SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is seeking input from the public on an update to the Wheaton Regional Park Master Plan. The 1987 plan is being updated to accommodate the changing needs of the area and communities. People will have many opportunities throughout the process to share their ideas at in-person meetings, online and through hard copy mail.
Planners are exploring many aspects of the park for potential updates including:
- Improvements to the park entrances and connections within the park and to trail systems outside the park
- Possible expansion of the park to add more features such as rectangular athletic fields
- Incorporating ways to share the story of the park’s history and natural resources
- Improvements to natural resources
“We are excited to begin the process to update this master plan for one of our most popular parks,” said Rachel Newhouse, Park Planner for Montgomery Parks Park Planning and Stewardship Division. “We look forward to hearing from the public to create a plan that balances park recreation and stewardship, providing visitors a variety of recreational and educational opportunities.”
Planners are available to attend community meetings to share more information about the process. The public may also submit suggestions and questions via email, online and hard copy mail. Please see below contact information:
Rachel Newhouse: Rachel.Newhouse@montgomeryparks.org, 301-650-4368
Dominic Quattrocchi: Dominic.Quattrocchi@montgomeryparks.org 301-650-4361
Attention: Rachel Newhouse or Dominic Quattrocchi
9500 Brunett Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20901
For more information please visit www.ParkPlanning.org
About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 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
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages the involvement and participation of all individuals in the community, including those with disabilities, in the planning and review processes. In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M?NCPPC) will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities. M?NCPPC works to make its facilities and materials accessible and to hold public meetings in locations that are, likewise, accessible. M?NCPPC will generally provide, upon request, appropriate aids and services and make reasonable modifications to policies and programs for qualified persons with disabilities (e.g., large print materials, listening devices, sign language interpretation, etc.). For assistance with such requests, please contact the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Commissioners’ Office, at least a week in advance, at (301) 495-4600 or at email@example.com . Maryland residents can also use the free Maryland Relay Service for assistance with calls to or from hearing or speech-impaired persons; for information, go to www.mdrelay.org/ or call (866) 269-9006.
Brookside Gardens’ Family Favorite Holiday Display Celebrates 18th Anniversary
October 2015 – Silver Spring, MD – Beginning November 27, 2015, families can once again enjoy the beloved winter walk-through holiday light display at Brookside Gardens. This magical winter wonderland is illuminated by more than one million dazzling, colorful lights uniquely shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms featuring flowers, animals and other natural elements.
Guests will have an opportunity to stroll from garden to garden enjoying visitor favorites including “Nessie” and a giant caterpillar, twinkling tree forms, flowers and dragonflies, and sparkling snowflakes overhead. This one-of-a-kind holiday event that’s perfect for couples, friends and families alike. The experience wouldn’t be complete without a visit inside the Conservatory to enjoy watching G-Scale model trains wind through a breathtaking seasonal landscape. End the evening by warming up inside the Visitors Center while sipping hot cocoa and listening to one of the exciting nightly musical performances.
“We are thrilled to once again welcome guests to our Garden of Lights display,” said Stephanie Oberle, Brookside Gardens Director. “We’re especially excited to welcome guests back to Brookside Gardens as the construction of our expanded parking lot wraps up. We hope to see new and repeat visitors at this year’s event, and look forward to sharing this special holiday tradition with them.”
“In addition to our incredibly popular light display, we also partner with the Washington, Virginia & Maryland Garden Railway Society to bring our South Conservatory to life with a miniature landscape and train exhibit. Visitors can enjoy the Conservatory Winter Display and Garden Railway Exhibit free of charge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day beginning December 5th through January 3rd (closed December 25th).”
“Since its inception in 1997, Brookside Gardens’ Garden of Lights celebration has been a holiday favorite,” said Montgomery Parks Department Director Michael F. Riley. “We’ve welcomed 500,000 guests in the past 18 years, and we are looking forward to sharing the magic of the holidays with guests again this year.”
Garden of Lights At-A-Glance
Dates: November 27, 2015–January 3, 2016 (closed December 24 & 25)
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 5:30–9:30PM; Friday–Saturday: 5:30–10:00PM; New Year’s Eve: open until 9:00PM
Location: 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
Cost: $25 per car/van (Monday-Thursday); $30 per car/van (Friday-Sunday)
$25 advanced tickets available beginning November 1, 2015
*Cash only at entrance
Conservatory Winter Display and Garden Railway Exhibit At-A-Glance
Dates: November 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016 (closed December 25)
Hours: Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
To learn more, visit www.BrooksideGardens.org.
About Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 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 Brookside Gardens
Brookside Gardens is Montgomery County’s incomparable, award-winning 50-acre public display garden situated within Wheaton Regional Park. The Garden features numerous distinct landscape areas, including the Aquatic Garden, Azalea Garden, Butterfly Garden, Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Style Garden, Trial Garden, Rain Garden and the Woodland Walk. The Formal Gardens areas include a Perennial Garden, Yew Garden, the Maple Terrace, and Fragrance Garden. Two conservatories showcase changing seasonal displays for year-round enjoyment. A horticultural reference library and gift shop are located in the Visitors Center. Admission to the Gardens is free.
November 8 event will feature dancing, crafts, refreshments and a special performance from former Harlem Globetrotter Spencer “Spinny” Johnson.
SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Montgomery County Recreation, and the cities of Rockville and Takoma Park invite the public to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) at a free event on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The event be held at the Mid-County Community Recreation Center and will feature a host of fun activities including dancing, face painting, crafts, a nature presentation and a special performance by Spencer “Spinny” Johnson formerly of the Harlem Globetrotters.
WHO: The public is invited to a free special event
WHAT: A Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act featuring DJ and dancing, crafts, refreshments, nature presentation and performance by former Harlem Globetrotter Spencer “Spinny” Johnson
WHEN: Sunday, November 8, 2015, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Mid-County Community Recreation Center
2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring, MD 20906
WHY: Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and emphasize how the participating agencies are working together to provide recreation programs and services to meet the needs of all people.
“Embracing and accepting individual abilities and differences helps to shape a community which encourages all to thrive and reach their full potential,” said Recreation Director Gabe Albornoz. “The 25 year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act provides an opportunity to reconfirm the importance of providing inclusive recreation programs and services to everyone regardless of their ability,”
One of the most comprehensive civil rights laws, the ADA promotes fairness, opportunity, and complete participation in all aspects of American life for individuals with disabilities. It secures each person’s right to independence, and it enables our society and our economy to benefit from the talents and contributions of all Americans by minimizing obstacles to employment, transportation, public services, telecommunications, and public accommodations.
All municipalities in Montgomery County have a long commitment to the goals of the ADA. In 1977, thirteen years before the ADA was signed, Montgomery County expanded its Human Rights law to include protection against discrimination based on disability. Montgomery County Recreation’s Therapeutic Recreation team provides accessible leisure, educational and personal development activities for individuals with disabilities through inclusion and adaptive programs. Through activities that include arts, crafts, games, team sports, and special events, Therapeutic recreation programs helps individuals to gain confidence, have fun and make an impact in their lives.
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-Naesttional 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
Montgomery County Recreation: Since 1954, the Department of Recreation (MCR) has remained dedicated to providing inclusive quality recreation programs and activities that serve the recreation and leisure needs of the Montgomery County community. The Department manages 34 facilities including community and neighborhood recreation centers, senior centers, and indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities and provides thousands of programs such as out-of-school activities, aquatics, classes, youth and adult sports programs and leagues, senior programs, and therapeutic recreation that enhance the quality of life for participants of all ages, cultures, and abilities. The Department of Recreation is nationally recognized for its excellence in the provision of facilities and programs.
About the City of Rockville
The City of Rockville, Maryland is a municipality with approximately 61,000 residents in Montgomery County. Rockville is regarded as one of America’s leading small cities for work, for play and for life. Rockville is a city that remembers and reveres its roots, its commitment to citizen-centric public service, to the planet and to the connectivity of its neighborhoods and residents. Rockville is a place one can truly and proudly call “my hometown.” A place where, despite our differences, neighbors know and care about each other and the community and piece of ground they share.
About the City of Takoma Park
The City of Takoma Park, Maryland is a municipality with approximately 17,000 residents in Montgomery County. Takoma Park is known for its vibrant, thriving arts community and leadership on environmental sustainability initiatives. Takoma Park is fully committed to creating and maintaining a safe and inclusive community for residents of all abilities. www.takomaparkmd.gov
For more information about the event contact:
Montgomery County Recreation: Kryss Lacovaro at 240-777-6870
Montgomery Parks: Marybeth Dugan, 240-495-2472
Montgomery Parks will host a weekend of inspiring educational activities for all ages.
SILVER SPRING, MD— Each November, Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission celebrates Maryland Emancipation Day (#MDMED). This day commemorates the adoption of the 1864 Maryland Constitution, which abolished slavery in the state of Maryland on November 1st. This year the celebration will include:
- Hikes on the Underground Railroad Trail
- Living history demonstrations and reenactments
- Archaeology site excavations
- Tours of a former slave plantation and 19th century log cabins*
- Live music, crafts, games and food
Special Emancipation Day Events* will be held on Saturday, November 7 at Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park in Olney and on Sunday, November 8 at Josiah Henson Park in North Bethesda. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available at both sites during the special programs.
Activities at Oakley Cabin will include a reading of the Maryland Emancipation Amendment, living history demonstrations, musical performances by local artists and a special appearance by Master Puppeteer, Schroeder Cherry, presenting “Underground Railroad, Not a Subway.”
Activities at Josiah Henson Park will include guided tours, hands-on archaeology activities and a musical performance by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices.
Montgomery Parks joins other historic sites throughout the county to celebrate this special occasion. Park-hosted events are free and open to the public. A schedule of weekend events is outlined below. More details are available at HistoryintheParks.org.
This weekend also celebrates the conclusion of the 2015 History in the Parks season. Public programs at Park historic sites will resume April 2016.
WEEKEND EVENTS SCHEDULE
Saturday, November 7, 2015
- Underground Railroad Experience Trail Guided Hikes
Hikes begin 9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. | Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park | 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860 | Free
Conductors” will lead one-way, 90-minute interpretive hikes of this two-mile natural surface trail from Woodlawn Manor to the historic Sandy Spring Friends Meetinghouse. Shuttle buses will transport hikers back to the Woodlawn Manor at the end of each hike.
- Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park*
12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. | 3610 Brookeville Road, Olney, MD 20832 | Free
Oakley Cabin will host an afternoon of live music, tours of the historic 19th century log cabin, hearth cooking demonstrations, storytelling performances by members of the Griots’ Circle of Maryland, games, crafts, and more for everyone to enjoy!
Emancipation Day Program | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm*
- Puppet show, “Underground Railroad, Not a Subway,” by Master Puppeteer, Schroeder Cherry
- Presentation by the reenactors of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, B Company, Washington, DC
- Performances by blues musicians presented by Music on the Rise
Parking is only available at Longwood Recreation Center, 19300 Georgia Avenue with shuttle service to/from Oakley Cabin throughout the afternoon.
- The Harper 1870s Homestead at Brookside Nature Center Tours & Demonstrations
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | 1400 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902 | Free
Visit the Harper 1870s Homestead to learn how families lived off the land. Self-guided tours are available between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Enjoy living history demonstrations and hands on activities for the whole family from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery Open House
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | 18524 Brooke Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860 | Free | sandyspringslavemuseum.org
In celebration of Maryland Emaciation Day, the museum will be open for tours. Lunch will be available for purchase. Directions: From I-495, take New Hampshire Ave. exit north. Continue 12 miles on New Hampshire Ave. Cross Rte. 108 and continue 1 mile. Slow down. Turn left onto Brooke Rd. The museum is on the left.
- Sandy Spring Museum Open House
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860 | Admission Charged | sandyspringmuseum.org
The Museum chronicles the history of the families that lived and grew here on farms and in trades, creating one of the oldest sustained communities of African American landowners in the nation. Admission is free for members. Adults are $5, students and senior adults are $3 and children under 12 are free. For more information please call 301-774-0022.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
- Josiah Henson Park Open House*
12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. | 11420 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852 | Free
Enjoy guided tours and join Park archaeologists at the archaeology dig on site. The “Emancipation Day Program” held 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., features a special musical performance by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices.
Guided tours begin on the half hour starting at 12:00 p.m. Last guided tour begins at 2:00 pm (tours last about 60 mins.) and self-guided tours will take place during the “Emancipation Day Program.” Parking is ONLY available at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center/Wall Local Park, 5900 Executive Boulevard, North Bethesda.
- The Harper 1870s Homestead at Brookside Nature Center Tours & Demonstrations
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | 1400 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902 | Free
Visit the Harper 1870s Homestead to learn how families lived off the land. Self-guided tours are available between 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Enjoy living history demonstrations and hands on activities for the whole family from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available.
For more information about Montgomery Parks Emancipation Day programming and to stay informed of upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and training dates, visit HistoryInTheParks.org.
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Public comment sought on two proposed new sites through Wednesday, November 18; Parks announces dates and times for closures of existing sites and offers precautions related to deer vehicle collisions.
SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will launch the remainder of its fall 2015, winter 2016 deer management operations season today. Several parks will be closed intermittently during the program which takes place through the end of February. Lottery-based and cooperative managed deer hunts, as well as Park Police-based sharpshooting, will take place in 36 parks in Montgomery Parks system to address the negative impact in communities from an increasing deer population. (A complete schedule of park closure dates and times is listed at the end of the release.)
The safety of residents is the Department of Parks’ top priority.
Program Expansion and Public Comment
Montgomery Parks is currently seeking public comment through November 18, 2015 on adding two parks to the program:
- Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park, Unit 1, Darnestown/Travillah
- Rock Creek Stream Valley Park, Unit 2 (Stoneybrook Dr. to Connecticut Ave.), Kensington
These sites would rely on Park Police-based sharpshooting of deer at night when parks are closed.
Citizens are encouraged to provide comment, or to register support or opposition of the proposed.
Comments must include a valid name and address and may be submitted online at www.ParksDeerManagement.org or by U.S. Mail to:
M-NCPPC, Deer Management Initiatives
12535 Milestone Manor Lane
Germantown, MD 20876.
All comments will be posted online at www.parksdeermanagement.org
Michael F. Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks will consider a variety of factors before making a decision about expanding the program. Community feedback, particularly comments from people living adjacent to the proposed sites, will be reviewed closely. Other considerations include:
- Public safety interests,
- Potential benefit to local, natural ecosystems,
- Forest regeneration and,
- Economic impacts to agricultural and private properties.
If the program expansion is approved, yellow and black “Park Closed” signs will be posted throughout and surrounding effected parks, at all park entrances and in surrounding communities, in advance of operations.
ATTENTION MOTORISTS: The months of October through December are the breeding season (the Rut) for deer, and this is when activity reaches an annual peak. Montgomery Parks urges residents and drivers to use caution as deer activity becomes more frequent and unpredictable. Please remember the following safety tips for driving in areas where deer live and travel.
Driver Safety Tips
- Be alert for deer on or near roadways and take precautions.
- Be aware that deer are most active from dusk through dawn.
- Look for eye-shine along road edges.
- Deer may travel in groups, so if you see one deer expect there to be others.
- Pay attention to deer crossing signs; these signify areas where multiple accidents have occurred.
- A collision with a deer can happen on any roadway in the county, but be particularly cautious in areas where you observe deer often and where woodlands run adjacent to the roadway.
FY2016 Dates and Locations of Park Closure
M-NCPPC; Montgomery Parks Deer Population Management Programs
Lottery-Based and Cooperative Managed Deer Hunting Programs
[Parks Closed from Sunrise – Sunset]
- 23 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
- 26 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)
- 28 – North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park Unit 2(Gaithersburg)
- 30 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)
- 4 – North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park Unit 2(Gaithersburg)
- 7 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
- 9 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)
- 10 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)
- 13 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
- 14 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)
- 17 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)
- 18 – North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park Unit 2(Gaithersburg)
- 21 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
- 23 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)
- 24 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)
- 4 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
- 5 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)
- 8 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)
- 9 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)
- 10 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)
- 11 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)
- 12 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
- 15 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)
- 16 – North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park Unit 2(Gaithersburg)
- 18 – Black Hill Regional Park: 10 Mile Creek Segment (Boyds)
- 18 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)
- 18 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)
- 19 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)
- 21 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)
- 2 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
- 8 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
- 9 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)
- 15 – Black Hill Regional Park: 10 Mile Creek Segment (Boyds)
- 15 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)
- 15 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)
- 16 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
- 22 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)
- 29 – Black Hill Regional Park: 10 Mile Creek Segment (Boyds)
- 29 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)
- 29 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)
- 30 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
Park Police-Based Sharpshooting Program
[Parks Closed from 6:00PM – 6:00AM daily, January 10 – February 28]
- Agricultural History Farm Park (Derwood – including attached segments of Rock Creek Stream Valley Units 15 & 16)
- Black Hill Regional Park [Day Use Area] (Boyds)
- Cabin John Regional Park (Bethesda)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park (Silver Spring)
- Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 1 (Darnestown/Travilah)*
- Needwood Golf Course (Rockville)
- North Branch Stream Valley Park Units 2 & 3 (Norbeck)
- North Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 4 (Olney)
- Northwest Branch Recreation Park (Aspen Hill – including Layhill Local Park in Wheaton)
- Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 7 (Norwood)
- Northwest Golf Course (Wheaton)
- Paint Branch Stream Valley Park Units 5 & 6 (Silver Spring – including Pilgrim Hill Local Park, Valley Mill Special Park, Tamarack Neighborhood Park and Paint Branch Neighborhood Park)
- Red Door Store Historical Cultural Park (Sandy Spring)
- Rock Creek Regional Park (Rockville)
- Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 2 (Chevy Chase)
- Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 2 [expansion into area north of I-495] (Kensington)*
- Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 7 (Aspen Hill)
- Sligo Creek Golf Course (Silver Spring)
- Wheaton Regional Park (Wheaton)
- Woodlawn Cultural Special Park (Sandy Spring)
Tenant-Based Managed Deer Hunting Program
[Park Closed to Public Access Year Round]
Goshen Recreation Park (Goshen)
* Proposed expansion initiative for FY2016
For more information on the County’s deer management program see The Montgomery County Deer Management Program Annual Report and Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2016 which contains data on deer impacts and recommendations for the upcoming year. This and other information including a copy of the county’s deer management plan, and information on deer management operations, are available at www.ParksDeerManagement.org.
About Montgomery Parks Deer Management Program
The deer population reduction program began in 1996 following recommendations from the Montgomery County Deer Management Work Group (DMWG), and in response to citizen concerns about the deer population. Montgomery Parks’ conducts its deer management program with specially trained Park Police sharpshooters and qualified, pre-screened hunters to ensure the operations are carried out in a safe and humane way. More details about these programs, including specific details of the proposed expansions are available at 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
Live music, food, fun kids’ activities and more at October 17, 2015 special celebration hosted by Montgomery Parks, Germantown Library, BlackRock Center for the Arts and the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce
SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will celebrate the opening of Germantown Town Center Urban Park on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 5 p.m. Montgomery Parks in partnership with the Germantown Library, BlackRock Center for the Arts and the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce will unveil its newest urban park with live jazz, free food samples, free fun activities for families including a story walk, story time and bubble activities and more at this special event.
“This park is unique in its location, design and the role it will serve this community,” said Michael F. Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “Situated adjacent to the library, arts center and a variety of businesses, Germantown Town Center Urban Park plays a critical role in this community – the third most populous in Maryland. It is an open space for people to gather to get to know each other and enjoy time spent outdoors.”
Situated on eight acres adjacent to the Germantown Library, Germantown Town Center Urban Park includes many unique features including:
- Interpretive trails and boardwalks
- A grassy hillside with artistic lounge-like seating
- Lawn and gathering areas,
- Lighting, overlook terraces and braided pathways
- A raised plaza with sculptural pergola, and
- Enhanced wetland areas for education and interpretation of nature
WHO: Montgomery Parks, The Germantown Library, BlackRock Center for the Arts and the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce invite the public
WHAT: A ribbon-cutting ceremony and opening celebration of Germantown Town Center Urban Park, featuring live jazz with the Gerry Kunkel Quartet, tasting stations hosted by area restaurants, and fun kids’ activities including a story walk, story time, bubble games and a special guest appearance kids will love.
WHEN: Saturday, October 17, 2015, 5 – 7 p.m.
*Rain date October 18, 2015, 5 – 7 p.m.
(In the event of inclement weather, please call 301-650-2866 or check www.MontgomeryParks.org to see if the event has been moved to October 18.)
Germantown Town Center Urban Park
12280 Middlebrook Road
Germantown, MD 20874
(parking lot at the rear entrance of the Germantown Library)
*If it is still raining on the rain date, October 18, we will host the ceremony in the Community Room of the Germantown Library.
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Report features upcoming initiatives as well as accomplishments from past six months including the Planning Department’s work on updating sector plans and the Parks Department’s efforts on urban parks and athletic fields.
SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Parks and Planning Departments, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, showcased recent accomplishments and outlined plans for the next six months in a presentation on Tuesday, October 6, to the Montgomery County Council of the Fall 2015 Semi-Annual Report. The report submitted by Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson, highlighted some of the following accomplishments from the past six months:
- Encouraging bikeable, pedestrian-friendly development near transit by working on master and sector plans such as Greater Lyttonsville, the Bethesda Downtown Plan and White Flint 2.
- Updating the Bicycle Master Plan.
- Looking beyond Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) to create more vibrant communities in areas without immediate access to transit, including Westbard, Montgomery Village and Rock Spring.
- Kicking off the Subdivision Staging Policy to explore new tools for balancing growth and infrastructure.
- Activating urban parks with special programs and activities. Examples include events such as Touch a Truck, Dig and Draw, and cookouts at Wall Park.
- Assessment and maintenance of athletic fields – which is being done in coordination with Montgomery County Public Schools and the County’s Community Use of Public Facilities.
- Efforts to improve the park trail network by amending the Countywide Park Trails Plan.
“We are working hard to build upon our agency’s past achievements to successfully confront the challenges of the future,” said Casey Anderson, Planning Board Chair. “Parks and Planning both play a critical role in building communities, and we are finding innovative ways not only to preserve the quality of life Montgomery County has enjoyed in the past but to make it even better. This means a heightened focus on design excellence, an increased emphasis on walkability and access to more diverse recreational opportunities in both urban and suburban neighborhoods, and a continued commitment to economic, social, and environmental sustainability in everything we do.”
New Parks Initiatives:
The Parks Department will be expanding on many of its recent accomplishments in the coming six months including:
- Finding new ways to activate urban parks by working with partner organizations and introducing fun activities and amenities, such as informational kiosks, movable tables and chairs, and outdoor exercise equipment.
- Identifying land that can be acquired for new urban parks
- Evaluating athletic fields to determine which fields are the best candidates for future renovations.
New Planning Initiatives:
As outlined in the Fall 2015 Semi-Annual Report, the Planning Department’s initiatives for the next six months include:
- Revising the Subdivision Staging Policy to guide the timing of private development with the availability of public services, including roads and schools.
- Studying the factors contributing to increased housing costs to identify the best ways to preserve and encourage affordable rental apartments in the County.
- Updating the Recreation Guidelines to encourage a greater range of activities that will appeal to residents of all ages.
- Analyzing retail trends to guide future planning efforts and land use decisions in areas where opportunities for change are possible.
- Expanding the Design Excellence program and creating new design guidelines for master plans.
New Master Plans:
The Fall 2015 Semi-Annual Report includes information about newly launched master planning efforts, including:
- The Rock Spring Master Plan, focused on reimagining an office park located to the east of Montgomery Mall as a vibrant, mixed-use community.
- The White Flint 2 Sector Plan, which will examine opportunities for redevelopment and infill in an area between Rockville and White Flint.
- The Bicycle Master Plan, which seeks to improve routes and facilities for cyclists throughout the County.
- The MARC Rail Station Plan for Germantown and Boyds, which will evaluate the land use, zoning, design and accessibility of station areas.
SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will get a touch of TLC on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 as county residents roll up their sleeves and devote their day to removing invasive plants from parks, sprucing up park trails and cleaning up park streams for National Public Lands Day.
In collaboration with the Friends of Sligo Creek and Rock Creek Conservancy, Montgomery Parks will host volunteer park and stream cleanups and trail workdays at several locations throughout the county, including Little Bennett Regional Park, Sligo Creek Parkway, Muddy Branch Greenway Trail, and Rock Creek & Beach Drive. Cleanup times and locations are listed below, additional details are available at www.ParksVolunteers.org.
Saturday, September 26:
- Stream & Park Cleanup at Sligo Creek Parkway in Takoma Park/Silver Spring from 9AM-11AM
- Weed Warrior for a Day at Sligo Creek Parkway in Silver Spring from 9AM-11AM
- Trail Workday at Little Bennett Regional Park in Clarksburg, MD from 9AM-1PM
Sunday, September 27
- Trail Workday at Muddy Branch Greenway Trail in Potomac, MD from 9AM-1PM
- Stream & Park Cleanup at Rock Creek & Beach Drive in Kensington from 10AM-2PM
- Stream & Park Cleanup at Sligo Creek Parkway in Takoma Park/Silver Spring from 1PM-3PM
“Throughout the year, volunteers contribute thousands of hours of work helping to protect and support the parks. Their efforts help keep our parks, streams and trails clean, safe and accessible,” said Montgomery Parks’ Volunteer Services Manager Jayne Hench. “National Public Lands Day provides a special opportunity to join with volunteers across the nation to help preserve important parks and resources that thousands of people enjoy.”
For more on these and other volunteer opportunities in Montgomery Parks, visit www.ParksVolunteers.org or contact the Montgomery County Department of Parks Volunteer Services Office at 301-495-2504.
For more on National Public Lands Day, see www.publiclandsday.org.
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Agencies join together to transform downtown Silver Spring parking space into a temporary, pop-up parklet at the corner of Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parks, the Montgomery County Planning Department part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) and Montgomery County Department of Transportation invite the public to celebrate PARK(ing) Day on September 18, 2015 by transforming a parking space in downtown Silver Spring into a temporary pop-up park. The parklet will be located at the corner of Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue and will feature plants, seating, and the bean bag toss game, Cornhole. People may stop by and enjoy the open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PARK(ing) Day is an annual event held on the third Friday in September; cities around the globe celebrate it to encourage discussion around issues related to urban infrastructure including the role of open space, transit and the environment. In addition to the fun nature of the event, PARK(ing) Day provides an opportunity for cultural expression, socializing and play. Although this project is temporary, the broader goal is encourage people to get more involved in the civic process to promote more urban open space, influence how public space is created, and improve the quality of urban areas.
“PARK(ing) Day is an opportunity to provoke people’s thinking about what they are giving up for a parking space,” says Casey Anderson, Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board. “Every time we dedicate a chunk of land for parking, that is space not available for a park or an open space. Through this event, we want to raise awareness and ask people to think about more efficient ways to arrange parking to accommodate other amenities.”
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and the Planning Department will also show on Park(ing) Day just how many bicycles can be accommodated in a bike corral rather than a typical sidewalk rack. The bike corral, on loan from the District of Columbia Department of Transportation, will show that eight bicycles can fit for every one parking space. Bike corrals are especially useful in areas with narrow sidewalks or areas heavily trafficked by pedestrians, where it would be impractical or obstructive to install a sidewalk rack. Installing more bike corrals around the County has been part of the discussion during the kickoff meetings of the Bicycle Master Plan. This plan will provide recommendations on improving connectivity and bicycle facilities throughout the County.
About PARK(ing) Day:
PARK(ing) Day was invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio to invite people to rethink the way streets are used and to promote discussion around the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. Since its inception, the event has grown rapidly and in 2011 included 975 “Park” installations in more than 160 cities on six continents. PARK(ing) Day is an “open-source” project initiated by Rebar, but built by independent groups around the globe who adapt the project to advance creative, social or political causes that are relevant to their urban conditions.