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Dec 19 14

Montgomery Parks Hosts 11th Annual Green Matters Symposium: Protecting Our Pollinators on February 27, 2015

by Melissa Chotiner

 flyer for FacebookSILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is hosting its annual Green Matters Symposium on the topic of Protecting Our Pollinators. Staff at Brookside Gardens, an award-winning public display garden in Montgomery Parks, organize the event each year. This year, experts will discuss the importance of pollinators to the Earth’s ecosystems at the full-day symposium on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Silver Spring Civic Center.

 

Admission is $89 before January 16 and $99 after that date. To register, visit www.ParkPASS.org and enter Course #306499.

 

In addition to conference speaker sessions, educational demonstrations will be provided by three exhibitors featuring:

  • Honey tasting
  • Native bee habitat creation and
  • Bee keeping equipment.

 

Two hashtags—#GreenMatters and #BrooksideGreen—are being used for people to share information and correspond via Twitter about the event.

 

WHO:  Horticulturists, beekeepers, homeowners, teachers, college students, gardeners and anyone interested in learning more about the importance of protecting pollinators is encouraged to attend this educational symposium.

 

WHAT: The Green Matters Symposium will bring together experts to discuss the topic of Protecting Our Pollinators. Speakers include:

 

  • Sam Droege, Head of the Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program at United States Geological Survey
  • Stanton A. Gill, Principal Agent & Regional Extension Specialist, the Nursery & Greenhouse Management at University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Alison Gillespie, Author of Hives in the City: Keeping Honeybees Alive in an Urban World
  • Timothy McMahon, President of the Montgomery County Beekeeper’s Association and an Easter Apicultural Society Master Beekeeper
  • Ari Novy, Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden
  • Krissa Skogen, Conservation Scientist Manager, Conservation and Land Management Internship Program Chicago Botanic Garden

 

WHEN: Friday, February 27, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

WHERE: 
Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

 

WHY: Learn why we need pollinators to survive and what you can do to help protect them. An astonishing 80% of the world’s plant species require a pollinator to reproduce: plants that not only feed and shelter us, but are absolutely essential to the Earth’s ecosystems. This relationship between flora and fauna is being challenged on all sides by habitat loss, pesticides, invasive species, and more.

 

For more information visit www.BrooksideGreen.org

 

About Green Matters

Green Matters, an annual symposium organized by Brookside Gardens since 2004, concentrates attention on the intersection of horticulture and environmental issues. Environmental stewardship is a core value of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Brookside Gardens’ parent organization. As such, we strive to provide timely information and viable solutions to environmental challenges, because we feel strongly that green does matter.

 

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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Dec 12 14

Celebrate the Winter Solstice; Enjoy a Hike; Visit an Extraordinary Holiday Rail Exhibit and Much More–All in Montgomery Parks this Holiday Season!

by Melissa Chotiner

Winter break camps are available for kids off from school.

 

SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCCP) has tons of activities going on in parks and at facilities this holiday season. Take time to visit and enjoy these festive offerings—many of which are free and perfect for families.

 

HOLIDAY EVENTS AND FESTIVALS:

IMG_2147FREE Garden Railway Exhibit: Sights, Sounds, Action! is up and running for the 10th year in the South Conservatory at Brookside Gardens!  The exhibit features trains and trollies as well as detailed miniature models of iconic landmarks in the region such as Germantown’s famous Cider Barrel, the Dentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park and the historic Red Door Store in Sandy Spring.

Open through January 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily (Closed on December 25)

 

FREE Annual Winter Cheer exhibit is also open at Brookside Gardens in the North Conservatory. Bold poinsettias, fireworks flowers, silver and blue plectranthus and white snapdragons are displayed throughout the exhibit among other colorful flowers. Open through January 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m daily. (Closed on December 25)

 

FREE 2014 Winter Ice Show at Cabin John Ice Rink features some of the most talented figure skaters in the area. The show takes place December 20 at 6:30 p.m. and features individual and group performances.

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with crafts, campfires, treats and more at three different events this season. All are $5 and suitable for adults and children ages 3 and up.

 

  • Meadowside Nature Center’s event takes place on December 20, from 7 – 8 p.m. Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #301299)
  • Brookside Nature Center’s solstice celebration is on December 21 from 1 – 5 p.m. Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #303150)
  • Locust Grove Nature Center’s event takes place on December 21 from 4 – 6 p.m. Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #304010)

 

Winter Hike at Little Bennett Regional Park takes place December 21 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Hikers will explore the natural beauty along Little Bennett’s trails searching for local wildlife—deer, raccoons and foxes—as well as winter berries and perhaps crystal ice formations. The cost for the hike is $7. Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #302449)

 

Otus’ Rockin New Year Celebration is a great way to ring in the New Year early on December 31 with kids ages 2 – 12 years old. Participants make party hats, noise makers and other crafts and celebrate the new year at Meadowside Nature Center at 12 p.m. with music, dancing, cider and a visit from Otus the Owl mascot. $5. Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #301949)

 

WINTER BREAK CAMPS:

Montgomery Parks has a selection of winter break camps to keep kids busy and having fun while they are home from school.

 

Locust Grove Winter Adventure Camp: December 29 – 31 and January 2, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Campers ages 5 – 11 years old will go on scavenger hunts, build campfires, meet live animals, learn about wildlife and have fun. $232. Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #304049). Extended care is available for an additional fee.

 

Park Play Days at Cabin John Ice Rink and Wheaton Ice Arena: December 29 & 30 and January 2 at Cabin John Ice and at Wheaton Ice; 9 – 5 p.m. Campers ages 6 – 12 years old enjoy a full day of activities including ice skating, arts & crafts, team games and sports. $40 per day. Visit www.ParkPASS.org to register.

 

HOLIDAY OPERATING HOURS:

 

Cabin John Ice Rink and Wheaton Ice Arena:

December 24: Closing at 3 p.m.

December 25: Closed

December 31: Closing at 3 p.m.

January 1, 2015: Opening late at 12 p.m.

 

Holiday rates are in effect for all public skating sessions. Both rinks will be offering holiday specials at the Pro Shops and Snack Bars. Visit www.CabinJohnIce.com and www.WheatonIceArena.com for more information.

 

The Driving Range at South Germantown Recreational Park is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is closed on December 25, 2014 and January 1, 2015.

 

The Locust Grove Nature Center is only open to campers the week of December 29, 2014 – January 2, 2015.The Center is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 – 5 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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Dec 10 14

Montgomery Parks to Host Community Meeting on Rockwood Manor Special Park Feasibility Study

by Melissa Chotiner

Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 7 – 9 p.m. at Rockwood Manor

 

SILVER SPRING, MD—M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks will host a community meeting on the recently completed feasibility study for Rockwood Manor Special Park on Wednesday, January 14 from 7 – 9 p.m. The meeting will take place at Rockwood Manor in Brooke Hall, 11001 MacArthur Boulevard, Potomac, MD 20854.

 

Parks staff will present facility rental policy changes and findings of noise, traffic and environmental studies.  Other items to be discussed include possible future improvements to emergency vehicle access, handicap accessibility, environmental quality issues and overall visitor experience.

 

Montgomery Parks initiated the feasibility study in the spring of 2014 to address the fact that the entrance drive into Rockwood Manor is not able to accommodate emergency vehicles or two-way traffic. In addition, members of the community had been voicing concerns over noise and activity at Rockwood Manor during private events.  The study was also initiated to address these concerns and potential ways to resolve the issues.


Rockwood Manor Special Park
is a 30-acre site that features the historic Rockwood Manor House. The house served as the Girl Scout National Center from 1939 – 1979. M-NCPPC has operated the park since 1983. The manor house is available for lease as a special event center and features overnight lodging space.
For additional information please visit www.ParkProjects.org and click on Rockwood Manor Special Park under Public Meetings.
Contact:

Aaron Feldman, Project Manager
M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks
9500 Brunett Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Aaron.Feldman@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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Dec 2 14

Montgomery Parks Approves Additional Park Sites for Deer Management Program

by Melissa Chotiner

Deer management operations will take place at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park, Paint Branch Stream Valley Parks and Red Door Store Historic Park beginning January 10, 2015.

 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission announces the expansion of its deer management operations for winter 2015. The expanded program includes the following park sites:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park and attached segments of: Paint Branch Steam Valley Park, Units 5 and 6
  • Paint Branch Neighborhood Park
  • Pilgrim Hill Local Park
  • Tamarack Neighborhood Park
  • Valley Mill Special Park, and
  • Red Door Store Historical Cultural Park.

Park Police-based Sharpshooting will take place from January 10 – February 28, 2015, from 6 p.m. through 6 a.m. when the parks are closed to the public; and recur annually as necessary. Information about the hunts will be posted on signs throughout the park, on the Montgomery Parks’ website homepage and communicated via Park Police patrols. All deer harvested through the effort will be donated for consumption at local soup kitchens.

The parks, located in Silver Spring and Olney, have been selected to address damage caused by an increasing population of deer, including deer-related automobile accidents, damage to natural resources, and increased potential of communicable diseases such as Lyme disease.

Recent estimates within the Paint Branch Stream Valley Park, Units 5 and 6 indicate the deer population is nearly four times the recommended density for an area this size. The decision to add these parks to the deer management operations was made after review of citizen complaints and input, and with strong support from the community.

The additional park sites are among 37 parks in the Montgomery Parks’ system selected for managed hunts during the fall 2014 – winter 2015 season. Dates and locations for upcoming deer management operations including Lottery-based Managed Deer Hunts, Cooperative Managed Deer Hunts and Park Police-based Sharpshooting Operations are listed below.

 

Lottery-Based and Cooperative Managed Deer Hunting Programs

[Parks Closed from Sunrise – Sunset]

December

5 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

6 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

9 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)

10 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)

11 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)

12 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)

16 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

17 – North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park (Gaithersburg)

19 – Black Hill Regional Park: 10 Mile Creek Segment (Boyds)

19 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)

19 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)

20 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

 

January 2015

2-Bucklodge Forest Conservation, Little Seneca Unit 1 and Ten Mile Creek (Boyds)

3 -Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

9 -Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

10 -Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

23-Bucklodge Forest Conservation, Little Seneca Unit 1 and Ten Mile Creek (Boyds)

24 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

 

Park Police-based sharpshooting locations 2015
[Parks Closed January 10 – February 28, from 6:00PM – 6:00AM, Monday-Friday]

  • Agricultural History Farm Park (Derwood – including attached segments of Rock Creek Stream Valley Units 12 & 16)
  • Black Hill Regional Park (Boyds)
  • Cabin John Regional Park (Bethesda)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation 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, Units 5&6 and attached Paint Branch Neighborhood Park, Pilgrim Hills Local Park, Tamarack Neighborhood Park and Valley Mill Special Park (Silver Spring/Colesville)
  • Red Door Store Historical Cultural Park (Olney)
  • Rock Creek Regional Park (Rockville)
  • Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 2 (Bethesda/Chevy Chase)
  • Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 7 (Aspen Hill)
  • Sligo Creek Golf Course (Silver Spring)
  • Wheaton Regional Park (Wheaton)
  • Woodlawn Special Park (Sandy Spring)

 

Tenant-based Managed Deer Hunting Program
Park is closed to public access year-round

  • Goshen Recreation Park (Goshen)

 

The deer management program began in 1996 following recommendations from the Montgomery County Deer Management Work Group (DMWG), and in response to citizen concerns about the increasingly adverse impacts of the burgeoning deer population on local neighborhoods.

 

To learn more the department’s deer management program, visit www.ParksDeerManagement.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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Nov 24 14

Montgomery Parks Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Operating Schedule

by Melissa Chotiner

All Montgomery Parks’ facilities and programs will be closed on Thanksgiving, November 27, 2014, including Brookside Gardens Visitors Center and Conservatory, ice skating rinks, nature centers, the park permits office, tennis centers, Regional and Recreational athletic fields and the South Germantown Driving Range.

Below are additional details on operating hours at various facilities including information on park programs and classes taking place over the holiday weekend.


Brookside Gardens:

The Garden Railway Exhibit in the South Conservatory opens for the season on Friday, November 28 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The free exhibit features trains and trollies winding around detailed miniatures of Brookside Gardens, Wheaton Ice Arena, Glen Echo Park and more.  Parents and kids ages 6 and under can also enjoy the free Saturday storytime on November 29 from 10 – 10:30 a.m.


Montgomery Parks Nature Centers:

  • Black Hill Nature Programs: Closed Wednesday, November 26 – Friday, November 28.
  •  Brookside Nature Center: Closed Friday, November 28, however trails surrounding the nature center are open.  The nature center will be open Saturday, November 29 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 30 from 1 – 5 p.m.
  •  Locust Grove Nature Center: Closed Friday, November 28. The center is open for visitors on Saturday, November 29 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 30 from 1 – 5 p.m.
  •  Meadowside Nature Center: Closed Friday, November 28, however trails surrounding the nature center are open. The center is open Saturday, November 29 and will host its regular Vulture Enrichment and Raptor Lunchtime Talk programs from 11 – 11:20 a.m. and 12 – 12:30 p.m. (respectively).

 

Ice Skating Rinks:

  •  Wheaton Ice Arena has cancelled group lessons over the holiday weekend from November 28 – November 30. In addition to the regularly scheduled public skating sessions a Cheapskate session has been added on Wednesday, November 26 from 8:15 – 9:45 p.m. Skaters receive admission and skater rentals for $6.50. An additional public session is scheduled for Saturday, November 29 from 7:45 – 9:45 p.m. A special Black Friday sale and Holiday weekend sale will be taking place at the Pro Shop from November 28 – November 30. Holiday rates will be in effect for all public skating session during the weekend.

 

Driving Range at South Germantown Recreational Park

 

All other parks and facilities are operating on standard schedules listed on www.MontgomeryParks.org.

 

 

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Nov 19 14

Montgomery Planning Board Pays Respects to John P. “Jack” Hewitt

by Bridget Schwiesow

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John P. “Jack” Hewitt, former Montgomery County Planning Board Commissioner, M-NCPPC Executive Director and first director of the Montgomery County Parks Department, died on October 25. A Silver Spring native and World War II veteran, Jack first worked for M-NCPPC in 1938 as a summer job, was hired permanently after serving in the war, and eventually became Parks Director from 1957 to 1971.  During his tenure, he was responsible for increasing the park system from fewer than 2,000 acres to more than 20,000 acres.  Jack served as M-NCPPC Executive Director from 1971-74 and as a Montgomery County Planning Board Commissioner from 1987 to 1991.  He was past president of the American Park & Recreation Association, past president of the Maryland Recreation & Park Society, and recipient of the Pugsley Medal, a prestigious parks award. A leader even in retirement, Jack was a founding member of M-NCPPC Retirees Association and served on the Board of the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.

Nov 18 14

Montgomery Parks to Pilot Snow Removal Program on Capital Crescent Trail

by Melissa Chotiner

Trail Users Are Encouraged to Report Conditions Via Twitter Using #CCTSnow

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SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is launching a pilot snow removal program this winter for the Montgomery Parks portion of the Capital Crescent Trail, located in Bethesda. Parks staff will clear snow on three and a half miles of the trail starting at the Bethesda Avenue entrance point to the Montgomery County / Washington D.C. line, as well as along 12 feeder trails. Parks staff will begin clearing the trail within 24 hours from when snow stops falling.

Regular updates on the status of snow removal along the trail will be posted on Montgomery Parks’ website at www.MontgomeryParks.org/CCT during and after snow events. Trail users are welcome to contribute updates on the conditions of the trail via Twitter using #CCTSnow.

Funded by the County, the program includes a one-time allocation to purchase special trail clearing equipment, as well as support to cover staff time.

“We recognize that many people rely on the Capital Crescent Trail for commuting and appreciate the county’s support of this pilot program enabling us to respond to the needs of county residents,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks.

The Capital Crescent Trail is a ten-foot wide, 11-mile hiker-biker trail connecting Silver Spring to Georgetown in Washington D.C. It is one of the most heavily used trails in the United States and is a recognized commuter trail by the Maryland Department of Transportation. Montgomery Parks operates and maintains three and a half miles of the trail—the portion which will be cleared as part of the snow removal pilot program.

“Existing data tells us that the Capital Crescent Trail is heavily used, particularly for commuting,” said John Nissel, Deputy Director of Operations for Montgomery Parks. “As part of this pilot program we will be updating the data with newly installed counters to better analyze trail use and guide future operations and maintenance.”

The new automated trail user counters will provide information on weather conditions as well as the total number of trail users traveling in each direction and detect how many are bicyclists.

The snow removal program does not include salting of the trail or ice removal. People are encouraged to stay off the trail until snow is cleared and to use caution when accessing the trail following snow removal.

 

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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

Nov 17 14

Montgomery Parks Foundation to Seek New Director

by Melissa Chotiner

Rankin to Depart After Guiding Revitalization

 

Montgomery Parks Foundation (Foundation) Board President, Joseph Isaacs, accepted with regret the resignation of its Executive Director, Debbie Rankin, who has held the position since January 2011 and has accepted another opportunity.  He expressed gratitude for Ms. Rankin’s outstanding efforts to revitalize the dormant Foundation and establish needed infrastructure to enable more effective fundraising programs, integration within the Department of Parks, and engagement of community stakeholders and partners.

 

With the support of the Board of Trustees, the Foundation has become a viable and robust organization with a mission to cultivate financial support and public engagement of county residents and businesses as members, donors, sponsors and advocates.  Mr. Isaacs stated that the Board will move as rapidly as possible to identify the next Executive Director to ensure the Foundation’s continuing momentum and a smooth transition to new leadership.

 

The Montgomery Parks Foundation had revenue of only $100,000 in the first year of its revitalization and over $660,000 in 2013.  In the current year, the Foundation received a $1 million gift for a Greenhouse at Brookside Gardens and will exceed $1.5 million in total revenue.

 

“The Foundation thanks Debbie for her leadership and intends with its next Executive Director to continue to grow for the benefit Montgomery Parks and those that enjoy them,” said Joseph Isaacs, President of the Board of Trustees.

 

The Foundation Board of Trustees in collaboration with the Director of Parks, Mike Riley, will begin the search process for the next Executive Director in the coming weeks.  The Board has named current Development Program Manager, Raleigh Leichter, as acting Executive Director during the transition.

 

“I feel confident that the Foundation Board of Trustees will work hard to identify the proper candidate to build on the excellent work Debbie and her talented staff started,” commented Mike Riley.

 

The Montgomery Parks Foundation is a 501c3 organization that champions Montgomery County Parks.

Nov 3 14

Montgomery Parks Announces Veterans Day Activities, Specials and Operating Hours

by Melissa Chotiner

-Free ice skating and skate rentals at Cabin John and Wheaton Ice for military families.-

 

SILVER SPRING, MD—In honor of Veterans Day, Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is offering free ice skating and skate rentals during public sessions on Sunday, November 9, for all active and retired military personnel and their immediate families at Cabin John and Wheaton Ice. Cabin John Ice will present a special patriotic skating performance midway in the 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. skating sessions that day. Public sessions are scheduled for the following times:

  •  Cabin John Ice: 8:30 – 10 a.m.; 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wheaton Ice: 11a.m. – 12:45 p.m.; 2:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Montgomery Parks has a variety of fun, affordable activities lined up at various parks and facilities during the Veterans Day holiday weekend. A sampling is listed below. Visit www.ParkPASS.org for all offerings.


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Visit www.ParkPASS.org and enter the course number to register.

    • Beginner Clinic 10:00 -11:00 a.m., (Course #296997)
    • Intermediate  Clinic  9:00 -10:00 a.m., (Course #248449)

Cost is $30 with online pre-registration or $35 day of clinic in person

The South Germantown Driving Range is open Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday, November 10 and 11 from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Hours are dependent upon weather please visit www.SGDrivingRange.com before heading out.

Seniors 65 and older and all military personnel (both active and retired) receive a $2 discount on each bucket of balls, with valid ID.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

  •  Hike to Cabin Branch (Meet at Black Hill Regional Park), 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Enjoy the crisp November air and beautiful views of Little Seneca Lake as we hike through the Cabin Branch watershed. Hike is approximately three miles long.  www.ParkPASS.org (Course#: 292849) $8

  •  Nature and Art Adventures at Brookside Nature Center, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Simple, nature-inspired arts and crafts activities will be offered for children ages 6 – 12 years old.

www.ParkPASS.org (Course#: 294926) $6

Test your tennis prowess, meet new people and have fun. Up to three pro sets (8 games per set). No need to bring a partner, players will be matched up with peers of comparable skill. Two skill levels offered.

www.ParkPASS.org (Course #298513) $10

 

Tuesday, November 11. 2014

  • Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge Van Trip leaving from Black Hill Visitor Center at 9 a.m. and returning at 8 p.m. The trip to the Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge Center in Delaware will be led by a Montgomery Parks Naturalist. Visit www.ParkPASS.org (Course #292850) for more details and to register.

 

The following Montgomery Parks facilities will be closed on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014:

  •  Brookside Gardens Visitors Center

*Conservatories and grounds are open sunrise to sunset.

  • Olney Manor Skate Park

*Olney Manor Skate Park is open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November 23. Visit www.olneymanorskate.com for more information.

  • M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks Offices
  • Montgomery Parks Permits Office
  • Regional / Recreation Athletic Fields at
    • Blair High School
    • Cabin John Regional Park
    • Damascus Recreational Park
    • Fairland Recreational Park
    • Martin Luther King Jr Regional Park
    • Olney Manor Recreational Park
    • Ridge Road Recreational Park
    • South Germantown Recreational Park
    • Wheaton Regional Park

 

*All other parks and facilities are operating on standard schedules listed on www.MontgomeryParks.org.

 

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Oct 22 14

Montgomery Parks Hosts Public Meeting on New Proposed Use of Maplewood-Alta Vista Park Activity Building

by Melissa Chotiner

Public meeting scheduled for December 3, 7 – 8 p.m.; Rock Creek Dance Academy to present proposal for park activity building use.

 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will host a public meeting on Wednesday, December 3 from 7 – 8 p.m. at the Maplewood-Alta Vista Park Activity Building to discuss a proposed new use of the building. Rock Creek Dance Academy, LLC, is seeking to lease the building to offer dance classes for people ages 3 – 18 years old. A presentation on the proposed use will be given at the meeting.

 

Public meeting information:

Montgomery Parks Public Meeting on Maplewood-Alta Vista Park Activity Building Reuse
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 7 – 8 p.m.
Maplewood-Alta Vista Park Activity Building
5209 Alta Vista Road
Bethesda, MD 20814

 

Montgomery Parks’ staff evaluated Rock Creek Dance Academy’s proposal to lease the building based on the following criteria:

 

  • Proposed use and overall approach to the adaptive reuse including compatibility with the community and park and overall benefit to the public;
  • Qualifications and Expertise of the bidder
  • Financial Capacity and Feasibility of the bidder and proposed use;
  • The Business Plan submitted by the bidder.

 

The Maplewood-Alta Vista Park Activity Building, located in Maplewood-Alta Vista Local Park is one of eleven park activity buildings in Montgomery Parks that was closed in 2011. The buildings were determined to be underutilized and were closed as a cost savings measure, as directed by the Montgomery County Council. Since 2011 Montgomery Parks has been seeking tenants to lease the buildings in a way that is compatible with the community and park and provides an overall benefit to the public.

 

Montgomery Parks currently leases three park activity buildings to tenants. Eighteen additional park activity buildings are available to the public for birthday parties, reunions, celebrations, and other community events. These buildings are located throughout the county, and can be rented through the Park Permit Office. Visit www.ParkPermits.org for more information

 

 

 

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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