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County Executive Honors Germantown Park HOA For Work To Improve Community


The neighborhood of Cinnamon Woods in Germantown has been working very hard to change its image, it had gotten a bad reputation and been tagged with unflattering nickname. This week, leaders in that community were honored for their work to change, not only the perception of the community but, its aesthetic qualities.

On Monday, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett joined the Germantown Park Homeowners Association, formerly called Cinnamon Woods, to recognize and celebrate its role as a strong, active partner in an award-winning public/private collaboration with the County’s Department of Housing and Community Affairs through the department’s Focused Neighborhood Assistance program.

“This unique program has helped to transform the community image, improve energy efficiency, engage community youth and improve community safety,” said Leggett. “Germantown Park was a strong partner with the County, and this project would not have been possible without the HOA support.”


Steve Traylor, treasurer and board member of Germantown Park HOA, told community leaders and residents at the event, “We had a reputation in this neighborhood and we wanted to rebrand our neighborhood to Germantown Park which is what appeared on our tax bills. We started this work in early 2002, it really took off in 2007 and we started the actual work in 2009. We worked with Montgomery County for four years. It was through working with Montgomery County and people at the County level that made this project a success.”