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Old 10-05-2010, 05:21 PM
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Default Rockville Parks Honored with Preservation Awards


                For Immediate Release
October 5, 2010
           


Rockville Parks Honored with Preservation Awards

Ceremony Set for Oct. 14 Features Presentation of Annual Recognition

ROCKVILLE, MD, Oct. 5, 2010 -- Peerless Rockville recognized the City of Rockville recently for its efforts to build two new recreational facilities and for fostering collaboration among various groups. An awards ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave.

The City of Rockville will receive the honor for its Fallsgrove Park and College Gardens Park. Peerless Rockville recognized the City for its "ongoing commitment to neighborhood beautification, environmentally sensitive design and civic involvement." Peerless also commended the City on the collaborative process between government, science and technology and community groups in building the new parks.

"We are very pleased to have been honored by Peerless Rockville," said Recreation and Parks Director Burt Hall. "These two projects were successful and well received largely due to a great deal of effective involvement among the residents from the two neighborhoods. As far as we're concerned that is the best and really the only way to conduct these types of projects."

The College Gardens Park originally opened in 1972. The redesigned six-acre park now features a park shelter, gazebo, play equipment, basketball courts, sand volleyball court, picnic tables, grills, benches, pathways, a rain garden and a storm water management pond with two overlook decks. The pond filters water runoff and removes trash and debris from an 80-acre sub-watershed of the Watts Branch.

The Fallsgrove Park is a seven-acre park located next to the Thomas Farm Community Center. It includes fitness and play equipment, a park shelter, a multi-use play field, picnic tables, grills, benches, walking paths, community garden plots, nature trails and tennis courts. The Carl Henn Millennium Trail runs nearby the park and community center.

Peerless Rockville, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Rockville's heritage, will honor seven other organizations or individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Rockville's historic and/or architectural character. This is the 31st year Peerless Rockville has presented Preservation Awards.

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