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MoCo Parks Seeks Input for the Capital Improvements Program for FY21-26

Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is seeking public input on its Capital Improvement Program for fiscal years 2021–2026. Comments and questions may be submitted via various channels including online, via email or U.S. mail or in-person at the public forum. The public forum takes place Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Montgomery Regional Office Building, 8787 Georgia Avenue, in Silver Spring.

To share your ideas:

• Sign up to speak at the public forum (limit of 35 speakers) online. If you need assistance to complete the online form, please contact staff in the Planning Board Chair’s Office via email at MCP-Chair@mncppc-mc.org or call 301-495-4605.

• Written Comments should be received by Tuesday, June 11, 2019 via

E-mail to MCP-Chair@mncppc-mc.org,

Fax to Chair Casey Anderson at 301-495-1320, or

Regular mail addressed to: Casey Anderson, Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

• Online comments may be submitted through June 20 via Montgomery Parks Open Town Hall which is accessible at www.MontgomeryParks.org (click on the Open Town Hall link under the Quick Links menu on the lower right side of the homepage).

Park projects moving forward in the FY21-26 CIP include renovations/enhancements to existing parks (Brookside Gardens, Hillandale Local Park, Josiah Henson Historical Park, Little Bennett Regional Park, Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park, Woodside Urban Park, Caroline Freeland Urban Park, Long Branch-Wayne Local Park, Carroll Knolls Urban Park); hard surface trail segments along North Branch; and expanding the natural surface trails network.

On-going infrastructure maintenance includes ADA-related improvements, energy conservation measures, playground and tennis court renovations; and environmental and cultural resource conservation programs. Additional information about Parks’ CIP projects is available at www.montgomeryparks.org, click on the Park Projects link under the “Quick Links” menu on the right-hand side of the page.

The Capital Improvement Program is a six-year funding plan for capital projects that is approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board and Montgomery County Council every two years. The CIP for Montgomery Parks includes projects for parkland acquisitions, renovation of park facilities, and new development within parks. The Recreation Department’s CIP includes projects for new community/recreation centers and aquatic facilities, and for renovations to existing facilities.