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Solicitation of Bids for the Leasing of Waterfowl Blinds
Sister Soldiers of the Civil War
M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation to Host MLB/RBI Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament
Bowie Family Walked Parks and Recreation Trails and Won Prizes --The Inaugural Winners of Wegmans Passport to Family Wellness
Tucker Road - Your Health and Wellness Destination!
Department of Parks and Recreation Statement Regarding the Passing of Wayne K. Curry
Parks and Recreation Tips for Beating the Heat Staying Cool While Out in the Parks
YOGA IN THE PARKS -- Free Yoga Classes with the Department of Parks and Recreation
Muster the Militia: Open House Weekend at Riversdale
M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County Demonstrates How Going OUT is IN this July
Blue Star Museums Salute to the Military
Jazz on the Lawn at Riversdale
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Announced as Finalist for the 2014 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation Competes for prestigious honor in the parks and recreation profession
Join Club 300 - Senior Walking Rewards Program
Discover the Suitland Bog
Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors - Outdoor Art Contest


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 24, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-627-6074; TTY 301-446-3302
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Solicitation of Bids for the Leasing of Waterfowl Blinds

Upper Marlboro, MD – On Friday, August 8, 2014, at Patuxent River Park, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Department of Parks and Recreations is leasing a limited number of blind sites for waterfowl hunting on park property.

Blind sites are awarded on a sealed bid basis. Sealed bids must be submitted no later than 12 p.m. to Patuxent River Park.

WHAT: Leasing for Waterfowl Blinds

WHEN: Friday, August 8, 2014

WHERE: Patuxent River Park, 18000 Croom Airport Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 23, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-868-1121; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Sister Soldiers of the Civil War

Clinton, MD – Although women were forbidden by social custom and army regulations to enter military service, a surprising number of women disguised themselves as young men and "went for a soldier." Join Audrey Scanlan-Teller, on Saturday, August 9, 2014, as she enlightens us on an unusual and courageous group of soldiers seldom discussed in Civil War history. Learn the tales of these women combatants who were ahead of their time as well as ours. Arrive early; limited seating

WHAT: Sister Soldiers of the Civil War

WHEN: Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 4PM - 5PM

WHERE: Suratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD 20735

Originally built as a middle-class farm house for John and Mary Surratt in 1852, the Surratt House is infamously connected to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. During the crucial decade before the Civil War, the house served as a tavern and hostelry, a post office, and a polling place. Today, the museum presents a variety of programs and events, recapturing the history of the mid-19th century life and focusing on the fascinating web of the Lincoln assassination conspiracy and the involvement of the Surratt family.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 11, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation to Host MLB/RBI Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament
The Washington Nationals Support Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities in Prince George’s County

Riverdale, MD – In partnership with Major League Baseball/Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program (MLB/RBI) the Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to host the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournaments.

Opening day will be at the Baysox’ Stadium in Bowie on Thursday, July 17 at 5 p.m. Two age brackets (13 -15 and 16 -18) from eight cities will be represented including Reading, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Harrisburg, PA; Baltimore, MD; Richmond, VA; Norfolk, VA; Durham, NC; and Prince Georges’ County, MD. Special invited guests include Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker. The first game will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday evening with Baltimore vs. Prince George’s County. The community is invited to the Bowie Baysox stadium for this FREE event to cheer on these local athletic teens.

The Washington Nationals will show their support by outfitting Prince George’s County’s finest baseball players in Nationals uniforms for the tournament. In addition, the Nationals will provide 500 game tickets for the tournament’s participating teams to see Major League action when the Milwaukee Brewers visit Nationals Park on Friday night, July 18. Players from Prince George’s County RBI teams will also be recognized that evening as part of the pregame ceremony.

“We are honored to partner with the Nationals and MLB/RBI for such a significant event,” said Ronnie Gathers, Director, of the Department of Parks and Recreation for Prince George’s County. “Providing opportunities for youth to engage in meaningful recreation activities that enriches their entire lives is priceless.”

The pool play games will begin on Friday, July 18 at Cosca Regional Park, Jericho Park (Bowie) and University of Maryland’s Softball Complex and continue through Saturday afternoon adding Riverdale Park to the lineup. The RBI Softball games will be played at Watkins Park on both days. Sunday, July 20 will be the Jr. & Sr. Championship games at Bowie Baysox’ Stadium (boys) and the University of Maryland Softball Complex (girls softball) from which the winners will go on an all-expenses paid trip to the MLB/RBI Worlds Series in Arlington, Texas on August 5 -17, 2014.

The M-NCPPC in partnership with the Washington Nationals offers free baseball clinics all summer long for boys and girls ages 7-15. The M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation maintains a working relationship with the Prince George's County Boys & Girls Club, Inc. The private, non-profit organization offers a variety of recreational sports for girls and boys ages 5-18, regardless of ability and/or skill level. For information about membership, teams, and more, visit the Prince George's County Boys & Girls Club website at http://pgcbgc.org.

RBI is a Major League Baseball youth outreach program designed to, increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among underserved youth, to encourage academic participation and achievement. To Increase the number of talented athletes prepared to play college and minor league sports, to promote greater inclusion of minorities in the mainstream games, and teach the value of teamwork.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 3, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Bowie Family Walked Parks and Recreation Trails and Won Prizes --The Inaugural Winners of Wegmans Passport to Family Wellness

Riverdale, MD – The Department of Parks and Recreation is happy to announce the Greene Family of Bowie, MD as our first winners in our partnership with Wegmans Passport to Family Wellness. This week the Greenes were presented with their certificate, a $100 Wegmans gift card and use of a Parks and Recreation Park Pavilion of their choice for a family cookout.

Anyone completing seven trail visits receives a Wegmans coupon. But, the Greene family, our first winners, visited 15 of our local trails, highlighted in the Passport, and has won the family cookout grand prize. “The children like the excitement of looking out for the posts,” says mom, Cara Greene, “…and going for snacks afterwards,” adds dad, David Greene. “It was good,” says Mallory, age 6. “My favorite part was when we went to the (Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail)…and got ice cream,” Mallory notes. Three-year old Gavin agrees. When asked if they’d do it again, Cara says, “Oh yeah! We invited our friends to come too…more people need to get out there. It was a great way to get our [pedometer] steps up.”

“To get involved and possibly be next year’s winner, all you have to do is pick up your ‘Passport to Family Wellness’ booklet at the Parks and Recreation Help Desk or print it directly from pgparks.com,” says Ronnie Gathers, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation for Prince George’s County. Gathers suggests, “…visit Parks and Recreation trails all around the County and walk, run or bike your way to health, happiness and prizes!” “One of our giving priorities is healthy eating and activity,” says David Trott, Service Manager for Wegmans at Woodmore. “I really think the community benefits from our partnership and support of staying healthy, active, and fit,” Trott continued.

In partnership with M-NCPPC, Wegmans provides a FREE pocket-sized trail guide called a “passport” for use by participants. The passport gives participants access to easy-to-read maps, fitness tips, and motivation in the form of prizes for trails hiked and recorded in the booklets. To participate, residents can get a passport at the Parks and Recreation Help Desk or print one from pgparks.com/Trails, and start their journey with family and friends. They record their travels by making a rubbing for the designated trail marker in their passport using a pencil or crayon. In return, residents receive incentive to get up and get outside to enjoy the summer weather, exercise, and eat better.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 3, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-203-6000; TTY 301-203-6030
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Tucker Road - Your Health and Wellness Destination!

Fort Washington, MD - Join the Department of Parks and Recreation for activities that emphasize healthy living! They’ll be Art in the Park for ages 6 and up from 10 a.m. to 12 noon to stimulate creativity and self-expression; Tennis for ages 6 and up to learn basic rules, stroke and hand/eye coordination 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Wellness Workshop for ages 13 & up emphasizes smart shopping, stress management and ways to get and stay active; Spin Bike Session for ages 13 and up from 10:30 am to 12 noon is an exhilarating workout to increase energy and tone muscles; and Yoga in the Park for ages 13 and up from 11 to 11:45 a.m. helps to improve health and flexibility.

Visit www.pgparks.com for a full schedule of activities in the Tucker Road
Health and Wellness Zone.

Activities will take place rain or shine!

WHAT: Tucker Road - Your Health and Wellness Destination

WHEN: Saturday, July 12, from 10AM – 12PM

WHERE: 1770 Tucker Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 2, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Department of Parks and Recreation Statement Regarding the Passing of Wayne K. Curry

It is with our sincerest condolences, that we express our deepest sympathies to the Curry family and all of the residents of Prince George’s County that will feel the loss of former Prince George’s County Executive the Honorable Wayne K. Curry.

Amongst many other things, Mr. Curry was a friend to the Maryland- National Park and Planning Commission and an advocate for Prince George’s County residents, which is why we recently honored him and his legacy during Black History Month.

Curry was a great leader, strong advocate, supporter, funder, and frequent user of the Department of Parks and Recreation. It was his devotion to the residents of Prince George’s County that led to the naming of the Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Center in his honor in November 2002. The facility would become a vital asset of both education and recreation in the immediate surrounding area and neighborhoods. Influenced by Curry’s desire to feature sports that were traditionally not accessible to African Americans such as swimming and gymnastics, the Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Center, owned and operated by the M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation, opened in April of 2000, featuring full aquatics, fitness, and gymnastics centers, indoor and outdoor track facilities, a learning center, a field house and lighted multipurpose fields for soccer, lacrosse and football.

The importance of having non-traditional sports in a community where basketball was the dominant milieu did not come without battles, however as an adjudicator for Prince George’s County residents and African American life in the County, Curry proved to be a consummate ambassador and visionary leader to its citizens. And, the Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Center has become the centerpiece for fitness, health and senior and youth programs in Prince George’s County. And, it will stand in the community to remind us of his commitment and steadfastness.



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 2, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Parks and Recreation Tips for Beating the Heat Staying Cool While Out in the Parks

Riverdale, MD – Parks and Recreation is encouraging residents to get out and stay active during the summer months and especially during the ‘Out Is In’ campaign for Park and Recreation Month. However, we want everyone to stay healthy and safe, in the heat, while they enjoy the great outdoors. We’ve gathered a few tips to keep in mind while you are out enjoying the parks and trails.

• Hydration is key! – Be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day and hydrate at frequent intervals to prevent maximum thirst.
o Drink cool – not cold water to prevent a sensation similar to brain freeze in your body.
• Wear sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
• Stay wet – Keep spray bottles of water around and spritz face and wrist to stay cool. You can also go for a swim or run through sprinklers at many of our facilities.
oWet a bandanna, place a few ice cubes down the center, diagonally, roll it up and tie it around your neck.
• Dress strategically – Wear white or light colors, especially on your feet.
• Eat cold foods – Ice cream, snow cones, popsicles, frozen fruit.
o Stay away from salty snacks such as chips – strip the body of natural sodium and fluids.
• Be aware of the signs of heatstroke
oStrong, rapid pulse
oElevated body temp
oExcessive thirst
oHot, dry skin
oDilated pupils
oDizziness
oNausea and vomiting
oHeadaches
oConfusion
oSeizures
• Be safe and have fun!
For a list of Cooling Centers or more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 2, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-6800; TTY 301-446-6802
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

YOGA IN THE PARKS -- Free Yoga Classes with the Department of Parks and Recreation

Riverdale, MD - Join us for FREE outdoor yoga classes in the parks! Learn basic yoga techniques and how to free your mind, body, and spirit in this popular fitness activity for all ages. Yoga can be modified to suit all levels of fitness and has the ability to lower blood pressure, increase strength and flexibility, energize your body and calm your mind.

Grab your water bottle, towel or yoga mat, and feel free to attend any of the classes at multiple M-NCPPC venues throughout Prince George’s County:

Tuesdays, July 1 - September 2, 2014, 9 - 10 am
Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774

Wednesdays, July 2 - September 3, 2014, 7- 8 pm
Bladensburg Waterfront Park
4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg 20710

Saturdays, July 5 - September 6, 2014, 8:30 -9:30 am
Good Luck Community Center
8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham 20706

Saturdays, July 5 - September 6, 2014, 9-10 am
Lake Artemesia Natural Area
8200 55th Avenue, Berwyn Heights 20740

Mondays, July 7- September 1, 2014, 6-7 pm
Oxon Hill Manor
6901 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill 20745

Saturdays, July 12, August 9, September 13 & October 11, 11 am - 12 noon; Sundays, July 27, August 24, September 28 & October 26, 3-4 pm; Saturdays, August 16, 23, 30 & September 6, 9-10 am
Tucker Road Athletic Complex
1770 Tucker Road, Fort Washington 20744

If unsure about a class being cancelled due to inclement weather, please call the weather line at 301-927-0822.

For more on Yoga in the Park or the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 1, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Muster the Militia: Open House Weekend at Riversdale

Riverdale Park, MD - In preparation for the upcoming Battle of Bladensburg, Riversdale invites you to step back into 1814 during the ‘Muster the Militia Weekend.’ The phrase, “The British are coming!” generally conjures images of Paul Revere and the American Revolution. But the same rang true in August of 1814, when British forces landed at Benedict, MD. From there, they began their march to Washington, defeating American troops at Bladensburg along the way. This victory allowed the British to continue to the Capital, where the Navy Yard, White House, Capitol, and other buildings were burned.

This July 26 and 27, Riversdale will join other 1812 sites across Maryland, DC, and Virginia and open its doors for FREE! Cooking demonstrations, children and family activities, and tours of the historic site will be going on each afternoon. Mrs. Calvert will even make an appearance on Sunday!

WHAT: Open House Weekend at Riverdale Park

WHEN: Saturday, July 26, 2014, 12:00PM – 3:30PM and Sunday, July 27, 2014, 12:00PM - 3:30PM

WHERE: 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park, MD 20737

This event is run in conjunction with the DC War of 1812 Commission and a list of other participating sites can be found at www.dcwarof1812.org

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 1, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County Demonstrates How Going OUT is IN this July

Riverdale, MD – From picnicking in the park instead of sitting inside at a table, from holding a meeting outdoors instead of sending an email, there are small ways you can make going OUT part of your daily routine. This July, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) are challenging everyone to get out and visit their community parks and recreation during national Park and Recreation Month.

This year’s theme, “OUT is IN,” encourages individuals, families, friends and coworkers to do something outside every day that they would normally do inside. The parks and facilities run by the M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County offer opportunities to go OUTside, get INspired, change your OUTlook and get INvolved.

“Providing access to parks, trails, innovative programming, arts and history is part of our mission,” says Ronnie Gathers, Director of Parks and Recreation. “We’re providing a full calendar of outdoor events every day of the week during July, and we invite the entire community to come outside with us and celebrate Park and Recreation Month.”

The M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation will celebrate Park and Recreation Month with outdoor concerts, Imagination Playgrounds, Discovery nature hikes, and scavenger hunts. And, there’s always tennis, golf, carousel rides, canoeing, horseback riding and splash parks.

In addition to getting involved in Park and Recreation Month locally, people are encouraged to take the OUT is IN 31-day social media challenge on Twitter and Instagram by posting photos of themselves doing typical inside activities outside with the hashtag #JulyOUTisIN.

To learn more about getting OUTside and INvolved during Park and Recreation Month, visit http://www.pgparks.com/Out_Is_In and http://www.nrpa.org/July. And, look for events on http://www.facebook.com/pgparks and http://www.twitter.com/pgparks

In partnership with Prince George’s County residents, the Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities, and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. We strive to preserve, enhance, and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org.

M-NCPPC’s Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 19, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-868-1121; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Blue Star Museums Salute to the Military

Clinton, MD – In honor of our armed forces, Surratt House Museum is offering free tours to active and retired service members through Labor Day. Take a history tour to find out what life was like for our Civil War ancestors.
Tours are given Wednesday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Up to five immediate dependents admitted free with a service member.

WHAT: Blue Star Museums Salute to the Military Tours

WHEN: Wednesdays - Fridays from 11AM - 3PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 12PM - 4PM

WHERE: 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD 20735

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 12, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Jazz on the Lawn at Riversdale

Riverdale Park, MD – As the sun sets, bring a blanket or lawn chair to Riversdale’s beautiful grounds and enjoy the grass under your toes and the jazz wafting through the air. Pack up the family and a picnic for these FREE concerts!

In the event of rain, concerts move inside. Concerts will be held from 7- 8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings this summer.

WHAT: Jazz on the Lawn at Riversdale

WHEN: The following Wednesdays from 7- 8PM
• July 2 - Bay Jazz Project
• July 16 - Gina DeSimone & the Moaners
• July 30 - The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation Jambassadors
• August 13 - The Susan Jones Jazz Quartet

WHERE: 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park, MD 20737

Jazz on the Lawn is supported by the Town of Riverdale Park and a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 27, 2014
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Announced as Finalist for the 2014 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation Competes for prestigious honor in the parks and recreation profession

Riverdale, MD – The Maryland- National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) was announced as a finalist for the 2014 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is an unprecedented five-time National Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in park and recreation management, competing with the top park and recreation agencies in the nation and winning this award on five separate occasions, most recently in 2003.

“We are proud of the joint award submission of Prince George's and Montgomery counties’ parks, recreation and planning systems,” says Ronnie Gathers, Director, M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation for Prince George’s County. “The fact that we have been named a finalist in this year’s competition speaks to the benefits of M-NCPPC’s commitment to outstanding parks and recreation opportunities and experiences for all the residents in the bi-county region,” Gathers continued.

The M-NCPPC administers a park system of more than 52,000 acres. It is composed of stream valley parks, large regional parks, neighborhood parks and park-school recreation areas. Since 1927, the M-NCPPC facilities, programs and responsibilities have continued to evolve and expand to keep pace with the needs of the community. From the responsibility for the entire public recreation program in Prince George's County, to building and strengthening ongoing regional business partnerships, the M-NCPPC has continued to plan, fund and deliver quality, innovative programs, facilities and services for nearly a century.

Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of residents, staff and elected officials. M-NCPPC joins three other finalists in the Class I competition including Chicago Park District, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation in Georgia, and Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities in Arizona. Class I is the largest population class that will compete for grand honors this year. The winner will be announced in October at the National Recreation and Park Association Congress.

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Applications are separated into seven classes, with five classes based on population, one class for armed forces recreation communities and one for state park systems.

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration is a non-profit organization founded to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks. For more information, visit www.aapra.org.

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org.

For more information about The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, visit mncppc.org. And, for more information about the Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 14, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3400; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Join Club 300 - Senior Walking Rewards Program

Landover, MD – Seniors, lift your mood, move your feet and make this summer memorable - one mile at a time! Join Club 300, a FREE senior walking program to encourage seniors to get healthier by walking more.

You can choose where and when you walk – inside, outside, or even on a treadmill! You could virtually walk the 300 miles from Ocean City to Cumberland, Maryland. Seniors can earn Club 300 rewards for every 100 miles you walk! Walking helps to maintain a healthy weight, improves balance and coordination and helps strengthen your bones.

Register online at www.pgparks.com/Club300.htm and pick up your Club 300 packet at Senior Health and Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 21 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex. Your packet will include a Club 300 t-shirt, a pedometer, trail maps, a walking log, and a list of our Club 300 group walks.

For more information, call the Special Programs Division at 301-446-3400.
For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 18, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-627-7755; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Discover the Suitland Bog

Suitland, MD - Join a Department of Parks and Recreation Park Ranger and discover the uniqueness of the Suitland Bog, a rare example of a hillside magnolia bog in Prince George's County. This bog is now a unique wetland within the Washington Metropolitan Area. Guided tours of the wetlands will be conducted once a month into the Fall. Register through Smart Link or call the Park Ranger Office at 301-627-7755.
Tour dates are scheduled for Saturdays, 10AM – 2PM (weather permitting):
• May 17, 2014
• June 7, 204
• July 5, 2014
• August 2, 2014
• September, 13, 2014

Located at: The 6000 block of Suitland Road, Suitland, MD 20747

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, see pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks. The Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 15, 2014
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3466; TTY 301-446-3401
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors - Outdoor Art Contest

Upper Marlboro, MD – M-NCPPC and the Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors Foundation are pleased to partner for the second year in presenting the Get to Know Your Wild Neighbor Art Contest. The contest begins on May 1 and ends on November 1, 2014 and is open to youth up to 19 years old.

The Prince George’s County launch will take place on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Watkins Nature Center (301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.) The morning session, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., is reserved for school field trips. The center will be open to the general public to participate in the program from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Local artists will be onsite to work with attendees.

Youth are asked to get outdoors and interpret their outdoor experiences using any art form. So, whether their outdoor experience begins with a single tree in a backyard, neighborhood, regional park or a national forest, the contest offers youth the opportunity to connect with, create and celebrate their local biodiversity.

For information on classes and activities offered by the Department of Parks and Recreation, see www.pgparks.com and stay connected on facebook.com/pgparks and twitter.com/pgparks.
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