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Work To Begin on First Urban Dog Park at Ellsworth Urban Park

Park improvements are underway to construct a new dog park at Ellsworth Urban Park.  Portions of the park will be inaccessible to the public as work begins to improve storm water management and access.  Tennis Courts and playground will remain open. Click here for more info.

Playground To Be Closed at Waters Landing Local Park

Playground renovations are underway at Waters Landing Local Park requiring playground to be closed as part of the Playground Renovation Program.  Work will include storm water management and improved access to park facilities. Click here for more info.

Rock Creek Trail Work Repairing Trail Bridge

Work continues on Rock Creek Trail north of Norbeck Road in the Rock Creek Regional Park area this October. Project will require partial closure of trail for bridge work, stream work and the repaving parts of the trail leading to bridge. A detour will be posted when trail repaving begins. Watch for detour signs and use caution around work areas

WSSC Work in Parks

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is continuing trail work in parks including wokr on the Rock Creek Hike Biker Trail in Rock Creek Regional Park. near Dewey Local Park and work on Sligo Creek Trail near Kemp Mill Road. Please follow detour signs and use caution in these areas.

NOTICE: Road Closure at Meadowbrook Local Park at Beach Drive

A portion of Beach Drive and Meadowbrook Lane will be closed Sunday, October 18 from 7 –11  a.m. for a community race at Meadowbrook Local Park. As a safety measure, cyclists will need to dismount and walk their bikes on this portion of the roadway or use a detour on Grubb Road to re-enter Beach Drive. For additional information, please click here.

WSSC Project To Close A Parking Lot on Sligo Creek Parkway

A WSSC Project will require the parking lot on Sligo Creek Parkway south of Wayne Avenue to be closed beginning Monday, September 21, for 6-9 months.  WSSC work to include sewer line and manhole repairs and stream restoration work to cover up exposed assets in Sligo Creek.  For more info  on WSSC projects in the park, please click here

Scheduled Tree Work on The Capital Crescent Trail

Scheduled tree work continues on the Capital Crescent Trail south of Dorsett Avenue to the DC Line. Trail access may be intermittently interrupted. Please watch for flaggers and use caution around work areas.

Improvements Scheduled for Layhill Village Local Park

Montgomery Parks will begin improvements to Layhill Village Local Park.  Portion of the work will require the tennis courts to be temporarily closed.  Access to Recreation Center and playground will not be affected but a part of the parking lot and access to the trail will also be closed through October.  For more info, click here.

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.

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 for further information.

NOTICE: Work Continues on the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail

Storm water management work is scheduled to continue this fall on the Rock Creek Hiker - Biker Trail, between Franklin Street and Knowles Avenue.  Work is scheduled for October through November. Parts of the trail will be inaccessible during project.  Please follow detours and flaggers when around work areas.

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

UPDATE: Accessibility Improvements in Parks

Ayrlawn Local Park: Access and parking upgrades to provide access to tennis courts and playground scheduled through Fall 2015.

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

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

Damascus Regional Park: Restrooms upgraded and parking access scheduled through November 2015.

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

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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Fall Festivals in Montgomery Parks

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

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

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 montgomery Visit to browse and sign up for available classes and facilities offered by both agencies.

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.

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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