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Sep 1 15

Montgomery Parks 24th Annual Harvest Festival October 3, 2015, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

by Melissa Chotiner

Festival highlights the vital role of horses in the daily life of a working farm.

 

2013-10-05 14.46.30SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will host the 24th Annual Harvest Festival on October 3, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. This year’s festival centers on the theme “Horse Power,” showcasing the important role of horses in everyday farm life. The festival takes place at Montgomery Parks Agricultural History Farm Park, situated on 445 acres of land in the Agricultural Reserve. The park is located at 18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood, MD 20855.

 

A number of new activities related to the “Horse Power” theme will be offered this year including:

 

  • Draft horse plowing demonstrations
  • Carriage rides
  • 4-H riding demonstrations
  • Stick horse races

 

“The Harvest Festival is a fun family event that celebrates the rich farming heritage of Montgomery County,” said Michael F. Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “Many newer residents in our urbanizing county may be surprised by the degree of farming and agriculture that continues to occur so close to our nation’s capital.  Our county is recognized as a national leader in preserving farmland and agriculture and the Harvest Festival is great way to celebrate that achievement.”

 

The Harvest Festival provides attendees a chance to learn about what life would have been like on a farm in Montgomery County in the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Some of the activities offered throughout the day include free hay rides, farmhouse tours, working farm animal demonstrations, archaeology digs and access to antique farm equipment.

 

There is a $15 per car fee for admission to the festival. For more information on the festival please visit www.AgHistoryFarmPark.org. Montgomery Parks is seeking volunteers to help with the festival.  Volunteer opportunities are approved for Student Service Learning hours. For more information about volunteering please call 301-495-2464.

 

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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Aug 26 15

Montgomery Parks Seeks Public Input at September 16 Meeting on Future Updates to the Park Trails

by Melissa Chotiner

Bike, Stroll,Hike, Roll, Run, Ride? …Got Trails? Join Montgomery Parks on September 16 to “Tell us what you think” about our trail system.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is seeking public comments on a comprehensive amendment to the Countywide Park Trails Plan, which guides future investments in major park trails of countywide significance.  During a public meeting on September 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (see details below on meeting location) park planners will present the staff draft plan amendment, and the public will have an opportunity to learn more about the proposed changes, provide input and ask questions.

 

“Trails are among the most popular facilities in our park system,” said Chuck Kines, Park and Trail Planner Coordinator.  “We are proposing a number of updates to the Countywide Park Trails Plan to enable more people to take advantage of our extensive trail system – whether they want to bike, hike, run, ride horses or walk their dogs.  The new recommendations will make it possible for greater trail use, and will be focused on making future investments in trails more efficient and effective for county taxpayers”

 

The proposed amendment to the plan introduces a concept framework for the plan known as “Loops and Links” which will make it more feasible to complete gaps in the countywide trail network trails, to develop trails that last longer and are more sustainable, and will allow trail users to find trail loop experiences closer to where they live or work.

 

Countywide Park Trails Plan Amendment Public Meeting:

WHEN:
        Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:     Shady Grove Maintenance Yard Training Room
16641 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville, MD 20855
(enter under the green awning)

WHY:          Provide input on where future trails will be built and help Montgomery Parks prioritize which trails are built during what timeframe.

Public input may also be submitted online at ParkPlanning.org, or by email or mail via:

 

Chuck Kines, Project Coordinator
c/o M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks
9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901
Charles.Kines@MontgomeryParks.org
(301) 495-2184

 

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

 

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.

 

Aug 20 15

Montgomery Parks 2015 Labor Day Weekend Activities and Operating Schedule

by Melissa Chotiner

Enjoy summer’s last hurrah this Labor Day Weekend, September 5 – 7, 2015 at Montgomery Parks splash pads, campgrounds, historic sites, nature centers and more!

SILVER SPRING, MD—Looking for something to do this Labor Day weekend? Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has you covered with a variety of facilities and programs to enjoy. A sampling of events and programs is listed below; visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/guide for a complete listing and www.ActiveMontgomery.org for additional details and registration information.

 

MONTGOMERY PARKS LABOR DAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

 

  •  The Splash Playground at South Germantown Recreational Park: open all weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The park is also home to an 18-hole miniature golf course and a Driving Range, also open all weekend.

 

  • Camping at Little Bennett Regional Park: Advanced reservations are recommended to ensure campsite availability, and there is a 2-day minimum stay over the holiday weekend. Check-in time is 12 p.m.; check-out time is 11 a.m.

 

 

  • The Olney Manor Skate Park featuring a 10-foot deep bowl, Hubba ledge, steps with handrail, quarter pipes, Fun Box and flat rails, manual pad and Pyramid Ledge: open all weekend from sunrise until 10 p.m.

 

Special programs offered Labor Day weekend include:

  •  An Outdoor Classroom Explore-a-Thon at Black Hill Visitor Center on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Children ages 5 – 12 will explore the outdoors searching for spineless wonders, digging in the dirt and jumping like frogs at this free event. Dress for outdoor weather, and bring water.

 

  • Free walking tours of Brookside Gardens Saturday from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.; the tours are for adults 18 and up, and registration is required.

 

 

  • Sneak one last, seasonal peak at the birds, frogs and turtles at Brookside Nature Center on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., before they head in (or South!) for the winter. Pre-registration is required; the hike is for ages 4 and up; all children must be accompanied by registered adults.

 

  • Raptor enrichment at Meadowside Nature Center. Meet the resident raptors on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Feeding time takes place 12:00 – 12:20 p.m. The program is rain or shine. Meet at the Raptor Walkway behind the nature center.

 

 

  • Free guided tours of the Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join talented volunteer conductors on a simulated two-mile hike on the Underground Railroad Experience trail and learn about various techniques freedom seekers used to elude trackers, find food and navigate their way north to freedom. (In the event of severe weather, call 301-650-4373 on Saturday morning to find out status of tours.)

 

  • Guided tours of the restored Kingsley Schoolhouse in Little Bennett Regional Park on Sunday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Tours are free and held rain or shine, but in the event of severe weather, please call ahead to confirm the park will be open before traveling to the site. Call 301-650-4373 for a recorded message of the most current park event hours.

 

MONTGOMERY PARKS LABOR DAY OPERATING HOURS:

The following facilities will be closed during the Labor Day weekend holiday:

  •  Locust Grove Nature Center
  • Wheaton Ice Arena
  • *Wheaton Indoor Tennis
  • Cabin John Ice
  • Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center at Cabin John Regional Park
  • Park Permits Office

*Wheaton Indoor Tennis will be open Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 and closed on Labor Day

All other parks and facilities are operating on standard schedules listed on 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. 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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Aug 13 15

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

by Abbigail Irelan
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 and along trails that access the lakes to ensure visitors are aware that elevated levels of microcystin have been found, and to urge visitors to take precautions to avoid  themselves or their pets ingesting microsystin,” Said Jai Cole, Natural Resources Manager for Montgomery Parks. “Portions of both lakes may be contaminated for the rest of the season. We will continue to monitor and update signs when the warning is lifted.”

 

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

For a fact sheet regarding Microcystin, click here.

 

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

Aug 12 15

MONTGOMERY PARKS ANNOUNCES APPROVAL OF PILOT ARCHERY MANAGED DEER HUNTING PROGRAM

by Bridget Schwiesow

SEASONAL PARK CLOSURES RELEASED FOR OTHER ANNUAL DEER MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS

SILVER SPRING, MD — Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) has approved a Pilot Archery Managed Deer Hunting Program for implementation in the Great Seneca Stream Valley Park, Unit 1 in Germantown and the Watts Branch Stream Valley Units 1 & 2 in Potomac.

Approximately four hundred comments were provided by the public offering opinions on the proposal.  Public support was greater than opposition, by a slight margin.  Those in opposition shared concern for potential excessive wounding and suffering by way of archery hunting. The goal of every managed hunting program is to experience no wounding loss.  With that in mind, the Department recognizes that perfection is unlikely.  As such, it is possible that wounding loss will occur at some level. Through selection and training of hunting participants, the Department of Parks is committed to making every effort to reduce the probability of wounding loss. Similar programs, throughout the region have shown varying rates of loss ranging from 3% – 17%.  These rates of unintended injury are consistent with other methods of lethal and non-lethal deer population management, including those of immunocontraception and surgical sterilization programs.  It may also be worth noting that, in every case, deer experience some level of trauma at death; whether by natural causes or by accidents.  The intent of the pilot Archery Managed Deer Hunting Program is to evaluate the method against the presumptions and to demonstrate that archery may be a safe and effective method for deer population management on Montgomery County parklands. The Department of Parks is dedicated to a responsible and humane approach as part of all of its deer population management programs. If at any time the rate of wounding, or unsafe practices are revealed as unacceptable, immediate action will be taken to mitigate for these or to suspend programming.

The Archery Managed Deer Hunting Program will be in place concurrent with the Maryland regulated archery season, September 11 through January 31.  Affected parks will remain open to public use while archery hunting is occurring. Archery hunting, by permit only, will be permitted Monday through Saturday.  Program suspension will occur during the entire month of December and during established State regulated firearms and muzzleloader seasons.

The selected units of Great Seneca and Watts Branch Stream Valley Parks will be posted with signage to aware park users of this activity.  Areas accessible for permitted hunters will be delineated with signage and maps which will be provided to the assigned hunting groups.  Hunting and weapons discharge will be restricted to a distance of at least one-hundred thirty yards from homes, and a maximum of 6 hunters will be permitted at each park location per day.

One qualified, organized group will be assigned to each affected park location.  Groups will consist of no less than 6 qualified hunters.  Each individual, qualified hunter will be required to demonstrate: having completed both a State Hunter Education/Safety Course and a State or National Bowhunter Education Foundation Bowhunter Education/Safety Course, a history of archery hunting experience and record of success, current shooting proficiency under the standards and guidelines set forth by the Department of Parks, and must meet the requirements of a criminal background investigation.

Organized hunting groups will be considered for assignment, by way of an application and review procedure.  One selected group will be assigned to each affected park location for the duration of the 2015 – 2016 Montgomery Parks Archery Managed Deer Hunting Season.

Qualified groups will consist of/demonstrate:

  • Group Name
  • Identified Group Leader(s)/Coordinator(s)
  • At least 6 intended participating hunters (pending qualifications)
  • Possession of, or active pursuit of, group Liability Insurance policy (min $1,000,000 per occurrence with M-NCPPC; Montgomery Parks named “Additional Insured”)
  • Resume’ outlining group experience
  • Written, verifiable references for the group

Interested groups may submit application materials for consideration.  Applications may be obtained by visiting www.parksdeermanagement.org and/or by request to: MCP-Deermanagement@montgomeryparks.org.  The deadline for submitting applications is Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 3:00PM.  Applications may be submitted by Email or U.S. Mail as follows;

Email- MCP-Deermanagement@montgomeryparks.org or U.S Mail- 12535 Milestone Manor Lane, Germantown, MD  20876

For specific details pertaining to the requirements and expectations for selected/assigned groups, as well as the required qualification standards for individual hunting participants within these groups, please visit parksdeermanagement.org, send an email request to MCP-Deermanagement@montgomeryparks.org or call 301-962-1344.

SEASONAL PARK CLOSURES FOR ANNUAL DEER MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS

Additionally, Montgomery Parks will launch the remainder of its fall 2015/winter 2016 deer management operations season on October 23. Several parks will be closed intermittently during the program which takes place through the end of February. Lottery-based and Cooperative Shotgun Managed Deer Hunts will take place in 10 parks in the Montgomery Parks system to address adverse impacts of burgeoning deer populations on local neighborhoods. (A complete schedule of park closure dates and times is listed at the end of the release.)  Further details pertaining to upcoming Park Police-based Sharpshooting operations, and any proposed new initiatives will be forthcoming later this fall.

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

“The safety of residents is our top priority,” said Montgomery Parks Wildlife Ecologist Bill Hamilton, adding that “in nineteen years of operations, and having harvested 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.”

In advance of the hunts, yellow and black “Park Notice” signs are posted throughout and surrounding affected parks, at all park entrances and in surrounding communities, to aware park visitors of dates of closure.

Dates and Locations of Park Closure
FY2016 M-NCPPC, Department of Parks, Montgomery County
Deer Population Management Programs

Lottery-Based and Cooperative Managed Deer Hunting Programs

[Parks Closed from Sunrise – Sunset]

October

23 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

26 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

28 – Great Seneca SVU1/North Germantown Greenway Parks (Goshen)

30 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

November

4 – Great Seneca SVU1/North Germantown Greenway Parks (Goshen)

7 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

9 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

10 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

13 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

14 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

17 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

18 – Great Seneca SVU1/North Germantown Greenway Parks (Goshen)

21– Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

23 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

24 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

December

4 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

5 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

8-11 Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)

12 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

15 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

16 – Great Seneca SVU1/North Germantown Greenway Parks (Goshen)

18 – Black Hill Regional Park (10 Mi Creek Seg), Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds) & Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)

19 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

21 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

January

2 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

8 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

9 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

15 – Black Hill Regional Park (10 Mi Creek Seg), Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)       & Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)

16 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

22 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

29 – Black Hill Regional Park (10 Mi Creek Seg), Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds) & Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)

30 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

Tenant-Based Managed Deer Hunting Program

[Park Closed to Public Access Year Round]

Goshen Recreation Park (Goshen)

Park Police-Based Sharpshooting Operations

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

Established Park Police-based Sharpshooting park locations include:

Agricultural History Farm Park (Derwood – including attached segments of Rock Creek Stream Valley Units 15 & 16)
Black Hill Regional Park [Day Use Area] (Boyds)
Cabin John Regional Park (Bethesda)
Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park (Silver Spring)
Needwood Golf Course (Rockville)
North Branch Stream Valley Park Units 2 & 3 (Norbeck)
North Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 4 (Olney)
Northwest Branch Recreation Park (Aspen Hill – including Layhill Local Park in Wheaton)
Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 7 (Norwood)
Northwest Golf Course (Wheaton)
Paint Branch Stream Valley Park Units 5 & 6 (Silver Spring – including Pilgrim Hill Local Park, Valley Mill Special Park, Tamarack Neighborhood Park and Paint Branch Neighborhood Park)
Red Door Store Historical Cultural Park (Sandy Spring)
Rock Creek Regional Park (Rockville)
Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 2 (Chevy Chase)
Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 7 (Aspen Hill)
Sligo Creek Golf Course (Silver Spring)
Wheaton Regional Park (Wheaton)
Woodlawn Cultural Special Park (Sandy Spring)

About Montgomery Parks Deer Management Program

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

For more information on the County’s deer management program see The Montgomery County Deer Management Program Annual Report and Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2016 which contains data on deer impacts and recommendations for the upcoming year. This and other information including a copy of the county’s deer management plan, and information on deer management operations, are available at www.ParksDeerManagement.org.

Contact:
For any media inquiries, contact: Abbigail Irelan, Marketing & Public Affairs Manager, M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks
Abbigail.Irelan@MontgomeryParks.org
O: 301-495-2532

Aug 7 15

Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation Launch New Registration System to Simplify Program Enrollment

by Melissa Chotiner

ActiveMONTGOMERY to launch August 17 in time for fall programs and classes

 SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in collaboration with Montgomery County Recreation is launching a new registration system, ActiveMONTGOMERY. The new system replaces ParkPASS and RecWeb, the two separate registration systems currently used by Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation, respectively.  ActiveMontgomery provides one location, and requires just one username and password, for people to register for classes from either organization.

 

“People expect technology to make their lives easier across all aspects of their lives from shopping to reading to listening to music to accessing directions,” said Michael F. Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “ActiveMontgomery brings this same experience to our park patrons enabling them a fast, easy way to sign up for programs, classes and reserve facilities.”

 

ActiveMONTGOMERY has new features (that were not available in ParkPASS or RecWeb) such as easier search functionality, mobile-friendly registration access, Google maps location services and convenient credit card registration.

 

“ActiveMONTGOMERY provides a broader range of registration options which will provide customers with a more comprehensive, user-friendly registration experience,” said Recreation Department Director Gabe Albornoz. “Registration is often the gateway into our programs and services, and ActiveMONTGOMERY will take registration to a more advanced level.”

 

To begin using ActiveMontgomery, users must set up new customer accounts at ActiveMONTGOMERY.ORG. Account set-up will take approximately five minutes and will enable people to view upcoming activities and programs planned for fall 2015.

 

For more information on the new system, visit www.ActiveMontgomery.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. 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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Aug 3 15

Montgomery Parks Announces Fall Festival for 2015

by Melissa Chotiner

Brookside butterfly039SILVER SPRING, MD–Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is gearing up for a fall full of fun festivals, of varying interests and for people of all ages. The annual Wings of Fancy Live Caterpillar and Butterfly Show is in full swing at Brookside Gardens and planning is already underway for the annual Harvest Festival at the Agricultural History Farm Park.

 

Find a sampling of this fall’s lineup below listed in chronological order; a complete list is available at www.MontgomeryParks.org/festivals or in the Montgomery County Fall Guide to Recreation and Parks Programs (available in print at select Parks and Recreation facilities, government buildings and libraries).

 

2015 FALL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

September

  • September 13: Pawpaw Festival at Meadowside Nature Center
  • September 19:
    • Children’s Day 2015: Honey Harvest Festival at Brookside Gardens and Brookside Nature Center
    • Monarch Fiesta Day at Black Hill Nature Center

October

  • October 3: Harvest Festival at Agricultural History Farm Park
  • Weekends in October:
    • Eye-Spy Halloween Trains at Cabin John Miniature Train for ages 2-8
    • Haunted Trains at Wheaton Regional Park Miniature Train for ages 8 and up
  • October 30 – November 1: Emancipation Day Celebrations at Various Historical Sites

 

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

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