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Fall Registration is 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 and athletic 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 hockey...take a guided nature hike...make a floral centerpiece for your Thanksgiving Round Robin Doubles...improve your golf swing...celebrate pawpaws...learn to kayak...and so much more!

Guides will be 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

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

Monarch Fiesta Day Scheduled for September 20

Come celebrate the monarch butterfly’s inspiring metamorphosis and incredible journey with us at Black Hill Visitor Center on Saturday, September 20. There will be 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.

Lessons from the Past Event - September 21

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be in a historic one-room schoolhouse? Visit the Kingsley Schoolhouse located in the Froggy Hollow section of Little Bennett Regional park on Sunday, September 21st at 1 pm for a FREE guided tour of one of the best remaining examples of a one-room schoolhouse in Montgomery County.  Visit for more info.

Day to Serve & National Public Lands Day

Be a good steward and help Montgomery Parks improve public lands for people and wildlife. Here's your chance to make a difference at Black Hill Regional Park and feel good doing so.  Visit the Day to Serve & NPLD webpage for more information or contact the Nature Programs staff at 301-528-3484 to see how you can get involved.

Register for the Trees Matter Symposium on November 5

Are you an arborist, landscape professional, environmental specialist, or citizen or professional interested in the latest research on trees, maintenance practices and issues, and more? Make plans to attend the 3rd Annual Trees Matter Conference, planned for Wednesday, November 5. Learn more and register here.  

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

Due to limited parking as a result of ongoing construction to improve our entrance and parking areas, Brookside Gardens' "Wings of Fancy" Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit is cancelled for the 2014 season. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and look forward to giving you an amazing new show in 2015.

Brookside Gardens and the Conservatory will remain open during construction, however. We hope you'll come visit our free Summer Conservatory Display, open daily until Sunday, September 21. Here's a list of alternative parking areas for your convenience.

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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Community Corner

WSSC Construction: Magruder Branch Stream Valley & Hiker/Biker Trail

Construction has begun in Magruder Branch Stream Valley and along the associated hiker/biker trails.   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 or 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 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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