Thursday, April 11, 2013
Montgomery County posts about how to reserve a picnic shelter or other park facility.
What happened to spring? How did we leap right to summer? Well, Montgomery County officials must have been watching as temperatures approached 90 degrees this week, because on Tuesday they posted information on Facebook about how to reserve a picnic shelter or other park facility. All you have to do is go to the Montgomery Parks park permit website and fill out an online form. The permits site also includes answers to frequently asked questions and a way to find facilities available for rent, including:
Monday, March 11, 2013
County residents voice suggestions to county parks department staff about upgrades planned for the Willard Avenue Neighborhood Park.
A recent community meeting at the Friendship Heights Village Center left many Chevy Chase-area residents pleased that a dilapidated playground finally would be renovated. Montgomery County Department of Parks staff explained at the meeting on Thursday, Feb. 28, that new enhancements to the Willard Avenue Neighborhood Park—at the intersection of Willard Avenue and River Road—likely would be finished by the summer. With the park celebrating its 24th anniversary this year, residents agreed that the renovations were a long time in coming. "I can’t tell you how delighted I am that you all are moving forward," Friendship Heights Village resident David Cohen said. But after viewing the site plans for the park, residents’ concerns surfaced …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The neighborhood park is set to get an upgrade.
The Willard Avenue Neighborhood Park is set to get an upgrade, Patch reported earlier this week. Currently, the park is looking a little tired, although it's still frequented by people walking on the trail that passes through it (see attached video). Montgomery Parks, which scheduled a community meeting about the park for Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Friendship Heights Village Center, is asking residents for their thoughts on how the park could be improved. What would you like to see in the park? How could it be improved? Should it feature playground structures for children, fitness structures for adults, or both? Tell us in the comments.
The neighborhood park is set to get an upgrade.
The Willard Avenue Neighborhood Park is set to get an upgrade, Patch reported earlier this week. Currently, the park is looking a little tired, although it's still frequented by people walking on the trail that passes through it (see attached video). Montgomery Parks, which scheduled a community meeting about the park for Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Friendship Heights Village Center, is asking residents for input on how the park could be improved. What would you like to see in the park? How could it be improved? Should it feature playground structures for children, fitness structures for adults, or both? Tell us in the comments.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Park department staff will discuss renovations to the Willard Avenue Neighborhood Park at a community meeting on Thursday night.
The Willard Avenue Neighborhood Park is set to get an upgrade, and Montgomery Parks staff are asking residents for their input. On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and Montgomery Parks will hold a community meeting to discuss proposed renovations and upgrades to the playground at the park. The meeting takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Friendship Heights Village Center. The proposed enhancements include a new playground, improved visibility into the park from River Road and new exercise equipment along the trail, according to a public notice from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and Montgomery Parks. "Local park playgrounds are typically 3,500 to 5,000 square feet in …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
County dogs will soon be able to frolic for free at the department's five public dog parks.
County dog owners have one more gift coming their way this holiday season, courtesy the Montgomery County Department of Parks – the annual $40 dog park permit fee is no more. The fee, which was instituted in July 2010, may have been keeping some dog owners away from the department’s five dog parks, said parks spokeswoman Melissa Chotiner. While parks officials don’t have numbers indicating use of the parks has declined, “anecdotally, we were hearing from park managers saying they were noticing the use has gone down since the permit fee was started,” Chotiner said. The fee will be eliminated effective in January, and the department will look into ways to make up the lost revenue, according to a parks statement. The fee was unpopular among …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The Gazette newspaper reported that Montgomery County's parks department will spend $2 million on the addition.
Montgomery County officials plan to add about two acres of land to the Rock Creek Valley Stream Park in Silver Spring with an upcoming acquisition, The Gazette newspaper reported. The park—which is adjacent to Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC—is also accessible to Chevy Chase. The newspaper said the $2 million plot of forest land will be purchased by the Montgomery County Parks Department from Glavell & Associates in Chevy Chase, a deal that's been in the making for four years, according to a parks official quoted in the story. The addition is part of the Legacy Open Space Program that was created to provide "quality open space resources" to residents, The Gazette said. Read more on The Gazette's website.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Playground fun doesn’t have to be reserved for kids. Adults can enjoy these outdoor play spaces too—and get a great workout at the same time.
Getting a good workout doesn’t require being stuck in a gym during the late summer heat or those deliciously crisp fall days that follow. To change things up a bit in your workout routine, consider making use of a free and easily accessible resource: your local playground. While playgrounds themselves are nothing new, in recent years, adults are returning to them in greater numbers—and not just to entertain their kids. Thanks to the rise in popularity of outdoor boot camps, which often make use of equipment available in parks and playgrounds, many adults are taking a second look at playgrounds as an affordable way to exercise their inner child and outer adult—and make exercising seem less like a chore and more (dare we say it?) fun. …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Rockville plans to use infrared cameras to count the city's deer population.
Montgomery Parks will begin its deer management operations with managed hunts and park police sharpshooters at 25 parks around the county beginning Oct. 22, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission announced. The hunts will include specially trained Maryland-National Capital Park Police and pre-screened hunters selected by lottery. Managed hunts will continue through Jan. 26. Sharpshooting operations will be conducted when parks are closed during evening and overnight hours, from 5:30 p.m. to sunrise daily between Jan. 1 and March 31. Click here for a complete list of park closures and for driving tips for October through December, when deer are breeding and at their most active. Yellow and black “Park Closed” signs will…
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers approved the concept plan for a park to be created in the open space between Western Avenue and Grove Street.
While it's not ready yet for the "high-heel test"—the test to determine whether a person wearing high-heeled shoes can walk easily from one end of a park to the other—the open space between Western Avenue and Grove Street in Chevy Chase Village is one step closer to becoming a real park, with landscaping, paths and places to picnic, play and rest. The Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers approved the concept plan for the property at 5409 Grove St., which used to have a house on it and which was purchased by the county and the village (which paid 25 percent of the cost) in 2002 to become a public park. Features of the concept plan include: paths (one running diagonally across the property, from the northeast corner to the southwest corner…