Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) wants to hear from the public about what they want in their parks. People may submit ideas via a new online open town hall, the centerpiece of this interactive outreach campaign, “Parks of the Future: Voice Your Vision.” Other channels for providing input include in-person community meetings, email and mail.
Montgomery Parks staff will present more details on this plan at various local and regional public meetings, including the February meeting of the UpCounty Citizens Advisory Board on Monday, Feb. 27. The meeting will take place in at Upcounty Regional Service Center located at 12900 Middlebrook Road in Germantown from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
The information provided from the public will impact the future of parks as determined by three park plans: the 2017 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan, a new county-wide Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan and the Capital Improvements Program update—which takes place every two years.
As part of this newly launched outreach effort, Montgomery Parks staff are meeting with people at events and various locations in the community to ask them what they want in their parks.
“We engaged people at recreation centers in parks, local grocery stores, faith organizations and events. We are meeting people where they are in their day-to-day lives to make it easy for them to participate in the future of parks,” said Michael F. Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “As part of this effort we are aiming to reach diverse audiences from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, people who may not typically engage in this process.”
“We want to know what people enjoy most about their parks and where we can improve,” said Kristi Williams, Chief of the Public Affairs and Community Partnerships Division. “Whether it’s adding more dog parks, or creating new parks where there are none, or renovating a playground—the public is critical to these planning efforts. These are their parks after all!”
Montgomery Parks will share the outcomes from the “Parks of the Future” campaign on its Open Town Hall site. Staff will present findings to the Montgomery Planning Board in the spring.
People interested in having Montgomery Parks staff present to their specific community groups or organizations should submit a request via email to Melissa.Chotiner@MontgomeryParks.org or in writing to Montgomery Parks, Attn: Melissa Chotiner, Parks of the Future, 9500 Brunett Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20901.
For more information on the “Parks of the Future: Voice Your Vision” campaign please visit www.Montgomeryparks.org and click on the Open Town Hall in the Quick Links on the left hand side of the web page.