Montgomery Parks Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with National Day of Service Weed Warrior Project at Rock Creek Regional Park

January 17, 2013

Most parks and facilities will be open Monday with the exception of Brookside Gardens and the Nature Centers.

SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday, January 21, 2013 with a special Weed Warrior National Day of Service project at Rock Creek Regional Park. Weed Warrior volunteers directed by Montgomery Parks’ staff will work in collaboration with staff from Go Ape!—the treetop adventure course located in the park—to remove non-native invasive plants.  Volunteers are welcome to participate in the effort and can learn more about how to get involved here or by emailing

Montgomery Parks’ Weed Warrior program, started in 1999, is comprised of an estimated 800 citizen volunteers who assist park staff on a regular basis in monitoring and removing non-native invasive plant species (NNIs) from parkland.


Montgomery Parks will observe the following operating hours for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21, 2013:


Ice skating rinks will observe standard operating schedules.

  • Cabin John Ice: Open 8AM – 6:15PM. Visit or call 301-765-8620 for skating session times.
  • Wheaton Ice Arena: Open 10AM – 6:45PM. Visit or call 301-905-300 for skating session times.

Tennis centers will observe standard operating schedules.

  • Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center at Cabin John Regional Park: Open 6AM – midnight. Visit or call 301-765-8650 for court availability.
  • Wheaton Indoor Tennis at Wheaton Regional Park: Open 8AM – 11PM. Visit or call 301-905-3030 for court availability.


Brookside Gardens Visitors Center and Conservatories will be closed. The grounds will be open and previously booked programs /events will run as scheduled.

Montgomery Parks Nature Centers will be closed. The nature center grounds will be open for exploration.

  • Black Hill Visitors Center
  • Brookside Nature Center
  • Locust Grove Nature Center
  • Meadowside Nature Center

The Montgomery Parks Permit Office will be closed including both synthetic turf fields at Blair High School and Fairland Recreational Park. All the Park Activity Buildings will be open for customers with existing reservations.

*All other parks and facilities are operating on standard schedules listed on

About M-NCPPC and the Montgomery Parks

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

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