Parks Suspends Alcohol in Parks Pilot Program Effective Today

Montgomery Parks has suspended the park pilot program allowing alcohol consumption without a permit in 13 county parks, effective today (July 1), officials announced. The action is due to the governor lifting the Maryland state of emergency declared in reaction to the COVID–19 pandemic. That also takes effect today.

Montgomery Parks Announces New Selfie Stands on National Selfie Day

Montgomery Parks is marking National Selfie Day today by announcing that staff has placed new selfie stands in 13 different parks around the county. The stands are wooden and include ledges at two different heights where park visitors can place their phones for individual or group shots.

Parks to Ask for Extension of Directive Allowing Alcohol in Certain Parks

The county’s Planning Board will be asked to renew the Temporary Suspension of Alcohol Prohibition in Designated Parks at the commission’s Thursday, May 27 meeting, according to a press release from Montgomery Parks. The temporary directive was part of a pilot program enacted on Sept. 24, 2020, which suspended the prohibition of alcohol in nine Montgomery Parks, which is set to expire May 31.

Local YMCA Will Be One of First Branches in the Area to Add Pickleball

The YMCA in Silver Spring will be one of the first branches of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington to add pickleball to its programs, according to a press release. The Y plans to add more than 20 courts in Silver Spring, YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase and YMCA Arlington Tennis and Squash Center, with twice as many added by the end of 2022.

Recreation Department to Reopen Eight Centers on Limited Schedule

The county’s Recreation department plans to reopen eight community recreation centers for limited, scheduled activities on Monday, March 1, officials announced. Individuals or households will be able to schedule a time to use the fitness room, gymnasiums, and other rooms without attending a class, as was necessary when the department opened RecFit programs two weeks ago.

FeBREWary 2021! Brews and Bulbs

Guess what’s brewing? For the entire month of FeBREWary, we will be visiting local OUTDOOR breweries to bring you socially distant ways to swap out old, inefficient bulbs. Why? Because we want you to be able to spend more money at local breweries this month and all year round and one way to do that … Read More

Rec Department to Offer Limited Indoor, In-Person Activities

Montgomery County Recreation will offer a limited number of indoor, instructor-led sports and fitness activities at four community rec centers beginning Tuesday, Feb. 16, the department announced. The program, RecFit-Limited, is the first in-person recreation program offered at community recreation facilities since last March when the facilities closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Montgomery Parks Launches Virtual Winter Bingo

Montgomery Parks has launched a program to encourage residents to participate in outdoor activities this winter. Virtual Winter Bingo is a downloadable bingo card with 24 different activities. Participants can complete five different squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row to collect bingo.