WHEATON, Md. – Montgomery Parks is inviting the public to discuss future renovations to Johnson’s Local Park in Gaithersburg. A previously scheduled meeting was cancelled due to winter weather concerns. The new meeting date is January 21, 2024.
What: Community discussion about future plans for Johnson’s Local Park
When: Sunday, January 21, 2024 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: Up County Early Childhood Center
18100 Washington Grove Lane, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
The discussion will focus on ways to update the park, including adding amenities and highlighting the park’s role in the historic community of Emory Grove.
Emory Grove was founded in 1864 as a community of self-sufficient, free African Americans. At its peak, it spanned 300 acres and was home to 500 people. The area became known for hosting church “camp meetings” on the land each summer under the sponsorship of nearby Emory Grove United Methodist Church.
“Montgomery Parks wants to hear residents’ ideas for honoring the park’s past, while creating an outdoor recreation space that will be just as vital to future generations,” said Christie Ciabotti, Site Planning Supervisor for Montgomery Parks.
Emory Grove United Methodist Church is hosting the discussion about the park as part of a regularly scheduled church community supper. The meeting is open to all.
More information and a survey about the project, are available on the Johnson’s Local Park Project Webpage.
About Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 419 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems.
Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice), MD Relay, TTY 7-1-1 or 800-5527724 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org to request a disability modification. Visit Montgomery Parks Accessibility for more information.