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Powered by Parks: 2022 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan

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Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan Update

Montgomery Parks is updating the 2017 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan to guide the future development and management of our park system. Parks, recreation, and open spaces provide active, social, and leisure opportunities that are essential to the high quality of life for Montgomery County residents. The focus of the 2022 PROS Plan is to provide equitably activated, central community spaces that meet recreational needs and protect and manage natural and cultural resources for future generations.

PROS and THRIVE Montgomery 2050

The PROS Plan update will correlate with the developing THRIVE Montgomery 2050 General Plan update for Montgomery County which showcases how great places with equitable access to opportunities produce strong communities and people. THRIVE uses a placemaking-first approach to inspire people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces at the heart of every community.  

Why Placemaking?

Placemaking is a collaborative process that strengthens the connection between people and places they share to shape the public realm for all to enjoy. More than just promoting  better park facilities, placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution. Placemaking is a holistic approach to planning parks and open spaces as part of a larger community, rather than zeroing in on individual facilities. It replaces the fragmented planning processes of yesterday with a broader perspective to address various common problems, such as traffic congestion, little-used parks, and loss of outdoor school fields, among others.

The PROS Plan Process and Schedule

  • April 2021: Project kick-off
  • Summer / Fall 2021: Community engagement
  • November 2021: Preliminary recommendations review by the Montgomery Planning Board
  • December 1, 2021: Draft PROS Plan due to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
  • June 16, 2022: Final recommendations review and approval by the Montgomery Planning Board
  • July 1, 2022: Final PROS submission to DNR and Maryland Department of Planning (MDP)

Community Engagement

Montgomery Parks wants your help as we plan for the future to ensure we provide the types of spaces and activities that meet your needs. We want to know what makes a particular place special for you? When you are not at home or work – do you have a favorite place where you go to unwind, spend time with familiar faces, or meet new people?

During the summer and fall months of 2021, we will be collecting community feedback as part of the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) 2022 Plan. We want to know how your life is, or could be “Powered by Parks.”

Please tell us how you prefer to relax, interact with others, enjoy a hobby or recreate. Your input is important and will allow us to provide welcoming, enjoyable, go-to community spaces.

Share your thoughts and ideas by taking our brief online survey  (Commend period has closed)

We will be engaging with the public in a variety of ways including public meetings, focus groups, and through online, mailed and intercept surveys.  We will keep the public informed with media releases, email outreach, and through our social media channels #PoweredbyParks.

The PROS Plan and its impact on the community

The state of Maryland requests an updated Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan every five years. The PROS Plan is used to develop strategies to deliver the “right parks in the right places” and bring those places to life through events and public programming. Montgomery Parks last completed a PROS Plan in 2017. 

The 2022 PROS Plan will serve as the planning policy for parks and recreation in Montgomery County to the year 2027 and beyond. Additionally, the PROS Plan will fulfill the requirement of the Department of Natural Resources Land Preservation Parks and Recreation Plan (LPPRP) to receive state funding.


Last Updated: July 14, 2022