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Apr 13 15

Montgomery Parks Issues Request for Proposals to Find a Tenant for the Historic Darby Store

by Melissa Chotiner

Mandatory pre-bid meeting will take place Tuesday, April 21 at 10 a.m.

 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) has just issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to select a tenant for the Darby Store, located in the Beallsville Historic District at 19801 Darnestown Road, Beallsville, MD 20839. Montgomery Parks is seeking a tenant to reinvigorate the building while keeping in mind its historic character.

 

A mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting will take place on April 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Owens Local Park Activity Building, 19900 Beallsville Road, Beallsville, MD, 20932.  Parks staff will discuss the RFP process, outline conditions for use of the historic site and answer questions. The Darby Store will be open directly following the meeting for interested parties to inspect. All potential tenants must attend the pre-bid meeting.

 

Interested parties may download the Darby Store Leasing RFP (#P35-127). The application deadline is June 8, 2015.

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About the Darby Store
The Darby Store is significant as one of the few existing examples of a rural, vernacular general store in Montgomery County. The Darby Store was important to the community as it supplied area farmers and residents for over 50 years selling a variety of goods, feed, and groceries.

 

For questions about the RFP or to obtain a copy, please contact Jana.Harris@MNCPPC.org. For general information about the Darby Store and the proposal please contact Julie Mueller at Julie.Mueller@MontgomeryParks.org or by phone at 301-650-4390.

 

 

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

Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Contact us a minimum of five business days in advance of the program start date or public meeting date to request a disability accommodation. CONTACT INFO HERE.

 

 

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Apr 13 15

Montgomery Parks Hosts Free Family Festival to Celebrate Better-Than-Ever Black Hill Visitor Center

by Melissa Chotiner

Ribbon cutting and celebration to take place April 18, 2015, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. featuring tons of fun, educational activities, games and more.

SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) invites the public to a free family-friendly festival at the Black Hill Visitor Center on April 18 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Black Hill Visitor Center is located in Black Hill Regional Park, 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, MD 20841. The event celebrates a variety additions and updates made to the center including:

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  • A new Kids Corner featuring natural and recycled toys, puppets, children’s books, bio-facts (real animal skins, bones, etc.), art materials, board games, puzzles and more! The corner activities will change with the seasons.

 

  • Revamped displays including the center’s new milk snake, Woodstock

 

  • The first Earth Bench in Maryland made from old plastic bottles, plastic bags, harvested invasive plants and other natural materials found in our park, then made beautiful with a glass mosaic mural.

 

In addition to the new amenities at the visitor center, a new water trail – the first in Montgomery County will open to the public at the event. A naturalist will lead participants in kayaks and/or canoes on tours of the trail which explores the Cabin Branch section of Little Seneca Lake.

 

The event begins at noon. There will be ongoing games and activities taking place in the Outdoor classroom as well as the following scheduled activities:

 

1:00 p.m.                      Ribbon cutting

 

 

1:00-2:00 p.m.            Wild Encounters with Elmore Brown*: See and touch live frogs, toads, lizards and snakes from all over the world!

 

 

1:30-2:30 p.m.            Natural Yogis: Frog and the Great Metamorphosis*: Free nature-themed yoga class with Child Light instructor Lanie Lile for 2-5 year olds and their parent/s.

 

2-3pm                         Naturalist-led Water Trail Tour: Free canoe and kayak rentals while supplies last. Please sign up inside the Visitor Center, and meet at the kayak shack.First-come, first-served.  

 

*Advance registration required for these activities.  For more information, please visit our website.

 

For more information about the Black Hill Nature Programs please visit www.BlackHillNature.org or call 301-528-3492.


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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Apr 7 15

Montgomery Parks History in the Parks Season Opens April 10 – 12, 2015 with a Host of Free, Educational Activities and Tours

by Melissa Chotiner

Season opening kicks off Friday, April 10, with Special Guided Night Hike of the Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor.

 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) starts the History in the Parks season with opening weekend celebrations April 10 – 12, 2015. Special events and tours are scheduled all weekend long at several of the parks signature historic sites.

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Join trained “conductors” on Friday night, April 10 at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park for a special night hike on the Underground Experience Trail.

 

“We are always excited about Opening Weekend. It’s a great way to get an introduction to a life-long lesson in culture, community and connections,” said Shirl Spicer, Museum Manager for Montgomery Parks. “We hope that these events serve as a starting point to engage people in the important history that is accessible right here in Montgomery County.”

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Join Montgomery Parks on Sunday, April 12 from 1 – 4 at the season opening of Kingsley Schoolhouse, a late 19th century one-room school house in Little Bennett Regional Park.

 

The weekend events are part of Montgomery Parks’ History in the Parks programming and include:

  • Friday, April 10: Special Night Hike of the Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor (7 PM | $5 pp)
  • Saturday, April 11: Tours and African Dance Workshop, “Celebration of African Rhythms through Dance & Song” (Starting at 12 PM | Free)
  • Sunday, April 12: Free events located at Josiah Henson Park, Harper Cabin, and Kingsley Schoolhouse

 

Historical education in Montgomery County continues to be an important vehicle for understanding the past to build the foundation for a future. With the facilities officially opening, county residents and visitors can explore their heritage throughout the seasons. Operating months are April through November. Please visit HistoryInTheParks.org to get event details and site information. Group/school tours or volunteer opportunities are also available.

 

 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

 

Apr 6 15

Montgomery Parks Brings Spring to Life with a Full Lineup of Special Events and Programs

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MD–Who’s ready for spring? Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has dozens of special events and programs planned in the parks and park facilities this spring for people of all ages and spanning various interests. 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.  You can also find more information on spring festivals at www.MontgomeryParks.org/festivals.

 

2015 SPRING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

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April 11 and 12*, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., *3:00 p.m. on Sunday
19th Annual Gas & Steam Engine Show
Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood, MD 20855
Free admission and parking
www.FriendsoftheFarmPark.org

This two-day free family-friendly festival features gas engines, tractors, antique cars and trucks and stream tractors. Live country music, hay wagon rides a kiddie tractor pull and food and beverages for sale are all part of this crowd pleasing event!

 

April 18, 2015, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Black Hill Visitor Center Celebration and Ribbon Cutting
20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, MD 20841
Some events require registration. Visit www.ParkPASS.org for details.
Free
www.BlackHillNature.org

Celebrate the recently renovated Black Hill Visitor Center – a certified Green Center – and home to the first Earth Bench on the east coast. The only water trail in the county has been revitalized on Little Seneca Lake. Event will feature free activities and take visitors on a tour of the new amenities.

 

April 23, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Amazing Amphibians
Locust Grove Nature Center at Cabin John Regional Park
7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20817
$5
www.LocustGroveNature.org

Come learn all about our vanishing amphibians and why they need our help. Live tadpoles! Walk in a wetland and make your own toad abode. Ages 5 and up.

 

April 25, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Bug Bonanza
Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
Free
www.BrooksideNature.org

Celebrate the spring emergence of bugs and see the new insect “hotel” for nesting insects. Attendees will help prepare the hotel with nesting materials, visit a honeybee hive, watch mason bees build their nests, and use our bug nets to catch a critter and see it up close.  Free. Program will be cancelled in the event of rain.

 

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Keeping an Eye on the Line LevelMay 2, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
History in the Parks: Family Archaeology Day
Needwood Mansion
6700 Needwood Road, Derwood, MD 20855
$8 per person / $15 per family
www.HistoryInTheParks.org

See and experience what parks archaeologists. Event features a 19th century slave quarters dig exhibit, mansion tours, a simulated archaeology dig for children, storytelling, old-time games and crafts. Bring a bag lunch and stay for the day.

 

034May 3, 2015, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Raptor Festival
Meadowside Nature Center at Rock Creek Regional Park
5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD 20855
Free
www.MeadowsideNature.org

Experience the thrill of viewing some of Maryland’s premier predators live and up-close. Explore the world of owls, hawks and eagles through games, crafts and talks given by local experts. Tours of the new habitat gardens will be given. Free native plants to the first 200 families.

 

May 15, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Bats are Back Mini-Fest
Locust Grove Nature Center at Cabin John Regional Park
7777 Democracy Blvd. Bethesda, MD 20817
$5
www.LocustGroveNature.org

Welcome our vanishing bats back from winter hibernation and migration at this fun mini-festival featuring crafts, activities and a video; and explore cool technology used to eavesdrop on bats.  The evening will conclude with a hike to the meadow to watch bats fly and feast.

 

male bluebird feeding young - photo Bob StapfMay 17, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Bluebirds Forever Festival
Black Hill Visitor Center
20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, MD 20841
Free
www.BlackHillNature.org

Celebrate the Eastern Bluebird with park naturalists, friends and volunteers of Black Hill Nature Programs and members of the Maryland Bluebird Society. The free event includes exhibits, demonstrations and children’s activities.

 

Free Garden Tours:

Enjoy free tours of Brookside Gardens in Wheaton and McCrillis Gardens in Bethesda. Tours are led by highly trained, knowledgeable guides and focus on the plants that make each garden unique. Registration is required. Visit Parkpass.org for details on registration.

Brookside Gardens Free Tours
1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
Meet at the conservatory.
www.BrooksideGardens.org

Tours are offered on Saturdays, 4/23, 5/8, 5/23 and 6/6 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

 

McCrillis Gardens Free Tours
6910 Greentree Road, Bethesda, MD 20817
Meet at McCrillis House
www.McCrillisGardens.org

Tours are offered Sundays, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 and 5/31 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

 

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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Apr 1 15

Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Planning Department Present Newest Achievements and Future Projects to County Council

by Bridget Schwiesow

PowerPoint Cover Semi Annual Spring 2015

Streamlined development review process, housing and transportation tools, urban parks, athletic fields and more are highlighted in Spring 2015 Semi-Annual Report

SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Planning, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, presented the Departments’ Spring 2015 Semi-Annual Report to the Montgomery County Council on March 31, 2015. The 47-page report, available online for review, summarizes key projects and plans from the past six months and work that will be completed over the next six months.

Review the Spring 2015 Semi-Annual Report.

This progress report is the second to be submitted by Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson, who assumed his current position in July 2014. Anderson outlines several initiatives aimed at meeting County demand for housing and jobs in close proximity to retail and public transit, as well as the creation of recreational spaces and protection of natural resources.

The Planning Department’s initiatives for the next six months include:
-Streamlining the development review process to meet the 120-day, acceptance-to-approval time frame required by the new County Zoning Ordinance.
-Studying rental housing and transportation tools to improve the assessment of County infrastructure.
-Advancing the Design Excellence Initiative to improve the quality of new developments, buildings and public spaces in the County.
-Expanding community outreach and staff training efforts to increase community participation in the planning process.

The Spring 2015 Semi-Annual Report highlights recent efforts by Montgomery Parks to improve parks in dense areas of the County, including:
-Launching a program to activate urban parks in Silver Spring, White Flint and Germantown.
-Designing the County’s first urban dog park at Ellsworth Urban Park in Silver Spring.
-Developing new plans for improving and maintaining the County’s 290 athletic fields.

The report focuses on ongoing master planning efforts, including:
-The Bethesda Downtown Plan, which is building on the success of the area’s vibrant, walkable district. Scenarios for several areas were advanced through feedback from a wide range of stakeholders in Bethesda that was obtained through new outreach techniques. 

-The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan, which is considering ways of preserving the village character of the area while upgrading transportation networks and residential neighborhoods. Innovative engagement efforts, including events aimed at business owners and families, helped guide the planning efforts.

-The Montgomery Village Master Plan is the first discrete master plan for the planned community of Montgomery Village. The plan’s initial strategies were approved by the Planning Board in December 2014. Planners have worked on innovative community outreach efforts through the MV Matters series that focused on how best to rezone the entire Village since the Town Sector zone is no longer available.

-The Westbard Sector Plan, which was advanced through weeklong public workshops in 2014. Planners are currently analyzing the potential impact of increased density in the Westbard area as the result of proposed commercial buildings and housing units, and will discuss the findings at a public meeting this spring.

In addition, the Spring 2015 Semi-Annual Report reveals major park projects now underway, including:
-Development of a comprehensive plan to provide a trail experience within three miles of every County resident by the year 2030.
-Construction of three new parks: Laytonia Recreational Park in Derwood, Greenbriar Local Park in Potomac and Germantown Town Center Urban Park.
-New history-based programming at historic and archeological sites, including the Agricultural History Farm Park.
-Expansion of the Community Gardens program, including new plots in Germantown.

Mar 31 15

Montgomery Parks Celebrates Arbor Day at Mill Creeke Town Elementary School

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will host a special Arbor Day celebration for students at Mill Creek Towne Elementary in Gaithersburg. The event takes place April 2, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. for students in grades 3 – 5 and will feature a variety of hands-on activities culminating in a ceremonial tree planting on the school property by students and members of Montgomery Parks staff.

 

Other activities scheduled for the day provided by Montgomery Parks Arboriculture Section include:

 

  • Compost Cooks (Live Composting Demonstration):  Students will work together to mix raw compost ingredients via a recipe card and observe how the compost goes through the phases of being mixed and “cooked” to form a finished product.
  • Seedling Preparation and Giveaway:  Each student will prepare a bare root white oak seedling to take home and plant.  Students will wrap the seedlings in paper, soak them in water and place in a bag, and will receive instructions on how to plant and care for the seedling.
  • Canopy Exploration (Arborist Demonstration):  Montgomery Parks Arborist will discuss tree work and tools used in assessing and maintaining tree health and safety.   A Tree Climber will demonstrate climbing and pruning techniques.
  • Plant Health Care: Montgomery Parks Green Management Coordinator will facilitate an interactive discussion on insects and diseases that affect trees in Montgomery County.
  • How Trees Grow:  A Parks Urban Forester will discuss information on how tree rings are formed and how environmental factors can affect the size of the rings. Students will each get a “tree cookie” to decorate with their name at this station.

 

  • State Champion American Sycamore tree (Platanus occidentalisChampion Tree Station:  Montgomery County Forestry Board will be represented to discuss their Champion Tree Program.  Students will learn how trees are selected as champions based on tree type, size and other factors. Students will look at the size of the biggest tree in Maryland, a sycamore on Parkland and will recreate the tree circumference to gauge just how big the tree is.

 

 

 

  • Benefits of Trees:  Montgomery Parks Naturalist will provide a hands-on demonstration for students on the benefits of trees and how storm water affects them.
  • Tree identification walk:  Park Urban Forester will take students on a tour of the school’s trees to learn about identifying characteristics such as leaf or needle type, as well as, benefits to wildlife and uses of the tree as a product.

 

Montgomery Parks has an extensive tree care program and one of the highlights is getting out into the community to share our knowledge with students and help them fall in love with trees as we have. If you are interested in hosting a Montgomery Park’s Arbor Day event at your elementary school, please visit our webpage at http://www.montgomeryparks.org/trees

 

For the 15th year, Montgomery County has been recognized with the designation of Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to tree planting and tree care. Montgomery County met the four standards necessary to become a Tree City USA by having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

 

Montgomery Parks Arboriculture section provides a comprehensive tree care program that supports the protection, management and long-term health of trees and forests on parkland and provides a safer environment for park patrons, through the removal of high risk trees and limbs. The program also provides consultation for park renovation and development projects and preserves the most significant and highest valued parkland trees. In addition the Arboriculture section utilizes all green waste produced in the management of parkland to generate compost, soil conditioners and wood products. The Arboriculture section is part of the Montgomery Parks Horticulture, Forestry and Environmental Education Division supporting the acquisition, conservation, development, maintenance and management of parks.

 

Mar 30 15

Montgomery Parks Athletic Fields to Open April 1, 2015

by Melissa Chotiner

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

Mar 23 15

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

by Melissa Chotiner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Mar 18 15

Planning Board Member Natali Fani-González Wins Rising Star Award

by Bridget Schwiesow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 13 15

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

by Melissa Chotiner

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission – Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

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