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Jul 21 16

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Invites Public Input on Updates to Park Rules and Regulations

by Melissa Chotiner

Montgomery Planning Board will hold public hearing on July 28, 2016 on proposed updates.  

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks and Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation Departments, which are part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission are inviting the public to provide input on proposed revisions to the Commission’s Park Rules and Regulations. The Rules and Regulations were last updated in March 2001, and are being revised to better reflect today’s use of the parks, facilities and amenities.

 

The Montgomery County Planning Board will host a public hearing about the proposed changes July 28. The time of the hearing will be determined closer to the date of the meeting and listed on the Planning Board agenda available at www.MontgomeryPlanningBoard.org. Planning Board meetings are held at:

Montgomery Regional Office Building
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20901

 

A draft of the new rules and regulations is currently available at www.mncppc.org. The public may provide comments and questions at the meeting, or via email at commentonparkrules@mncppc.org, or by mail to:

M-NCPPC
c/o Rules and Regulations Review Committee
6611 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 200
Riverdale, MD 20737

The public input period will end at 5 p.m. on August 1, 2016.  Public input will be considered before the Commission enacts new rules and regulations.

 

“We are updating the rules and regulations to provide greater flexibility in defining the many ways the public can access our parks, facilities and amenities,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “This approach strikes an important balance so that we can make appropriate site-specific decisions.”

 

Ronnie Gathers, Director of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, said, “Park rules and regulations are put in place to maintain safe and enjoyable recreation experiences in all of our parks and facilities. We are committed to the fair and equitable use of our parks and recreation facilities by all residents and visitors.”

 

A sampling of the activities covered by the rules and regulations includes:

  • Commercial activities in parks
  • Unpermitted regular use of athletic fields
  • Hours of operation for trails

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Montgomery Parks and the Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County are departments of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land and later to operate parks and recreation systems. 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; it is a six-time National Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in parks and recreation management and programming.

 

The Department of Parks and Recreation operates and programs 28,000 acres of park land and more than 100 recreation facilities in Prince George’s County. For more information, visit www.pgparks.com. Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 parks. For more information, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org

M-NCPPC encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

 

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Jul 20 16

Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation Department Begin 2017 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan

by Melissa Chotiner

Parks Department seeks public input to predict future needs and determine how to put the “right parks in the right places,” and steward natural and cultural resources.

 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is starting the process of preparing the 2017 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan. Park planners will present an outline, schedule and outreach strategy for developing the PROS Plan at the July 28th Planning Board meeting. The presentation will be given in the morning at around 10 a.m.

 

Ideas and comments from the public are welcome throughout the planning process, and may be submitted online, by email to the project manager, Brooke.Farquhar@MontgomeryParks.org, at public meetings and by mail to Brooke Farquhar, Montgomery Parks, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901.

 

“Parks, recreation, and open spaces are essential to the high quality of life for Montgomery County residents,” said Brooke Farquhar, Supervisor, Park and Trail Planning in the Park Planning and Stewardship Division of M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks Department. “One of the greatest challenges is balancing the need for recreational facilities with stewardship of environmental and cultural resources. The 2017 PROS Plan will help guide us in this challenge.”

 

The PROS Plan provides a framework for the next decade for how Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation Department will balance the need for open space and recreational facilities in a county that is becoming increasingly urbanized. The plan will address a variety of factors impacting parks and recreation including:

 

  • Planning for urban parks, trails and athletic fields
  • Methods to achieve social equity, health and conservation

 

The 2017 PROS Plan will build upon and expand the work of the 2012 PROS Plan, which introduced a new methodology and typology for urban park planning, service delivery strategies for 27 facility types, funding priorities for historic resources, and resource-based recreation.

 

About the 2017 Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan

The 2017 PROS Plan is required under State law, and completed in conformance with Maryland State Guidelines. The PROS Plan was last updated in July 2012. The schedule mandated by the State requires the 2017 Staff Draft PROS Plan to be submitted by December 31, 2016, with final completion by July 1, 2017.

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission 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

Accessibility
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 mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org .  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.

 

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Jul 11 16

Montgomery Parks Volunteer Named State and County Volunteer of the Year!

by Melissa Chotiner

Sarah Morse honored for her community volunteer leadership with the Little Falls Watershed Alliance.


Sarah MorseSILVER SPRING, MD
Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is proud to announce Sarah Morse, a longtime Montgomery Parks volunteer, as the recipient of both the 2016 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Community Volunteer Award and the 2016 County-wide Recreation Advisory Board Outstanding Parks Volunteer Award in recognition of her dedication and extraordinary service to her local parks, environment, and community. Montgomery Parks Director Mike Riley presented the awards on June 6th at the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek in Boyds, MD.

 

“During the past five years Sarah has motivated over 850 volunteers from the local community who have spent more than 2,400 hours working in our parks,” said Montgomery Parks Director Michael F. Riley. “She is a tireless educator and community organizer who manages to bring residents closer to their parks every day. She is a true citizen advocate, the neighbor who is always willing to learn and share what Montgomery Parks is doing and why.”

 

Sarah is a founding board member and the current executive director of the Little Falls Watershed Alliance (LFWA), one of Montgomery Parks most active and productive community partners. Since 2008, LFWA has been dedicated to restoring the water quality, improving the natural habitat, protecting the natural heritage and enhancing the community’s enjoyment of the many creeks and forests in the watershed.

 

Under Sarah’s direction, LFWA organizes more than 40 service projects a year, including monthly stream and park cleanups and invasive plant removal. Sarah has also led efforts in community education for children and adults, securing grant funding for projects, and championing the importance of parks and streams in current and future community planning. Sarah’s outreach and engagement efforts bring together volunteers from the local neighborhoods, schools, scout groups, religious organizations, corporations, and environmental organizations.

 

Sarah has deep roots in the Little Falls Watershed community, as it is where she raised her children and has lived for more than 30 years. In addition to an inspirational volunteer leader, Sarah is an educator, artist, and naturalist. She has worked as a statistician, an art teacher, and the director of the Jewish Folk Arts Festival. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, double majoring in art and general science, and holds a master’s degree in education from Temple University.

About Montgomery Parks’ Volunteer Services Office

Montgomery Parks Volunteer Services Office works with an estimated 11,600 volunteers annually who donate more than 84,000 hours of service to the Department in a variety of ways including, but not limited to:

  • Park and stream cleanups
  • Trail work
  • Special events
  • Nature programs and gardening
  • Public safety
  • Historic interpretation

Visit www.ParkVolunteers.org for more information.

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

 

 

 

 

Jul 1 16

Montgomery Parks Begins Pesticide Reduction Program

by Abbigail Irelan

Program includes Pesticide Alerts, Pesticide-Free Playgrounds, and Pilot Program for Pesticide-Free Parks

SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will introduce a pesticide-reduction program beginning July 1, 2016 in accordance with Bill 52-14, legislation passed by the Montgomery County Council regarding the use of pesticides on county-owned property, parks and private property.
In accordance with this legislation, Montgomery Parks is embracing new ways to manage their parks while still working to protect the health of trees, shrubs, and ornamental beds, wildlife, and the people who use our parks.
Beginning July 1, 2016, Montgomery Parks will:

  • Inform the public of pesticide applications via advanced notifications on the Montgomery Parks website www.MontgomeryParks.org/Pesticide. Notifications will be placed on the website at least 48 hours in advance of pesticide applications.
  • Inform the public of pesticide applications via signage. Pre-application signage will be placed at the location of the application at least 48 hours in advance of the pesticide application. Post-application signage will be placed at the location of the application for at least 48 hours after the pesticide application.
  • Discontinue the use of pesticides on all playgrounds in Montgomery Parks.
  • Begin a pilot program to eliminate the use of pesticides in 11 of our local parks.
  • Develop and implement new pesticide usage protocols in our parks, with the goal of reducing pesticide usage (other than listed pesticides) where possible.

Pesticide-Free Parks Pilot Program

An important component of Montgomery Parks’ pesticide reduction program is a Pesticide-Free Parks Pilot Program, which will create 11 pesticide-free parks in the Montgomery Parks system. Citizens will gain access to pesticide-free parks while staff will gain valuable information about the impact and best practices associated with maintaining parks without pesticides. The following parks will be part of this pilot program:

It is important to note that Montgomery Parks will make every effort to make playgrounds and Pesticide-Free Pilot Parks completely pesticide free; however, Bill 52-14 includes provisions whereby pesticides may be applied in a playground, pesticide-free park, or elsewhere. Exemptions allowed under law permit pesticide application in these areas for the control of weeds, invasive species, pest control while engaged in agriculture, the maintenance of a golf course, to protect human health or to prevent significant economic damage. In the case of such a situation, the area may be closed for a brief period while the emergency is managed and re-opened as soon as possible afterwards. Notices will be posted via signage at the location for at least 48 hours after the application is made.

Athletic Fields
Montgomery Parks is also making plans to transition to pesticide-free athletic fields. Per the pesticide legislation, Montgomery Parks’ goal is to develop a plan for maintaining athletic fields with only listed pesticides by September 2019 and to transition to the maintenance of all playing fields with the use of listed pesticides only in the year 2020 (contingent on the results of the pilot study, 2019 Athletic Field Plan and available budget). Montgomery Parks’ plans to begin a pilot program at five athletic fields starting in 2017, while maintaining all other playing fields with an Integrated Pest Management Program.

As a result of Montgomery Parks’ efforts to reduce pesticide usage in parks, you may expect to see staff using techniques like hand pulling and mechanical pulling of weeds, additional string pulling, propane flame weeding, and the use of listed pesticides on the National Organic List and the Minimum Risk Ingredients List, which are approved per the legislation.

For more information on Montgomery Parks’ pesticide reduction program, up-to-date pesticide application alerts, frequently asked questions about the program and more, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/Pesticide.

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

Jun 30 16

Montgomery Parks Adopts New Rules Regarding Smoking and Tobacco Use in Parks and Facilities

by Melissa Chotiner

Policy addresses health, safety and environmental concerns

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, today announced effective July 1, 2016, it will adopt regulations in accordance with the Maryland legislation passed in October 2015 to prohibit smoking of lighted tobacco products in its nonexempt parks and facilities. In addition, M-NCPPC is prohibiting the usage of e-cigarettes, vapors or any smokeless tobacco products indoors and in designated outdoor areas.

 

Montgomery Parks joins a growing number of Maryland municipalities, as well as city parks, public beaches, college campuses and private venues across the country, to address the concerns of tobacco use in public spaces.

 

Beginning July 1, 2016, the following rules regarding the use of smoking and tobacco products will go into effect:

  • Visitors and staff will not be permitted to smoke a cigarette, cigar, pipe or any other lighted tobacco in outdoor parks or venues or indoor facilities.
  • Visitors and staff will not be permitted to use e-cigarettes or vaping devices in all indoor facilities and designated outdoor areas.
  • Visitors and staff will not be permitted to use any smokeless products such as chewing tobacco or snuff in all indoor facilities and designated outdoor areas.

 

The ban covers all public parks and facilities within the jurisdiction of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, with the exception of designated facilities used to raise revenue. Current exemptions in the Montgomery Parks system include event/wedding venues, golf courses, and residential rental homes. The policy applies to all park patrons as well as M-NCPPC employees.

 

“The purpose of the legislation is to preserve and improve the health, safety and comfort of people in our public parks and facilities,” said Montgomery Parks Director Mike Riley, “and to provide and maintain a healthy work environment for all employees.”

 

Banning smoking at parks and facilities will benefit people, wildlife and the environment in many ways including:

  • Improves air quality for park users, protecting individuals from the harmful effects of second hand smoke.
  • Reduces the risk of fire, protecting the physical safety of individuals and wildlife.
  • Reduces the environmental impact of cigarette butts, including harm to wildlife, water supply systems and soil.
  • Saves money by reducing associated clean-up costs.
  • Motivates smokers to quit or reduce use.
  • Decreases negative role modeling for impressionable children.
  • Cultivates healthy outdoor environments, building a healthier community.

 

Park patrons who do not adhere to the new policy will receive a warning from The Maryland-National Capital Park Police for the first offense and a $25 fine for subsequent infractions.

For more information, visit www.MontgomeryParks.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

 

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Jun 13 16

Montgomery Parks Hosts July 4th Celebration “Germantown Glory” with Live Music and Fireworks

by Melissa Chotiner

Plus Parks Happenings and Operating Schedule for Independence Day Weekend

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is the place for all of your July 4th weekend activities.  There’s the Splash Playground & Mini Golf at South Germantown Recreational Park (10am-6pm), Boating at Black Hill Regional Park (6:30am-6:30pm) and Miniature Trains at Cabin John Regional Park and/  or Wheaton Regional Park, which also has the Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel, (10am-6pm) to fill your days.

End your holiday weekend with live music and fireworks at “Germantown Glory,” Montgomery County’s July 4th celebration, at South Germantown Recreational Park. Festivities kick-off at 7pm with the sounds of Quiet Fire Soul Show. Fireworks are slated to begin at 9:15pm.  Bring a picnic dinner or purchase food from one of the many food trucks which will be located throughout the park. Parking lots open at 7pm and Park Police will direct traffic. Gates to the lots will close once full and remain closed until the conclusion of the fireworks.  Glass receptacles or alcohol is not permitted into the park and visitors are urged to properly dispose of all trash. Rain date for fireworks is July 5th.

All Montgomery Park facilities, parks and programs will follow standard operating hours with the following exceptions:

  • Parkside Headquarters offices are closed on Monday, July 4th.
  • Park Permits Office is closed on Monday, July 4th.
  • There is no camp session on Monday, July 4th. All new camp sessions starting that week will start on Tuesday, July 5th.
  • No classes at Cabin John Ice Rink and Wheaton Ice Arena on either July 3rd or July 4th.
  • Cabin John Ice Rink, Wheaton Ice Arena, Pauline Betz Addie and Wheaton Indoor Tennis Centers will be closed on Monday, July 4th.

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

Jun 10 16

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Invites Public Input on Updates to Park Rules and Regulations

by Melissa Chotiner

Oral, written and online comments to be accepted through July 1, 2016.  

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks and Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation Departments, which are part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission are inviting the public to provide input on proposed revisions to the Commission’s Park Rules and Regulations. The Rules and Regulations were last updated in March 2001, and are being revised to better reflect today’s use of the parks, facilities and amenities.

A public meeting about the proposed changes will take place at 7 p.m. on July 7 at:

Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center
7120 Contee Road
Laurel, Maryland 20707

A draft of the new rules and regulations is currently available at www.mncppc.org. The public may provide comments and questions at the meeting, or via email at commentonparkrules@mncppc.org, or by mail to:

M-NCPPC
c/o Rules and Regulations Review Committee
6611 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 200
Riverdale, MD 20737

The public input period will end at 5 p.m. on July 1, 2016.  Public input will be considered before the Commission enacts new rules and regulations.

“We are updating the rules and regulations to provide greater flexibility in defining the many ways the public can access our parks, facilities and amenities,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “This approach strikes an important balance so that we can make appropriate site-specific decisions.”

Ronnie Gathers, Director of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, said, “Park rules and regulations are put in place to maintain safe and enjoyable recreation experiences in all of our parks and facilities. We are committed to the fair and equitable use of our parks and recreation facilities by all residents and visitors.”

A sampling of the activities covered by the rules and regulations includes:

  • Commercial activities in parks
  • Unpermitted regular use of athletic fields
  • Hours of operation for trails

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Montgomery Parks and the Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County are departments of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land and later to operate parks and recreation systems. 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; it is a six-time National Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in parks and recreation management and programming.

The Department of Parks and Recreation operates and programs 28,000 acres of park land and more than 100 recreation facilities in Prince George’s County. For more information, visit www.pgparks.com. Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 parks. For more information, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org

M-NCPPC encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

 

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Jun 7 16

Montgomery Parks Hosts Grand Opening of Rehabilitated Historic Woodlawn Stone Barn for a Visitor Center and Cultural Destination

by Melissa Chotiner

Public is invited to the free celebration on June 11, 2016 for tours of the barn and carriage house as well as food, live music and activities.

 

barnSILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is hosting a grand opening to mark the rehabilitation of the historic Woodlawn Stone Barn at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park in Sandy Spring. The free event takes place Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 12 – 4 p.m., and will feature tours as well as activities, food and live music.

 

The rehabilitated barn and adjacent carriage house will now be open to the public as a visitor center. Both buildings feature exhibits showcasing aspects of Montgomery County’s history including the Underground Railroad, the Quaker experience, free Black communities in Montgomery County and the barn as a feature of the county’s agricultural landscape. The work has been done with minimal impact to the barn’s existing features to maintain the historic integrity of the building.

 

The project was funded with $2 million from the Maryland State Highway Administration (an Intercounty Connector Stewardship Project); $300,000 from State Bond Bills; $50,000 from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland, and significant support from the Montgomery County Council through the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

 

The work involved a careful restoration of the 1832 barn’s unique stone and timber construction and the installation of a dynamic audiovisual program. Voices and filmed imagery of Quakers, enslaved and free persons who lived and toiled on or near the property are projected onto interior stone walls creating a unique visitor experience. The carriage house will serve as the ticket office with introductory exhibits, retail and restrooms. The Underground Railroad Experience Trail that starts on the property will become unified with the entire Woodlawn Visitor Center experience.?

 

“The Woodlawn Stone Barn is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is a wonderful centerpiece in the bucolic setting of the historic Woodlawn Manor property and an incredible piece of local history.” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “We look forward to having a place to tell important stories of this agricultural section of the county.  Thanks to the work of staff, designers, contractors, and members of the community who have helped bring this project to fruition, and thanks to all parties who have provided funding support. The project already won a 2015 Historic Preservation award from Montgomery Preservation Inc. for restoration of the barn and renovation of the site for educational use. We are thrilled to open this beautiful property to the public.”

 

Montgomery Parks intends to work closely with Montgomery County public schools and other nearby school jurisdictions to make the Woodlawn Stone Barn Visitor Center a great place for school field trips.

 

“We have an important opportunity to share the rich history of this area,” said Shirl Spicer, Museum Manager for Montgomery Parks. “It’s exciting to incorporate many different elements in this project–from the rehabilitation of the existing structure to multimedia exhibits—to bring these stories to life, and teach people what it was like nearly 200 years ago right here in Montgomery County.”

 

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission 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

 

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Jun 2 16

Montgomery Parks Will Remove Up to 300 Non-migratory Canada Geese in June 2016 to Reduce Safety Issues and Damage to Parks

by Melissa Chotiner

Geese will be humanely euthanized, processed and donated to the Maryland Food Bank.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is launching a geese removal project at two park sites, Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreational Park and Rock Creek Regional Park. The project will take place this June and up to 300 geese will be removed and humanely euthanized.  The animals will then be processed for human consumption and the meat donated to the Maryland Food Bank.

 

“These geese are year-round residents and create multiple issues for park users and staff. The excessive feces they leave, up to one pound daily, is not only unsightly but causes unsanitary conditions around bodies of water, docks, pathways, athletic fields and lawn areas,” said Dave Petersen, Natural Resources Specialist for Montgomery Parks.

 

Other negative impacts from the geese include turf damage, shoreline erosion, aggressive and potentially dangerous behavior during nesting season, and public safety hazards on roads.

 

The Department of Parks has already implemented a number of measures to reduce negative impacts from geese, including a ban on feeding them, habitat manipulation, exclusion fencing, egg-oiling / addling and repelling devices. While these methods have proven beneficial at some park locations, they have not been sufficient to alleviate the impacts at Martin Luther King, Jr., Recreational Park and Rock Creek Regional Park.
The geese removal is being conducted by a federally permitted wildlife contractor in cooperation with Montgomery Parks’ Natural Resources Stewardship staff.  Similar removal efforts have been conducted on both public and private land throughout the region.

For more information please visit www.parksnaturalresources.org

 

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission 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

 

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May 13 16

Montgomery Parks Announces There Will be No Parking Available at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park on May 15 Due to Large Event

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is informing the public that there will be no parking at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park on Sunday, May 15, due to a large hike taking place on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail at the park.  Other visitors are welcome to visit Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park on May 15th but will need to enter the park on foot. No parking will be allowed on Ednor or Norwood Roads. The free Underground Railroad Experience Hike taking place on May 15th is sold out. Those registered will need to provide a ticket (on their smart phone or printed out) to attend. Parking for registered attendees will be available at James Hubert Blake High School (300 Norwood Road, Silver Spring, Maryland) where a shuttle will be provided for participants to access the park.

 

Self-guided hikes are offered year-round from dawn to dusk on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail, located at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. The hikes commemorate the involvement of Montgomery County residents in the Underground Railroad and celebrate the Quaker heritage and traditions of Sandy Spring, MD. Montgomery Parks encourages people to visit Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park on another day for a hike on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. For more information, visit www.HistoryInTheParks.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 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.