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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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Aug 25 14

Montgomery Parks Hosts 2nd Annual Pawpaw Festival on September 7 at Meadowside Nature Center

by Melissa Chotiner

Festival to be held September 7, 12 noon – 4 p.m. at Meadowside Nature Center

 

pawpawfruitpicture_000SILVER SPRING, MD—Many people are familiar with the age-old children’s Pawpaw song “Pickin up Pawpaws, Puttin’ ‘em in your pocket?”  How many people in and around Montgomery County have ever actually tried a Pawpaw – or even know what one is? Join Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission on September 7, 2014, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. for the Second Annual Pawpaw Festival at Meadowside Nature Center.

 

Join area pawpaw expert and breeder, Neal Peterson who will open the festival with a special talk about the fruit that he has devoted 25 years to perfecting. Peterson has raised over 1500 pollinated seedlings in his orchards and has developed six patented varieties for sale to nurseries.

The festival will have a Pawpaw tasting station as feature a variety of activities, games and music. Attendees will learn all about this delicious fruit that is native to the region, and its rich history. Did you know Pawpaw trees adorned Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello?

Montgomery Parks 2nd Annual Pawpaw Festival
Sunday, September 7, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$5
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, MD 20855
Visit www.ParkPASS.org and enter Course # 294252 or pay at the gate on the day of the festival.

 

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

 

Aug 14 14

Montgomery Parks Announces September Events, Festivals and Special Programs!

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission announces a variety of special events, festivals and programs taking place this September in parks all across the county.  A sampling is listed below; all fall offerings can be found in the Montgomery County Guide to Recreation and Parks Programs at www.MontgomeryParks.org/guide and in print at select Parks and Recreation facilities, government buildings and libraries, while supplies last.

SEPTEMBER 2014 SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGAMS

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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Jul 22 14

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

by Melissa Chotiner

Pet owners urged to keep dogs out of the lake; boating and fishing remain open.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is asking residents to use caution when recreating on or near Lake Needwood located within Rock Creek Regional Park. Testing has shown there are elevated levels of microcystin, a toxic substance produced by some species of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), in the 75-acre lake. Microcystin, hepatoxin, can cause harm to the liver of humans and pets. Of particular concern are dogs that are off-leash and may swim and/or drink from the lake, despite park regulations. Montgomery Parks urges visitors to take the following precautions:

 

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

Boating and fishing will remain open at the lake.

 

“We have posted signs around Lake Needwood and urge visitors to please pay attention to these precautions to avoid any harm from microcystin,” said Jai Cole, Natural Resources Manager for Montgomery Parks. “Portions of the lake may be contaminated for the rest of the season. We will continue to monitor and update signs when the warning is lifted.”

For updates or more information, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org.

 

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

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

 

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Jul 15 14

Montgomery County Council Appoints Casey Anderson Planning Board Chair

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Current Board Member and Commissioner designated as Chair 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about the Montgomery County Planning Board.

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

About Montgomery County Department of Parks:
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks, with a staff of 700 people. Michael Riley is the Director of Montgomery Parks, which occupies 10 percent of the land in Montgomery County. The Department is part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), which has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services, and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

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Jul 10 14

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

by Melissa Chotiner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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