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NOTICE: Olney Manor Recreational Park South Entrance To Be Permanently Closed

The south entrance at Batchellors Forest Road into Olney Manor Recreational Park will be permanently gated and inaccessible for public use effective June 15, 2016.  Traffic access to park will be directed to Georgia Avenue at Emory Lane.  Click here for additional information.

Woodlawn Visitor Center Grand Opening

June 11, 2016, 12 - 4 p.m. Join us for the grand opening and explore the stone barn exhibits and learn about Woodlawn's earliest residents and their neighbors. Enjoy living history demonstrations, tours, food, music and more! See more details here.

Art Feature To Be Temporarily Removed

The Wind Harps artwork located at Damascus Recreational Park will be dismantled and removed for restoration on or around May 9, 2016. The artwork will be re-installed at its current location once the renovation has been completed. Click here for more information

New Playground to be Installed At North Chevy Chase Local Park

Installation of a new playground at North Chevy Chase Local Park is underway. Look for park staff to be on site working on storm water management and installation of the newest equipment. For more information, click here.

UPDATE: Pedestrian Bridge Installation

Trail users should practice caution around Piney Branch Road (MD 320) and Sligo Creek Parkway Trail as MD-SHA begins work installing a pedestrian bridge.  For additional information, click here...

Tennis Courts Closed for Renovations

As part of the Outdoor Tennis Court Renovation Program, tennis courts at Calverton-Galway Local Park, Olney Manor Recreational Park- Battery A,Randolph Hills Local Park, and Battery Lane Urban Park are scheduled to be inaccessible to the public. All work is expected to be completed by early June. Please click here for a list of other parks with tennis courts available for use near you.

Trail Work Scheduled on Northwest Branch Trail

Trail work is in progress south of Wheaton Regional Park to replace a bridge connecting the Northwest Branch Trail to the Rachel Carson Greenway Trail.  Trail users should exercise caution around work zone. Click here for more info.

Work to Close Part of Old West Baltimore Road at Black Hill Regional Park

A section of West Old Baltimore Road, between Black Hill Regional Park entrance and Clarksburg Road will be closed to vehicular traffic on or around June 8, for approximately 6-8 weeks. See detour to enter Black Hill Regional Park.

Carroll Ave. Bridge over Sligo Creek and Sligo Creek Parkway to Be Closed

Major rehabilitation of the MD 195 (Carroll Avenue) Bridge over Sligo Creek and Sligo Creek Parkway is underway. The bridge will be closed and traffic detoured. The work will have little effect on the use of Sligo Creek Park Trail, but please exercise caution around work areas, and please share the road with bicyclists. For more info, click here.

Tree Work on Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail Continues

Montgomery Parks arboricultural staff continues to work in the Rock Creek Stream Valley areas to remove Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infected trees that pose risks to the safety of trail and park users. Work began in early March from Garrett Park Drive to the DC line.  For more information on tree inspection and maintenance, please click here.

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.

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.

UPDATE: Playgrounds Scheduled to Close for Renovations: Timberlawn Local Park, Plumgar, Saddlebrook and Waters Landing Local Parks

Renovations to the playgrounds at Waters Landing Local Park, Saddlebrook Local Park, Timberlawn Local Park and Plumgar Local Park have begun. 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/Summer 2016.

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

Improvements to Indian Spring Terrace Local Park Continue

Scheduled access improvement work will continue 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 in Progress

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.  

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 in summer 2016 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 Scheduled

NEW: Clearspring Local Park: Access work to to the park facilties is scheduled to begin this spring which will feature improved access to ball fields and parking. Park will remain open with minimal disruption during work.

Olney Manor Recreational Park: Accessibility work will begin to improve access to park facilities. 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.

Improvements to Falls Road Local Park continue to improve ADA access on trails. Park trail access will be intermittently inaccessible starting in April. Ongoing work includes upgrades to parking lot and park entrance. Click here for more info on park project.

For additional information please visit Accessibility Information for Montgomery Parks.

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Boating, Trains, Carousel to Open Memorial Day Weekend

The unofficial start of summer is approaching, and Montgomery Parks is ready to get you outside into our parks with the seasonal opening of lots of amenities. Get the 411 here.

Register for Spring Classes & Summer Camps!

Registration for Montgomery Parks' spring programs and exciting summer camps is open! Visit to sign up for nature and garden programs, ice skating and tennis lessons, and more. We have programs for all ages, skill levels and interests. Visit today to search and register for classes online. You can also browse the eGuide from your computer or cell at www.Montgomery

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 or call 240-777-2716.

Learn More About The Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash BorerThe Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a non-native invasive beetle, has been detected in Montgomery County. Find out more about its' affects on our canopies in the parks by clicking here.

Countywide Trails Plan Amendment

The first Planning Board Worksession was held May 12 to begin the Master Trail Amendment Flyer final review on the Countywide Park Trails Plan Amendment. More information is available at

Long Branch- Wayne Local Park Community Meeting

A community Meeting to present renovation plans for Long Branch-Wayne Local Park was recently held. The public was invited to hear the park plan and offer comments and input to improve the park. Click here for more information on the meeting.

Public Information Hearing Held for Quince Orchard Valley Neighborhood Park

The Maryland Department of the Environment held a Public Information Hearing regarding the wetland and waterway permits for the WSSC- Sewer Repair, Replacement and Rehabilitation Project. For additional information, Click here.

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).   Visit Accessibility Information for Montgomery Parks for updated information and to provide your comments regarding the plan.

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