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Kingsley Schoolhouse Closed Sunday, November 2

The Kingsley Schoolhouse will be closed on Sunday, November 2 due to the inclement weather forecast for that date. It will reopen next year at the start of the 2015 season. We apologize for any inconvenience.

3rd Annual Trees Matter Symposium
Focuses on "Trees in the Built Environment"
Wednesday, November 5

Trees Matter Symposium November 5Are you an arborist, landscape professional, environmental specialist, or tree lover interested in the latest research on trees, maintenance practices and issues, and more? Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Dr. Kevin T. Smith, Guy Sternberg and Matthew Foti will share insights and wisdom in this all-day symposium in Silver Spring. Make plans to attend, or pass the information on. Learn more and register here.  

Garden of Lights Cancelled for 2014

Although ongoing construction will make huge improvements to Brookside Gardens’ entrance and parking areas, our parking areas will not be ready or safe for visitor use in time for the Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens to go on. We know how much our visitors love this event, so we hope you’ll be even more excited to come back in 2015 to see our transformation and enjoy the show. Although the light show is cancelled, there is still plenty to see and do in Montgomery Parks. Visit www.GardenofLights.org for information on construction and other event ideas.

emancipation celebration
150th Anniversary of MD Emancipation Day Celebrations October 31 Through November 2

One hundred and fifty years ago, enslaved people living in Maryland were freed by a new state constitution on November 1, 1864. Join Montgomery Parks in celebrating freedom from enslavement in Maryland with a weekend of educational activities and free events at various sites in our parks including:

• Hikes on the Underground Railroad Trail
• Living history demonstrations and reenactments
• Archaeology site excavations
• Tours of a former slave plantation and 19th century log cabins
• Live music, crafts, games and food

A full schedule of events for this weekend is on our events page at HistoryintheParks.org

VERY Scary? or Not-So-Scary? You Decide! Montgomery Parks HALLOWEEN TRAINS Open through Saturday, November 1

Looking for a fun and engaging Halloween activity that won't give your kids nightmares? Climb aboard the "Eye Spy" Halloween Train at Cabin John Regional Park. If you prefer heart-racing, blood-curdling, scream-filled Halloween fun, ride the Wheaton Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel...if you dare. Both trains run through Saturday, November 1. Get your tickets online at ParkPASS.org!

Fall Registration Underway at Montgomery Parks

From ice skating and tennis to nature programs and fall special events and festivals, you will find fun, convenient and affordable ways to entertain your entire family in Montgomery Parks! Check out information on sports classes, nature and outdoors programs, ways to explore History in the Parks, Special Events , and more things to do! Start planning fall fun for the entire family today.

Pick up a copy of the 2014 Fall GUIDE today!Pick Up Your FALL GUIDE Today!

What can you do in the Parks this fall? Pick up a copy of the new 2014 FALL GUIDE and find out!

Learn to skate...play hockey...take a guided nature hike...make a floral centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table...play Round Robin Doubles...improve your golf swing...celebrate pawpaws...learn to kayak...and so much more!

Guides are available at Montgomery Parks facilities as well as Recreation Centers, Senior Centers, Community Centers, libraries and county government buildings. You can also subscribe for a full year (5 issues) for just $5!

Check out the Guide online at MontgomeryParks.org/Guide.

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

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.

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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Hillandale Road Closure

Hillandale Road between Little Falls Parkway and Willett Parkway is closed due to the partial collapse of a culvert pipe that crosses underneath Hillandale Road.  The road will be closed until further notice while the pipe is being replaced.  The Department of Parks is working with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation to expedite the design, procurement, and installation of a replacement structure and will reopen Hillandale Road as soon as it is safe to do so.  Please check this webpage for updates or call 301-495-2525.

Public Meeting: December 3, 2014 at 7 p.m. Maplewood-Alta Vista
Park Activity Building Lease

Montgomery Parks will host a public meeting on a proposed new use for the Maplewood-Alta Vista Park Activity Building. Rock Creek Dance Academy, LLC is seeking to lease the building to offer music, dance and movement classes for people ages 3 – 18 years old. A presentation on the proposed new use will be given at the public meeting when attendees will have a chance to ask questions and provide input.
M-NCPPC Staff Contact:

Dan Hertz, Project Manager
(301) 495-2588
Daniel.Hertz@MontgomeryParks.org

The Need for Deer Population Management

If left unchecked, deer populations can grow exponentially. As the number of deer continue to increase, it is likely that deer-related conflicts will continue to increase. Habitat will degrade and in the long run, the deer will suffer as the population becomes malnourished, unhealthy, and susceptible to disease. A program of deer population reduction can reduce both deer-human conflicts and deer impacts and must be considered as a tool in the long-term reduction of deer-related conflicts in Montgomery County. The County's Deer Management Plan outlines methods of population reduction for public and private lands.

Montgomery Parks Completes Interim ADA Transition Plan

Montgomery Parks has completed an Interim Transition Plan to bring the park system into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This document provides an overview of the park system, identifies barriers to accessibility, and outlines a long-term strategy to remove those barriers. 

The Interim is a status of Montgomery Parks efforts through mid- 2014.   The Final Transition Plan will be submitted on or before 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.

WSSC Construction: Magruder Branch Stream Valley & Hiker/Biker Trail and Along Sligo Creek Parkway

Construction has begun in Magruder Branch Stream Valley and along the associated hiker/biker trails, as well as along Sligo Creek Parkway. The construction is expected to continue throughout 2015.

There will be temporary construction access roads built and there will be large sewage bypass pipes alongside the roads and trails, but the trails will be accessible to the public during the construction.  Caution should be used when using these trails.  For more information, please visit www.ParkProjects.org or call 301-495-2595.

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

Microcystin, a toxic substance produced by blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), has been detected in Lake Frank. 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 Frank. 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 Frank, visitors should eat only muscle meat and ensure that the fish is cooked properly. For more information, please call 301-495-2595.

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.

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.

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 ParkProjects.org. 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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