Montgomery Parks Extends Open Parkways Initiative

Montgomery Parks’ Open Parkways initiative is receiving some attention this Thanksgiving, offering up more opportunities for a walk, run, or bike ride.

Beginning Wednesday Nov. 25 at noon, Montgomery Parks will be closing portions of Sligo Creek Parkway, Beach Drive, and Little Falls Parkway. These portions include:

  • Sligo Creek Parkway:
    • Old Carroll Avenue to Piney Branch Road (1.1 miles)
    • Forest Glen Road to University Boulevard West (1.5 miles)
  • Beach Drive from Connecticut Avenue to Knowles Avenue (2.7 miles)
  • Little Falls Parkway from Massachusetts Ave. to Arlington Rd. (1.3 miles)

The Open Parkways initiative began in April to help facilitate safe recreation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Thanksgiving weekend closures will last through 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29.

However, the changes this Thanksgiving are not the only ones planned. Starting Dec. 4, Little Falls Parkway will be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists for the winter months, with vehicular access re-opened.

Montgomery Parks says Beach Drive and Sligo Creek Parkway will continue to close Friday mornings through Sunday evenings to allow pedestrians and bicyclists enough room to social distance. However, they will re-open the roads at 4 p.m. on Sundays instead of the current 6 p.m. reopening.

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Reid Flumbaum

About Reid Flumbaum

Reid Flumbaum is a senior at the University of Maryland, majoring in Broadcast Journalism. He loves technology, automotive journalism, and 80s music. He can be reached at rflumbaum@mymcmedia.org.

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