Parks Foundation Reaches Civil Settlement in Theft Case

The Montgomery Parks Foundation has reached a $300,000 civil settlement with a former employee accused of misappropriating foundation funds, according to a statement from John Robinson, the foundation’s president. Robinson discovered discrepancies in the foundation’s bank statements and other financial records in mid-January. The Maryland-National Capital Park Police and the county’s State’s Attorney Office investigated the case.

Parks Seeking Comment on Nolte Community Garden Proposal

Montgomery Parks is soliciting public comments on a proposal to create a community garden on the grounds of Nolte Local Park at 200 Denver Rd. The garden would be created at the location of the current activity building, which is scheduled to be demolished this year. The department issued a Request for Proposals for reuse of the building in March … Read More

Demolition begun on house to allow park expansion

Photo by Mike Diegel. Demolition work has begun on a Montgomery Parks-owned house at 8915 Colesville Rd. that will allow for the expansion of Ellsworth Urban Park. The addition will expand the park’s acreage by about 30 percent, Dominic Quattrocchi, planner coordinator for the department, said in May. Interim features in the expanded park area will include a pavilion, seating, … Read More

Pump Track part of Montgomery Parks’ Pop-Up Programming

Pump Track part of Montgomery Parks' Pop-Up Programming

Montgomery Parks’ Pump Track, part of its Pop-Up Programming, is available at Fairview Road Urban Park. (David Lay/Source of the Spring) A Pump Track has appeared at Fairview Road Urban Park in Downtown Silver Spring, as part of Montgomery Parks’ Pop-Up Programming. As part of an effort to attract more visitors to its parks, Montgomery Parks is offering free programming … Read More

Law would ensure dogs off leash are legal in municipal dog parks

Grand opening of Takoma Park Dog Park. Photo by Mike Diegel. Dogs would be legally off leash in dog parks established by municipalities under legislation recently introduced by Councilmember Sidney Katz (D-District 3). Current rules allow dogs to be off leash in county dog parks run by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, such as the Ellsworth Urban Dog … Read More

Updated park rules go into effect July 1

Updated park rules go into effect July 1

North Four Corners park photo by Mike Diegel. Montgomery Parks has updated rules and regulations for the use of county parks that will go into effect July 1. This is the first comprehensive update of the rules since March 2001. Some of the major changes include: Except where otherwise prohibited, fishing is allowed in all park locations, as long as … Read More

Ellsworth Urban Park will be expanded after house demolition

This house will be torn down to allow more space for the adjoining park. Photo by Mike Diegel. Montgomery Parks plans to demolish a house the department owns at 8915 Colesville Rd. to expand Ellsworth Urban Park, which abuts the property. The addition will expand the park’s acreage by about 30 percent, said Dominic Quattrocchi, planner coordinator for the department. … Read More