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Sep 29 14

Montgomery Parks Announces Halloween Festivities For All Ages, Including Scary and Not-So-Scary Trains!

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MD—Get out those costumes and candy because Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is ready for Halloween 2014 with a host of festivities and the much anticipated Halloween Trains!

 

halloween trainHALLOWEEN TRAINS

The “Eye Spy” Halloween Train at Cabin John Regional Park is a perfect treat for kids eight and under. Passengers will spy items in the woods as they ride through the park. Family Halloween movies are shown every evening. The train runs on the following dates and times, weather permitting:

October 11- 12, 17 – 19, 24 – 26 and October 29 – November 1. Weekday hours are 3 – 8 p.m. and weekends 1 – 8 p.m.

For more information visit www.CabinJohnTrain.com or call 301-765-8670.

 

The Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel at Wheaton Regional Park is suitable for riders ages 8 and older, featuring very scary sights, sounds and creatures. Scary movies are shown every night and snacks will be available for purchase. The train and carousel run on the following dates and times, weather permitting:

October 11 – 12, 17 – 19, 24 – 26 and October 20 – November 1. Hours are 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

For more information visit www.WheatonTrainandCarousel.com or call 301-942-6703.

 

Both trains run on the half-hour, and tickets are available online for specific departure times each day at www.ParkPass.org (click on “Special Events” in the left-hand menu). Admission is $5 per person; children under age two ride free with a paying adult. Visitors are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before their departure time, and to bring non-perishable canned food items to either train for their annual food drives.

 

 

Skating Lion GirlHALLOWEEN ON ICE

“Spooky” and “Not-So-Spooky” Halloween Skating Sessions Offered at Cabin John Ice Rink and Wheaton Ice Arena 

“Spooky” skating sessions at both rinks feature creepy Halloween tunes and a darkened rink lit by a magical mystical ball. The “Not-So-Spooky” skating sessions take place on a fully lit rink, and feature a costume contest with prizes. Both sessions include treats for all.

Cost: $6.50 per person includes admission and skate rental.

Cabin John Ice Rink
Cabin John Regional Park
10610 Westlake Drive, Rockville, MD 20852
Not-So-Spooky Skate: Thursday, October 30, 4:30–6:15pm
Spooky Skate:  Friday, October 31, 1, 8–10pm

For more information, visit www.CabinJohnIce.com or call 301-765-8620

Wheaton Ice Arena
11717 Orebaugh Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
Not-So-Spooky Skate: Thursday, October 30, 4:45– 6:15pm
Spooky Skate:  Friday, October 31, 8:15–10:15pm

For more information, visit www.WheatonIceArena.com or call 301-905-3000

 

HALLOWEEN AT THE NATURE CENTERS

Halloween programs and activities are planned at Montgomery Parks Nature Centers, including:

Halloween Geocache Hunt
Friday, October 17, 1 – 3 p.m.
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD 20855
For kids ages 8 and up
$15
www.ParkPASS.org (Course #293462)

Today we’ll use GPS units to hunt for Halloween tricks and treats throughout the woods surrounding Meadowside Nature Center.


In Search of the Great Pumpkin Discovery Hike
Thursday, October 23, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
For kids ages 3 – 6 years old
$6
www.ParkPASS.org (Course #295101)

Children will enjoy a pumpkin story and hike along a trail in search of a little pumpkin.

 

Owl-O-Ween Campfire
Friday, October 24, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD 20855
For kids ages 3 and up
$7
www.ParkPASS.org (Course #295999)

Participants will gather around a campfire to learn owl facts and folklore, meet Otus the Owl (mascot) as well as one of Meadowside’s resident owls, and enjoy s’mores.
Great Pumpkin Treasure Hunt
Saturday, October 25, 3 – 3:45 p.m.
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD 20855
For  kids 3 – 8 years old
$5
www.ParkPASS.org (Course #294203)

Join Meadowside staff on a nature treasure hunt searching for the Great Pumpkin. Trail-friendly costumes welcome!
Not-Too-Scary Halloween Story Time on the Lake
Sunday, October 26, 1 – 2 p.m.
Black Hill Nature Programs at Black Hill Regional Park
20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, MD 20841
For kids ages 1 & up
$5
www.ParkPASS.org (Course #292750)

Kids will enjoy Halloween story time as they take a ride aboard the pontoon boat on Little Seneca. Costumes encouraged!


Otus the Owl Halloween Storytime
Friday, October 31, 10 – 10:45a.m.
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD 20855
For kids 2 – 10 years old
$3
www.ParkPASS.org (Course #294257)

Get in the Halloween spirit with Otus the Owl! Join us for fun Halloween tales.


Green Halloween Costume Party
Friday, October 31, 1 – 3 p.m.
Black Hill Nature Programs at Black Hill Regional Park
20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, MD 20841
For kids ages 1 month & up
$2
www.ParkPASS.org (Course #292752)

Show off your spook-tacular green costumes made from reused or recyclable materials at a party! Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and use of reused and recycled materials. Enjoy a campfire and s’mores.

 

 

About 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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Sep 24 14

Montgomery Parks Announces Seasonal Park Closures for Annual Deer Management Operations and Proposed Expansions

by Melissa Chotiner

Public comment sought through October 29 on eight new proposed park locations.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will launch its Fall 2014, Winter 2015 deer management operations season on October 28. 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 28 parks in the Montgomery Parks system to address increasingly adverse impacts of the burgeoning deer population on local neighborhoods. (A complete schedule of park closure dates and times is listed at the end of the release.)

 

Program Expansion and Public Comment

Montgomery Parks is currently seeking public comment through October 29 on adding eight parks to the program. The proposed parks, spanning 700 acres are inhabited by an estimated 191 – 241deer, six times the recommended density, and include:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park and Paint Branch Stream Valley Park between Rt. 29 (Columbia Pike) and Fairland Rd.; including the attached Paint Branch Neighborhood Park, Pilgrim Hill Local Park, Tamarack Neighborhood Park and Valley Mill Special Park, and
  • Red Door Store Historical Cultural Park

 

Comments must include a valid name and address and may be submitted via email to MCP-deermanagment@montgomeryparks.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

 

Montgomery County has proven to be a very conducive environment for deer population growth,” said Montgomery Parks Wildlife Ecologist Bill Hamilton. “An expansive patchwork of public and private green space provides excellent edge habitat rich with food and cover.  These habitat features and limited opportunities for hunting provide the perfect environment for unchecked population growth in the absence of natural predators.”

The result has been an increase in citizen complaints about deer-human conflicts in their communities including deer related automobile accidents, damage to agricultural crops and residential gardens, and concerns about Lyme disease.

“Such complaints appear to be shifting to the more densely populated areas of the eastern and southern-portions of the county in recent years, where most forms of deer population management are highly restricted,” added Hamilton.

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 manner. More details about these programs are available at www.parksdeermanagement.org.

 

In advance of the hunts, yellow and black “Park Closed” signs are posted throughout and surrounding affected parks, at all park entrances and in surrounding communities.

 

“The safety of residents is our top priority,” said Hamilton. “In eighteen years of operations, and having harvested 13,000 deer, we have not had one occurrence of personal injury of the public as a result of the Department’s deer management operations. When our safety record is considered alongside the demonstrated reduction of deer densities and impacts, including an average sixty-nine percent reduction of deer vehicle collisions where deer population management occurs on

M-NCPPC parkland, the benefit of these methods becomes difficult to ignore.”

 

Driver Safety Tips

October through December is breeding season for deer, when activity reaches an annual peak. Montgomery Parks urges residents and drivers to use caution as deer activity becomes more frequent and unpredictable, and offers the following recommendations:

  •  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.


Dates and Locations of Park Closure

FY2015 M-NCPPC, Department of Parks, Montgomery County
Deer Population Management Programs

Lottery-Based and Cooperative Managed Deer Hunting Programs

[Parks Closed from Sunrise – Sunset]

October

24 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

25 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

27 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

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

 

November

1 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

3 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

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

7 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

8 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

12 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

14 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

15 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

17 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

18 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

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

21 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

22 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

24 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

25 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

 

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

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

2 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)

2 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)

3 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

9 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

10 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

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

23 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)

23 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)

24 – 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)*
  • Needwood Golf Course (Rockville)
  • North Branch Stream Valley Park Units 2 & 3 (Norbeck)
  • North Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 4 (Olney)
  • Northwest Branch Recreation Park (Aspen Hill – including Layhill Local Park in Wheaton)
  • Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 7 (Norwood)
  • Northwest Golf Course (Wheaton)
  • Paint Branch Stream Valley Park Units 5 & 6 (Silver Spring – including Pilgrim Hill Local Park, Valley Mill Special Park, Tamarack Neighborhood Park and Paint Branch Neighborhood Park)*
  • Red Door Store Historical Cultural Park (Sandy Spring)*
  • Rock Creek Regional Park (Rockville)
  • Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 2 (Chevy Chase)
  • Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 7 (Aspen Hill)
  • Sligo Creek Golf Course (Silver Spring)
  • Wheaton Regional Park (Wheaton)
  • Woodlawn Cultural Special Park (Sandy Spring)

 

Tenant-Based Managed Deer Hunting Program

[Park Closed to Public Access Year Round]

Goshen Recreation Park (Goshen)

* Proposed conversion/expansion initiative for FY2015

 

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

For more information on the County’s deer management program see The Montgomery County Deer Management Program Annual Report and Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2015 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 The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 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

 

 

 

Sep 22 14

Go Ape Announces Park Friends Fundraiser!

by Melissa Chotiner

-Support Montgomery Parks with a Swing Through the Trees-

 

go apeWHAT 

In appreciation for their partnership with Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Go Ape at Rock Creek Regional Park announces a Park Friends Fundraiser!  On Saturday October 4th and Sunday October 5th, $10 of every ticket sold will go back to the park through a donation to the Montgomery Parks Foundation.

 

“As part of Go Ape’s mission to support the parks, we are happy to support organizations, like the Montgomery Parks Foundation, that are such worthwhile contributors to the preservation and sustainability of Rock Creek and other parks across the Maryland region.  I hope that everyone will join us as we raise funds for the Montgomery Parks Foundation while enjoying this exhilarating outdoor adventure.”  Dan D’Agostino, USA Managing Director.

 

The Montgomery Parks Foundation (www.montgomeryparksfoundation.org) is a fundraising and support organization to Montgomery Parks. Funds raised by the Foundation support Montgomery County Parks facilities and programs.

 

During the Park Friends Fundraiser, guests receive 10% off their ticket when they use promo code “GIVERC” to book at www.goape.com or by calling 1-800-971-8271.  With the promo code, every guest who books for October 4th and 5th will receive a 10% discount PLUS $10 of their ticket goes back to the Foundation.

 

Park Friends Fundraisers, are just one way Go Ape supports the parks.  A portion of every ticket sold throughout the year already goes back to the parks, and throughout the year Go Ape staff also takes part in park cleanups, replanting, and donating free and discounted tickets to underserved and special needs communities. All of Go Ape’s treetop adventure courses; built in partnership with public parks across the country, are taking part in the fundraiser.  The company encourages everyone to support the organizations that contribute to their parks and make this year’s Park Friends Fundraiser the most significant yet.

 

WHEN and WHERE 

Saturday October 4th – Sunday October 5th, 2014

 

Go Ape! Rock Creek Regional Park
6129 Needwood Lake Drive
Rockville, MD 20855

 

 

BOOK RESERVATIONS

 Reservations are recommended through www.goape.com or call 1-800-971-8271.

For the fundraising weekend, tickets are 10% off with promo code “GIVERC” plus $10 of every ticket will be donated.

 

ABOUT GO APE USA (www.goape.com)

Go Ape is a highly interactive treetop adventure where participants are equipped with harnesses, pulleys and carabineers and receive a 30-minute training session before they are turned loose into the forest canopy.  The courses feature a series of zip lines, Tarzan swings, rope ladders, bridges, swings, and trapezes.  Catering to all skill levels, participants are encouraged to live life adventurously, push themselves, and turn “I can’t” into “I can.”  To join the tribe, follow @GoApeUSA or visit the YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/goapeusa.

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

 

Sep 19 14

Take a Journey Back in Time with “Lessons from the Past,” a Free Event at Kingsley Schoolhouse, Sunday, September 21, 2014

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRkingsley photo 2ING, MD—Ever wonder what it was like to go to school 100 years ago? Without electricity and air conditioning, let alone computers and white boards? Join Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and the Clarksburg Historical Society on September 21 for a journey back in time to one of the few remaining one-room schoolhouses in Montgomery County. “Lessons from the Past,” a free, family-friendly event takes place at Kingsley Schoolhouse, located in Little Bennett Regional Park from 1 – 4 p.m. Activities include guided tours of the schoolhouse, meet and greets with “former students.;” old fashioned games such as sack races, dodge ball and nail driving contests. Participants can bring a picnic to enjoy by the stream.

 

WHAT:          “Lessons from the Past,” a free event at Kingsley Schoolhouse

WHEN:          Sunday, September 21, 2014, 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:      Kingsley Schoolhouse
Little Bennett Regional Park
24472 Clarksburg Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871
www.HistoryInTheParks.org

 

PARKING:    Parking will only be available at Little Bennett Elementary School (23930 Burdette Forest Road).  A shuttle will take visitors to the Kingsley parking lot from which a hay wagon will take them directly to the schoolhouse.

WHY:     Learn what school was like 100 years ago and enjoy free family-friendly activities at one of the few historic one-room schoolhouses in Montgomery County.

 

About Kingsley Schoolhouse:  

The Kingsley Schoolhouse was built in 1893 serving families located in the Little Bennett Creek Valley until 1935. It was closed after additional schools were constructed in the upper county and attendance was reported to be dwindling. Montgomery Parks offers open houses at the school on the first Sunday of the month, April through November, 12-4. Trained docents provide informal tours at this hands-on museum.

 

 

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

 

Sep 19 14

Montgomery Parks Announces Seasonal Park Closures for Annual Deer Management Operations; and Proposed Expansions

by Melissa Chotiner

Public comment sought through October 29 on eight new proposed park locations.

 

SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will launch its Fall 2014, Winter 2015 deer management operations season on October 28. 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 32 parks in the Montgomery Parks system to address increasingly adverse impacts of the burgeoning deer population on local neighborhoods. (A complete schedule of park closure dates and times is listed at the end of the release.)

 

Program Expansion and Public Comment

Montgomery Parks is currently seeking public comment through October 29 on adding eight parks to the program. The proposed parks, spanning 700 acres are inhabited by an estimated 191 – 241deer, six times the recommended density, and include:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park and Paint Branch Stream Valley Park between Rt. 29 (Columbia Pike) and Fairland Rd.; including the attached Paint Branch Neighborhood Park, Pilgrim Hill Local Park, Tamarack Neighborhood Park and Valley Mill Special Park, and
  • Red Door Store Historical Cultural Park

 

Comments must include a valid name and address and may be submitted via email to MCP-deermanagment@montgomeryparks.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

 

Montgomery County has proven to be a very conducive environment for deer population growth,” said Montgomery Parks Wildlife Ecologist Bill Hamilton. “An expansive patchwork of public and private green space provides excellent edge habitat rich with food and cover.  These habitat features, and limited opportunities for hunting, provide the perfect environment for unchecked population growth in the absence of natural predators. The result has been an increase in deer-human conflicts including deer related automobile accidents, damage to agricultural crops and residential gardens, and concerns about Lyme disease. Such impacts are compounded when deer are more densely concentrated into smaller areas of habitat that often result from land use changes and development.”

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 are available at www.parksdeermanagement.org.

 

In advance of the hunts, yellow and black “Park Closed” signs are posted throughout and surrounding affected parks, at all park entrances and in surrounding communities.

 

“The safety of residents is our top priority,” added Hamilton. “In eighteen years of operations, and having harvested 13,000 deer, we have had no occurrence of personal injury of the public as a result of the Department’s deer management operations.”

 

Driver Safety Tips

The months of October through December are breeding season for deer when activity reaches an annual peak. Montgomery Parks urges residents and drivers to use caution as deer activity becomes more frequent and unpredictable; and offers the following recommendations:

 

  • 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.

  

Dates and Locations of Park Closure
FY2015 M-NCPPC, Department of Parks, Montgomery County
Deer Population Management Programs

 

Lottery-Based and Cooperative Managed Deer Hunting Programs

[Parks Closed from Sunrise – Sunset]

 

October

24 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

25 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

27 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

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

 

November

1 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

3 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

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

7 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

8 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

12 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

14 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

15 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

17 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

18 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

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

21 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

22 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

24 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

25 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

 

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

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

2 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)

2 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)

3 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

9 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

10 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

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

23 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)

23 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)

24 – 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)*
  • Needwood Golf Course (Rockville)
  • North Branch Stream Valley Park Units 2 & 3 (Norbeck)
  • North Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 4 (Olney)
  • Northwest Branch Recreation Park (Aspen Hill – including Layhill Local Park in Wheaton)
  • Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 7 (Norwood)
  • Northwest Golf Course (Wheaton)
  • Paint Branch Stream Valley Park Units 5 & 6 (Silver Spring – including Pilgrim Hill Local Park, Valley Mill Special Park, Tamarack Neighborhood Park and Paint Branch Neighborhood Park)*
  • Red Door Store Historical Cultural Park (Sandy Spring)*
  • Rock Creek Regional Park (Rockville)
  • Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 2 (Chevy Chase)
  • Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 7 (Aspen Hill)
  • Sligo Creek Golf Course (Silver Spring)
  • Wheaton Regional Park (Wheaton)
  • Woodlawn Cultural Special Park (Sandy Spring)

 

Tenant-Based Managed Deer Hunting Program

[Park Closed to Public Access Year Round]

 Goshen Recreation Park (Goshen)

 * Proposed conversion/expansion initiative for FY2015

 

 About Montgomery Parks Deer Management Program

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

For more information on the County’s deer management program see The Montgomery County Deer Management Program Annual Report and Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2015 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 The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 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

 

 

 

Sep 12 14

Join Montgomery Parks for Monarch Fiesta Day, September 20, 2014

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MD—The Monarch butterfly may be one of the best known butterflies, however did you know it is the only North American one to journey some 3,000 miles each year migrating to Mexico each winter. Join Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission at the Annual Monarch Fiesta Day on September 20, 2014 at Black Hill Visitors Center in Black Hill Regional Park. The free festival takes place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and celebrates the Monarch butterfly’s inspiring and incredible journey. The event features exhibits, face painting, story time, crafts, movies and monarch tagging.

Monarch Fiesta Day

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.

 

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

 

 

Sep 12 14

Montgomery Parks Hosts Public Hearing on the Ovid Hazen Wells Master Plan Update

by Melissa Chotiner

Public invited to provide comments online, via email, mail or at October 2, 2014 public hearing.

 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is holding a public hearing on October 2, 2014 on recommendations for the Ovid Hazen Wells Master Plan Update. The hearing will take place at the Montgomery Regional Offices Building at 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, 20910. A preliminary time of 4:55 pm has been set for this item; however please check the agenda on Planning Board website closer to the date of the hearing.

 

Members of the public may comment on the recommendations at the meeting, by email (Rachel.Newhouse@montgomeryparks.org ), via the online comment tool or by mail at M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks, 9500 Brunett Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20901. People who would like to testify at the meeting should sign-up online at www.MontgomeryPlanningBoard.org or call 301-495-4605 before 4:00 p.m. day before the meeting.

 

Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park is a 290-acre park located in Clarksburg. The parks’ Master Plan dates back to 1995 with a number of items from that plan yet to be complete including:

 

  • Determining the final location of the Ovid Hazen Wells carousel and supporting amenities
  • Incorporating a Special Recreation Area in the center of the park
  • Exploring future plans for The Red Wiggler Farm
  • Establishing a greenway link to other area parks, and a trail system within the park; and
  • Identifying a possible site for the future Clarksburg Community Recreation and Aquatics Center

 

In December 2013, Montgomery Parks’ staff began efforts to update the plan to address these items, by conducting extensive outreach to include input from the community. Numerous presentations were given to members of the community and civic /home owner associations including, the Clarksburg Civic Association, the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board, the Upcounty Recreational Advisory Board, Park Ridge and Arora Hills Home Owner Associations and at Clarksburg Day among other groups and venues.

 

With input from the community and staff expertise, a series of recommendations are proposed to the current Master Plan, including the creation of an active recreation area in the park to feature:

  • Carousel Picnic Area & Splash Pad
  • Teen Play Area
  • Sledding Hill/Open green space
  • Lounge Terrace
  • Community Open Space
  • Dog Park
  • Renovated Play Area
  • Trail Connection

 

Other recommendations include:

  • Acquisition of an estimated 12 acres of land adjacent to the park, some of which may be used for the future site of the Clarksburg Community Recreation and Aquatic Center
  • Creation of a unique event area near historic structures in the park
  • Enhancements to support Red Wiggler Farm’s vision
  •  An expanded trail system

 

After the public hearing, staff will review all the public comments and prepare a response. The staff response will be discussed with the Planning Board at a work session to be scheduled in October or November. The public will be notified of the work session date and time.

 

Background on Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park

Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park was donated to Montgomery Parks in 1981 from Hallie Wells, in honor of her late husband Ovid. The donation was made with the stipulation that the carousel currently located in Wheaton Regional Park be located in Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park. The park currently features a large recreational complex with 2 soccer fields, a baseball field, 2 softball fields, a group picnic area and large playground. There are looped hard surface trails that connect the amenities and a parking lot to accommodate 285 cars.

 

For more information about the Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park Master Plan Updates contact Project Coordinator Rachel Newhouse at Rachel.Newhouse@MontgomeryParks.org or at 301-650-4368.

 

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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Sep 11 14

Montgomery Parks Foundation Receives Million Dollar Gift to Construct a Greenhouse at Brookside Gardens

by Melissa Chotiner

The Montgomery Parks Foundation, an independent non-profit organization providing fundraising and support to Montgomery Parks has secured $1 million dollars from a private donor to help construct a new growing greenhouse at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD.  The greenhouse is part of the multi-phase Master Plan adopted in 2005 that will enhance the many spectacular offerings at the popular public garden which opened in 1969.  Brookside Gardens is a facility within the Montgomery County Department of Parks and part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

 

The generous donor, Mrs. Joan O’Rourke, has been working with staff at Brookside Gardens and Debbie Rankin, Executive Director of the Montgomery Parks Foundation for several years to make this project a reality.  An avid supporter of the gardens for decades, Mrs. O’Rourke was the founding President of the still vital Friends of Brookside Gardens.  Her generosity is visible in many ways as she supports programs as a teacher and volunteer throughout the year.

 

The greenhouse is a $3,274,600 project and is also funded by $1,200,000 from the State of Maryland and $1,074,600 from Montgomery County through the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).  Mrs. O’Rourke’s gift comprises almost 30% of the cost to construct the greenhouse.

 

“We couldn’t be more thrilled or grateful to receive this extraordinary donation,” says Joe Isaacs, President of the Board of Trustees of the Montgomery Parks Foundation.  “In less than four years of our own organizational revitalization, Mrs. O’Rourke’s kind gesture is an outstanding demonstration of support for our park system that has endured more than its share of budget cuts in recent years.”

 

“The support from our community for the award winning park system in Montgomery County has always been impressive,” said Mike Riley, Director of Parks.  “Mrs. O’Rourke’s gift highlights what can be accomplished if we work together for common goals.  We are so appreciative of this support from Mrs. O’Rourke.”

 

“Brookside Gardens is honored to be the recipient of such a generous gift.  The growing greenhouses support all aspects of our operations, including conservatory displays, the Wings of Fancy live butterfly exhibit, our landscapes and many educational programs.   It is a special donor indeed who recognizes the critical importance of well-designed and energy-efficient infrastructure to sustain the beautiful plants and gardens so loved by our community,” adds Stephanie Oberle, Director of Brookside Gardens.

 

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the design build project will be released in September.  The contract will be awarded in November and the project is scheduled to begin shortly thereafter requiring about 18-24 months to complete.

 

 

About The Montgomery Parks Foundation

The Montgomery Parks Foundation is a 501c3 organization that champions Montgomery County Parks cultivating financial support and public engagement of county residents and businesses as members, donors, sponsors and advocates.  www.MontgomeryParksFoundation.org

 

About 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 park systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

 

 

Sep 2 14

Montgomery Parks Cancels 2014 Harvest Festival Due to Unforeseen Scheduling Conflict

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 Harvest Festival after recognizing that the annual festival was inadvertently scheduled on the same day as Yom Kippur, a Jewish holy day. Unfortunately, the Department is not able to reschedule the event due to a variety of conflicts with participants including vendors and the many volunteers who make the festival possible.

 

“We regret any inconvenience and disappointment in cancelling this festival, however we have made a final decision to do so out of respect for the Jewish members of the community and because it would preclude participation by so many of our county residents who observe Yom Kippur,” said Michael Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks.

 

The Harvest Festival, traditionally held on the first Saturday in October will be held next year on October 3 at the Agricultural History Farm Park. A variety of other festivals are held at this park throughout the year, organized by the Friends of the Agricultural History Farm Park, including:

  • Blue Grass on the Farm, September 13, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Blacksmiths & Traditional Arts Show, November 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Christmas on the Farm, December 13 and 14, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

 

There are also many upcoming fall festivals scheduled at Montgomery Parks’ Nature Centers including:

  • The Pawpaw Festival, September 7, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Meadowside Nature Center
  • Apple Festival & Campfire, September 19, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Meadowside Nature Center
  • Monarch Fiesta Day, September 20, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Black Hill Nature Center
  • Nocturnal Neighbors Festival, October 14, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Locust Grove Nature Center
  • Owl-O-Ween Campfire Halloween, Friday, October 24, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

For additional information about these festivals and other programs and special events in Montgomery Parks, please visit www.MontgomeryParks.org.

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

 

Aug 28 14

Montgomery Parks 2014 Labor Day Weekend Activities and Operating Schedule

by Melissa Chotiner

Cool off at the Splash Playground, Visit the Driving Range, Enjoy boating and fishing!

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

 
MONTGOMERY PARKS LABOR DAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
This weekend’s warm temperatures and sunny forecast make for the perfect opportunity to visit and enjoy some of the following facilities in Montgomery Parks:

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

 

  •  The Olney Manor Skate Park featuring a 10-foot deep bowl, Hubba ledge, steps with handrail, quarter pipes, Fun Box and flat rails, manual pad and Pyramid Ledge: open all weekend from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (adult session runs from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; park opens 11 a.m. on Monday, September 1).

Special programs being offered Labor Day weekend include:

  • An Outdoor Classroom Explore-a-Thon at Black Hill Visitor Center on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Children ages 3 – 12 will explore the outdoors searching for spineless wonders, digging in the dirt and jumping like frogs at this free event. Dress for outdoor weather, and pack water and a snack. Register at www.ParkPASS.org (Course #s: 281706 and 281707)
  • Free guided tours of Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park on Saturday and Sunday, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. The tours are part of the War of 1812 Brookeville Bicentennial Celebration “U.S. Capital for a Day,” special event. The park will only be accessible by shuttle bus and parking is not available onsite.
  • Free guided tours of the Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Join talented volunteer conductors on a simulated two-mile hike on the Underground Railroad Experience trail and learn about various techniques freedom seekers used to elude trackers, find food and navigate their way north to freedom. (In the event of severe weather, call 301-650-4373 on Saturday morning.)

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

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

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

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