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RESCHEDULE NOTICE: Long Branch- Wayne Local Park Community Meeting Rescheduled to March 8

For more information on the meeting please click here.

New: Public Hearing: Countywide Trails Plan Amendment: March 3, 2016

The public is invited to testify at a March 3 public hearing on the Public Hearing Draft of the Countywide Park Trails Plan Amendment. Comments may also be submitted online and by email. More information is available at www.ParkPlanning.org.

Road Closure at Beach Drive- Meadowbrook Local Park Scheduled

DC Water Commission will close Beach Drive from the Maryland line at Meadowbrook Local Park to West Beach Drive NW February 8-9. Road access will be affected from 9am-3pm daily. Cyclists and other users are encouraged to avoid Beach Drive and seek alternate routes during closure. For additional information, please contact: DCWaterWorks.org

New Athletic Fields for Permit

Four new rectangular athletic fields at Northwest Branch Recreational Park are available for permitting this spring. For more information please visit www.MontgomeryCountyMD.gov/CUPF or call 240-777-2716.

NOTICE: Work Scheduled on Capital Crescent Trail

Capital Crescent Trail users should watch for flaggers and use caution around work zones between the DC line and Massachusetts Avenue over the next few weeks. Click here for additional information.

Falls Road Parking Lot Scheduled to Close

The parking lot entrance at Falls Road Local Park will be intermittently closed beginning on or around January 14, 2016 as scheduled construction continues to improve traffic pattern and ADA access.  Alternate parking will be limited to Falls Chapel Way during closure. Click here for more information on park project.

Trail Bridge Closed in Little Bennett RP

The bridge on the Beaver Valley Trail in Little Bennett Regional Park is impassible due to recent flooding. The bridge will not be accessible until repairs can be made. Please use caution around the area. To view other trail options or a map of the trail system at Little Bennett Regional Park, please click here.

Tree Work Underway on Rock Creek Hiker- Biker Trail

Montgomery Parks arboricultural staff are working in the Rock Creek Stream Valley to remove Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infected trees that pose risks to the safety of trail and park users. Work is being done through mid-March between Connecticut and Knowles Avenue. Please use caution around work areas.  For more information on tree inspection and maintenance, please click here.

UPDATE: Renovations to Kemp Mill Urban Park to Begin

Kemp Mill Urban Park will be closed this winter season as renovations are scheduled to begin.  This one-year project will improve the overall park access, including an updated water feature and expanded playground.  Click here for more information.

Work Scheduled to Improve Access to Olney Family Neighborhood Park

Work is scheduled to improve access to Olney Family Neighborhood Park, including access to the trails for residents entering from the Treadway Road. For more information, click here.

Public Input Needed on Wheaton Regional Park Master Plan Update

Montgomery Parks is updating the Wheaton Regional Park Master Plan and is soliciting input from the public. To find out more about the plan and how you can share your ideas, please visit www.ParkPlanning.org

Indian Spring Terrace Local Park Improvements Continue

Scheduled access improvement work will continue this winter at Indian Spring Terrace Local Park. Park will remain open with limited access around work areas. Click here for additional information

Ellsworth Urban Park Dog Park Construction

Construction of a new dog park at Ellsworth Urban Park is in progress and will limit access to portions of the park. The tennis courts and playground will remain open. Click here for more info.

Black Hill Regional Park Trail Connector Project

Work on a new shared-use six-mile natural surface trail along the western side of Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park is underway. Construction phases will take place over the course of the next year to enhance connections to the existing trail network of Black Hill Trail and Ten Mile Creek. Click here for more info.  

Playgrounds at Plumgar and Waters Landing Local Parks Closed

Montgomery Parks will renovate the playgrounds at Waters Landing Local Park, and Plumgar Local Park this fall. The playgrounds will be closed as part of the Playground Renovation Program.  Work will include storm water management and improved access to park facilities. Playgrounds are scheduled to reopen in Spring 2016.

WSSC Construction Projects in Parks

WSSC has a number of projects taking place in parks, including Magruder Branch, Sligo Creek, Rock Creek, Seneca Creek, and Long Branch Stream Valleys. Portions of the Paint Branch Trail between East Randolph and Fairland Roads have restricted access; but detours are available.

Temporary access roads and sewer bypass pipes have been constructed, and trails will be accessible to park patrons. Please use caution around construction sites.  Work is expected to continue through 2016.

  • Work is scheduled to begin this winter season at the Quince Orchard Valley Neighborhood Park. Work will include the removal of the tennis court and hard surface path to allow reforestation. Please use caution around work areas.
  • Trail work continues on the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail in Rock Creek Regional Park near Dewey Local Park and work on Sligo Creek Trail near Kemp Mill Road. Please follow detour signs and use caution in these areas
  • The parking lot on Sligo Creek Parkway south of Wayne Avenue will be closed through April 2016.  WSSC work will include sewer line and manhole repairs, and stream restoration work to cover up exposed assets in Sligo Creek.

For more information, please visit the WSSC Sewer Repair, Replacement and Rehabilitation Program site or call 301-206-8732.

Accessibility Improvements in Parks

UPDATE: Olney Manor Recreational Park: Accessibility work will begin to improve access to park facilities. The improvement project will affect access to areas around the tennis courts, and will require Raquetball Courts #4, #5, #6 to be temporarily closed. Click here for more info or visit the Accessibility Information for Montgomery Parks web page.

Ayrlawn Local Park: Access and parking upgrades to provide access to tennis courts and playground, scheduled through Spring 2016.

Pleasant View Local Park: Improvements to trails, sidewalks and the ballfield will take place through early spring 2016.

Potomac Community Neighborhood Park: Improvements to the tennis courts, basketball courts and playground will take place through early spring 2016. Park access may be temporarily affected by construction.

Damascus Recreational Park: Restrooms upgraded and parking access scheduled to be improved. Work scheduled to be completed by April 2016.

For more information please visit Accessibility Information for Montgomery Parks.

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Summer Camp Registration Open

Registration for Montgomery Parks' summer camps is now open! Visit www.ActiveMONTGOMERY.org to sign up for sports and athletic camps, nature cams, adventure camps, history camps and more!

Winter Festivals in Montgomery Parks

Winter is upon us...and we have lots of festivals and events to help you enjoy the season! Check out www.MontgomeryParks.org/festivals for a list of major events happening through February 2016.

View Montgomery Parks Program GUIDES Online

Winter GUIDE available now!Click here to see all the various programs, classes and events Montgomery Parks has to offer to you and your family. Browse the eGuide from your computer or cell via at Montgomery Parks eGuides.

Brookside Gardens Parking

Parking at Brookside Gardens and general garden access may be limited due to ongoing construction. Visit parking alternatives and the Garden Gateway project for more information.

Register for Activities and Reserve Facilities at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org

Beginning immediately, you can register for classes, check facility availability and reserve facilities offered by Montgomery Parks AND Montgomery County Department of Recreation using ONE convenient system.active montgomery Visit www.ActiveMONTGOMERY.org to browse and sign up for available classes and facilities offered by both agencies.

Rent a Park Activity Building

Are you planning a birthday party, reunion, or other event? We have just the location for you! Park Activity Buildings are conveniently located throughout Montgomery Parks, and include kitchen facilities and the interior space to handle events ranging in size from 40 to 180 people. Find photos and floor plans, check availability and reserve your Park Activity Building online now!

Montgomery Parks ADA Enhancements

Montgomery Parks has completed an Interim Transition Plan to bring the park system into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The plan includes an overview of the park system, identifies barriers to accessibility, and outlines a long-term strategy to remove those barriers.  The final transition plan is expected to be submitted by August 2016.

Download 2014 Interim Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan.  Visit Accessibility Information for Montgomery Parks for updated information and to provide your comments regarding the plan.

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