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Jul 25 14

Business Owners Invited to Attend the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Sunrise Series

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Early morning meetings intended to engage business community on the sector plan

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department will be hosting two meetings as part of their “Sunrise Series” for business owners in the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan area on Thursday, July 31 and Thursday, August 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. to provide an opportunity for the business community to ask questions and give feedback on the sector planning process.

The early morning meetings will offer free breakfast, an opportunity to meet with planners and provide a questionnaire to attendees to gather more information about business owners as it relates to the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan.

The Sunrise Series meetings will be hosted in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development and the Silver Spring Regional Center.

As a follow-up to the successful community workshop held on July 15 and the June Monday Matters series which focused on specific subject areas in the plan, the planning team would like to invite business owners to give their feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the plan area and their ideas for the future of Greater Lyttonsville.

Details:
What: Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Sunrise Series
Who: Business owners in the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan area
When/Where:
Thursday, July 31 – 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.  
Parking lot in front of 2666 Pittman Drive, Silver Spring, MD (John Deere Landscaping Company)

Thursday, August 7 – 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.  
Parking Lot in rear of 2402-2465 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD (Technical Service Park)

Info: Learn more about the Sector Plan and fill out the questionnaire: www.montgomeryplanning.org/greaterlp

Social Media: #GreaterLP

Plan Background:
The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan was initially started in summer 2012 but was placed on hold at the direction of the County Council. Now, planners are looking to re-engage the community from the area west of Silver Spring and east of Rock Creek Park to determine the vision for the area that will guide development for the next twenty years and beyond.

The planning process will include a review of zoning and land use, with a particular focus on the commercial area along Brookville Road and the two proposed Purple Line stations. The Plan will look at potential locations for mixed-use development near stations, examine important employment centers, seek to preserve and enhance the existing single-family neighborhood character, coordinate with the Fort Detrick Forest Glen Annex planning process, address quality of life issues, and strive to maintain affordable housing and support cultural diversity. It will also address connections between the existing residential neighborhoods and employment areas along Brookville Road.

For the recap of the May 6 Relaunch community meeting, view the presentation and the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Briefing Book which summarizes the existing conditions of the Plan Area.

Jul 22 14

Montgomery Parks Reports Elevated Microcystin Levels at Lake Needwood; Visitors Asked to Use Caution

by Melissa Chotiner

Pet owners urged to keep dogs out of the lake; boating and fishing remain open.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is asking residents to use caution when recreating on or near Lake Needwood located within Rock Creek Regional Park. Testing has shown there are elevated levels of microcystin, a toxic substance produced by some species of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), in the 75-acre lake. Microcystin, hepatoxin, can cause harm to the liver of humans and pets. Of particular concern are dogs that are off-leash and may swim and/or drink from the lake, despite park regulations. Montgomery Parks urges visitors to take the following precautions:

 

  • Keep dogs on leash (as is regularly required at the park), and do not allow them to drink or go in the water
  • Swimming is prohibited in the lake at all times
  • Wash hands thoroughly if they come in contact with the water
  • Only eat properly cooked muscle meat of fish that are caught in the lake

Boating and fishing will remain open at the lake.

 

“We have posted signs around Lake Needwood and urge visitors to please pay attention to these precautions to avoid any harm from microcystin,” said Jai Cole, Natural Resources Manager for Montgomery Parks. “Portions of the lake may be contaminated for the rest of the season. We will continue to monitor and update signs when the warning is lifted.”

For updates or more information, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org.

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks:

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services, and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Jul 21 14

Approved and Adopted Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan Available

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Amendment to the Master Plan of Highways available online 

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department has made the approved and adopted Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan available on its website. The plan recommends a bus rapid transit (BRT) network throughout Montgomery County that will improve accessibility and mobility on county roads. The plan was adopted on December 18, 2013 by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, as modified by the County Council on November 25, 2013.

View the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan along with the timeline of the planning process.

This Plan provides enhanced opportunities for travel by transit to support Montgomery County’s economic development and mobility goals in an environmentally sustainable way, and in a way that preserves our existing communities. As a Functional Master Plan, it makes no changes to current planned land use or zoning, but recommends changes and additions to the transportation network that are needed to serve the County’s most densely developed areas, areas planned for redevelopment, and areas planned for new dense development.

The Countywide Transit Corridor Functional Master Plan’s recommendations include:

  • Transit facilities along eleven corridors to facilitate Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service that will move more people to and from jobs, homes, shopping, and entertainment areas in urbanizing parts of the County, while making more efficient use of our public rights-of-way and existing pavement.
  • Pedestrian facilities that meet ADA Best Practices and provide safe and adequate accommodation along and across the recommended transit corridors, ensuring that transit patrons can safely cross to and from transit stops and that the general public can safely cross these roadways at all intersections.
  • Accommodating all master plan bikeways within the recommended rights-of-way and accommodating additional on-road bike facilities where possible.
  • Designating more than two dozen Bicycle-Pedestrian Priority Areas around major transit stations.
  • Adding 25 feet of right-of-way for a third track on the MARC Brunswick Line between the Frederick County line and the Metropolitan Grove station to reduce conflicts with freight service and enable the expansion of commuter service.
Jul 15 14

Montgomery County Council Appoints Casey Anderson Planning Board Chair

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Current Board Member and Commissioner designated as Chair 

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), announced today the appointment of Casey Anderson by the Montgomery County Council to the position of Planning Board Chair. In this role, Mr. Anderson will lead the five-member Montgomery County Planning Board which oversees the Montgomery County Planning Department and the Montgomery Department of Parks. The Planning Board advises the Council on land use planning and community planning in Montgomery County.

Mr. Anderson is scheduled to begin his term in August pending the approval of the Council’s Resolution by the County Executive.

“I am honored to be appointed by the County Council for the role of Planning Board Chair,” said Anderson. “I look forward to serving with my colleagues on the Board and working collaboratively with the Council, Executive Branch and county residents to preserve and maintain our natural resources, plan for high quality communities and keep Montgomery County moving forward.”

Chosen from a final field of five candidates, Mr. Anderson brings his experience as a Planning Board Member and Commissioner to the position, serving since 2011. He is a Silver Spring resident, attorney and community activist. Previously, Mr. Anderson served on the boards of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, the Citizens League of Montgomery County, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the Committee for Montgomery. He is also a former vice president of the Woodside Civic Association and executive vice chairman of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board. Mr. Anderson holds undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University and a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University.

The Chair is a full-time position responsible for leading the Montgomery County Planning Board. Mr. Anderson fills the expiring term of Françoise M. Carrier who has served as Chair since 2010. Planning Board members also serve as Commissioners of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, a bicounty agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The County Council also acted to increase the salary of the Planning Board Chair at their July 15 session from $168,450 to $200,000.

The Chair will serve with four Board members. Currently Norman Dreyfuss, Marye Wells-Harley and Amy Presley sit on the Board. The now vacant position held by Casey Anderson on the Planning Board will be advertised by the County Council.

As part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Montgomery County Planning Board works to:

-manage physical growth
-plan communities
-protect and steward natural, cultural and historical resources
-provide leisure and recreational experiences

Learn more about the Montgomery County Planning Board.

About the Montgomery County Planning Department:
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. Gwen Wright is the Director of the Planning Department. The Department is comprised of 140 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the general public. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org

About Montgomery County Department of Parks:
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks, with a staff of 700 people. Michael Riley is the Director of Montgomery Parks, which occupies 10 percent of the land in Montgomery County. The Department is part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), which has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services, and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

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Jul 11 14

Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan Staff Draft Scheduled for Planning Board Presentation

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planners will present recommendations for the future of Sandy Spring to Planning Board on Thursday, July 17  

SILVER SPRING, MD – Recommendations for the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan will be presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, at the Thursday, July 17 Planning Board meeting (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD). The recommendations are the result of the work of the Montgomery County Planning Department based on extensive engagement and feedback from the community.

View the Staff Draft for the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan.

Planning Department staff is recommending approval of the Staff Draft as a Planning Board Public Hearing Draft with the Public Hearing for the plan scheduled for September 4, 2014.

The recommendations seek to bring about the vision and address any concerns that were voiced by the community at the four-day community design workshop held in February and the community meetings held in March and May. After gathering the input from the community, planners have come up with recommendations for zoning, land use, and connectivity that will help maintain the rural feel of the area while developing a more pedestrian-friendly, sustainable community.

Details:
What: Sandy Spring Rural Village Staff Draft Presentation
When: Thursday, July 17 at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Montgomery County Planning Department Headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD
More info: Learn about the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan process

Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan Highlights:
The 1998 Sandy Spring/Ashton Master Plan recognized that the details of a new village center concept were beyond its scope and recommended more detailed study and analysis to develop the concept. This new Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan will follow the guidance in the 1998 Master Plan and determine how to best connect the new fire station into a village center concept using the following three goals:

-Preserve the rich cultural history of the area
-Design a civic space and village center
-Connect the community to the village center and examine right-of-way issues

The Staff Draft examines land use, transportation, and zoning changes. A Planning Board public hearing date has been requested for September 4, 2014.

Learn more about the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan and how to get involved: http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/sandyspring

Jul 10 14

Montgomery Parks Josiah Henson Park Will Be Profiled on National Broadcast of PBS Series Time Team America on August 19; Program Uncovers New Evidence Related to the Site’s History

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the Montgomery Parks Foundation announce the premiere of “TIME TEAM AMERICA, The Search for Josiah Henson,” on Tuesday, August 19 at 8 p.m. TIME TEAM AMERICA is a PBS series that combines archaeological discovery with good story telling. “The Search for Josiah Henson,” one of four new episodes of the second season, explores Josiah Henson Park, a significant historical resource located in Montgomery County, Maryland within the Montgomery Parks’ system. The park is located on the former Isaac Riley plantation where Reverend Josiah Henson was enslaved for many years before his escape to freedom. Henson’s autobiography is the inspiration behind Harriet Tubman’s landmark novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. 

Time Team America filming at Josiah Henson site in August 2012.

Time Team America filming at Josiah Henson site in August 2012.

Filming of the program took place in August 2012. The TIME TEAM AMERICA production crew and on-air talent—comprised of scientists Joe Watkins, Allan Maca, Meg Watters, Jeff Brown and Chelsea Rose and host Justine Shapiro—spent three days on site working alongside Parks’ archaeologists and their many volunteers, searching for evidence of Henson-era structures and related artifacts long lost to suburban development. The archaeological exploration unearthed three layers of compacted earth flooring in the kitchen under the existing floor, which indicates the strong likelihood that the existing log kitchen sits on the exact footprint of the one described in Henson’s memoirs.

It was upon his return to Isaac Riley’s plantation in 1828 that Josiah Henson recalls sleeping on the dirt floor of the kitchen in the main house.

“After putting my horse in the stable I retired to the kitchen, where my master told me I was to sleep for
the night … that crowded room, with its earth floor, its filth and stench – The negroes present were strangers
to me. Full of gloomy reflections at my loneliness, and poverty stricken aspect of the whole farm, I sat
down…thinking how I could escape from the accursed spot.”

—Josiah Henson, The Life of Josiah Henson Formerly a Slave, Boston: 1849

The Montgomery Parks Foundation will conduct a major campaign to raise $2 million dollars to support the educational and interpretive aspects for Josiah Henson Park. These funds will be matched by $4.85 million approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board and the County Council for the park’s development.
The TIME TEAM AMERICA episode on Josiah Henson Park can be previewed at: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365243972/

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

About the Montgomery Parks Foundation
The Montgomery Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that champions Montgomery County Parks cultivating financial support and public engagement of county residents and businesses as member, donors, sponsors and advocates. Visit www.MontgomeryParksFoundation.org to learn more.

 

Jul 9 14

Come Out for Little Bennett’s Great Outdoors Fest Featuring Free Hayrides, Nature Hikes, Pitch-a-Tent Contest and More on July 19, 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

by Melissa Chotiner

GreatOutdoorsFest_smSILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces that Little Bennett Campground will host the Great Outdoors Festival on July 19, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This free family event will feature live music, hayrides, hikes, contests and giveaways, as well as information and demonstrations from various outdoor activity, nature and conservation groups.

 

“Little Bennett is a tucked-away treasure in the midst of this busy metropolitan region. A lot of people don’t even know it’s here! The Great Outdoors Festival is a great way for us to show off the campground and give folks a fun day of things to do, see and discover in the great outdoors,” said Andy Simmons, Little Bennett Campground Technician.

 

Activities planned for the event include:

 

  • Free Hayrides
  • Nature Exploration Hike
  • Mountain Biking Skills Mini-Clinic and Bike Inspection with the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (M.O.R.E.)
  • Beginning Orienteering Course Run with Quantico Orienteering
  • Campfire Building Demonstrations (and s’mores)
  • Pitch-a-Tent Contest
  • Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S Search and Rescue Demonstration
  • Bluebird Box Building Demo with Maryland Bluebird Society
  • Fly Fishing Demo with Seneca Valley Trout Unlimited

 

Regional organizations participating in the Great Outdoors Festival include: The American Chestnut Foundation- Maryland Chapter, Clarksburg Historical Society, Conservation Montgomery, The Flower Hill String Band, Friends of Black Hill Nature Programs, Go Ape (Rock Creek Regional Park), Maryland Bluebird Society, Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (M.O.R.E.), Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S Search and Rescue, MonarchWatch, Montgomery County Animal Response Team, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Quantico Orienteering Club, River and Trail Outfitters and Seneca Valley Trout Unlimited.

 

Little Bennett Campground is located inside Little Bennett Regional Park and features 91 wooded campsites and 20 miles of trails. The campground is situated just 30 miles north of Washington, D.C. and 50 miles west of Baltimore, MD.

 

For complete information on the event and a Little Bennett map, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/GreatOutdoors or www.LittleBennettCampground.com.

 

The Great Outdoors Festival will take place at Little Bennett Campground at 23701 Frederick Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871.

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks:

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services, and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Jul 3 14

Montgomery Parks Announces Fourth of July Celebrations, Happenings and Holiday Operating Schedule

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has a variety of facilities and programs for people to visit and enjoy during the July 4th holiday weekend.

 

An all-day July 4th celebration will take place at South Germantown Recreational Park. The day starts with the Splash and Mini-Golf-a-Thon. Five dollars covers entrance to the Splash Playground from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and two rounds of mini golf. The annual Germantown Glory festival begins at 7 p.m. with live music, and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Food vendors will be on site.

More information is available at www.SplashandGolf.com and www.MontgomeryCountyMD.gov/Rec.

 

The Splash Playground and Mini Golf are open all weekend from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and the South Germantown Driving Range is open all weekend from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

Below is a list of facilities that will be open for the July 4th holiday weekend:

 

Brookside Gardens

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 4, 5, & 6

Visitors Center: Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conservatories: Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Olney Manor Skate Park

Friday, July 4: Open Noon – 6p.m. (Open Skate all day)

Saturday, July 5: Open 11a.m.-7 p.m. (Adult Skate 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Open Skate 12:30-7p.m.)

Sunday, July 6: Open 1 p.m.-6 p.m. (Open Skate all day)

www.OlneyManorSkate.com

 

Wheaton Sports Pavilion

Friday, July 4: Closed

Saturday, July 5: Open 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. for Adult Ladies’ Soccer Pick-up

Sunday, July 6:  Open 7:15p.m.-8:45p.m. for Adult Men’s Soccer Pick-up Game
Sign-up for pick-up soccer begins 30 minutes before start of play at the Sports Pavilion. $10 per person, ages 18 and up.

www.WheatonSportsPavilion.com

 

Wheaton Train & Carousel

Open and running (weather permitting)…
Friday, July 4: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, July 5: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sunday, July 6: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

www.WheatonTrainandCarousel.com

 

Cabin John Train

Open and running (weather permitting)…

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 4, 5 & 6: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
www.CabinJohnTrain.com
Black Hill Boats

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 4, 5 & 6: Boat rentals available 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. each day (return all boats by 7pm)  www.BlackHillBoats.com

 

Lake Needwood Boats

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 4, 5 & 6: Boat rentals available 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. each day (return all boats by 7pm) www.LakeNeedwoodBoats.com

 

The below list of facilities and parks are CLOSED on July 4th.

Montgomery Parks Nature Centers:

  • Brookside Nature Center
  • Locust Grove Nature Center
  • Meadowside Nature Center

All regional / recreational athletic fields

Tennis and Ice Centers:

  • Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Facility
  • Wheaton Indoor Tennis
  • Cabin John Ice Rink
  • Wheaton Ice Arena

Montgomery Parks Permits Office

There are no Montgomery Parks’ summer camps scheduled for July 4.

July 4th is one of the most popular park visitation days. The Montgomery Park Police urge park visitors to adhere to park rules and regulations during the holiday and remind you that possession and use of fireworks in Montgomery County is illegal.

 

All other Montgomery Parks’ facilities and programs are operating on standard schedules; visit www.MontgomeryParks.org for more information.

 

About Montgomery Parks:

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

 

 

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Jul 2 14

Montgomery Parks Announces #ParksPics Photo Contest to Take Place During July for Parks & Recreation Month

by Melissa Chotiner

People invited to share their #ParksPics for a chance to win a Montgomery Parks Goodie Bag and have photos featured on Montgomery Parks’ website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has launched a photo contest for the month of July to celebrate Parks and Recreation month, and to encourage people to share their photos taken in parks. The contest runs through July 31 and features three categories for which participants may submit entries:

  • Inside Out – Take a common indoor task OUTSIDE!  Check your e-mail, eat your breakfast, conduct a staff meeting…but, do it OUTSIDE in one of our parks!
  • Patriotism in the Parks – In honor of Independence Day, we want to see your patriotic side!  Demonstrate your love of the Red, White, and Blue in one of our parks or park facilities.
  • Strike a Pose in the Parks – Grab your friends/families/pets and get creative, as you mug for the camera in one of our parks or park facilities.

 

Entries can be submitted by email to parkspics@montgomeryparks.org or on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ParksPics.  The deadline for entries is midnight, July 31, 2014.

A panel of parks staff will select the top three entries for each category. These photos will then be posted to Montgomery Parks Facebook page for people to vote for their favorite. The ones with the most likes in each category will win a Montgomery Parks’ goodie bag with a selection of fun and useful parks paraphernalia such as water bottles, t-shirts, first aid kits, coolers and more.

Complete contest details are available at www.MontgomeryParks.org/ParksPics.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

 

 

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Jul 2 14

Montgomery Parks Reminds Public That “Wings of Fancy” Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit Has Been Cancelled for 2014

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has made a difficult decision to cancel this year’s “Wings of Fancy” live butterfly & caterpillar exhibit held annually at Brookside Gardens. The exhibit has been cancelled due to construction underway at the entrance and parking areas of Brookside Gardens.

 

Brookside Gardens and the Conservatory remain open during the construction, and a free summer Conservatory Display is open daily until Sunday September 21. The “Wings of Fancy” exhibit will return in 2015.

 

For more information about the construction at Brookside Gardens, including alternate parking areas, please visit www.BrooksideGardens.org.

 

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About Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

 

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