendly crafts, forest critters, vendors and more.

 

Private Gardens of Montgomery County Tour
Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$20 All-garden pass or $5/per garden if paid at the door
www.ParkPASS.org.  (Course #272152)
For information, call 301-962-1451
www.BrooksideGardens.org.

 

Visit some of the most inspiring private gardens of Montgomery County at the height of gardening season. Join Brookside Gardens for their annual private open garden tour; this is your only opportunity to visit these extraordinary gardens!

 
Cabin John Ice Spring Show
Saturday, May 17, 6:30 p.m.
Free
Cabin John Ice Rink
10610 Westlake Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
www.CabinJohnIce.com

 

Come and marvel at the talented figure skaters of Cabin John Ice Rink as they perform at the annual Spring Skating Show.

 

adult bluebirds at nest-RGBluebirds Forever Festival
Sunday, May 18, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Free
Black Hill Visitor Center at Black Hill Regional Park
20926 Lake Ridge Dr.
Boyds, MD 20841
www.BlackHillNature.org

 

Celebrate the Eastern Bluebird at this annual festival with park naturalists, friends and volunteers and members of the Maryland Bluebird Society. Enjoy an afternoon of special programs including exhibits, demonstrations and children’s activities.

 

Kids’ Fishing Day
Saturday, May 31, 8:30 a.m.
$8, www.ParkPASS.org (Course #268199)
Black Hill Boats at Black Hill Regional Park
20926 Lake Ridge Dr.
Boyds, MD 20841
www.BlackHillBoats.com

 

Participants (ages 3 – 15) will learn to bait a hook with worms, put their line in the water and pull in fish. Prizes for kids who catch the biggest, smallest and greatest number of fish.

 

JUNE 2014 SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

Kids’ Fishing Day
Saturday, June 14, 8:30 a.m.
$8, www.ParkPASS.org (Course #268200)
Lake Needwood Boats at Rock Creek Regional Park
6700 Needwood Road
Derwood, MD 20855
www.LakeNeedwoodBoats.com

 

Participants ages 3 – 15 will learn to bait a hook with worms, put their line in the water and pull in fish. Prizes will be awarded to kids who catch the biggest, smallest and greatest number of fish.

 

Montgomery County Heritage Days

Each year, on the last weekend of June, Montgomery Parks participates in the annual Heritage Days Celebration hosted by Heritage Montgomery, by offering free tours and activities at various historic sites in parks. Additional details on all Heritage Day offerings can be found at www.HistoryInTheParks.org.

 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Underground Railroad Experience Trail Guided Hikes
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
16501 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860

 

Hikers learn about various techniques that “freedom seekers” used to elude trackers, find food and navigate their way north to freedom. Free hikes are offered Saturdays through November 1 (hikes start at 9 a.m. in July and August and 10 a.m. all other months).

 
Kingsley Schoolhouse Open House
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Little Bennett Regional Park
Kingsley Parking Area on Clarksburg Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871

 

Enjoy free interpretive tours of this historic 19th century one-room schoolhouse and learn what school was like in Montgomery County back in the 1920s. Open house and guided tours offered the first Sunday of each month through November 2.

 

Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park
3610 Brookeville Road, Olney, MD 20832

 

Enjoy tours of the historic cabin, living history demonstrations and learn about the African American experience after the Civil War. Tours are also available on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month through November 1.

Heritage Days at the Harper 1870’s Homestead
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (repeats Sunday, June 29, 1:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.)
Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Experience how one family lived in the post-emancipation period by raising chickens, grinding their own grain and living off of the environment. Free.

 

Sunday, June 29, 2014
“A Walk in Father Henson’s Footsteps” Guided Tours
12 – 4 p.m. 
Josiah Henson Park
11420 Old Georgetown Road
North Bethesda, MD 20852*

 

Retrace the footsteps of Reverend Josiah Henson from his enslavement to escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada. Walk the grounds where Henson toiled as a slave on the Isaac Riley Plantation.

*Parking for Josiah Henson Park is available ONLY at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Boulevard, North Bethesda, MD 20852

 

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

 

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Apr 3 14

Volunteers are “Spring” ing Into Action All Over Montgomery Parks for Earth Month

by Melissa Chotiner

Cleanup partners include The Alice Ferguson Foundation, Rock Creek Conservancy, The Anacostia Watershed Society and Friends of Sligo Creek


volunteer cleanup photo of group

SILVER SPRING, MD—Crowds of volunteers will gather at parks across Montgomery County and the region this weekend and throughout the month of April to pick up trash and recyclables, work on trails, help at Nature Center special events, and remove non-native invasive species. As part of its annual celebration of Earth Month, Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has organized over 80 cleanups this month at parks all around the county. The Department collaborates with several partners in parks, including regional environmental organizations such as The Alice Ferguson Foundation, Rock Creek Conservancy, The Anacostia Watershed Society and Friends of Sligo Creek.

 

“Volunteers are critical to the health and well-being of Montgomery Parks” says Jayne Hench, Senior Volunteer Services/Community Partnerships Coordinator. “We know spring is here when thousands of volunteers descend on the parks they love, not just to play, but to make a difference.  We couldn’t do it without them!”

 

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

 

Earth Month cleanups taking place this weekend include:

 

 

 

 

 

A complete list of all of the Earth Month events in April and more information about volunteering with Montgomery Parks is available at www.ParkVolunteers.org

 

 

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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Mar 31 14

Montgomery Parks Historic Sites Open for the Season the First Weekend in April

by Melissa Chotiner
Free Tours and activities planned at Underground Railroad Experience Trail, Oakley Cabin and Kingsley Schoolhouse on April 5 and 6.
 
Oakley Cabin

Oakley Cabin

SANDY SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), will mark the season opening of its historic sites on Saturday April 5 with a guided hike along the Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor and a day of cultural activities at Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park. On Sunday, April 6, the historic Kingsley Schoolhouse in Clarksburg also reopens for the season. The schedule of events and locations is listed below.

Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m.

Guided Hike along the Underground Railroad Experience Trail
Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
16501 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
FREE

 

Join trained conductors for a guided hike on a simulated Underground Railroad experience. Hikers will journey approximately two miles along a wooded natural surface trail while learning about various techniques “freedom seekers” used to elude trackers, find food and navigate their way north to freedom.

 

Meet at the Stone Barn at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. Hikes last about 2.5 hours and are appropriate for people ages 8 years old and up. Only therapeutic animals are permitted on hikes. The trail is not ADA-accessible nor suited for strollers.

 

Saturday, April 5, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Guided Tours and Cultural Activities at Oakley Cabin
“Celebrating Cultural Rhythms – Past to Present”
Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park
3610 Brookeville Road
Olney, MD 20832
FREE

 

Celebrate the season opening of Oakley Cabin with tours, an African dance workshop by the group Cultural Moves, crafts and games for children, and explore an archaeology dig with Montgomery Parks’ archaeologists.

 

Sunday, April 6, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Guided Tours
Kingsley Schoolhouse
Little Bennett Regional Park
Kingsley Parking Area on Clarksburg Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871
FREE

 

Kingsley Schoolhouse was built in 1893 and is one of the best remaining examples of a one-room schoolhouse in Montgomery County.  Located in the secluded “Froggy Hollow” section of Little Bennett Regional Park, the schoolhouse is furnished as it appeared in the 1920s. Bring a picnic and enjoy lunch by the stream.

 

Historic Sites Remain Open through November 2, 2014

The Underground Railroad Experience Trail, Oakley Cabin and Kingsley Schoolhouse will remain open through November 2 with various weekend activities and tours planned. Group and school tours are also available for the Underground Railroad Experience Trail and Oakley Cabin.

 

  • Underground Railroad Experience Trail: Free guided hikes every Saturday at 10:00 a.m., throughout the season (hikes begin at 9 a.m. during July and August); visitors are welcome to take self-guided hikes along the trail until dusk.

 

  • Oakley Cabin: Free guided tours the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, from noon – 4:00 p.m., throughout the season.

 

  • Kingsley Schoolhouse: Free guided tours the first Sunday of each month, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., throughout the season.

 

For more information on any of the historic sites and events in Montgomery Parks or to volunteer, visit www.HistoryInTheParks.org.

 

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Mar 20 14

Montgomery Parks Athletic Fields Closed Through March 23 Due to Wet Conditions

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MD –All Montgomery Parks athletic fields at local parks and elementary and middle schools are closed through March 23 due to the unusually wet conditions. Teams are not permitted to play or practice on fields during this time due to:

  • Potential injury to players
  • Damage to fields
  • Long-term effect on fields; and
  • The inability for park staff to bring equipment onto the fields to prepare them for use.

Individuals and/or groups using the fields while they are closed will be subject to fines or risk having permits revoked.

Field conditions are assessed on a daily basis and the rain out phone line is updated. Additional information and updates about fields is bet accessed by calling the rain out line at 301-765-8787. Field status updates are also sent out via Montgomery Parks ALERT notifications – to register to receive alerts please visit. http://www.montgomeryparks.org/media/alerts.shtm.

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. 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 19 14

Annual Persian American Festival (Sizdeh-Be-Dar) Will Take Place at Black Hill Regional Park on April 6, 2014

by Melissa Chotiner

BOYDS, MD—The IrAmerican Civic Society (ICS), a non-profit organization, in cooperation with Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will host its annual Sizdeh Bedar festival at Black Hill Regional Park in Boyds Sunday, April 6 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Parking passes for entrance to the festival are $30 and can be purchased by contacting the IrAmerican Civic Association at (703) 442-8100 .

Traffic and crowd controls for the event will be managed by Montgomery Parks’ park managers for Black Hill Regional Park in collaboration with the Maryland-National Capital Park Police. West Old Baltimore Road will remain open for vehicular traffic during the festival but will not accommodate parking or pedestrian traffic.

Park Police have established a hotline number, 301-528-3469, which residents, park neighbors and patrons may call on the day of the event with any questions or concerns. For questions about this event prior to Sunday, please call 202-457-0072.

Sizdeh Bedar is the Persian festival of spring. Iranian Americans and others will celebrate this age-old spring event in parks and various outdoor settings across the nation Sunday, the thirteenth day of the Persian Year—Norouz. The celebration at Black Hill will include live Persian music, cultural activities, and freshly grilled food and sweets.

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Mar 18 14

Montgomery Parks Director Will Retire in June

by Melissa Chotiner

Mary Bradford, a forty-year veteran in the parks and recreation industry, was the first woman to lead Montgomery Parks, a nationally acclaimed park system spanning 10% of the county.

Mary Bradford headshot 6-09

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) announces that Mary Bradford, Director of the Department, will retire this June. Bradford has served as director since February 2006, overseeing more than 35,000 acres of parkland featuring 420 parks; and more than 700 employees. She was responsible for an annual operating budget of $100 million in tax-supported, revenue-supported or fee-based funds.

 

During her eight-year tenure, Bradford

 

  • Oversaw the reestablishment of the Department of Parks (separate from the Planning Department)
  • Oversaw the reestablishment of the Montgomery Parks Foundation
  • Turned fee-based enterprises into profit and revenue centers
  • Established a strong, responsive public information, outreach and marketing office
  • Created units devoted to historic and cultural resources protection
  • Strengthened property management functions for hundreds of park buildings
  • Implemented a Weekend Manager on Duty program to respond to park users at peak use times
  • Led the department into measurable performance goals for operations through improved use of technology
  • Launched many Green Initiatives, including a remarkable electricity, water, and energy savings program for parks and facility operations, such as fleet, nature centers, ice rinks and tennis centers
  • Established an Urban Parks initiative for rapidly growing transit-oriented communities
  • Established a program of community gardens in parks
  • Managed Parks’ emergency response to a major leak at Lake Needwood Dam

 

Major new parks added, developed or renovated during her tenure include

  • Cabin John Dog Park
  • Carroll Knolls Local Park
  • Josiah Henson Cultural Park
  • The Matthew Henson Trail
  • Olney Manor Skate Park
  • Serpentine Barrens Conservation Area, and,
  • Woodstock Equestrian Park

 

“Mary has led Montgomery Parks through good and bad times with grace and professionalism. She strengthened the department in many ways—increasing organizational responsiveness, rebuilding professionalism and community trust,” said Francoise Carrier, Montgomery Planning Board Chair. “Montgomery Parks, its staff and the residents of this county have all greatly benefited from Mary’s work and dedication to the department. While she will certainly be missed, we wish her the best in her retirement.”

 

Bradford currently serves as a founding member of the Governor’s Partnership for Children in Nature; is on the Urban Directors Advisory Council of the National Recreation and Park Association; and is a member of the Maryland Association of Counties’ park and recreation affiliate.

 

Prior to joining Montgomery Parks, Bradford served three decades with the National Park Service, where she started her career as a seasonal Park Ranger and Ranger Historian. Over the years Bradford gained increasing responsibility to become a Deputy Regional Director (NPS Southwest Region – Santa Fe), responsible for 44 national parks in six states; and later the Associate Director for Administration and CFO for the National Park Service, Washington D.C.

 

“Serving as the director of Montgomery Parks has been an honor and privilege. It is an extraordinary park system with so much to offer the residents of the county and an unparalleled staff of dedicated, hard-working people who care so much about their work and the communities they serve,” said Bradford. “I am really going to miss the people here, but I know I leave the department in very capable hands.”

 

Bradford has a B.A. from the University of Maryland, a Master’s degree in Management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (Sloan Fellow), and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.  After graduating from high school in Madrid, Spain, she studied in Munich, Germany.  Her hobbies include trail hiking, skiing, travel, geology and boating.  She and her husband Bill have two grown children; three grandchildren in Barcelona, Spain; and reside in Silver Spring, MD.  She and her husband plan to travel and spend time at their homes in Delaware and Florida.

 

An acting director for the department will be named following Bradford’s June retirement, while a search for her replacement is taking place.

 

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 park systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Mar 13 14

Montgomery Parks Lake Needwood and Little Seneca Lake Will Open March 15 for Boating and Fishing.

by Melissa Chotiner

needwood lake0005

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 this weekend, March 15 for recreational boating, fishing and other uses.

Boating:

Boaters with a daily or seasonal boating permit are allowed to use their private boats on the lakes starting this weekend from 6 a.m. until sunset. Seasonal permits may be purchased at the Black Hill Visitor Center. Daily permit fees can be deposited in the fee boxes at the boat ramp 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 LakeNeedwoodBoats.com.

 

Fishing:

Fishing from private boats at both lakes is permitted beginning this weekend. (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 as well. 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 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 park systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Mar 13 14

Montgomery Parks Athletic Fields Closed Through March 16 Due to Wet Conditions

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MD –All Montgomery Parks athletic fields at local parks and elementary and middle schools are closed through March 16 due to the unusually wet conditions. Field conditions will be assessed on a daily basis beginning Monday, March 17. Until then, teams are not allowed to play or practice on these fields due to the risk of destroying the surface.

For additional information and updates about fields contact the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission / Community Use of Public Facilities inclement weather line at 301-765-8787 or register for Montgomery Parks ALERT notifications at http://www.montgomeryparks.org/media/alerts.shtm to determine if your field is open for play beginning March 17. 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 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. 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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