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Athletic Field Use Permit Policy Review and Update


Project Description 

This project is a thorough evaluation of the existing Montgomery Parks Athletic Field Use Permit Policy to identify areas for improvement and make necessary updates that better align the policy with the current needs and goals of Montgomery Parks, athletic field users, and the larger community.  


The Montgomery Parks Athletic Field Use Permit Policy is the document that establishes procedures for the use and reservation of Montgomery Parks athletic fields for practices, games, tournaments and special events. The Policy covers topics including criteria for permitting, permitting seasons, application schedule and procedures, off-season use regulations, field use for non-designated sports, general guidelines for field use, and fee schedule. 

The current policy was last updated more than 10 years ago and is due for review.  

Project Status 

Montgomery Parks staff are evaluating the policy document while conducting research on best practices, reviewing current permitting status and challenges, and studying field conditions and maintenance requirements related to field use. Stakeholder engagement will be part of the review process. The process for updating the policy is anticipated to take up to 18-24 months. 

* Dates and times are subject to change. Please contact the Project Manager for the latest update. 

Calendar and Meeting Notes

January 2024

  • Project initiated
  • Internal working team formed.
  • Project page created.

February 2024

  • Initial survey sent to athletic field user groups
  • Project explanation kick off video will be released.

Spring 2024 through Fall of 2024

  • Internal review of Policy by section including identifying areas where improvements could benefit the community, identifying pros and cons of policy sections, and comparisons with other similar park agencies.

Fall 2024

  • Additional stakeholder engagement which may include focus groups, additional surveys, and community meeting(s).

Winter 2024/2025

  • Review additional stakeholder engagement.
  • Creation of draft policy.
Last Updated: February 15, 2024