February 19, 2015
Planning Board Agenda
Attend or watch the Montgomery County Planning Board Thursday, February 25. View the full agenda for that meeting here.
Meadowside Nature Center Exhibit to be Renovated 

The Legacy of the Land Exhibit at Meadowside Nature Center will be temporarily closed as we begin renovations to improve your future experiences. Nature Center will still be open and staff will be onsite coordinating scheduled programming. For additional information, please visit us here.

Spring Registration Open

Registration for Montgomery Parks' spring programs is now open! Visit our Community Corner to sign up for nature and garden programs, ice skating, tennis and more! 
Celebrate Black History Month with Montgomery Parks  

The month of February is dedicated to highlighting the stories, struggles, and successes of African Americans. Often Black History Month is treated as a stand-alone month in which to simply research and write a book report. We suggest Black History Month can serve as an introduction to a life-long lesson in culture, community, and connections. Click here for a list of events.

Parks Opens Four New Athletic Fields 

The athletic fields at Northwest Branch Recreational Park will be open this spring and available to permit. There are four fields which must be permitted for use:  three full size rectangles and one adult size baseball, as well as one smaller practice rectangle. For more information on permitting these fields please click here or call 240-777-2716.

County Council Approved Montgomery Village Master Plan and Overlay Zone on February 9 

The Montgomery County Planning Department secured approval of the Montgomery Village Master Plan and accompanying Overlay Zone from the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

The planning efforts began in October 2014 and involved residents, property owners and multiple homeowner associations. Learn more here.

Public Hearing Held on February 11 for Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan

The Montgomery County Planning Department held a public hearing for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan at its headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Community residents and property owners testified primarily about proposed zoning changes in the Plan and their potential effect on density, school capacity and transportation issues.

The Public Hearing Draft is available for review on the Planning Department's website. This posting occurred after the Montgomery County Planning Board approved the Working Draft as the Public Hearing Draft on Thursday, December 17, 2015. Learn more here.

Community Meeting for Rock Spring Master Plan Now Scheduled for February 25 to Discuss Parks and Open Spaces, and Transportation Policies

The Montgomery County Planning Department will hold a public meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Walter Johnson High School (6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD) to discuss the Rock Spring Master Plan.

This meeting will address topics originally scheduled for the January meeting that was cancelled due to inclement weather. Staff from the Department of Parks will start the meeting by presenting information about parks and open spaces, opportunity areas and roles and responsibilities related to these topics. 

The second half of the meeting will be dedicated to a discussion about transportation and connectivity. Staff from the Planning Department will present information on transportation policies, land use and transportation modeling, and review connectivity issues identified at previous community meetings.

Learn more about the Rock Spring Master Plan.
February is Maple Sugaring Month at Brookside Nature Center

We have added more Maple Sugaring sessions due to popular demand. Join us to watch the whole maple sugaring process from start to finish.  put the new session dates and a link to where to sign up.

Watch the whole maple sugaring process from start to finish. See sap drip from trees and taste it. Watch us boil it down into sweet maple syrup, then sample a tasty treat. Join in the fun and activities and learn something new at this family-friendly program! Space is limited so pre-registration is encouraged. $6/person. Register 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.
Green Matters Symposium: A Garden Gateway at Brookside Gardens

Interested in environmentally friendly landscapes? Want an up-close look at what it takes to plan, design and build landscapes that are both beautiful and benefit the environment? On Friday, April 8, Brookside Gardens will host the 13th Annual Green Matters Symposium, bringing together some of the top landscape and public garden professionals to share ideas about how to create attainable, sustainable landscapes. Join us on Friday, April 8th from 8:30AM - 4:00 PM for this exciting, education event. Early bird registration is $85 before March 1; registration increases to $99 per person after that date. To register, visit www.ActiveMONTGOMERY.org and enter Course #14881. To learn more about the conference, visit www.BrooksideGreen.org.
Emerald Ash Borer in Montgomery Parks

A non-native invasive beetle in Montgomery County is wreaking havoc on ash trees, many which are located in stream valleys on parkland. Learn more on the department's plan to address the issue here.
Evans Parkway and Germantown Town Center Win Awards

Montgomery Parks is proud to be recognized for their efforts in design and development for two of our newest parks: Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park and Germantown Town Center Urban Park. Read more
Find an Athletic Field 

Did you know Montgomery Parks maintains close to 300 fields for public games, practices and walk-on play? Click here to find out more about our park athletic fields.
Community Meeting on Long Branch-Wayne Local Park Renovations: RESCHEDULED MARCH 8, 2016

Park staff has rescheduled the Long Branch-Wayne Local Community Meeting to March 8, 2016 at Oak View Elementary School.  The public is encouraged to attend and provide input to improve the park. More details are available here.
Accessibility Improvements Continue

UPDATE: Accessibility Improvement work is scheduled at Olney Manor Recreational Park, Potomac Community Neighborhood Park,Pleasant View Local Park, Damascus Recreational Park, and Ayrlawn Local Park. For more information on these and other accessibility projects please visit: Accessibility Information for Montgomery Parks webpage.
Winter Festivals in Montgomery Parks 

Check out www.MontgomeryParks.org/festivals for a list of major events happening in late November through February.
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
Park Projects:
  • Quince Orchard Valley Neighborhood Park:  WSSC work is scheduled to begin this January as part of the WSSC Sewer Repair, Replacement and Rehabilitation Program. Work will also include the removal of the tennis court and hard surface path and allow reforestation to the area. Please use caution around work areas.
  • Falls Road Local Park: The parking lot entrance at Falls Road Local Park will be intermittently closed through need date as scheduled construction continues to improve traffic patterns and ADA access. Alternate parking will be limited to Falls Chapel Way during closure. Click here for more information on the park project.
  • Olney Family Neighborhood Park: Work is underway to improve access to hard surface trails from Treadway Road. The project is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2016.
  • Kemp Mill Urban Park: The park is closed for renovations to improve overall access, update the pond and expand the playground. Renovations are expected to be completed by spring 2017. Click here  for more information..
  • Sligo Creek Parkway: The parking lot on Sligo Creek Parkway south of Wayne Avenue is closed through the spring of 2016 for WSSC work. For more info on WSSC projects in the park, please click here.
  • Ellsworth Urban Park:  Park improvements are underway to construct a new dog park in Silver Spring.  Parts of the park will be inaccessible to the public as work includes improved storm water management and better access to park. Click here for more info.
  • Waters Landing Local Park: The playground is closed while renovations are underway. Work will include storm water management and improved access to park facilities. Click here for more info.
  • Plumgar Local Park: Playground is closed as part of the Playground Renovation Program. Work is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2016.
Trail Work in Parks
Bikers and Runners should use caution as improvements are taking place on several trails in Montgomery Parks:
  • NOTICE: Parklawn Local Park - Trail improvements to the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail are scheduled to begin this winter at Veirs Mill Road connector onto trail.
  • NEW: Wheaton Regional Park - Pine Lake trail work will start this winter season to improve access and storm water management. Watch for detours posted around designated work areas.
  • Work is scheduled over the next few weeks along the Capital Crescent Trail at the DC Line. Trail users should use caution around work zones.
  • Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail work is underway to coordinate the removal of high risk trees and limbs including Emerald Ash Borer infested trees along the Rock Creek Hiker- Biker Trails on Beach Drive.  For more information on tree inspection and maintenance, click here
  • Black Hill Trail Connector Project is underway to build a new shared-use natural surface six-mile trail along the western side of Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park. Numerous construction phases will take place over the course of the next year until the trail is complete.
  • The pedestrian bridge at the Ten Mile Creek tributary to Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park will be closed until spring 2016.
  • Work continues on the Rock Creek trail in Rock Creek Regional Park around Baltimore Road and Norbeck Road. Trails will be partially closed for bridge work, stream work and the repaving of the trail leading to bridge. A detour will be posted when trail repaving begins.
  • Rock Creek Trail Signs are being installed to improve wayfinding on the trail and adjacent neighborhood trail connectors leading to main trail of the 14 mile Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail.
  • Little Bennett Regional Park The bridge on the Beaver Valley Trail is impassible due to recent flooding. The bridge will not be accessible until repairs can be made.
For more information on Montgomery Parks Trails please visit www.MontgomeryTrails.org.
View Montgomery Parks Program GUIDES Online
Click here to see all the various programs, classes and events Montgomery Parks has to offer you and your family. Browse the eGuide from your computer or cell via at Montgomery Parks eGuides.
Watch: 2016 Winter Speakers Series Session 1: Putting the Transition Back in Transit
Nat Bottigheimer of Fehr & Peers DC stopped by the Montgomery County Planning Department to tell us what it means to put the transition back in transit. Watch the full recap here.