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To acquire parkland and to design, construct, and develop parks or complete major renovations of parks through the planning, preparation, and implementation of the Capital Improvements Program (CIP).


Public Opening - Woodlawn Visitor Center Dedication Ceremony

Saturday, June 11, 2016 from Noon to 2:00pm. View the announcement.

Update: Parklawn North Trail Construction has begun - Spring 2016

View the construction plans (4.5mb) here.

Alert: New Park Construction Permit Procedure began on July 13, 2015

The Park Development Division of the M-NCPPC Department of Parks issues permits approving work to be done on properties owned or managed by the M-NCPPC and on properties to be dedicated to the M-NCPPC. To make the process easier for the applicant and the Park’s Department, we have created an online submittal version which was implemented on July 13, 2015. Please click on the link below to see the new procedures.

Park Construction Permit Procedure document

Update: ADA Improvements at Ayrlawn Local Park

Montgomery Parks will be making several improvements to enhance circulation to and through the park. All upgrades will conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended and the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

On July 28, 2015, Montgomery Parks held a second community meeting to present proposed upgrades at the park. This meeting was a follow up to the first meeting in April 14, 2015. Various options were presented and discussed with the community. Accordingly, the first Phase of construction has been initiated and should be completed early spring of 2016. The 2nd Phase is scheduled for construction in late spring of 2016 with construction completed in August of 2016. The plan for Phase 2 can be found here. The scope of work is outlined below.

Phase 1: Field #2 and Miscellaneous - (Currently under construction)

  • Remove the small turnout and add 1 accessible parking space plus 3 standard parking spaces;
  • Provide an accessible walkway to the players benches and viewing areas at Field #2;
  • Upgrade the player bench areas to improve accessibility and reduce long term maintenance;
  • Improve drainage patterns behind the tennis courts; and
  • Relocate trash cans to the walkway near the playground.

Phase 2: Parking, walkway, ramp, drainage improvements between the YMCA parking lot and playground

  • Provide new accessible parking , add new standard spaces in front of the YMCA Building;
  • Provide a new ramp and accessible walkway to the YMCA entrance;
  • Construct a new accessible walkway linking the new parking spaces to the basketball court, tennis court, and playground; and
  • Install drainage improvements to improve water quality and reduce excess runoff.

For further information, please contact:

Bob Green, Project Manager
Montgomery Parks/Park Development Division
(301) 495-2571

NEW! FY15-20 Capital Improvements Program Approval

Approved FY15-20 Capital Improvements Program (CIP): Highlights, Resolutions, Expenditure Reports and Project Descriptions for all Montgomery County Agencies.

Update: WSSC Sewer Line Repairs at Rock Creek Hiker Biker Trail

Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail -Trail users should expect some impacts throughout parks and on the Rock Creek Hiker Biker Trail, Lakeside Trail, and to trails to the west of Lake Needwood in particular. Work is will continue into 2015. For more information on WSSC Consent Decree projects, please visit the WSSC website and explore their interactive project map or contact Montgomery Parks at or call 301-495-2595.

Project Overview

Recent project awards include:

  • The renovation of Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park achieved three-star certification in 2015 as a pilot project for the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), a national rating system and guidelines for sustainable landscapes, with or without buildings. The project is one of 46 in the nation to achieve certification and one of only ten projects to achieve a three-star rating or higher. Click here for additional information.
  • The Meadowbrook Parking Lot Naturalization Project received the 2014 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA) award for “Planning & Design with Environmental Protection in Mind”. The project removed over a quarter acre of asphalt in the floodplain of Rock Creek and replaced it with a thriving wetland with extensive habitat for native species. The project also captures stormwater runoff from the adjacent parking lot. Click here to view the award submission.
  • The Facility Plan for Woodside Urban Park received an Honor Award in 2014 from the Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects in the Analysis & Planning category. The project renovates an existing urban park and incorporates innovative and sustainable features. Click here to view the award submission.
  • Clare Runkles, Park Development Division Senior Design Technician, won the Tree Hugger Award and the PARC Branch Chairman Award in 2013 for her many years of service to the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association.
  • Stephen Reid, Park Development Division Engineer and Project Manager, received the James B. Coulter Award, named after Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) second Secretary, which acknowledges environmental contributions by a government employee. He was honored for his work on the Maydale Conservation Park Stream Restoration Project in Colesville, and his involvement in the dredging of Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park and restoring streams in Northwest Golf Course in Silver Spring. More information can be found here.
  • The Facility Plan for the Little Bennett Regional Park Day Use Area received the prestigious Traveling Award from the Potomac and Maryland Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Traveling Award is the top honor reserved for a project that uniquely reflects and solves the most current issues in landscape architecture through innovative design excellence. Click here to view the award submission.
  • The Maydale Conservation Park stream restoration project received the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association(MRPA) award for "Planning and design with Envionrmental Protection in Mind" at their April 2012 annual conference. The project features improvements to pedestrian bridges and a fish ladder to protect and restore 1,600 feet of stream. Click here to view the award submission.

Recently completed facility plans:

Recently completed projects:

Public Meetings

Dewey Local Park
Playground Renovation


Public Input

Projects currently seeking public input:

2017 PROS Plan Update

We need your help with the 2017 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan Update to predict future needs and determine how to put the right parks in the right places, and steward our natural resources. Planning Board presentation scheduled for July 28.

Rockwood Manor Special Park Public Comment Opportunity

Countywide Park Trails Plan Amendment

Wheaton Regional Park Master Plan Update

Playground Renovation Program

Park Activity Building Adaptive Reuse public meetings

Public Meeting: Maplewood-Alta Vista Park Activity Building Lease

Project Profiles

Click here for information, including status, on major capital projects