Rock Creek Regional Park

August 13, 2019 | Michelle Queen

Montgomery Parks Report Elevated Levels of Algae Toxin at Lake Needwood

Pet Owners are Urged to Keep Dogs Out of the Lake Montgomery Parks officials are asking residents to use caution when recreating on or near Lake Needwood and Lake Frank at Rock Creek Regional Park. That’s because testing has shown there are elevated levels of microcystin, a toxic substance produced by some species of blue-green […]

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May 9, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Solar Panels Powering Montgomery Parks

Two solar fields on Montgomery County parks, just on Wednesday, saved about 7.8 barrels of oil and offset 18,500 pounds of carbon. The fields — in South Germantown Recreational Area and at Rock Creek Regional Park — are expected to generate between 3.2 and 3.5 million kilowatts a year, said Amanda Aparicio, sustainability coordinator for […]

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August 2, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Health Warning at Local Lakes at Rock Creek Regional Park (VIDEO)

Montgomery County Parks officials are warning visitors to avoid direct contact with the water at Lake Frank and Lake Needwood at Rock Creek Regional Park because of elevated levels of a toxic substance. MyMCMedia’s Sonya Burke reports. You can find out more about this health warning on the Montgomery Parks website, here. Visitors & their […]

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August 2, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Flooding in Rock Creek Regional Park, Hikers Urged to Use Caution (PHOTOS)

Montgomery Parks officials are warning hikers at Rock Creek Regional Park to use caution because some trails and pedestrian bridges are still flooded following last week’s heavy rains. The banks of Lake Needwood were overflowing with water on Monday afternoon and a couple of park visitors told MyMCMedia they had never seen the lake water […]

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July 25, 2017 | Staff Writer

Montgomery Parks Warns Residents About Hazardous Toxins in Lakes

The Montgomery County Parks Department is asking residents to use caution near Lake Needwood and Lake Frank after a testing has shown there are elevated levels of a toxic substance produced by algae in the lakes. The lakes, located within Rock Creek Regional Park, tested positive for Microcystin, a hepatoxin, that can cause harm to […]

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August 4, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Montgomery Parks Reports Elevated Levels of Microcystin at Lake Needwood and Lake Frank

UPDATED Montgomery Parks officials are asking residents to use caution when recreating on or near Lake Needwood and Lake Frank at Rock Creek Regional Park. That’s because testing has shown there are elevated levels of microcystin, a toxic substance produced by some species of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), in both lakes. Microcystin can cause harm to […]

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June 26, 2016 | Sonya Burke

photo of geese at Lake Needwood

Humane Society Opposes Parks Department’s Plan to Kill Canada Geese (VIDEO)

UPDATED The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is opposing a plan by Montgomery County’s Department of Parks to kill hundreds of Canada geese at two local parks. Parks officials say the geese are a public safety nuisance, and they are planning to euthanize hundreds of them at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and […]

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June 8, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Geese Roundup Planned at Two Local Parks (VIDEO)

Montgomery Parks is launching a geese roundup at two park sites, Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreational Park and Rock Creek Regional Park. According to Parks officials, the geese removal project will take place this month, and up to 300 non-migratory Canada geese will be coralled and humanely euthanized. The animals will then be processed for […]

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January 27, 2016 | Staff Writer

The Beauty of Lake Needwood (VIDEO)

The Blizzard of 2016 blanketed Montgomery County beneath a thick layer of snow. After the storm, videographer Nick Rhule captured these winter scenes, below, at Lake Needwood at Rock Creek Regional Park.  

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January 24, 2016 | Staff Writer

Montgomery Parks Launches Snowman Contest

UPDATED Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County’s Department of Recreation are promoting a snowman-making contest via social media. To enter participants simply build a snowman, take a photo and share it on Facebook or Twitter with the #MoCoSnowman hashtag. Prizes include a four-pack of “Come Play in the Parks” passes (which provide discounted and/or free entry […]

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