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Aug 14 14

Montgomery Parks Announces September Events, Festivals and Special Programs!

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission announces a variety of special events, festivals and programs taking place this September in parks all across the county.  A sampling is listed below; all fall offerings can be found in the Montgomery County 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.

SEPTEMBER 2014 SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGAMS

pawpawfruitpicture_000Pawpaw Festival
Sunday, September 7, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$5
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, MD 20855

It’s time to get your paws on some pawpaws! Meadowside will be celebrating this delightful native fruit with music, storytelling, crafts, games, raptor talks, expert advice on pawpaw cultivation, and most importantly…a pawpaw tasting station. This year’s festival will feature pawpaw fruit for purchase! No registration required. All participants must pay.

 

Night Fishing at Little Seneca Lake
Wednesday, September 10, Sundown to Midnight
Free
Black Hill Regional Park, Little Seneca Lake
20926 Lake Ridge Drive
Boyds, MD 20841
www.BlackHillBoats.com

Join us at Little Seneca Lake for a special monthly night fishing experience when the moon is full (or pretty close) and the fish are (hopefully) biting.

*Anglers may fish late into the evening from the shore or in boats. Please bring your own boat (–rental boats will not be available after normal Boathouse hours. All boats and anglers must be off the lake and out of the park by midnight, and must have operating navigational lights. All state fishing regulations and Montgomery Parks/M-NCPPC rules and regulations will be enforced.

Back in Grandma’s Day
Saturday, September 13, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free
Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park
3610 Brookville Road
Olney, MD 20833
www.HistoryInTheParks.org

Bring the family and enjoy guided tours of the historic 19th century cabin and make crafts to take home. Celebrate Grandparents’ Day by receiving a free Park Pass if you bring your grandparent to the event.

 

Bluegrass on the Farm
Saturday, September 13, Noon – 6:00 p.m.
$12 for advance admission, $15 at the gate (kids under the age of 12 free with an adult)
Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855
www.BluegrassontheFarm.com

Join the Friends of the Agricultural History Farm Park for great bluegrass in the great outdoors. This year’s lineup includes Grammy nominee and International Bluegrass Music Association award winners the Boxcars featuring Adam Steffey, as well as popular local bands Clearspring and Windy Ridge. Bring your lawn chair and blankets, and instruments if you want to jam with other musicians. Food available for purchase.

 

Apple Festival & Campfire
Friday, September 19, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
$8
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, MD 20855

It’s apple harvest time! Come enjoy apple cider pressing, apple lore, and hands-on activities; end the evening at the campfire ring for s’mores and more. Children and adults must register and pay. Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #294253)

 

Monarch Fiesta Day
Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free
Black Hill Visitor Center
20926 Lake Ridge Drive
Boyds, MD 20841
www.BlackHillNature.org

Celebrate the monarch butterfly and its amazing annual migration to Mexico. Activities include monarch tagging and release, tours of the monarch waystation, migration activity, monarch photo opportunity, insect hunt, monarch movie, story time, crafts and more.

 

Fall Exhibition Competition Send-Off
Saturday, September 20, 6:15 – 8:15 p.m.
Free
Cabin John Ice Rink
10610 Westlake Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
www.CabinJohnIce.com

Come see Cabin John’s best and brightest skaters perform before they head out to various U.S. Figure Skating Qualifying and Non-Qualifying events this fall and winter. Program will feature solo performances as well as paris and synchronized skating routines.

 

kingsley school 1929Kingsley Schoolhouse: “Lessons from the Past”
Sunday, September 21, 2014 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
FREE
Kingsley Schoolhouse
Little Bennett Regional Park
24472 Clarksburg Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871
www.HistoryInTheParks.org

Join trained volunteer docents for free interpretive tours of this 19th century one-room schoolhouse, located in Montgomery Parks’ largest park. Learn about what it was like to attend school in Montgomery County back in the 1920s.

 

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

 

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Jul 22 14

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

by Melissa Chotiner

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 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 the 75-acre lake. Microcystin, hepatoxin, can cause harm to the liver of humans and pets. 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:

 

  • Keep dogs on leash (as is regularly required at the park), and do not allow them to drink or go in the water
  • Swimming is prohibited in the lake at all times
  • Wash hands thoroughly if they come in contact with the water
  • Only eat properly cooked muscle meat of fish that are caught in the lake

Boating and fishing will remain open at the lake.

 

“We have posted signs around Lake Needwood and urge visitors to please pay attention to these precautions to avoid any harm from microcystin,” said Jai Cole, Natural Resources Manager for Montgomery Parks. “Portions of the lake 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.

 

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 15 14

Montgomery County Council Appoints Casey Anderson Planning Board Chair

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Current Board Member and Commissioner designated as Chair 

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), announced today the appointment of Casey Anderson by the Montgomery County Council to the position of Planning Board Chair. In this role, Mr. Anderson will lead the five-member Montgomery County Planning Board which oversees the Montgomery County Planning Department and the Montgomery Department of Parks. The Planning Board advises the Council on land use planning and community planning in Montgomery County.

Mr. Anderson is scheduled to begin his term in August pending the approval of the Council’s Resolution by the County Executive.

“I am honored to be appointed by the County Council for the role of Planning Board Chair,” said Anderson. “I look forward to serving with my colleagues on the Board and working collaboratively with the Council, Executive Branch and county residents to preserve and maintain our natural resources, plan for high quality communities and keep Montgomery County moving forward.”

Chosen from a final field of five candidates, Mr. Anderson brings his experience as a Planning Board Member and Commissioner to the position, serving since 2011. He is a Silver Spring resident, attorney and community activist. Previously, Mr. Anderson served on the boards of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, the Citizens League of Montgomery County, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the Committee for Montgomery. He is also a former vice president of the Woodside Civic Association and executive vice chairman of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board. Mr. Anderson holds undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University and a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University.

The Chair is a full-time position responsible for leading the Montgomery County Planning Board. Mr. Anderson fills the expiring term of Françoise M. Carrier who has served as Chair since 2010. Planning Board members also serve as Commissioners of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, a bicounty agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The County Council also acted to increase the salary of the Planning Board Chair at their July 15 session from $168,450 to $200,000.

The Chair will serve with four Board members. Currently Norman Dreyfuss, Marye Wells-Harley and Amy Presley sit on the Board. The now vacant position held by Casey Anderson on the Planning Board will be advertised by the County Council.

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

-manage physical growth
-plan communities
-protect and steward natural, cultural and historical resources
-provide leisure and recreational experiences

Learn more about the Montgomery County Planning Board.

About the Montgomery County Planning Department:
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. Gwen Wright is the Director of the Planning Department. The Department is comprised of 140 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the general public. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org

About Montgomery County Department of Parks:
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks, with a staff of 700 people. Michael Riley is the Director of Montgomery Parks, which occupies 10 percent of the land in Montgomery County. The Department is part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), which 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 10 14

Montgomery Parks Josiah Henson Park Will Be Profiled on National Broadcast of PBS Series Time Team America on August 19; Program Uncovers New Evidence Related to the Site’s History

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the Montgomery Parks Foundation announce the premiere of “TIME TEAM AMERICA, The Search for Josiah Henson,” on Tuesday, August 19 at 8 p.m. TIME TEAM AMERICA is a PBS series that combines archaeological discovery with good story telling. “The Search for Josiah Henson,” one of four new episodes of the second season, explores Josiah Henson Park, a significant historical resource located in Montgomery County, Maryland within the Montgomery Parks’ system. The park is located on the former Isaac Riley plantation where Reverend Josiah Henson was enslaved for many years before his escape to freedom. Henson’s autobiography is the inspiration behind Harriet Tubman’s landmark novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. 

Time Team America filming at Josiah Henson site in August 2012.

Time Team America filming at Josiah Henson site in August 2012.

Filming of the program took place in August 2012. The TIME TEAM AMERICA production crew and on-air talent—comprised of scientists Joe Watkins, Allan Maca, Meg Watters, Jeff Brown and Chelsea Rose and host Justine Shapiro—spent three days on site working alongside Parks’ archaeologists and their many volunteers, searching for evidence of Henson-era structures and related artifacts long lost to suburban development. The archaeological exploration unearthed three layers of compacted earth flooring in the kitchen under the existing floor, which indicates the strong likelihood that the existing log kitchen sits on the exact footprint of the one described in Henson’s memoirs.

It was upon his return to Isaac Riley’s plantation in 1828 that Josiah Henson recalls sleeping on the dirt floor of the kitchen in the main house.

“After putting my horse in the stable I retired to the kitchen, where my master told me I was to sleep for
the night … that crowded room, with its earth floor, its filth and stench – The negroes present were strangers
to me. Full of gloomy reflections at my loneliness, and poverty stricken aspect of the whole farm, I sat
down…thinking how I could escape from the accursed spot.”

—Josiah Henson, The Life of Josiah Henson Formerly a Slave, Boston: 1849

The Montgomery Parks Foundation will conduct a major campaign to raise $2 million dollars to support the educational and interpretive aspects for Josiah Henson Park. These funds will be matched by $4.85 million approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board and the County Council for the park’s development.
The TIME TEAM AMERICA episode on Josiah Henson Park can be previewed at: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365243972/

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

About the Montgomery Parks Foundation
The Montgomery Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that champions Montgomery County Parks cultivating financial support and public engagement of county residents and businesses as member, donors, sponsors and advocates. Visit www.MontgomeryParksFoundation.org to learn more.

 

Jul 9 14

Come Out for Little Bennett’s Great Outdoors Fest Featuring Free Hayrides, Nature Hikes, Pitch-a-Tent Contest and More on July 19, 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

by Melissa Chotiner

GreatOutdoorsFest_smSILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces that Little Bennett Campground will host the Great Outdoors Festival on July 19, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This free family event will feature live music, hayrides, hikes, contests and giveaways, as well as information and demonstrations from various outdoor activity, nature and conservation groups.

 

“Little Bennett is a tucked-away treasure in the midst of this busy metropolitan region. A lot of people don’t even know it’s here! The Great Outdoors Festival is a great way for us to show off the campground and give folks a fun day of things to do, see and discover in the great outdoors,” said Andy Simmons, Little Bennett Campground Technician.

 

Activities planned for the event include:

 

  • Free Hayrides
  • Nature Exploration Hike
  • Mountain Biking Skills Mini-Clinic and Bike Inspection with the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (M.O.R.E.)
  • Beginning Orienteering Course Run with Quantico Orienteering
  • Campfire Building Demonstrations (and s’mores)
  • Pitch-a-Tent Contest
  • Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S Search and Rescue Demonstration
  • Bluebird Box Building Demo with Maryland Bluebird Society
  • Fly Fishing Demo with Seneca Valley Trout Unlimited

 

Regional organizations participating in the Great Outdoors Festival include: The American Chestnut Foundation- Maryland Chapter, Clarksburg Historical Society, Conservation Montgomery, The Flower Hill String Band, Friends of Black Hill Nature Programs, Go Ape (Rock Creek Regional Park), Maryland Bluebird Society, Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (M.O.R.E.), Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S Search and Rescue, MonarchWatch, Montgomery County Animal Response Team, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Quantico Orienteering Club, River and Trail Outfitters and Seneca Valley Trout Unlimited.

 

Little Bennett Campground is located inside Little Bennett Regional Park and features 91 wooded campsites and 20 miles of trails. The campground is situated just 30 miles north of Washington, D.C. and 50 miles west of Baltimore, MD.

 

For complete information on the event and a Little Bennett map, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/GreatOutdoors or www.LittleBennettCampground.com.

 

The Great Outdoors Festival will take place at Little Bennett Campground at 23701 Frederick Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871.

 

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 3 14

Montgomery Parks Announces Fourth of July Celebrations, Happenings and Holiday Operating Schedule

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has a variety of facilities and programs for people to visit and enjoy during the July 4th holiday weekend.

 

An all-day July 4th celebration will take place at South Germantown Recreational Park. The day starts with the Splash and Mini-Golf-a-Thon. Five dollars covers entrance to the Splash Playground from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and two rounds of mini golf. The annual Germantown Glory festival begins at 7 p.m. with live music, and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Food vendors will be on site.

More information is available at www.SplashandGolf.com and www.MontgomeryCountyMD.gov/Rec.

 

The Splash Playground and Mini Golf are open all weekend from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and the South Germantown Driving Range is open all weekend from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

Below is a list of facilities that will be open for the July 4th holiday weekend:

 

Brookside Gardens

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 4, 5, & 6

Visitors Center: Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conservatories: Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Olney Manor Skate Park

Friday, July 4: Open Noon – 6p.m. (Open Skate all day)

Saturday, July 5: Open 11a.m.-7 p.m. (Adult Skate 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Open Skate 12:30-7p.m.)

Sunday, July 6: Open 1 p.m.-6 p.m. (Open Skate all day)

www.OlneyManorSkate.com

 

Wheaton Sports Pavilion

Friday, July 4: Closed

Saturday, July 5: Open 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. for Adult Ladies’ Soccer Pick-up

Sunday, July 6:  Open 7:15p.m.-8:45p.m. for Adult Men’s Soccer Pick-up Game
Sign-up for pick-up soccer begins 30 minutes before start of play at the Sports Pavilion. $10 per person, ages 18 and up.

www.WheatonSportsPavilion.com

 

Wheaton Train & Carousel

Open and running (weather permitting)…
Friday, July 4: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, July 5: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sunday, July 6: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

www.WheatonTrainandCarousel.com

 

Cabin John Train

Open and running (weather permitting)…

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 4, 5 & 6: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
www.CabinJohnTrain.com
Black Hill Boats

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 4, 5 & 6: Boat rentals available 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. each day (return all boats by 7pm)  www.BlackHillBoats.com

 

Lake Needwood Boats

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 4, 5 & 6: Boat rentals available 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. each day (return all boats by 7pm) www.LakeNeedwoodBoats.com

 

The below list of facilities and parks are CLOSED on July 4th.

Montgomery Parks Nature Centers:

  • Brookside Nature Center
  • Locust Grove Nature Center
  • Meadowside Nature Center

All regional / recreational athletic fields

Tennis and Ice Centers:

  • Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Facility
  • Wheaton Indoor Tennis
  • Cabin John Ice Rink
  • Wheaton Ice Arena

Montgomery Parks Permits Office

There are no Montgomery Parks’ summer camps scheduled for July 4.

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

 

All other Montgomery Parks’ facilities and programs are operating on standard schedules; visit www.MontgomeryParks.org for more information.

 

About 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 2 14

Montgomery Parks Announces #ParksPics Photo Contest to Take Place During July for Parks & Recreation Month

by Melissa Chotiner

People invited to share their #ParksPics for a chance to win a Montgomery Parks Goodie Bag and have photos featured on Montgomery Parks’ website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has launched a photo contest for the month of July to celebrate Parks and Recreation month, and to encourage people to share their photos taken in parks. The contest runs through July 31 and features three categories for which participants may submit entries:

  • Inside Out – Take a common indoor task OUTSIDE!  Check your e-mail, eat your breakfast, conduct a staff meeting…but, do it OUTSIDE in one of our parks!
  • Patriotism in the Parks – In honor of Independence Day, we want to see your patriotic side!  Demonstrate your love of the Red, White, and Blue in one of our parks or park facilities.
  • Strike a Pose in the Parks – Grab your friends/families/pets and get creative, as you mug for the camera in one of our parks or park facilities.

 

Entries can be submitted by email to parkspics@montgomeryparks.org or on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ParksPics.  The deadline for entries is midnight, July 31, 2014.

A panel of parks staff will select the top three entries for each category. These photos will then be posted to Montgomery Parks Facebook page for people to vote for their favorite. The ones with the most likes in each category will win a Montgomery Parks’ goodie bag with a selection of fun and useful parks paraphernalia such as water bottles, t-shirts, first aid kits, coolers and more.

Complete contest details are available at www.MontgomeryParks.org/ParksPics.

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 2 14

Montgomery Parks Reminds Public That “Wings of Fancy” Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit Has Been Cancelled for 2014

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has made a difficult decision to cancel this year’s “Wings of Fancy” live butterfly & caterpillar exhibit held annually at Brookside Gardens. The exhibit has been cancelled due to construction underway at the entrance and parking areas of Brookside Gardens.

 

Brookside Gardens and the Conservatory remain open during the construction, and a free summer Conservatory Display is open daily until Sunday September 21. The “Wings of Fancy” exhibit will return in 2015.

 

For more information about the construction at Brookside Gardens, including alternate parking areas, please visit www.BrooksideGardens.org.

 

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About 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

 

Jul 1 14

Montgomery County Planning Board Appoints Michael Riley Director of Montgomery Parks

by Melissa Chotiner

Riley’s 30-year tenure with the Department provides institutional knowledge and experience for a smooth transition in managing the county’s 420 parks and 36,000 acres of parkland.

Mike Riley headshotSILVER SPRING, MD—The Montgomery County Planning Board announced today the appointment of Michael F. Riley to the position of Director of the Montgomery County Department of Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). In this role, Mr. Riley will be responsible for more than 700 department employees including the Park Police Division, over 36,000 acres of parkland, 420 parks and an annual operating budget of $100 million.  He will begin as director on July 21, 2014.

 

“Mike has dedicated so much of his career to the parks department. His service coupled with his experience and skills are a perfect combination for the director position,” said Francoise Carrier, Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board. “In addition to his background as a leader, Mike has a true passion for the parks in Montgomery County and how much they contribute to the quality of life of the residents of this area.”

 

Mr. Riley is currently serving as Deputy Director for Administration and has successfully managed many different projects and initiatives. He spearheaded the Vision 2030 Strategic Plan addressing the current and future needs for parks and recreation in Montgomery County. He oversaw the launch of several successful public/private partnerships leveraging millions of dollars of private investment in parks. Some of the partnerships include:

 

  • Maryland SoccerPlex at South Germantown Recreational Park
  • Washington Nationals Miracle League Field at South Germantown Recreational Park
  • Montgomery TennisPlex at South Germantown Recreational Park
  • Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course in Rock Creek Regional Park.

 

He serves as the agency lead for the Wheaton Redevelopment program, which will include the development of a new headquarters for Montgomery Parks & Planning, and he was involved with re-forming the Montgomery Parks Foundation, a nonprofit fundraising and support organization to Montgomery Parks. This is just a sampling of a long list.

 

Mr. Riley stated “it is a privilege to serve the residents of Montgomery County as the new director of parks. I look forward to working with our communities and an extremely dedicated and talented park staff to manage the park system so it best meets the needs of current and future generations.”

 

Mr. Riley began his career with the Department in 1985 as a staff engineer. He has been promoted five times during his tenure to positions of increasing responsibility. He graduated from Clarkson University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is a member of the National Park & Recreation Association. He is a native of Utica, NY and currently lives in Kensington with his wife, two children, two cats, and a dog.

 

About M-NCPPC and the Montgomery Parks

M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks throughout the County.  The Department of Parks is part 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 ranked as a national model of excellence in park and recreation management by other park systems and by the National Recreation and Parks Association. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Jun 25 14

Montgomery Parks to Deliver Staff Draft Presentation to Montgomery Planning Board on July 17 on Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park Master Plan Update

by Melissa Chotiner
SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will deliver a Staff Draft Presentation on the Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park Master Plan Update to the Montgomery Planning Board on July 17, 2014. The time will be determined closer to the date of the presentation, and will be listed at www.MontgomeryPlanningBoard.org.
 
Park staff will brief the Planning Board on the proposed concepts and phases of the Master Plan Update.
  • Phase One will include an overall vision of the park and include the Preliminary Program of Requirements and location of the carousel.
  • Phase Two will include the overall vision for the development of the rest of the park.
 
Additional information about the project, schedule and public input is available at ParkPlanning.org. Click on the blue Quicklink for this project.
 
Planning Board presentation details:
 
Thursday, July 17, 2014, Time TBD
Montgomery Planning Board Public Meeting
Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park Master Plan Update Draft Presentation
M-NCPPC Main Regional Office (MRO) Auditorium
8787 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
 
To submit written comments or request more information, please contact Rachel Newhouse, Project Coordinator at Rachel.Newhouse@MontgomeryParks.org or by phone at (301) 650-4368. 
 

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About Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org
 

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