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Upcoming Community Meetings Scheduled

REMINDER: A supplemental Community Meeting on the Capital Crescent Trail Connector Project will be held Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the B-CC Regional Services Center from 7pm - 9pm. For more info and to review the alignment options for the project, click here.

On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, please join us at a Public Meeting for the Countywide Park Trails Plan (CWPTP) Amendment to “Tell us what you think!” about the future of trails in Montgomery Parks. We are doing a comprehensive amendment to the plan for all the major park trail systems throughout the County. Help us make our trail system the best it can be! Learn more at ParkPlanning.org.

The community is invited to provide input at an upcoming Planning Board Meeting, on the proposed renovations to Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park. Comments and questions may also be submitted online, via email and by mail. For more information including the meeting location and how to submit input please ParkProjects.org.

Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center Closed through September

Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center in Cabin John Regional Park will be closed through September 30 for major facility renovations, including the installation of central air conditioning.  Click here for more info.

Brookside Gardens Parking

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

Playground Renovations at Johnson's Local Park

Johnson's Local Park will be closed through September 2015 as part of the Playground Renovation Program.  For more information on the playground renovation project and other parks scheduled, click here.

Park Improvements at Indian Spring Terrace Local Park

Renovations to portions of Indian Spring Terrace Local Park will take place through September 2015. Visitors are urged to use caution near construction areas. Contact MontgomeryParks.org for further information.

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

Western Piedmont Trail Closure

A portion of the Western Piedmont Trail in Little Bennett Regional Park is closed for construction below Hyattstown Mill where the trail crosses Little Bennett Creek, while a new bridge is being installed. Construction is expected to last up to a year. For more information on park trails, visit MontgomeryTrails.org

Accessibility Improvements in Parks

Pleasant View Local Park: Improvements to trails, sidewalks and the ballfield will take place through August 2015.

Potomac Community Neighborhood Park: Improvements to the tennis courts, basketball courts and playground will take place through Septemeber 2015. Park access may be temporarily affected by construction.

For more information please visit Accessibility Information for Montgomery Parks.

Paint Branch Trail Closure

Portions of the Paint Branch Trail located in Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Park between Jackson Road and the Billington Road Trail Connector will be closed through October 2015. For more details, please visit MontgomeryTrails.org

Park Improvements at Woodlawn Park Visitor Center

Rehabilitation work on the Stone Barn and Carriage House at Woodlawn Park Visitor Center is expected to continue through August 2015. The grounds at Woodlawn Manor House, including the gazebo garden, event tent and Underground Railroad Experience Trail will remain open during construction. Visitors are urged to use caution around construction areas. Click here for additional information.

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Community Corner

Annual Friendship Picnic

Join Montgomery Parks and the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights on Sunday, friendship picnicSeptember 21, at Wheaton Regional Park for the 3rd Annual Friendship Picnic. The event brings together and celebrates the diverse communities of Montgomery County to share their cultures, traditions and faiths. Food, beverages and entertainment for the entire family will be provided from 1pm-5pm.  For more information, click here.

Elevated Microcystin Levels at Lake Needwood

Elevated levels of Microcystin, a toxic substance produced by blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), has been detected in Lake Needwood, which can be harmful to pets. For more information, please click here or call 301-495-2595. Click here to download Microcystin Fact Sheet.

New! Register for Fall Activities and Reserve Facilities at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org

NEW! 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. Visit www.ActiveMONTGOMERY.org to browse and sign up for available classes and facilities offered by both agencies..

Pawpaw Festival September 13 at Meadowside Nature Center

It's time to get your paws on some pawpaws! Meadowside Nature Center will celebrate this delightful native fruit with music, storytelling, crafts, games, face painters, raptor talks, advice on pawpaw cultivation, and a pawpaw tasting station. Both pawpaw fruit and trees will be available for purchase. Learn more!

Brookside Gardens "Wings of Fancy" Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit Open through October 25

Families, students, nature lovers, and everyone in between can get an up close look of these brilliant butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia as they soar among colorful flowers. Learn more about the return of Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit at Brookside Gardens.

View Montgomery Parks Program GUIDES Online

Click here to see all the various programs, classes and events Montgomery Parks has to offer to you and your family from your computer or mobile phone via our Montgomery Parks eGuides.

Fall Festivals in Montgomery Parks

Fall is approaching...and we have lots of festivals and events to help you enjoy it! Check out www.MontgomeryParks.org/festivals for a list of the major festivals and events we have planned for September, October and November.

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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