Melissa Chotiner

August 7, 2020 | Samantha Subin

Wheaton Train and Carousel, Cabin John Train Close Following Updated Executive Order

An updated county executive order has ordered the closure of the Wheaton Train and Carousel and Cabin John Train. “We are hoping we can open up in the fall but for now they are closed until further notice,” said Montgomery Parks Spokesperson Melissa Chotiner. Wheaton Train and Carousel and Cabin John Train are temporarily closed […]

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May 13, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery Recreation, Parks Cancel Scheduled Summer Camps

The Montgomery County Recreation Department and the Parks Department announced in separate statements Wednesday all of its summer camps are canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Refunds are being processed to anyone who has registered. According to Carmen Berrios Martinez, a spokesperson for the Recreation Department, about 6,500 people had registered for 2020 summer recreation […]

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June 20, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery Talks: Explore the County’s Great Outdoors

Ten percent of Montgomery County’s real estate is made up of parks. Melissa Chotiner joins Montgomery Talks to share some of the events and activities that will be happening in public parks this summer – on this episode of Montgomery Talks with Doug Tallman. Available now on MyMCMedia, Overcast, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, Spotify […]

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July 11, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Parks Petition Asks Officials to Acknowledge Racism in Public Displays (VIDEO)

Charlotte Coffield has lived in Silver Spring for more than 80 years and said she remembers it as a segregated place where blacks couldn’t even eat at the same restaurants as whites. “We could not go to dress shops and try on clothes,” Coffield said. “We couldn’t try on hats. If you handled it, you […]

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July 11, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Residents Invited to Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Reopening of Kemp Mill Urban Park on July 12

After almost two years of construction, Kemp Mill Urban Park in Silver Spring is available to the public and officials from the Montgomery County Parks Department are inviting residents to attend a special re-opening celebration on July 12. The park was closed entirely in 2016 for renovations to improve the park amenities. “The park had […]

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January 30, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Deadline for Public Input on Olney Square Neighborhood Park is Jan. 31

Staff from Montgomery Parks are asking for your feedback on the Olney Square Neighborhood Park project in an open town hall forum online. The deadline to submit your input is Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. “Montgomery Parks encourages park patrons and members of the community to participate in all opportunities to shape the future of […]

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January 11, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Mixed Reaction to New Traffic Pattern at Capital Crescent Trail and Little Falls Parkway (PHOTO)

There’s a new traffic pattern at the intersection of the Capital Crescent Trail and Little Falls Parkway in Bethesda, and reaction to the change has been mixed. The Parkway has been narrowed from two lanes to one in each direction approaching the intersection, and the speed limit has been reduced from 35 mph to 25 […]

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October 29, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Montgomery Parks Officials Explore Capturing and Relocating Aggressive Owl

There have been more reports of a juvenile barred owl encountering passersby on the Capital Crescent Trail, according to a Montgomery Parks official. Parks spokesperson Melissa Chotiner said the most recent incidents have occurred when the trail, north of Dorset Avenue, is officially closed at dusk or dawn. So she said parks officials are placing […]

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March 3, 2015 | Krista Brick

County Delays Use of Athletic Fields

Athletic teams that use Montgomery county’s parks or middle and elementary school fields will have their spring season delayed by two weeks. The opening of all Montgomery Parks’ park and elementary / middle school athletic fields (excluding synthetic turf fields) will be delayed from the original opening date of March 15 until April 1 at […]

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October 20, 2014 | Krista Brick

Brookside Garden of Lights

Brookside Gardens Cancels Traditional Garden of Lights Show

Brookside Garden’s traditional Garden of Lights will stay dark this year, as a major renovation project is forcing officials to cancel it. Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission cancelled this year’s Garden of Lights Show at Brookside Gardens due to ongoing construction to the entrance and parking areas. The project […]

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