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Holiday Events, Festivals and Operating Schedule

There are a lot of festivities in parks and at facilities this holiday season from train exhibits to ice skating shows to winter hikes. Get more information here.

Community Meeting: Rockwood Manor Feasibility Study

January 14, 2015, 7 p.m. at Rockwood Manor Special Park. Learn more on findings from a recently completed feasibility study for the park and facility. Please visit and click on Rockwood Manor under Public Meetings.

Celebrating MLK Jr. Day of Service

Join us in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of service by cleaning up our Parks and streams and removing non-native invasive plants. Learn More

Pilot Snow Removal Program on the Capital Crescent Trail

Montgomery Parks is launching a new program to remove snow from the Capital Crescent Trail this winter. Find out more here: CCTSnow.

February is Black History Month

We're celebrating Black History Month at Josiah Henson Park with free guided tours and spoken word poetry events.

Cabin John Ice Rink has a New Microsite

Visit our new microsite at for events, classes, skating schedules and more. Tell us what you think.

Garden of Lights Cancelled for 2014

Unfortunately Montgomery Parks has made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Garden of Lights Show this year due to ongoing construction to Brookside Gardens’ entrance and parking areas. We hope you’ll come back in 2015 to see our transformation and enjoy the show. There is still plenty to see and do in Montgomery Parks this holiday season. Visit for information on construction and other event ideas.

Park Improvements Begin at Woodlawn Park

M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks has begun construction on the Stone Barn and Carriage House at Woodlawn Park, which 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.

The Need for Deer Population Management

If left unchecked, deer populations can grow exponentially. As the number of deer continue to increase, it is likely that deer-related conflicts will continue to increase. Habitat will degrade and in the long run, the deer will suffer as the population becomes malnourished, unhealthy, and susceptible to disease. A program of deer population reduction can reduce both deer-human conflicts and deer impacts, and must be considered as a tool in the long-term reduction of deer-related conflicts in Montgomery County. The County's Deer Management Plan outlines methods of population reduction for public and private lands.

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

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 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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Have a question? Notice a problem in a park? We can help. Report a Problem or Ask a Question.

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Hillandale Road Closure

Hillandale Road between Little Falls Parkway and Willett Parkway is closed due to the partial collapse of a culvert pipe that crosses underneath Hillandale Road.  The road is closed until further notice while the pipe is being replaced.  Montgomery Parks is working with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation to expedite the design, procurement, and installation of a replacement structure and will reopen Hillandale Road as soon as it is safe to do so.  Please check this web page for updates or call 301-495-2525.

Rock Creek Regional Park - Partial Trail Closure

The portion of the Muncaster Mill Trail under Muncaster Mill Road leading up to the Kengla House is permanently closed due to excessive and cumulative storm damage.

There is no longer access to the trails south of Muncaster Mill Road from the Kengla House trail head parking area. Instead park at Meadowside Nature Center to access the trails. Please call 301-495-2595 for more information.

Montgomery Parks Completes Interim ADA Transition Plan

Montgomery Parks has completed an Interim Transition Plan to bring the park system into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This document provides an overview of the park system, identifies barriers to accessibility, and outlines a long-term strategy to remove those barriers. 

The Interim is a status of Montgomery Parks efforts through mid- 2014.   The Final Transition Plan will be submitted on or before 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.

WSSC Construction: Magruder Branch Stream Valley & Hiker/Biker Trail and Along Sligo Creek Parkway

Construction has begun in Magruder Branch Stream Valley and along the associated hiker/biker trails, as well as along Sligo Creek Parkway. 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.

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.

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