InfoShare Newsletter - June 1, 2012
THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION
|PLANNING BOARD | DEPARTMENT OF PARKS | PLANNING DEPARTMENT|
June 1, 2012
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Below is a list of upcoming events, programs and meetings as well as important announcements from The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Montgomery County.
Communications Manager, Planning Department
Marketing & Public Affairs Manager, Department of Parks
Planning Board Meetings
Visit the Agendas & Staff Reports web page for updates on Planning Board meetings and/or access to our meeting archives. Typically, meetings start at 9 a.m., Park and Planning Headquarters, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
Everyone who speaks at a Planning Board meeting must register with the board assistant unless he or she has signed up in advance. Sign up online (typically available 10 days before a meeting) or register at the meeting by submitting our yellow form or a business card.
We now stream the Planning Board meetings online. Watch live on our website or view later from our archives. Interested in plans for your area? The Planning Board appreciates hearing from you. Browse our testifying tips.
Board Appoints Interim Planning Director
Rose Krasnow, chief of the Montgomery County Planning Department's Area 1 team, was named interim director last month by the Planning Board. She will direct the 130-member agency until a permanent director is hired later this year.
Efficiency in Your Home Workshop
6:30-8p.m. Monday, June 4
Mid-County Regional Services Center
2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton
Silver Spring Green
and Green Wheaton will host this workshop focusing on ways to save energy in the home, improve comfort in winter and summer, and reduce energy bills. Experts in energy efficiency will discuss home energy audits, check-ups and green building products. The Planning Department participates on the Silver Spring Green Steering Committee.
Spring into Recycling
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, June 10
Albert Einstein High School
11135 Newport Mill Road, Kensington
Shred and recycle confidential papers and donate reusable clothing and working household goods. If you have any questions, visit Montgomery County Recycling or call 240-777-0311.
What Should Planners Address in The New White Flint Plan?
7-9 p.m. Monday, June 18
Luxmanor Elementary School
6201 Tilden Lane, Rockville
Planners will lead a community meeting to collect feedback on what the White Flint 2 plan should cover.
|Teen Sk8 at Wheaton Ice: International Sk8 |
8 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday, June 1
11717 Orebaugh Avenue, Wheaton
Wheaton Ice is the place to be this Friday night. Theme is International Sk8 - play along and you'll get in and get skates for just $6.50. Greet us in another language tonight. If you want to go full-out, wear some article of clothing that represents another country.
Private Gardens of Bethesda Tour
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, June 2
6910 Greentree Road, Bethesda
Join Brookside Gardens for our second annual private garden tour for your only opportunity to visit several extraordinary, designer showcase properties - guaranteed to provide inspiration to the most avid gardeners and designers as well as garden hobbyists! Pre-register through www.ParkPASS.org. For garden images and descriptions, please visit our website www.brooksidegardens.org or call 301-962-1402. Check-in location is McCrillis Gardens, 6910 Greentree Road, Bethesda, MD 20817.
Community Celebration for the Newly Renovated Takoma-Piney Branch Local Park
Join NBA All-Star Steve Francis, community leaders and M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks for, a community celebration at the newly renovated Takoma-Piney Branch Local Park featuring new basketball courts, a new skate park, picnic pavilion and playground. The generous support of former NBA All-Star and longtime Takoma Park resident Steve Francis helped make the updates to this park possible. Please join the celebration for brief remarks about the newly renovated park, and a chance to shoot hopes with Steve, see demos at the skate park and have fun on the playground!
Recommendations for Glenmont
Learn what planners are recommending for the Glenmont Sector Plan. We presented preliminary recommendations at a community meeting on May 23. View and let us know what you think by using our comment tool.
Kingsley Schoolhouse Free Guided Tours
1 p.m.-4 p.m., Sunday June 3
24472 Clarksburg Road, Clarksburg
Tour the Kingsley Schoolhouse, a historical gem. Built in 1893, this is one of the best remaining examples of a one-room schoolhouse in Montgomery County. The restored schoolhouse, located in the secluded 'Froggy Hollow' section of Little Bennett Regional Park, is furnished to look as it did during the 1920's. Tours will be given rain or shine.
Welcome Back, Lake Needwood!
Activities throughout the day, Saturday, June 16
Rock Creek Regional Park
15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Rockville
Lake Needwood was closed all last year, getting a much-needed makeover. Now the dredging project is completed, and the lake is back and better than ever. Join us for the celebration! There will be activities throughout the day (including fishing, pedal boat races, pontoon boat rides, and more), plus snacks and giveaways for the kids. PLUS all boat rentals are 50% off all day June 16! Download a flyer to put on your fridge to remind you, bring a picnic lunch, friends and family and enjoy a day at the lake! Get more information at their website, www.LakeNeedwoodBoats.com.
Long Branch Sector Plan Preliminary Recommendations
6-8:30 p.m. Monday, June 25
Rolling Terrace Elementary School
705 Bayfield Street, Takoma Park
Planners will present preliminary recommendations on the Long Branch Sector Plan and gather feedback to help inform the staff draft of the plan.
Watch Us on Montgomery Plans The latest episode of Montgomery Plans spotlights exciting new development projects, how the recently approved sector plan will affect the Town of Kensington, watershed restoration projects and the latest big decisions of the Planning Board.
South Germantown 10th Anniversary Splash!
12 p.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, June 23
18056 Central Park Circle
Boyds, MD 20841
South Germantown Splash Playground and Mini-Golf is 10 years old this year. So we're celebrating, and you're invited!
Join us from Noon-2pm for the festivities, which includes games, refreshments, giveaways, and a live music and dance party! Colonel Josh and His Cowboy Pals will provide music that'll get kids moving and make you parents smile. "Cowboy pal" Missy Mo plays bass, and will lead everyone in a big dance party toward the end of the gig.
Admission fees will be rolled back all day long to 2002 prices (actually, even cheaper!): $2.50 for a full-day pass to the Splash Playground or one round of miniature golf, or $5.00 for a full day of splashing and one round of mini-golf. Don't miss the fun! Visit the website at www.SplashandGolf.com, and download a reminder flyer to put on your fridge here.
Apply for a Minor Master Plan Amendment
Property owners and community groups in Montgomery County interested in addressing issues of land use, zoning or other community priorities in their neighborhoods may submit applications for minor master plan amendments to be considered by the Planning Board and County Council. With master plans updated just once every two decades, residents, community groups or property owners until now have been forced to wait many years to bring about small changes to land use or zoning in their areas. To address community needs more quickly, this process allows residents and others to achieve minor amendments to master plans.
Comment on North Four Corners Local Park Facility Design
M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks is currently accepting public comments, ideas and suggestions regarding the final design for North Four Corners Local Park. The approved facility plan proposes several improvements to the park including a new rectangular sports field, adjacent parking for 50 cars (directly accessible from University Boulevard), paved loop walkways, a bike path and more. Construction is expected to be completed during the summer of 2014. Please visit the Park Project page for more information and to comment.
Underground Railroad FREE Guided Hikes
10 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Saturday, June 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30
Woodlawn Manor Park
Free guided hikes on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail are given by talented volunteer 'conductors' who lead groups on a simulated Underground Railroad experience along the 2 mile long trail travelling from Woodlawn Manor Park along a wooded, natural surface trail to the historic Sandy Spring, and back. The Underground Railroad Experience Trail is part of the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program. Self-guided hikes are also available along the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. In the event of severe weather, please call ahead to make sure the park will be open. On Saturday mornings, please call 301-650-4373 and a recorded message will advise you of the park hours. Trail map.
White Oak Science Gateway Community Meeting
6 p.m. Tuesday, June 26
Francis Scott Key Middle School
910 Schindler Drive, Silver Spring
Residents, business owners, landowners and anyone interested in the future of the East County are invited to provide feedback to the preliminary recommendations for the staff draft of the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan. The preliminary recommendations will summarize the plan's major elements.
Take Advantage of Discounts at the Montgomery TennisPlex
The new Montgomery TennisPlex will open in September 2012 at the South Germantown Recreational Park. This facility, developed as part of a public-private partnership with M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks, will feature tennis legend Jack Schore, along with programs and exceptional coaches at a great value.
Sign up and pay for seasonal court time by June 15th and take advantage of early payment discounts . You'll receive a 20% introductory discount during non-prime time, $100 off during prime time, $50 off for payment by June 15 (in addition to other discounts) and free tennis balls every week. Visit www.MontgomeryTennisPlex.com and join our mailing list to learn more. You can also reach Vicki Datlow at Vicki@MontgomeryTennisPlex.com.
Guided Tours of Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park
12 p.m.-4 p.m, Saturday, June 9 & 23
Oakley Cabin African American Museum & Park
Free guided tours of Oakley Cabin are given by volunteers docents. Oakley Cabin is a 19th-century African American historic site. The dwelling, inhabited until 1976, is now operated as a living history museum. The Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park provides hands-on living history experiences. To request a guided tour of the cabin during the week, please call 301-650-4373 for more information. In the event of severe weather, please call ahead to make sure the park will be open. On Saturday mornings, please call 301-650-4373 and a recorded message will advise you of the park hours.
Little Falls Trail - Weed Warriors
8 a.m.-10 a.m., Saturday, June 2
Little Falls Stream Valley Park - Weed Warriors
Massachusetts Ave & Little Falls Pkwy
Bethesda, MD 20816
Join Weed Warrior Supervisor Lynnwood Andrews to manually remove the invasive vines from trees, pull garlic mustard or wineberry, or cut and pull other plants depending on the season and the weather. For more information, please visit our site, Weed Warriors. Trail map .
Please contact the project supervisor with any questions and to let them know you will be joining us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
Brookside Gardens South Conservatory
1500 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
Stay in the Know on Development
Want to stay informed about planning and development in Montgomery County? If so, ensure your local organizations are registered accurately with the Planning Department, which maintains a list of homeowners organizations and civic groups countywide. Visit our new webpage to review and update your organization's information.
Brookside Gardens Summer Twilight Concert Series
6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. June 5, 12, 19, 26
1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton
Join us Tuesday evenings in June for a series of performances set in the beauty of the gardens! Brookside Gardens offers all concerts free of charge; no registration is required. Don't forget your chairs and blankets! In the event of rain, concerts are held inside the Visitor Center. Marianna Previti, Justin Trawick, Lesson Zero, and Natty Beaux will perform. For a full schedule and more information, visit BrooksideGardens or call 301-962-1400.
Got a Question About Planning? Wondering about that sign advertising pending development in your community? Curious about how forest conservation works? Residents and others with questions about development, community plans, zoning, transportation, or environmental issues may find the answers they seek on a new Department HELP page. The page features links, an online employee directory and an online question/comment form.
Planning A Birthday Party or Family Event?
If you're planning a birthday party, family reunion, graduation party or other event this spring or summer, consider partying in the park! M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks offers 18 unique Park Activity Buildings that put you in the middle of the best park amenities while giving you a private space to hold your event. Each building is equipped with a kitchen and restrooms. See photos, floorplans and check availability/make reservations 24/7.
Walkable Communities vs a Walk-in Closet Has the status of the suburbs taken a hit? According to The New York Times , a larger number of city neighborhoods are outstripping the suburbs in desirability and thus in per square foot value. Learn more on The Straight Line blog.
Have a question about M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks?
Have a question about Montgomery Parks? Need to report a problem or maintenance issue in a park? Check out the Department's new, easy to use Customer Service Center and find out how to contact us by phone and email. You'll also find an easy to use online form to submit questions or information about problems in parks.
Share Your Ideas about the East County
Planners are working on a new vision for the White Oak/Hillandale/Cherry Hill area. Fill out a questionnaire to help planners identify the community's assets and what can be improved.
How Shady is Your Neighborhood?
| |Planners have analyzed Montgomery County's tree canopy as part of an effort to improve the local climate and energy efficiency of urban areas. The more shade, the less energy required for cooling homes and cars. While much of the county boasts a healthy a tree canopy, some urban areas lack shade - right where it is needed most. Now you can analyze your community with our new tree canopy explorer.
User-Friendly Tool Highlights Current Development
|Want to know more about development projects proposed near where you live or work? To stay abreast of Montgomery County development activity, visit our online Development Finder to learn details about building applications to be considered by the Planning Board. |
Learn How to Get Involved in Montgomery County Planning
To increase resident involvement in the planning process, the Planning Board, in concert with County Cable Montgomery, has produced a CD that reviews the many ways county residents can have a voice in planning their communities. The episode
won a "gold" Ava award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Request
a free copy of How to get Involved in Montgomery County Planning.
Find a Forest Conservation Easement
|Do you have a forest conservation easement on or near your property? Easements protect forests on private land by limiting certain activities, part of the Planning Board's emphasis on forest conservation. Now you can locate easement areas using our online tool.|
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