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Spencerville Local Park

Playground at Spencerville Local Park
Basketball Court at Spencerville Local Park
Spencerville Local Park
Tennis Court at Spencerville Local Park
Soccer Field at Spencerville Local Park
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Interior Spencerville Local Park Activity Building
Kitchen inside Spencerville Local Park Activity Building
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Basketball Courts
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Cricket
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Playgrounds
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Softball Fields
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Tennis Court

Montgomery Parks acquired Spencerville Local Park in three stages: two acres in 1956, then 10 acres in 1965, and finally 6.4 acres in 1968, for a total of 18.4 acres. The park features a playground, ball fields, tennis courts, and a picnic area. The park provides lights for its tennis courts and baseball field.

This park is maintained without the use of pesticides.

Spencerville Local Park is also home to the Spencerville-Mildred Pumphery Park Activity Building. This recreational facility offers over 1,500 square feet of space and features a kitchen, restrooms, and other amenities.

History: An Educator and Recreation Leader

A black and white photo of a two-room schoolhouse. White sides and dark, peaked roof.
Spencerville School, built in 1927-28 Photo, ca. 1942 Courtesy M-NCPPC

The Mildred Pumphrey Community Center opened in 1984 on the site of the two room Spencerville School, a segregated school for Black students from 1928 until the early 1950s. Fittingly, the newly constructed center was dedicated in honor of lauded educator Mildred Adams Pumphrey (1916-1984), a lifelong Spencerville resident.

Colorized photo of Mildred Pumphrey in 1957. She's smiling and wearing a striped shirt.
Mildred Adams Pumphrey, 1957 Courtesy of the Pumphrey Family

When Ms. Pumphrey was a teen, there was no school bus transportation for her to the county’s only secondary school for African Americans. So, her father arranged for her to attend school in DC.  She recalls: “I rode with workmen who left very early in the morning and returned long after school was dismissed. I was dropped off in Silver Spring…and rode a streetcar the remainder of the distance…I’d take my roller skates and skate before and after school to keep warm. There was a store nearby in Silver Spring but I was not permitted to stand inside.”

Ms. Pumphrey earned a Bachelor of Education degree from Bowie State College. She went on to teach at Sandy Spring Elementary School and direct the summer recreation program at the Smithville Center. At the time, both the county’s school and recreation systems were racially segregated. Following the closing of remaining segregated schools in 1959, Ms. Pumphrey integrated the faculty of Jackson Road Elementary School where she remained until her retirement 16 years later.

 At the community center’s dedication, Ms. Pumphrey was commemorated as “a rare individual who was able to blend civic, professional and religious responsibilities into compassion and support for all people, young and old.” Ms. Pumphrey died in March 1984, seven months before the building’s completion.

Spencerville-Mildred Pumphery Park Activity Building

This building features a kitchen and is adjacent to a playground. Basketball courts, lighted tennis courts, and permitted ballfields are also nearby.

Floor Plan

Spencerville Park Floor Plan

Building Amenities

  • Air-conditioned
  • Keyless Entry
  • Accessible
  • Shared Parking (34 spaces, 2 accessible spaces)
  • Kitchen (Refrigerator & Warming Oven)

Park Amenities

  • Basketball court (Contact Park Permits Office to reserve)
  • Lighted Tennis Court (Contact Park Permits Office to reserve)
  • Playground
  • Permitted ballfield

Capacity

70 Max (Standing room only)

Park Activity Building Reservations – Availability

Park Activity Buildings are available year-round on weekdays and weekends. Park Activity Buildings are available for reservations in two-time slots per day. Please choose from either 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. or 5 – 11 p.m. If you wish to reserve a different time slot, it must be a minimum of 8 hours or more.

Reservation can only be made over the phone by calling the Permit Office at (301) 495-2525 during business hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Reservations are first-come, first-served basis and can be made up to six months in advance.   

Permit Office: 301-495-2525
ParkPermits@MontgomeryParks.org
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To tour this Park Activity Building before renting, contact the Park Permits Office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to acquire your access and alarm codes to the building.

Rental Fee Includes

  • Tables and chairs are included in the rental fee
  • Renter is responsible for setting up and cleaning areas and the kitchen if used.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Park amenities are available at this location. Please be aware that some amenities are fee-based and some are available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the case of permitted fields or courts, customers with the appropriate permit have priority.

Rules and Regulations

All Permit Holders must follow M-NCPPC rules and regulations as well as the specific Guidelines and Conditions of Use as stated on the facility permit. Also, visit with our knowledgeable Permits staff on how to best accommodate and plan your event.

Visit ActiveMontgomery.org and Request a Reservation for an athletic field.