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Share Your #ParksPics for a Chance to Win!

It's Parks & Recreation month and to celebrate we are hosting a photo contest. It's easy to enter and we have some fun prizes. More info

Monarch Fiesta Day

Come celebrate the Monarch butterfly’s inspiring metamorphosis and incredible journey. We’ll have exhibits, face painting, story times, crafts, movies, monarch tagging and more! All programs are free and first-come, first-served. No registration required. Click for more info or call 301-528-3492.

"Wings of Fancy" Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit Cancelled for 2014

Due to limited parking from ongoing construction to significantly improve our entrance and parking areas, Brookside Garden’s Wings of Fancy butterfly exhibit is cancelled for the 2014 season. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment, but invite you to visit our free summer Conservatory Display, open daily until Sunday, September 21 and to come back in 2015 when Wings of Fancy returns.

Please note that Brookside Gardens and the Conservatory remain open during construction; please consider using these alternative parking areas during your visit.

Park Improvements Begin at Woodlawn Park

M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks has begun construction work on the Stone Barn and Carriage House at Woodlawn Park. Construction is expected to last through the spring of 2015.

The grounds around Woodlawn Manor House, gazebo garden, event tent and Underground Railroad Experience Trail will remain open during construction. Visitors are urged to use caution near construction areas. Click here for additional information or call 301-495-2595.

Montgomery Parks: The Natural Choice for Summer Camps

Fill your children's summer with fun, learning and adventure in a Montgomery Parks Summer Camp! The Summer Camp Guide is now available, and you can use the handy "Find a Camp" tool to easily search for camps your child will love by location, date, age and interest.

Experience History in Montgomery Parks

You don't have to travel far to travel back in time to learn how your family and friends may have lived in the past.
We have fun and exciting events and adventures in and around historic and archaeological attractions right here in your local parks. More info

Browse the Montgomery Parks 2014 Summer Guide Online!

Don't have a paper Guide handy? The Parks eGuide is available to browse 24/7 on your computer, tablet or smart phone. It's an easy way to get information about classes, camps, programs and events coming up in Montgomery Parks. Visit today!

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 floorplans, check availability and reserve your Park Activity Building online now!

Montgomery Parks Resource Conservation Plan

Did you know that since 2004, Montgomery Parks has reduced electricity use by 33%, natural gas use by 37%, propane use by 46% and water and sewage use by 30%? Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Planning implemented a comprehensive utilities management program in July 2003 that established projects and programs to more efficiently use energy and water resources.

Review the Fiscal Year 2014 Resource Conservation Plan presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board on January 31, 2013, and learn what programs, projects and savings the Department has implemented and plans to work on.

Great Gifts for Park Lovers!

Visit the Parks Store to find a variety of apparel, mugs, hats, clocks, magnets, pet bowls, and more. These make great gifts for people who love parks! All proceeds support Montgomery Parks programs and services.

Connect with Parks

Stay connected with Montgomery Parks through online and social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. Tell us how we're doing, find our Program Guide and event calendar, and several other ways to connect and communicate with Montgomery Parks.   

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Have a question? Notice a problem in a park? We can help. Report a Problem or Ask a Question.

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Community Corner

Use Caution and Avoid Ingesting Water at Lake Needwood Due to Elevated Microcystin Levels

Microcystin, a toxic substance produced by blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), has been detected in Lake Needwood. Water that contains microcystin can cause severe liver damage if ingested.

Please avoid all contact with the lake water, and do not allow dogs or other pets to swim in or drink from the lake.

Swimming is prohibited at all times in Lake Needwood. Fishing and boating in the lake is allowed, but visitors are urged to use good hand cleaning practices prior to eating, drinking, or smoking. If eating fish caught from Lake Needwood, visitors should eat only muscle meat and ensure that the fish is cooked properly. For more information, please call 301-495-2595.

Living with Black Bears in Montgomery County, MD

Black Bears have been sighted numerous times throughout the county this spring and summer. Learn more about black bears, what to do if you encounter one and how to avoid conflicts with them.

Rock Creek Regional Park - Partial Trail Closure

The portion of the Muncaster Mill Trail that goes under Muncaster Mill Road and up to the Kengla House is permanently closed due to excessive and cumulative storm damage.

Park visitors can no longer access the trails south of Muncaster Mill Road from the Kengla House trail head parking area. Those trails can be accessed by parking at the Meadowside Nature Center. Please call 301-495-2595 for more information.

ADA Accessibility Improvements Being Made at Seven Locks Local Park

M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks has begun construction to improve accessibility to amenities within Seven Locks Local Park. Construction is expected to last until the late fall of 2014.

The basketball courts, tennis courts, and playground are closed until further notice. Access to and use of the park is limited to the parking lot, soccer field, and picnic pavilion. Court lighting has been disconnected during this period. Visitors are advised not to cross, remove, or tear down the orange protective fencing that has been installed. For more information, visit or call 301-495-2595.

Protect Your Family from Ticks and Lyme Disease

With the warm weather, visitors may encounter ticks in parks and on trails. Ticks can transmit potentially serious disease,s including Lyme disease. Learn how to protect your family. The best defense is prevention.

Partial Parking Lot Closure at Little Falls Stream Valley Park

A portion of the parking lot located on Little Falls Parkway north of Arlington Road in Bethesda will be closed from approximately April 28, 2014 through December 2014. The closed area will be fenced off to the public and will serve as a temporary staging area for WSSC contractors working on the Bethesda Waterline Replacement project. The portion of the parking lot closest to Arlington Road will remain open for park patrons' use. Visitors are urged to use caution near construction areas. For more information, call 301-495-2595.

Updated Telecommunications Policy and Procedure

Montgomery Parks has recently updated its 1997 policy for siting telecommunications facilities on park property. More info

WSSC Repairs in Rock Creek Regional Park

WSSC is beginning work to repair sewer lines within Rock Creek Regional Park. Details on impacts to Lakeside Trail and to trails west of Lake Needwood are available at For more information on WSSC Consent Decree projects, please visit the WSSC website or call Montgomery Parks at 301-495-2595.

Closure of Sligo Creek Parkway at New Hampshire Avenue

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) began a $2.2 million bridge deck replacement project along New Hampshire Avenue (MD 650) over Sligo Creek in Takoma Park in May 2013. Construction is expected to last through 2014. Motorists should expect lane closures and traffic impacts during construction. While the Sligo Creek Hiker/Biker Trail will be open during construction, Sligo Creek Parkway will be closed at New Hampshire Avenue, and no through traffic will be allowed. Get more details on detours and the full travel advisory from SHA here.

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