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

July 21, 2016

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 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 The public may provide comments and questions at the meeting, or via email at, or by mail to:

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 Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 parks. For more information, visit

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


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