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Jul 14 15

Planning Board to Decide Where to Build New Cricket Fields in Montgomery Parks

by Melissa Chotiner

The department will present details at the July 30 Planning Board meeting;The public is invited to testify.  

 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is exploring park sites to create a new, dedicated cricket field in the northern area of the county. The department will share information about the need for such fields as well as other details at the July 30 Planning Board meeting. The public may testify at the meeting; the time will be posted on the Planning Board Agenda at www.MontgomeryPlanningBoard.org, closer to the meeting date.

 

Parks staff is asking the Planning Board to approve sites for cricket field construction at this meeting. At a future meeting, the Board will determine if funding is available to build the fields. To find out more about this project visit www.ParkPlanning.org.

 

Planning Board Public Meeting on Montgomery Parks Cricket Field Site Selection

The Planning Board will post the time for the item on its online agenda closer to the date (www.MontgomeryPlanningBoard.org).
Montgomery Regional Offices building
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

 

For written questions, comments or requests please contact:
Mark Wallis, Project Coordinator at
M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks
9500 Brunett Ave.,
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Mark.Wallis@montgomeryparks.org
301-650-4389

 

A Growing Demand for Cricket Fields in Montgomery County:

The population of Montgomery County has become more diverse over the past several years. People of different cultures and backgrounds are seeking new types of park amenities and programs, such as fields to play cricket. The Parks Department is looking at three sites for a new cricket field to replace a temporary field at South Germantown Recreational Park. Possible locations include:

  • A new location within South Germantown Recreational Park
  • A proposed additions to Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park; and
  • The future Boyds Local Park

 

“We researched the sport of cricket to determine what types of fields and in what locations will best fit the needs of the cricket community,” said Brooke Farquhar , Montgomery Parks Planning Supervisor. “We are aiming to have two new dedicated fields in the I-270 Corridor by 2022.”

 

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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Jul 14 15

Montgomery Parks Celebrates Park and Recreation Month Offering Ten Easy Ways to Enjoy the County’s Parks

by Melissa Chotiner

Montgomery County Council and County Executive Isiah Leggett proclaim July Parks and Recreation Month

 

SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is celebrating Park and Recreation month (as deemed by the National Recreation and Park Association) with ten easy and fun suggestions for getting out and enjoying the county’s parks. This morning Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and the Montgomery County Council issued a proclamation declaring that “…parks and recreation programs are an integral part of communities throughout this country including Montgomery County, MD.”

 

This month marks 30 years that park systems around the United States have celebrated Parks and Recreation Month. However, a survey financed by the National Recreation and Park Association in May 2014 indicated that adults are not taking advantage of the recreation opportunities in their own backyards. Nearly 3 in 10 adults don’t spend time outside on a daily basis, according to the survey.

 

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Parks and Recreation Month is a time to explore Montgomery Parks. A sampling of upcoming programs, events and festivals taking place this month include the Park’s Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit, a neighborhood cookout and picnic at Wall Park on July 21, and the third annual Little Bennett Great Outdoors Festival on July 25.

 

 

With 420 parks, Montgomery Parks has plenty of options for people to get outside and enjoy nature, recreate and get away from it all, including:

 

For additional ideas on how to enjoy parks, please visit www.MontgomeryParks.org and click on the “Things to Do” link on the left hand menu for a searchable data base of hundreds of offerings.

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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Jul 7 15

Montgomery Parks Announces Proposed Archery Managed Deer Hunting Program Pilot Project

by Melissa Chotiner

Public comment sought through July 31, 2015

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is proposing a pilot Archery Managed Deer Hunting Program at two parks from September through November 2015, and during January 2016. The pilot is being proposed to address the overpopulation of deer on parkland in urban communities where safety regulations prohibit the use of firearms. If approved, the proposed program will complement the department’s managed hunting and Park Police sharpshooting initiatives.
Montgomery Parks is currently seeking public comment on the proposed initiative through July 31, 2015, as part of its evaluation process. Comments may be submitted at www.ParksDeerManagement.org or by mail to:

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

All comments, excluding any personal identifying information, will be posted at www.ParksDeerManagement.org.
“County citizens and representatives continue to request expanded deer population management efforts,” said Montgomery Parks Wildlife Ecologist Bill Hamilton. “Regulated archery hunting will allow Montgomery Parks to provide additional service in areas where firearms discharge regulation and/or access limitations prohibit the use of existing deer management programming.”


About Montgomery Parks proposed Archery Managed Deer Hunting Program
Montgomery Parks’ pilot Archery Managed Deer Hunting Program is proposed for Great Seneca Stream Valley, Unit 1(Germantown) and Watts Branch Stream Valley Park, Units 1 & 2 (Potomac). The parks will remain open to the public if the program is approved.
Archery hunters will be selected based on experience, a thorough background check, safety and ethics training, and results of an accuracy proficiency requirement. Participants will take an orientation program which includes a review of strict, clear guidelines for the hunts. A maximum of six participants will be permitted to hunt at a given time in each park, beginning in September. Signage will be posted at all park entrances, trailheads and key access points, to inform park users of the hunts. 
Participants will receive maps identifying safe and permissible hunting areas; signs will be posted as well to delineate these areas.  Hunting will occur from a stationary, elevated position, with shots restricted in distance and directed into a safe backstop.


About Archery Hunting Programs
Archery hunting programs occur on several public lands within Montgomery County, as well as many public lands located in the population-dense suburbs of Washington D.C. There is no record of injury to non-participants or pets in any of these jurisdictions.
“The safety of residents remains our top priority,” added Hamilton. “In 19 years of operations, and having directly reduced the deer population by nearly 15,000 deer, we have not had one occurrence of personal injury of the public as a result of the Department’s deer management operations.  Programs have completed safely, achieving successful reductions of deer density and impacts, and generating an approximate 750,000 servings of lean protein into area shelters and soup kitchens. The Department of Parks will strive to maintain this reputation, through the ongoing attention to detail across all of our deer management programs.”


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 29 15

Montgomery Parks 2015 Independence Day Weekend Operating Schedule

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission , has a variety of activities the public can enjoy during July 4th holiday weekend including:

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Splash and Mini Golf-a-Thon (Saturday starting at 10 AM)  

  • $5 covers entrance to the Splash Playground and two rounds of mini golf

Germantown Glory Fireworks (Saturday starting at 7 PM, Raindate: July 5) 

  • Free to the public with live music and fireworks; food vendors will be on site.

Visit the Montgomery Parks calendar to learn more.

In addition, several facilities will remain open for use during the holiday including:

  • Black Hill Visitor Center and Black Hill Boats
  • Brookside Gardens and Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit
  • Cabin John Miniature Train
  • Wheaton Miniature Train and Carousel

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

  • All Recreational and Regional Athletic Fields: closed July 3, open July 4 and 5
  • Brookside Nature Center: closed July 3, open July 4, 9 AM – 5 PM and July 5, 1 – 5 PM
  • Meadowside Nature Center: closed July 3 and 4
  • Park Permits Office: closed July 3
  • Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center at Cabin John Regional Park: (open July 3, closed July 4 and 5)
  • Wheaton Indoor Tennis Center: (open July 3, closed July 4 and 5)

July 4th is one of the most popular park visitation days. The Montgomery Park Police urge park visitors to adhere to park rules and regulations during the holiday and remind you that possession and use of fireworks in Montgomery County is illegal.

 

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Jun 25 15

Casey Anderson and Norman Dreyfuss Begin New Four-Year Terms on Montgomery Planning Board

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Anderson and Dreyfuss sworn in by Clerk of the Circuit Court to serve on the five-member Planning Board

SILVER SPRING, MD  The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), reinstated Casey Anderson (D) as Planning Board Chair and Norman Dreyfuss (R) as a member of the Board. Both will serve four year terms.

Anderson and Dreyfuss were sworn in by the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Barbara Meiklejohn, at the start of the Planning Board meeting on June 25. The other members of the five-person Planning Board are Amy Presley (R), Natali Fani-González (D) and Marye Wells-Harley (D).

The County Council originally appointed Anderson to the Planning Board in June 2011 and designated him as Chair in July 2014. Dreyfuss was first appointed to a partial term in February 2010 and will now begin his second full term. Both members applied for reappointment.

“I am honored to be reappointed by the County Council as Planning Board Chair,” said Anderson. “I look forward to reorienting our agency by aligning transportation rules more closely with economic development goals. We will facilitate a wider variety of housing types to meet the needs of our changing population and workforce, and streamline regulatory processes to speed up the review of new development while protecting the public interest.”

The Montgomery Planning Board oversees the Montgomery County Planning Department and Montgomery Parks. Several of the board’s priorities related to parks include activating urban parks; increasing ball field capacity and facilities for active recreation; and enhancing and expanding the parks’ world class trail network, according to Anderson.

“Thank you to Council President George Leventhal and the Council for their approval of my reappointment,” said Dreyfuss. “I am pleased to continue the work of the Planning Board and provide a thoughtful and realistic approach to the most pressing land use projects and issues facing our region.”

About the Montgomery County Planning Board

The Planning Board oversees the Montgomery County Planning Department and Department of Parks, and advises the County Council on land use and community planning. The Chair serves a full time position on the Montgomery County Planning Board and receives a salary of $200,000. The part-time Board Members receive an annual salary of $30,000. They also serve as Commissioners of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, a bicounty agency established in 1927 to protect public land.

As part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Montgomery County Planning Board works to:

-Manage physical growth.
-Plan communities.
-Protect and steward natural, cultural and historical resources.
-Provide leisure and recreational experiences.

Jun 19 15

County Planning Board Visits Nine Park Sites to View Newest Features

by Bridget Schwiesow

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June 11 tour reveals diversity of urban park and recreational facilities, including cricket field, artificial turf, tree farm and historic barn renovation

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board joined staff from Montgomery Parks and Planning Departments on a tour of nine County park sites on Thursday, June 11, 2015. These sites represent a small fraction of the 420 parks managed by the Department of Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, but represent some of the newest designs and practices in urban and recreational settings. They serve as models for the 34 future parks recommended as part of master plans for communities such as Downtown Bethesda, Westbard, White Oak, White Flint and others throughout the county.

The daylong bus and walking tour included visits to:

Germantown Town Center Urban Park – This nearly nine-acre parcel next to the new Germantown Regional Library is a creative solution to a constrained site. Raised walkways around an existing wetland lead to a green space filled with sculptural seating and a plaza with public artworks shaped like trees. Parks like this one will become more common as the County urbanizes and implements master-planned open spaces within dense communities.

Ridge Road Recreational Park – With its multiple ball fields, tennis and volleyball courts and in-line hockey rink, these 56 acres in Germantown reflect the multi-purpose nature of County recreational parks. The Parks and Planning Board’s visit highlighted a successful field renovation, now planted with Bermuda grass to withstand heavy use and achieve regrowth more quickly. Artificial turf on playing fields is also being tried out, as evident in the visit to Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreational Park in Silver Spring.

Strawberry Knoll Local Park – The Planning Board seized the opportunity to try out the new cricket pitch in this park with balls pitched by members of the local cricket league. Increasing interest in this sport led M-NCPPC to create three cricket fields in the County.

Laytonia Recreational Park – The Planning Board visited a new recreational park on 51 acres of land located on Airpark Road, just north of Muncaster Mill Road. The site plan includes four fields (two adult baseball and two youth baseball), with a central plaza containing a building to house a press box, restrooms and vending area. The plan also includes a playground, lighted basketball court, two picnic shelters, in-line skating rink, and trailhead parking to access an existing natural surface trail located just north of park property.

Pope Farm Nursery – The Planning Board toured the grounds to see the wide variety of trees, shrubs and flowers grown at this Gaithersburg facility for hundreds of County parks. About 700 tons of leaves and branches are composted here each year to create mulch for the parks.

Rock Creek Regional Park – Montgomery Parks staff presented plans for a new maintenance facility at the five-acre construction site in the park. This facility will be the first LEED Gold-certified maintenance facility in the system.

Solar Farm – The tour also passed the site of a future solar farm, due to be constructed off Needwood Road near the Intercounty Connector (ICC), as part of the Parks Department’s sustainability program. Consistent with Montgomery County’s energy initiatives, the solar panels will create power that can be sold into the utility grid and offset the cost of the parks’ energy usage, when installed at the end of 2015.

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park -The visit to this Sandy Spring-area park with its Federal-style home highlighted the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of a stone barn and carriage house on the property. These structures will become part of a future visitor center, scheduled to open in 2016. Traditional and multi-media exhibits will present the history of the Quakers, Underground Railroad, enslaved and free black populations in the area.

Martin Luther King Recreational Park – The tour finished in the eastern part of the County with a tour of athletic fields and an opportunity to see different types of turf treatments.

Jun 9 15

County Council Reappoints Casey Anderson and Norman Dreyfuss to Planning Board

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Anderson and Dreyfuss will both serve four-year terms on the five-member Planning Board

SILVER SPRING, MD  The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), announces the Montgomery County Council’s reappointment of Casey Anderson (D) to the position of Planning Board Chair for a four-year term. The Council also reappointed Planning Board member Norman Dreyfuss (R) to a four-year term.

In addition to Anderson and Dreyfuss, the Planning Board members are Amy Presley (R), Natali Fani-González (D) and Marye Wells-Harley (D).

The Council originally appointed Anderson to the Planning Board in June 2011 and designated him as Chair in July 2014. Norman Dreyfuss was first appointed to a partial term in February 2010 and is now completing his first full term. Both members applied for reappointment.

“I am honored to be reappointed by the County Council as Planning Board Chair,” said Anderson. “I look forward to reorienting our agency. We need to align transportation rules more closely with economic development goals. We will facilitate a wider variety of housing types to meet the needs of our changing population and workforce, and streamline regulatory processes to speed up the review of new development while protecting the public interest.”

In overseeing the County Department of Parks, Chair Anderson said he will focus on creating great urban parks, providing more ball field capacity and facilities for active recreation, and building a world-class trail network.

“Thank you to Council President George Leventhal and the Council for their approval of my reappointment,” said Norman Dreyfuss. “I am pleased to continue the work of the Planning Board and provide a thoughtful and realistic approach to the most pressing land use projects and issues facing our region.”

Within three days of the Council’s appointments, the names of the appointees will be delivered to the County Executive, who will approve or disapprove the appointment within 30 days.

About the Montgomery County Planning Board
The Planning Board oversees the Montgomery County Planning Department and Department of Parks, and advises the County Council on land use and community planning. The Chair serves a full time position on the Montgomery County Planning Board and receives a salary of $200,000. The part-time Board Members receive and annual salary of $30,000. They also serve as Commissioners of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, a bicounty agency established in 1927 to protect public land.

As part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Montgomery County Planning Board works to:

-Manage physical growth.
-Plan communities.
-Protect and steward natural, cultural and historical resources.
-Provide leisure and recreational experiences.

Learn more about the Montgomery County Planning Board.

About Casey Anderson
Casey Anderson is a Silver Spring resident, attorney and community activist. Previously, Anderson served on the boards of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Citizens League of Montgomery County, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Committee for Montgomery. He is also a former vice president of the Woodside Civic Association and executive vice chairman of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board. Anderson holds undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University, and a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University.

About Norman Dreyfuss
Appointed to the Planning Board in February 2010, Norman Dreyfuss, is executive vice president of IDI MD, the developer of Leisure World and many other developments throughout the Washington, D.C., region. Dreyfuss, who has worked in all aspects of community development, is a champion of affordable housing and co-chairs the County’s annual Affordable Housing Conference. He formerly served as Commissioner on the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission. A resident of Potomac, Dreyfuss holds a law degree from American University and degrees in mechanical engineering and fine arts from Rutgers University.

Jun 9 15

Montgomery Parks Hosts Eco-Art Installation at Little Bennett Regional Park Featuring Artist Mark Parsons

by Melissa Chotiner

Reception and inaugural viewing will take place Saturday, June 13, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the Hyattstown Mill Arts Project invite the public to a special environmental art installation at Little Bennett Regional Park on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Noted artist Mark Parsons will install a site specific environmental sculpture “Big Burr,” marking the completion of Phase 1 of the Day Use Area of Little Bennett Regional Park.

 

WHAT:          Reception and viewing of Mark Parsons environmental sculpture installation titled “Big Burr,” which is being created with the removed invasive bamboo materials from the site construction.

 

WHEN:          Saturday, June 13, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:        Little Bennett Regional Park, Day Use Area, 24615 Frederick Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871

 

WHY:             Celebrate the completion of Phase 1 of the Little Bennett Regional Park Day Use Area project and showcase the site specific eco sculpture symbolizing the park’s ecological significance and aesthetics of its rural landscape.

 
Phase I of the Little Bennett Regional Park Day Use Area project features a vehicular entrance, visitor parking, horse trailer parking, picnic areas, natural surface trail and meadow restoration. The complete project is a multi-year initiative that will provide two public entrances to the park along MD Route 355 with nature based recreational activities emphasizing the site’s unique ecological and cultural heritage.  The program includes a multi-purpose classroom pavilion, picnic areas, play complex, amphitheater, public art, interpretive trails, and boardwalks among many other amenities.

 
Other community partners involved with the Environmental Art Installation include the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Sugarloaf Citizens Association.

 

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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Jun 3 15

Brookside Gardens Wings of Fancy Exhibit Returns in July 2015

by Melissa Chotiner

Brookside butterfly039SILVER SPRING, MD— Brookside Gardens, a facility of Montgomery Parks, is happy to announce the return of its premier Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit. The seasonal display, starting July 1, features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Families, students, nature lovers, and everyone in between can get an up close experience of these brilliant butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia as they soar among colorful flowers. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens.

 

Wings of Fancy not only provides a unique experience to interact with both native and exotic butterflies, but also important learning opportunities. Through inspiring interpretation and knowledgeable staff, visitors discover what they can do in their own lives, communities, and landscapes to create an environment that supports the full lifecycle of these colorful creatures. The Gardens provides an educational brochure, “Gardening for Butterflies,” full of tips for selecting the best plants to attract all stages of the butterfly lifecycle, from egg to adult. Visitors can see those garden ideas in action right outside the Conservatory in the newly certified Monarch Waystation Garden. For the kids, Brookside Gardens offers a summer camp, Butterfly Flutterby Fun, where they can learn more about these amazing pollinators, get a special behind-the-scenes tour, create butterfly crafts, and more.

 

The display runs July through October and is open seven days a week from 10 am to 4 pm. Cost is $8 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 3-12, and free for ages 0-2. Frequent visitor, family, and dual passes available at the Brookside Gardens’ Visitors Center or at the Conservatory gift shops.

 

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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 2 15

Department of Parks and Planning Will Participate in Taste of Wheaton Festival on June 7

by Bridget Schwiesow

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A rendering of the Town Square being designed for Wheaton
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County planners and Parks staff will be on hand at annual food festival to discuss current projects and future headquarters, and answer questions from community

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, and Montgomery Parks, both part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, are participating  in the annual Taste of Wheaton festival this Sunday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive (one block from the Wheaton Metrorail station). Planners will be available to discuss the future M-NCPPC building and plaza that will be constructed in Wheaton, and other important projects, such as the County Bicycle Master Plan and plans to amend the Wheaton Regional Park Master Plan, at the 20th annual event. Children’s activities, including coloring books, also will be available at the Planning Department booth.

About the Taste of Wheaton

The annual food festival sponsored by the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce highlights the diversity of local restaurants through tastings and cooking demonstrations. Live musical performances and arts and crafts exhibits are also part of the event. Kids’ activities include face paintings, balloon sculptures and carnival rides.

About the Taste of Wheaton
The annual food festival sponsored by the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce highlights the diversity of local restaurants through tastings and cooking demonstrations. Live musical performances and arts and crafts exhibits are also part of the event. Kids’ activities include face paintings, balloon sculptures and carnival rides.