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Feb 27 15

Montgomery Parks to Present Solar Initiative Proposal to Montgomery County Planning Board on March 5, 2015

by Melissa Chotiner

Public input is welcome at the meeting or by mail, email or online.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will present a solar initiative proposal at the March 5th Montgomery County Planning Board meeting. The proposal calls for installing solar arrays at South Germantown Recreational Park and Rock Creek Regional Park. The proposed locations are on undeveloped land that is not suitable for recreational use. The site at South Germantown Recreational Park is adjacent to high voltage power lines and the proposed Rock Creek Regional Park site is currently used to stockpile dredging spoils.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting to provide input / ask questions.

Public Meeting on Montgomery Parks Solar Initiative Proposal
March 5, 2015; item is scheduled in the morning, estimated time 9:30 a.m.
Montgomery Regional Offices building
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
www.ParkPlanning.org

Written questions, comments or requests for more information may be sent to:

Dominic Quattrocchi, Project Coordinator
M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks
9500 Brunett Ave.,
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Dominic.Quattrocchi@montgomeryparks.org
301-650-4361

About the Solar Initiative:
Montgomery Parks is researching the feasibility of installing two solar arrays on undeveloped parkland at Rock Creek Regional Park and South Germantown Recreational Park. These sites were selected following a comprehensive study of parkland which reviewed usage and environmental impacts and included information provided by park managers and subject matter experts.

Benefits include:

  • Reduced carbon footprint equivalent to annual greenhouse gas emissions from 300 automobiles
  • Estimated energy savings up to $290,850 per year per 2 megawatt solar array
  • Reduce dependence on non-renewable resources and impact of extraction techniques that harm the environment
  • Consistent with M-NCPPC’s Mission Statement
  • Consistent with Montgomery County’s Energy Initiatives and Carbon Reduction Goals

Pending approval from the Montgomery County Planning Board, solar farm construction will begin in the late spring /early summer of this year and is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.

The Department of Parks will continue to explore additional solar options in the future to reduce energy costs and the department’s carbon footprint. Due to limited availability of undeveloped parkland, future options for solar initiatives may involve technologies that are embedded in parking lot surfaces, roads and trails and/or constructed over commission parking lots and facilities.

 

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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Feb 26 15

Montgomery Parks Delays Opening Lake Needwood and Little Seneca Lake for Boating and Fishing

by Melissa Chotiner

Both lakes are planned to open on March 14th instead of March 1st due to inclement weather.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will open Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park and Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park on March 14th for recreational boating, fishing and other uses. The original planned opening date of March 1st is delayed due to inclement weather conditions.

 

Boating:
Boaters with a daily or seasonal boating permit are allowed to use their private boats on the lakes starting March 14 from 6 a.m. until official sunset. Seasonal permits may be purchased at the Black Hill Visitor Center or the Needwood Mansion. Daily permit fees can be deposited in the fee boxes at the boat ramps or other launching locations around each lake. Seasonal mooring stakes for private boats are sold at both locations on a first-come, first-served basis.  Boat rentals at both lakes will not be available until May 3.


*PLEASE NOTE:
 All boats must comply with Maryland State, U.S. Coast Guard and M-NCPPC regulations and standards. Use of gasoline motors is strictly prohibited; only electric motors are permitted. All boats must be off the lake by official sunset. For a complete list of regulations, please visit BlackHillBoats.com or Lake NeedwoodBoats.com.

 

Fishing:
Fishing from private boats at both lakes is permitted beginning on March 14. (Year-round fishing is permitted at both lakes from the shoreline.) All Maryland State Fishing Regulations for inland waters apply, and people ages 16 and older must have a Maryland Fishing License. Trophy Bass Fishing Regulations are in effect at Little Seneca Lake. Largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, and crappie, are some of the fish species found in both lakes. Please view the Regulations for Private Boats for complete information.

For information about fishing licenses, please contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources at 1-855-855-3906 (7 days a week, 7am – 7pm), or visit www.dnr.maryland.gov and use their new “COMPASS” Online Licensing and Registration System.

 

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 park systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

Feb 26 15

Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting and Board of Education Dinner Canceled for Thursday, February 26

by Bridget Schwiesow

Both meetings for February 26 canceled due to inclement weather 

The Montgomery County Planning Board meeting scheduled for today, Thursday, February 26 at 4 p.m. has been canceled due to inclement weather. The agenda items scheduled for today have been rescheduled for March 5. Please contact the Montgomery County Planning Board Chair’s Office with any questions MCP-CHAIR@mncppc-mc.org.

The Montgomery County Board of Education dinner scheduled for 6 p.m. this evening with the Planning Board is also canceled due to the weather and will be rescheduled.

Learn more about the Montgomery County Planning Board.

 

Feb 10 15

Montgomery Parks Hosts Public Meetings on Proposed Adaptive Reuse of Three Park Activity Buildings

by Melissa Chotiner

Park activity buildings under consideration for leases include Colesville, Ken-Gar Palisades and North Chevy Chase.

 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will host public meetings on adaptive reuse for park activity buildings, located in the following parks: Colesville Local Park, Ken-Gar Palisades Local Park and North Chevy Chase Local Park. Details on the public meetings for each park activity building are listed below.

Park Activity Building Public Meetings:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 7 – 9 p.m.

Ken-Gar Palisades Park Activity Building
4140 Wexford Drive
Kensington, MD 20896

Proposed adaptive reuse: The Arc Montgomery County is proposing to use the site for after-school and summer programs for pre-teens, adolescents and transitioning youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7 – 9 p.m.

North Chevy Chase Park Activity Building
4105 Jones Bridge Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Proposed adaptive reuse: Arcos Iris Somos is proposing to use the site for a Spanish immersion preschool for children between the ages of 2 and 5.


Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7 – 9 p.m.

Colesville Park Activity Building
610 Hobbs Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20904

Proposed adaptive reuse: Montgomery County MD Delta Alumnae Foundation, Inc. (Delta Sigma Theta sorority) is proposing to use the site as meeting space and to support the organization’s community service activities.

The park activity buildings are part of a group of eleven park activity buildings in Montgomery Parks that were closed in 2011. The buildings were determined to be underutilized and were closed as a cost savings measure, as directed by the Montgomery County Council. Since 2011 Montgomery Parks has been seeking tenants to lease the buildings in a way that is compatible with the community and park and provides an overall benefit to the public.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Feb 6 15

Montgomery Parks Celebrates Champion Ice Skaters From Wheaton and Cabin John Ice Arenas

by Melissa Chotiner

Montgomery Parks to host special celebration at Wheaton Ice Arena on February 24 at 7 p.m. for skaters who have  returned from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, NC as well as those heading out for International Championship Competitions. 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is celebrating local ice skating champions who grew up training at Wheaton and Cabin John ice arenas. Both indoor ice arenas are operated by Montgomery Parks. The skaters will be performing in various competitions in the U.S. and abroad, representing a number of categories, including speed skating, ice dance and figure skating and synchronized skating.

 

A Celebratory Send-Off for Our Local Skating Champions!

Montgomery Parks is hosting a special send-off celebration for skaters who are heading out for competitions. The celebration will take place February 24 at 7 p.m. Skaters will perform and be available for autographs and photographs. The free event is open to the public and media.

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Quinn Carpenter, a figure skater who has trained at Wheaton Ice Arena for many years, came in first place with his partner Lorraine McNamara in the Junior Dance category at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January. Both skaters are getting ready to head out for the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Estonia in March.

 

“I really enjoy training at Wheaton Ice Arena, everyone there is very friendly and supportive,” said Carpenter. “It is the arena where I first learned to skate when I was young, so it is very special to me. Junior Worlds in Estonia is going to be a very big competition but Lorraine and I are feeling confident and excited about representing the United States and are ready to skate our best!”
Following is information on the skating competitions and skaters who have trained at Wheaton and Cabin John Ice Rinks.

 

Speed Skating

Three speed skaters from Wheaton Ice Arena & Cabin John Ice Rink will represent the United States at the 2015 ISU Junior World Championships in Japan at the end of February. Skaters include:

  • Thomas Hong competing as the U.S. Men’s Junior National Champion
  • April Shin competing as the U.S. Women’s Junior National Champion
  • Shaner LeBauer competing as 2nd Place Junior Men.

Ice Dance and Figure Skating

Two ice dance teams from Wheaton Ice Arena will represent the United States in the 2015 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, which will take place the first week of March in Estonia. The teams include:

  • Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter
  • Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons

Twenty-one figure skaters & ice dancers who train at Wheaton Ice Arena & Cabin John Ice Rink qualified & competed at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships which took place in Greensboro NC, January 17-25, 2015. They were:

Senior Ladies category:

  • Maria Yang

Junior Dance category:

  • Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter
  • Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons
  • Gigi Becker and Luca Becker

Novice Dance category:

  • Caroline Green and Gordon Green
  • Emma Gunter and Caleb Wein
  • Coco Becker and Val Katsman

Juvenile Dance category:

  • Elizabeth Tkachenko and Alexei Kiliakov
  • Jordan Lin and Morgan Sletten
  • Maria Soldatova and Faddey Soldatov
  • Claire Cain and Andrei Davydov

Five of the ice dance teams won medals; Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter finished in first place in the Junior Dance Category, followed by Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons in second. Caroline Green and Gordon Green came in first place in the Novice Dance category; Emma Gunter and Caleb Wein came in third place in the same category. Elizabeth Tkachenko and Alexei Kiliakov came in first place in the Juvenile Dance category.

 

Synchronized Skating

All five teams of ice skaters from DC Edge Synchronized Skating who train at Wheaton Ice Arena and the Cabin John Ice Rink competed in the US Eastern Sectionals at Lake Placid. Teams that were eligible have qualified for the 2015 U.S. National Synchronized Skating Championships which will take place the last week in February in Providence, RI. DC Edge had eleven teams altogether competing at the event, six in categories not eligible for Nationals.

 

“We are very proud of these athletes who have dedicated so much time and work to the sport of ice skating,” said Christy Turnbull, Division Chief for Montgomery Parks Enterprise Division. “We feel like the skaters are part of our family. We are looking forward to sending them off in style with a special celebration on February 24 at Wheaton Ice Arena.”

 

Montgomery Parks offers a broad array of ice skating classes and private lessons at Wheaton Ice Arena and Cabin John Ice Rink, ranging from beginner lessons to advanced lessons in ice dancing, jumping and synchronized skating. General skating sessions for the public are offered during the week and on weekends. Both rinks also have party rooms that can be rented for special occasions and Pro Shops with an extensive line of equipment and accessories.  For more details please visit www.WheatonIceArena.com and www.CabinJohnIce.com

 

 

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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Feb 2 15

Montgomery Parks Celebrates Black History Month with Free Events Every Saturday in February

by Melissa Chotiner

Free Guided Tours at Josiah Henson Park as well as hourly screenings of a PBS documentary Time Team America: “The Search for Josiah Henson.” Spoken Word Poetry Event will take place on February 28 at 3 p.m.

Josiah Henson IllustrationSILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will celebrate Black History Month with a series of free public events at Josiah Henson Park each Saturday in February. Josiah Henson Park is a historic resource of international significance because of its association with Reverend Henson, whose 1849 autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

 

“Black History Month should serve as an introduction to a life-long lesson in culture, community and connections, highlighting the stories, struggles and successes of African Americans,” said Shirl Spicer, Museum Manager for Montgomery Parks. “We hope that these events serve as a starting point to engage people in the important history of African Americans that is accessible right here in Montgomery County.”

 

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

 

  • Free guided tours by park archaeologists and volunteers retracing the footsteps of Reverend Josiah Henson from his enslavement on the former Isaac Riley plantation to his escape on the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada.

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  • Hourly screenings, starting at noon, of the PBS Time Team America documentary, “The Search for Josiah Henson,” which reveals new discoveries about the plantation resulting from a three-day intensive archaeological dig.

 

  • The spoken word poetry event, “Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom,” on Saturday, February 28 will feature forms of original poetry, song and other artistic expressions from participants of all ages.

 

Josiah Henson Park is located a short walk from the White Flint Metro (red) line, and parking for these events is available at the Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Boulevard, North Bethesda, MD 20852 (about 1.5 blocks away). In the event of severe weather, please call 301-650-4373 in advance to confirm the park will be open.

 

Group & School Tours

Montgomery Parks also offers Group & School Tours for the public at Josiah Henson Park, as well as the Underground Railroad Experience Trail and Oakley Cabin. Tours are conducted by specially trained docents who bring history alive. Tour date requests may be submitted online or through email at HistoryTours@MontgomeryParks.org or by phone at 301-650-4373.

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

For more information on these upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, visit www.HistoryInTheParks.org or contact M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks Program Manager Lisa MacLeman at 301-650-4373 or via email: Lisa.MacLeman@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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Jan 29 15

Movie Screening on February 4 and Speakers Event on February 11 Examine Evolution of Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Documentary film and live presentations address current challenges to working farms and landscapes in preserved rural area

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting two public events devoted to the County’s Agricultural Reserve. The first is a free screening of the film titled “Growing Legacy” at noon on Wednesday, February 4 in the auditorium of the Planning Department’s headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD), followed by a question-and-answer session with the film’s producers.

The nonprofit Montgomery Countryside Alliance launched the project to share the story of the County’s Agricultural Reserve with local schools and communities so they might better appreciate this 93,000-acre agricultural area in their own backyard. Through interviews with decision makers, consumers and farmers the 30-minute documentary film profiles the challenges of growing both food and cities in harmony.

The second public event is the fourth session of the Planning Department’s Winter Speakers Series. It will be held on Wednesday, February 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD). The series is called “A Once and Future County: Lessons on How Planning Politics Shaped Montgomery County and is hosted by Royce Hanson, former chairman of the County’s Planning Board.

Titled “Creating and Sustaining the County’s Agricultural Reserve,” the February 11 event will examine the 35-year effort to protect the rural area and working farms of upper Montgomery County. The discussion will focus on the technical planning, legal and political challenges that had to be overcome to establish the Agricultural Reserve in 1980. Current efforts to sustain the Reserve’s working farms and preserve the integrity of the landscape will also be examined.

“The County has sustained a working landscape for more than three decades, substantially slowing but not fully stopping conversion of farmland to residential subdivisions,” says Hanson. “The Agricultural Reserve facilitated–some might say, imposed–a more compact pattern of growth and development in Montgomery County compared to other areas in the Washington metropolitan region.”

Joining Hanson at the February 11 event to discuss the Agricultural Reserve will be the following experts:

Tom Hartsock taught and conducted applied agricultural research from 1979 to 2007 at the University of Maryland, where he oversaw the operation of several university livestock facilities and served as the director of the Institute of Applied Agriculture. Hartsock helped revitalize the university’s equine program and serves as an advisor for the ongoing Campus Farm renewal project. He serves on the board of directors of the Maryland Pork Producers Association, Montgomery County Farm Bureau and served on the Maryland Agricultural Commission for six years, two of them as Chair. Tom currently owns and operates Porky Pines Farm in Clarksburg, Maryland.

Chuck Schuster is the University of Maryland’s Commercial Horticulture Extension Educator in Montgomery County. He works with various agricultural operations in the county and region, including pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farmers, greenhouses, nurseries, arborists and landscapers.  Prior to his current work, Schuster taught high school vocational agriculture in Westminster, Maryland, and farmed for 20 years, raising cattle, field crops and vegetables.

Caroline Taylor is the Executive Director of the Montgomery Countryside Alliance (MCA) and has worked on environmental and agricultural issues for most of her professional career. After gaining experience in environmental litigation at the law firm of Covington and Burling, she worked at the National Wildlife Federation before joining the MCA in 2009. Under her leadership, the nonprofit has garnered accolades for its successful efforts in assisting farmers and connecting the various stakeholders of the region’s food system.

Details:
- The 30-minute screening of the documentary film, “Growing Legacy,” on February 4 will be held at noon in the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD). It is free and open to the public.

– The 90-minute Winter Speakers Series event on February 1, “Creating and Sustaining the County’s Agricultural Reserve,” is free and open to the public, and will be streamed online live. It will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD).

– The next and final session of the Winter Speaker Series on March 11, 2015, “Hunting the Snark: Growth Policy and the Public Interest,” will be held at the same place and time. Speakers will evaluate the 40-year evolution of county growth policy on development patterns. They will discuss the institutional structure of planning in Montgomery County that has led to effective and democratically accountable land use policy.

– Watch the video from the previous Winter Speakers Series event on January 14 that focused on “Trials and Errors of Corridor Cities Planning.”

– Learn more about the Once and Future County Speakers Series and use hashtag: #onceandfuturecounty

Jan 27 15

Montgomery Parks to Present Proposal on Solar Farms Initiative for Two Park Sites in the Northern Region

by Melissa Chotiner

Public input sought at Upcounty Advisory Board Meeting February 9, 2015 at 7 p.m.;
Presentation before Montgomery Planning Board scheduled for March 5, 2015.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will present a proposal on constructing two solar farms on parkland at the February 9, 2015 Montgomery County Upcounty Advisory Board meeting at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend to learn more about the proposal and to provide input. The meeting will take place at the Sidney Kramer Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD 20874.

 

Additional information on the initiative is also available at www.ParkPlanning.org where comments may be submitted online.

 

The public can also provide input at a second presentation to take place at the Montgomery County Planning Board meeting on March 5, 2015. The time for the presentation will be posted closer to the date of the meeting at www.ParkPlanning.org.

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About the Solar Farm Initiative:

Montgomery Parks is researching the feasibility of  installing two solar farms on undeveloped parkland at Rock Creek Regional Park and South Germantown Recreational Park. These sites were selected following a comprehensive study of parkland which reviewed usage and environmental impacts and included information provided by park managers and subject matter experts.

 

“Following the research our staff narrowed down the results to two sites, which will have the least impact on park users, facilities, natural resources and adjacent properties,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “The study also revealed numerous benefits of installing solar farms for the public, the parks department and the environment.”

 

Benefits include:

 

  • Reduced carbon footprint equivalent to annual greenhouse gas emissions from 300 automobiles
  • Reduce dependence on non-renewable resources and the impact of extraction techniques that harm the environment
  • Estimated energy savings valued up to $290,850 per year per two megawatt solar farm
  • Consistent with M-NCPPC’s Mission Statement
  • Consistent with Montgomery County’s Energy Initiatives and Carbon Reduction Goals

 

Pending approval from the Montgomery County Planning Board, solar farm construction will begin in the late spring / early summer of this year and is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.

 

Written questions, comments or requests for more information may be sent to:

Dominic Quattrocchi, Project Coordinator
M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks
9500 Brunett Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Dominic.Quattrocchi@montgomeryparks.org
301-650-4361

 

 

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

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

 

 

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Dec 23 14

Montgomery Parks Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service by Providing Volunteer Opportunities in Parks

by Melissa Chotiner

Park and stream cleanups are scheduled January 17- 20, 2015 at locations around the county; Student Service Learning Hours (SSL) available at all volunteer projects.


SILVER SPRING, MD—
Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is joining thousands of organizations nationwide for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service. Volunteer park and stream cleanups and non-native invasive plant removal projects will be taking place throughout the weekend of January 17 – 20, 2015 at park sites around the county. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service brings out hundreds of thousands of people to volunteer in their communities.

 

Volunteer clean up group photoVolunteer events are already planned at parks in the following communities Aspen Hill, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Damascus, Silver Spring, Takoma Park and Wheaton, and more are being added leading up to the weekend. Details on dates, times and locations of cleanups, as well as how to sign up are available at www.MontgomeryParks.org/MLK.

 

“This year we are partnering with a number of regional environmental organizations including Hiking Along, the Little Falls Watershed Alliance, Rock Creek Conservancy Green Wheaton, Friends of Sligo Creek, Friends of Cabin John Creek and Eyes of Paint Branch. Together we are asking people to make MLK Jr. National Day of Service a day on, not a day off by getting out into your communities to volunteer.” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “Last year more than 350 people came out to volunteer in our parks. We hope to have even more this year.”

 

Student Service Learning (SSL) hours are available at all of the volunteer events. Gloves and bags will be provided at all events and volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy closed toe shoes and long sleeves and pants. Volunteers under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
To organize a group or community MLK Jr. Day of Service Volunteer event in Montgomery Parks, please contact Henry Coppola at henry.coppola@montgomeryparks.org or 301-495-2476.


About Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service:
After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”

 

About the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission 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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Dec 19 14

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

by Melissa Chotiner

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For more information visit www.BrooksideGreen.org

 

About Green Matters

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

 

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

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

 

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