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Xtreme Teens Hosts 10th Annual Hip Hop Poetry Choir
Maryland-National Capital Park Police Appoint New Chief of Prince George’s County Division
New Maryland Law Prohibits Smoking in All M-NCPPC Parks and Facilities Effective June 30
Old Maryland Farm Presents Animal and Insect Demonstrations, Care and Family Friendly Education all Summer Long
Watkins Nature Center Presents Family Friendly Activities all Summer Long Creature Features, Nature Crafts, Nature Hikes and Live Animal Shows
Summer Concerts, Performances & Movies 2016 Presented by the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation
MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION INVITES PUBLIC INPUT ON UPDATES TO PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS
Prince George's Department of Parks and Recreation's presents Safe Summer Teen Fest and the Safe Summer Program
Attend the 9th Annual Juneteenth Festival at Walker Mill Regional Park
Public Reception and Exhibition for Kevin Rohde
The Department of Parks and Recreation Publick Playhouse Presents Sizzling Summer Concerts at the Publick Playhouse
Opening Reception: Between the Real & Imagined and Artist Talk featuring Carol Barsha
The Department of Parks and Recreation Montpelier Arts Center Presents Spatial Interpretation: 35th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition and Reception
Department of Parks and Recreation Holiday Schedule for Memorial Day 2016
Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation and Blue Star Museums Salute to the Military
Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation Wants Your Input on Trails
Exhibition and Public Reception for Melissa Burley
Seeking Vendors for the Reenactor Yard Sale at Darnall’s Chance House Museum
Parks and Recreation Announces Enterprise Golf Course Memberships
Seeking Exhibitors for the Brandywine Community Flea Market
Girls Softball Explosion at Watkins Regional Park
Artist Exhibition and Public Reception at Montpelier Arts Center for Judith Kornett
20th Annual Montpelier Herbs, Teas and the Arts Festival
Girl Scout Day at the Darnall’s Chance House Museum
TicketMaster Outlet at The Show Place Arena Closing
FEATURE: Law Enforcement and First Responders Meet and Greet Make Impact with Disability Community
M-NCPPC Wins 2015 Public Building of the Year Award
National Excellence in Inclusion Award Goes to Department of Parks and Recreation
M-NCPPC “BEST IN NATION” WITH UNPRECEDENTED SIXTH GOLD MEDAL AWARD WIN


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JUNE 28, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3466; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com

Xtreme Teens Hosts 10th Annual Hip Hop Poetry Choir

Riverdale, MD – Department of Parks and Recreation Xtreme Teens program is hosting A FREE performance featuring the poetry created by the participants of the 9th Annual Expressions: Talk Up, Not Down 2016 poetry camp. 35 County youth spent a week working with master poets learning to use poetry as a positive tool of expression. The poets: Neville Adams, Christopher Fields, Desire Johnson, Sekeithia Johnson, Karin Wilkinson, Sistah Joy visual artists Pierre Dennis and Lillian Shaw spent the week working with the youth teaching them how to use their voice for positive expression. The poems created by the youth provide a unique look into the modern teen who is dealing with many issues associated with growing up in the 21st Century.

WHAT: 10th Annual Hip Hop Poetry Choir
WHEN: Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM
WHERE: Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD 20715
Open to all


The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s Department of Parks and Recreation is committed to providing positive recreation activities to youth, families and the community as a whole. Xtreme Teens is all about pushing the limits of traditional recreation. It’s about being able to express yourself, explore something new, make new friends and most of all — have fun! Xtreme Teens provides programs, classes, facilities and other fun things to do for teens ages 13-17 and pre-teens 10-12.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 27, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com

Maryland-National Capital Park Police Appoint New Chief of Prince George’s County Division

Riverdale, MD – The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division announces the appointment of Stanley (Stan) Johnson to Park Police Commander, effective Sunday, July 3, 2016. He has been serving as Acting Commander since the retirement of former Commander Larry Brownlee.

Johnson began his career with M-NCPPC in 1986 as a Patrol Officer and progressively moved up the ranks, serving in both Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. He obtained a wealth of knowledge in law enforcement and community policing, along with command level management experience. Throughout his career, Johnson assumed direct responsibility for every operational component within the Park Police Division, including Patrol Operations, Investigative Operations, Communications, Records Management, Training, Administration, and Special and Technical Operations. He also served as the Park Police public information officer for 16 years, and worked to build excellent relationships that have helped foster a positive image of our Park Police in the community.

“Stan Johnson has consistently demonstrated his commitment to the mission of the Park Police Division through professionalism and service,” said Ronnie Gathers, Director of Parks and Recreation. “I am confident that he will be successful in this new position and be a role model for his command staff and officers to ensure that our parks and facilities continue to be a safe and secure environment while building partnerships with the communities we serve,” concluded Gathers.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Johnson holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management with a focus in Police Executive Leadership, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management. In addition, he has attended the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development School (FBI-LEEDS) and New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management (NEILEM) program.

One of Johnson’s major accomplishments has been managing the accreditation process with the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Under his leadership, Johnson managed and coordinated the achievement of five CALEA accreditations by the Prince George’s County Park Police Division. He has served as a CALEA accreditation assessor of other agencies for the past 10 years.

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division consists of 117 authorized sworn personnel, 29 civilian employees and approximately 40 volunteers. Title 17, Subtitle 3, Land Use Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland provides the authority to enforce Maryland laws and local ordinances, as well as the rules and regulations specific to The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). The Maryland-National Capital Park Police are tasked with protecting approximately 27,000 acres of park property in Prince George’s County, as well as those who visit and staff M-NCPPC sites.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 22, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3300; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING
CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
PHONE: 301-446-3327 or Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com

New Maryland Law Prohibits Smoking in All M-NCPPC Parks and Facilities Effective June 30

Riverdale, MD - A new Maryland law, effective June 30, 2016, requires the adoption of regulations that broadly prohibit smoking of lighted tobacco on property under the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s governance. The regulations will broaden the M-NCPPC’s prohibitions on smoking, use of e-cigarettes, and use of smokeless tobacco in enclosed facilities and vehicles, by expanding the restriction on smoking of lighted tobacco to all outdoor areas.

All smoking of lighted tobacco (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, etc.,) is prohibited in M-NCPPC parks and facility grounds located in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. The impact of this law is significant; the prohibition on smoking of lighted tobacco applies to all outdoor areas including parking areas, parks, trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, maintenance yards, ball fields, outdoor pools, etc. Smoking areas will no longer be designated in these outdoor areas. Use of lighted tobacco is a violation of regulations required by state law and subject to fines.

The only exemption is the allowance of designated outdoor smoking areas at specifically designated, revenue-generating facilities such as rental venues.

In summary:
• Use of lighted tobacco is prohibited in all indoor and outdoor M-NCPPC facilities/venues and vehicles
• Use of e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco is prohibited in all M-NCPPC enclosed facilities and vehicles. It may be restricted in certain outdoor areas, as designated by signage.

The new law addresses concerns related to second hand smoke and encourages healthy lifestyles. Not using tobacco products benefits the environment, and also benefits park visitors as well as M-NCPPC staff:
• Ability to play harder and breathe easier! It improves the air quality for those using our parks.
• It reduces the risk of fire.
• Helps the environment thrive! It reduces the impact of litter that harms wildlife, water supply systems and the soil.
• It may motivate residents to quit or reduce their use of tobacco products so they can spend more time walking, jogging, biking or doing yoga in our parks.

Questions regarding the policy may be directed to the M-NCPPC Policy Office at 301-454-1740. A number of resources are available to individuals who want to quit smoking, including Maryland’s 1-800 – Quit - Now.

Signage will be posted in all parks and facilities reminding patrons of the new regulations required by state law and that violations will be subject to fines.

The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within Prince George’s County communities. The Department strives 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 Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 20, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6770; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com

Old Maryland Farm Presents Animal and Insect Demonstrations, Care and Family Friendly Education all Summer Long

Upper Marlboro, MD – The Department of Parks and Recreation, Old Maryland Farm wants you to learn all about the animals, insects and the garden this summer. There’s plenty to do and lots to learn and love on The Old Maryland Farm.

Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Resident Cost: $4 Non-resident Cost: $5
Audience: 5 & up
Reservations required, call 301-218-6770.


WHEN: 06/30/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Basic Horse Care
- What care do horses require? Join us to learn just some of the basics you need to know to care for a horse. Feeding, training and health care will be discussed and animal demonstrations will take place.

WHEN: 07/07/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Rabbit Care
- Is a rabbit the right pet for you? Come to this informative program and find out. Rabbit husbandry, handling and disorders will be discussed. Guests will have an opportunity to interact with the Old Maryland Farm rabbits and ask questions.

WHEN: 07/14/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Gardening and Composting at Old Maryland Farm
- Learn what to plant in a mid-summer garden for your fall harvest and participate in a hands-on take home planting project. Learn about composting your spring plant waste to produce rich garden soil for next year’s garden.

WHEN: 07/21/2016 from 2- 3 PM
ABC's of Honey Bees
- Did you ever wonder about the amazing honeybee? Learn about these industrious insects. How they pollinate crops, produce honey, and live in a social society.

WHEN: 07/28/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Butterflies and Monarch Way Station Workshop
- Learn about different types of butterflies and how to attract them. Plant and take home a plant so that you too can attract these winged wonders. Learn how to take part in special butterfly conservation projects, Monarch way stations, habitat monitoring, and tagging here at the Old Maryland Farm and at home.

WHEN: 08/04/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Sheep Wool and Farming
- Learn origins, characteristics and requirements for farming sheep and wool. Discover the manner in which wool is harvested. Learn the process that raw wool and lanolin takes in order to become the products that we use.

WHEN: 08/11/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Learn About Livestock
- Take a guided tour through the farm and learn the origins of various farm animals, their characteristics and habits. Learn the beneficial role farm animals have in the lives of people.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 17, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6702; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com

Watkins Nature Center Presents Family Friendly Activities all Summer Long Creature Features, Nature Crafts, Nature Hikes and Live Animal Shows

Upper Marlboro, MD – The Department of Parks and Recreation, Watkins Nature Center is providing family friendly entertainment all summer long. Meet and learn about the center’s live birds of prey, live reptiles close, discovery nature hikes and nature crafts! There’s plenty to do and lots to learn and love about nature.

Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Resident Cost: $3 Non-resident Cost: $4 (unless otherwise specified)
Reservations required, please call 301-218-6702


WHEN: 06/25/2016 from 9:30 – 11 AM
Explore Insects - Take a short hike and explore the world of insects. Learn about their life cycles and how they can be harmful or helpful.
Audience: ages 5 -13
Resident Cost: $4 Non-resident Cost: $6

WHEN: 07/05/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Creature Feature: All About Reptiles
- Meet and learn about the center’s live Reptiles. Meet these scaly creatures up close and pet some of them!
Audience: 2 & up

WHEN: 07/06/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Nature Craft
- Enjoy a hands-on nature craft activity, meet a live animal, and enjoy a story.
Audience: ages 2-10

WHEN: 07/07/2016 from 2 – 2:45 PM
Puppet Show
- Enjoy seasonal-themed puppet shows and meet a live animal
Audience: 2 & up

WHEN: 07/08/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Creature Feature: All About Raptors
- Meet and learn about the center’s live birds of prey. See these creatures up close and personal.
Audience: 3 & up

WHEN: 07/09/2016 from 10-11 AM
Family Discovery Hike
- Take a hike with a naturalist! Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
Audience: 4 & up

WHEN:07/20/2016 from 2- 3 PM
Nature Craft
- Enjoy a hands-on nature craft activity, meet a live animal, and enjoy a story.
Audience: ages 2-10

WHEN: 07/21/2016 from 2 – 2:45 PM
Puppet Show
- Enjoy seasonal-themed puppet shows and meet a live animal
Audience: 2 & up

WHEN: 07/23/2016 from 10 - 11:00 AM
Live Animal Show
- Meet the nature center’s live animals including insects, reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey.
Audience: 2 & up

WHEN: 07/30/2016 from 10 - 11:00 AM
Creature Feature: All About Reptiles Event
- Meet and learn about the center’s live Reptiles. Meet these scaly creatures up close and pet some of them!
Audience: 2 & up

WHEN: 08/06/2016 from 10 – 11 AM
Nature Craft
- Enjoy a hands-on nature craft activity, meet a live animal, and enjoy a story.
Audience: 2 & up

WHEN:08/13/2016 from 10 - 11:00 AM
Creature Feature: All About Raptors
- Meet and learn about the center’s live birds of prey. See these creatures up close and personal.
Audience: 3 & up

WHEN: 08/20/2016 from 10-11 AM
Family Discovery Hike
- Take a hike with a naturalist! Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
Audience: 4 & up

WHEN: 08/27/2016 from 10 - 11:00 AM
Live Animal Show
- Meet the nature center’s live animals including insects, reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey.
Audience: 2 & up


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 13, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3300; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com

Summer Concerts, Performances & Movies 2016 Presented by the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation

Riverdale, MD - The parks are alive with the sounds of music and drama. Enjoy a variety of summer evening concerts including, jazz, rock ‘n roll, country, soul, hip-hop, and blues music at parks throughout Prince George’s County. For up-to-date information about summer concerts and movies, visit: www.pgparks.com and click on Calendar of Events. Grab a blanket or lawn chairs, pack a picnic dinner and bring your family and friends to relax and enjoy hot fun in the summertime!

Arts at the Waterfront
Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg 20710
Join us for FREE Sunday evening performances as the sun sets over this unique urban watershed.
Sunday, July 3, 6–7:30 pm
The Brian Cunningham Project (Jazz, R&B)
Sunday, July 10, 6–7:30 pm
Dr. S.O. Feelgood Music Man (Blues, Soul)
Sunday, July 17, 6–7:30 pm
The Uncle Devin Show (Children, Family, Educational)
Sunday, July 24, 6–7:30 pm
U.S. Navy Band, County Current (Country, Bluegrass)
Sunday, July 31, 6–7:30 pm
Trio Caliente (Latin, Flamenco)

Concerts in the Park! On the Green at Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a FREE concert on the Green at beautiful Watkins Regional Park.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Thursday, June 23, 7 – 8:30 pm
Joe Falero & the DC Latin All Stars - Award winning Latin Salsa will get you up and moving!
Thursday, June 30, 7– 8:30 pm
Vinyl Groove - A multi-talented vocal group that sings the best R&B dance music from the 70s including Motown, Philly, and Classic Disco.
Thursday, July 7, 7– 8:30 pm
Coniece Washington - Experience a jazz vocalist and recording artist who captivates her audience with distinctive sultry stylings.
Thursday, July 14, 7:30–9:30 pm

Shakespeare in the Park presents Twelfth Night
Thursday, July 21, 7–8:30 pm
Kelly Bell Band - Voted “Best Blues Band” in the Mid-Atlantic region 12 years in a row and among the most genre-expanding acts on today’s blues scene.
Thursday, July 28, 7–8:30 pm
Junkyard Saints - A DC/Baltimore-based band with full horn section performing its own brand of New Orleans-style party music, blending funk, swing, Latin, R&B, with a splash of zydeco to round out the mix.
Thursday, August 4, 7–8:30 pm
Moonshine Society - Roots rock, blues, and old school R&B in a style guaranteed to keep audiences dancing.

M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, presents Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Parks 2016 Twelfth Night
“If music be the food of love, play on,” says Duke Orsino in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Shipwrecks, mistaken identity, and a character by the name of Sir Toby Belch round out the adventure, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. Relax under the stars and enjoy Shakespeare’s poetry and song with your family. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a FREE performance in your favorite park! For more information call 301-446-3232 or visit arts.pgparks.com.
Thursday, July 7 & Friday, July 8, 7:30 pm
Magruder Park, 40th Avenue & Hamilton Street, Hyattsville 20782
Rain location: City of Hyattsville, Multipurpose Room, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville 20781
Saturday, July 9, 7:30 pm
Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills 20748
Rain location: Hillcrest Heights, Community Center Gym
Sunday, July 10, 3 pm
Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie 20715
Wednesday, July 13, 7:30 pm
Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale 20737
Rain location: Riverdale, Elementary School, 5006 Riverdale Road, Riverdale 20737
Thursday, July 14, 7:30 pm
Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774
Rain location: Largo/Kettering/Perrywood Community Center
431 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774
Friday, July 15, 7:30 pm
Montpelier Mansion Grounds*, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel 20708
Rain location: Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel 20708
Saturday, July 16, 7:30 pm
Fairwood Community Park, 12390 Annapolis Road, Bowie 20720
Rain location: Glenn Dale Community Center, 11901 Glenn Dale Boulevard (Rte 193), Glenn Dale 20769
Sunday, July 17, 3 pm
Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington 20744
*This performance will be interpreted for the hearing impaired.

Jazz on the Lawn
Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park 20737
Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and enjoy FREE performances by some of the area’s top jazz musicians. In the event of rain, concerts will be moved inside the mansion. These concerts are supported by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the town of Riverdale Park.
Wednesday, June 22, 7 pm
Daraja Ensemble
Wednesday, July 6, 7 pm
Seth Kibel Quartet
Wednesday, July 20, 7 pm
TBA
Wednesday, August 3, 7 pm
Stacy Brooks Quintet
Wednesday, August 17, 7 pm
Gina de Simone & the Moaners

Summer Concerts at Fairwood Community Park
Fairwood Community Park, 12390 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie 20720
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a FREE performance in your community park! All ages; FREE
Sunday, June 12, 7:30 pm
Let It Flow Band
Saturday, July 16, 7:30 pm
Twelfth Night
Sunday, August 14, 7:30 pm
David Bach and Band

Jazz at Lake Artemesia
Lake Artemesia, 55th Avenue & Berwyn Road, Berwyn Heights 20740
Rain location: Berwyn Heights Senior Center, 8603 57th Ave., Berwyn Heights 20740
Thursday, July 7, 6–8 pm
Susan Jones Jazz Quartet featuring Jan Knutson - Bring a blanket or a chair, a picnic and sit back to enjoy or dance to some of your jazz favorites. This quartet features swinging jazz violin music peppered with a Latin flavor, along with grooving guitar, bass and drums. Also featured will be 17-year old guitar phenomena Jan Knutson.

38th Annual Montpelier Summer Concert Series
Montpelier Mansion Grounds, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel 20708
M-NCPPC and The South Laurel Recreation Council invite you to bring a friend, picnic, blanket and/or chair to enjoy a variety of FREE performances on the west lawn of the mansion grounds. For a taste of theater, attend an evening of Prince George’s Summer Shakespeare Festival’s production of Twelfth Night. People of all ages will enjoy these FREE concerts and performances.
Friday, June 24, 7:30–9:30 pm
Gary and the Groove: Rock ’n Roll
Friday, July 8, 7:30–9:30 pm
Split2nd Band: Popular Music
Friday, July 15, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Twelfth Night
Friday, July 22, 7:30–9:30 pm
BlueTrain: Progressive Bluegrass
Friday, August 5, 7:30–9:30 pm
The Winstons: Motown, Oldies, Soul

Beltsville Community Center Summer Concerts
Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville 20705
M-NCPPC & the Beltsville Recreation Council invite you to bring your family and friends to enjoy FREE musical performances. Concerts begin at 7 pm. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit comfortably!
Saturday, June 25, 7 pm
The NoWhere Men Like to dance? Love that Motown sound, the great horn bands of the 60s and 70s & from Earth, Wind, & Fire, The Four Tops, Chicago & Stevie Wonder, then you’ll love The NoWhere Men.
Saturday, July 16, 7 pm
The New Romanos - Established more than 50 years ago, the band has built a reputation for mixing the songs you grew up dancing to with today’s hits.

Oxon Hill Manor’s Summer Concert Series
Oxon Hill Manor, 6901 Oxon Hill, Oxon Hill 20745
Enjoy evenings of music and intimacy at historic Oxon Hill Manor. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets or sit on patio chairs and relax while overlooking the beautiful views of the Potomac River and National Harbor. Catered food can be purchased for your enjoyment. Please RSVP by calling or sending an email to ohmanor@pgparks.com.
Tuesday, July 12, 6:30–9 pm

Summer Jazz—Relax and Release…
18 & up; Fee: $5/person
Tuesday, August 16, 6:30–9 pm
Reggae and Rum - Rum sips will be provided with additional rum available for purchase.
21 & up; Fee: $10/person

For a complete and downloadable version of the full Summer Performances & Movies 2016 schedule, visit:http://buff.ly/1WLLbAm


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 10, 2016

Media Contacts:
Melissa Chotiner
Media Relations Manager, Montgomery Parks
Melissa.Chotiner@MontgomeryParks.org
O: 301-650-2866 C: 202-351-9063

Kira Calm Lewis
Media Relations Manager, Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation
Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com
O: 301-446-3327 C: 301-704-5272

MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION INVITES PUBLIC INPUT ON UPDATES TO PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS
Oral, written and online comments to be accepted through July 1, 2016

SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parks and Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation Departments, which are part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission are inviting the public to provide input on proposed revisions to the Commission’s Park Rules and Regulations. The Rules and Regulations were last updated in March 2001, and are being revised to better reflect today’s use of the parks, facilities and amenities.

A public meeting about the proposed changes will take place at 7 p.m. on July 7 at:

Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center
7120 Contee Road
Laurel, Maryland 20707

A draft of the new rules and regulations is currently available at www.mncppc.org. The public may provide comments and questions at the meeting, or via email at commentonparkrules@mncppc.org, or by mail to:

M-NCPPC
c/o Rules and Regulations Review Committee
6611 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 200
Riverdale, MD 20737

The public input period will end at 5 p.m. on July 1, 2016. Public input will be considered before the Commission enacts new rules and regulations.

“We are updating the rules and regulations to provide greater flexibility in defining the many ways the public can access our parks, facilities and amenities,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks. “This approach strikes an important balance so that we can make appropriate site-specific decisions.”

Ronnie Gathers, Director of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, said, “Park rules and regulations are put in place to maintain safe and enjoyable recreation experiences in all of our parks and facilities. We are committed to the fair and equitable use of our parks and recreation facilities by all residents and visitors.”
A sampling of the activities covered by the rules and regulations includes:

•Commercial activities in parks such as food truck and merchandise vendors, vendors who post lawn sign advertisements, and unsanctioned “fitness consultants”
•Unpermitted regular use of athletic fields by large groups who may organize via social media
•Use of bicycles on trails

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Montgomery Parks and the Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County are departments of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land and later to operate parks and recreation systems. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems; it is a six-time National Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in parks and recreation management and programming.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 8, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3437; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com

Prince George's Department of Parks and Recreation's presents Safe Summer Teen Fest and the Safe Summer Program

GREENBELT, MD- Kick off the summer season in style with the Safe Summer Teen Fest and the Safe Summer program!

At Teen Fest, teens ages 13-17 will enjoy various activities including basketball, swimming, art, live entertainment, and more. Safe Summer Teen Fest is a free event and will take place at Allentown Splash, Tennis, and Fitness Park on Saturday, June 18, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

What's hot? Safe Summer! This program for participants ages 12-24 provides a late night safe haven for individuals to have fun trying recreational activities. Safe Summer runs at various M-NCPPC sites from Friday, June 24 - Saturday, August 13, 2016. Hours and ages vary by location.

For more information, visit www.pgxtremeteens.com.

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Teen Fest); Friday, June 24 - Saturday, August 13, 2016 (Safe Summer program)
Where: Allentown Splash, Tennis, and Fitness Park (7210 Allentown Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744) (Teen Fest); Various sites (Safe Summer program)
Cost: Free
Ages: 13-17 (Teen Fest); 12-24 (Safe Summer programs)
Reservations: Register in SMARTlink using barcode number 1656165 (Teen Fest)


The Department of Parks and Recreation's Xtreme Teens program is designed with teens in mind. The program offers a variety of activities from sports, girls-only programming, arts, and workshops, among others.

The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 2, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 240-264-3415; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: Kira Calm Lewis
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgarks.com

Attend the 9th Annual Juneteenth Festival at Walker Mill Regional Park

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, MD - The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation will host the 9th Annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 18th.

This free event at Walker Mill Regional Park features activities for the entire family. There will be genealogy workshops, live entertainment, musical performances, and interactive children's activities. Local art and food vendors will be on site throughout the day. Genealogy workshops will be held at Watkins Nature Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with free shuttle bus service to and from Walker Mill Regional Park.

Scheduled performers include Anthony Swamp Dog Clarke, The Doo Wop Cops, Malcolm X Drummers, master storyteller Baba Jamal Koram, and the BRENCORE Allstars.

For more information, visit the Juneteenth Festival page.

WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 2016, 12 noon - 5 p.m.
WHERE: Walker Mill Regional Park (8840 Walker Mill Road, District Heights, MD 20747)
COST: Free
No reservations required.(/both)

Juneteenth is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the final announcement of the abolition of slavery in 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American citizens throughout the United States. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a combination of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in most states.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 18, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-377-7800; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
PHONE: 301-446-3306; MOBILE: 240-417-9865

Public Reception and Exhibition for Kevin Rohde

LAUREL, MD – The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation’s Montpelier Arts Center invites guests to the public reception of Kevin Rohde’s work and to view his exhibition.

With his body of ceramic figurative sculptures, Kevin Rohde examines our relationship with clothing, and its use as a symbol to question ideas of consumerism, classicism, and societal development. The similarities between the fiber of fabric and the fiber of muscle blur and become interchangeable, which in turn, questions our relationship to the natural world.

Attend his public reception on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Montpelier Arts Center. Return for the exhibition of Rohde’s work from Friday, June 10-Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both events are free and no reservations are required.

When: Friday, June 10, 2016, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Reception); Friday, June 10 - Sunday, July 31, 2016,
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Exhibition)
Where: Montpelier Arts Center (9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708)
Cost: Free

No reservations required

The Montpelier Arts Center is located on the grounds of the historic Montpelier Mansion. It houses three galleries, artist studios, gas and electric kilns and offers an extensive class and workshop program to the public.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 26, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-277-1710; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
OFFICE: 301-446-3306; Anita.Pesses@pgparks.com

The Department of Parks and Recreation Publick Playhouse Presents Sizzling Summer Concerts at the Publick Playhouse

CHEVERLY, MD – Get ready for Sizzling Summer Concerts coming to the Publick Playhouse in June! There’s something for everyone from the slammin’ sounds of funk to hot Latin rhythms. Choose to attend any or ALL of the nine performances below. Purchase tickets at the Publick Playhouse box office (5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, MD 20784) or call 301-277-1710.

Trio Caliente
Saturday, June 3, 2016, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20/person

Clones of Funk
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20/person

Joe Falero & DC Latin Jazz Allstars
Friday, June 10, 2016, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20/person

The Tribe Band
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20/person

The Fabulous Hubcaps
Friday, June 17, 2016, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20/person

Orquesta La Romana
Friday, June 24, 2016, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20/person

Juneteenth Concert Celebration
Sunday, June 19, 2016, 4 p.m.
Tickets: $20/person

Afro Bop Alliance
Friday, June 24, 2016, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20/person

A Tribute to the Music of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $30/person; $25/person (seniors, students or groups of 20 or more)

First opened as the Cheverly Theatre in 1947, the Publick Playhouse was a neighborhood institution, the flagship of the Sidney Lust chain of movie houses. Today, known for its comfortable, inviting space and great acoustics, the Publick Playhouse is one of the best performing arts venues in the greater Washington, DC area. The Playhouse serves as a popular venue for music and modern dance, musical theater, historical drama, educational programs and monthly events for seniors.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 26, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-277-2863; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
OFFICE: 301-446-3306; Anita.Pesses@pgparks.com

Opening Reception: Between the Real & Imagined and Artist Talk featuring Carol Barsha

BRENTWOOD, MD – Explore the exhibition Between the Real & the Imagined or attend an artist talk featuring Carol Barsha at the Brentwood Arts Exchange during the month of June.

Between the Real & the Imagined explores the interpretation of nature in imaginary and fantastical forms. This two-person exhibition features colorful paintings by Carol Barsha and sculptural biomorphic installations by Jackie Brown. It uses imagination, observation, and invention to transport us to a place where things we recognize as nature blur seamlessly into places we know aren’t real.

The Artist Talk features Carol Barsha discussing her vast body of work with the audience. Studying this method since the 1970s, her work consists of closely observed studies from nature that, once distilled, undergo a transformation into larger-than-life versions of themselves. Barsha’s goal is to explore the exquisite beauty of simple and complex structures in the visual world.

Attend the public reception of Between the Real & Imagined on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Return to the Center for the Artist Talk on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Both events are free and no reservations are required.

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016, 5-8 p.m. (Reception); Saturday, June 25, 2016, 2-3 p.m. (Artist Talk)
Where: Brentwood Arts Center (3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD 20737)
Cost: Free


The Brentwood Arts Exchange is The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s component of the public-private partnership Gateway Arts Center, serving as an anchor for Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District. Dedicated to presenting and promoting the visual arts, the Brentwood Arts Exchange features a contemporary art gallery displaying diverse exhibitions, a Craft Store promoting local artisans, and a dynamic arts learning classroom/workshop. In addition to the Brentwood Arts Exchange, the Center is also home to the following: a dozen artists' studios and the Gateway Community Development Corporation’s 39th Street Gallery.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 26, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-377-7800; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
OFFICE: 301-446-3306; Anita.Pesses@pgparks.com

The Department of Parks and Recreation Montpelier Arts Center Presents Spatial Interpretation: 35th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition and Reception

LAUREL, MD – Traverse the realm of installation art in Montpelier Arts Center at Spatial Interpretation, the 35th Annual Invitational Sculpture Reception and Exhibition, created by four Maryland artists.

Leah Cooper draws in a non-traditional way that brings attention to three-dimensional art by highlighting lines and shapes created by shadows. Rob Hackett uses mixed media forms sketched into three dimensions by responding to a wall or space used as a drawing board.

Elizabeth Kendall, a ceramicist, defines space with the conversation between her hands and clay. Working with synthetic materials, Nara Park often uses plastic packaging boxes as building material to create walls and spaces in relation to the permanence of technology versus natural resources.

Attend the public reception of Spatial Interpretation on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Return to the Center for the exhibition from Friday, June 10 - Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both events are free and no reservations are required.

When: Friday, June 10, 2016, 7-9 p.m. (Reception); Friday, June 10 - Sunday, July 31, 2016, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Exhibition)
Where: Montpelier Arts Center (9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708)
Cost: Free


The Montpelier Arts Center is located on the grounds of the historic Montpelier Mansion. It houses three galleries, artist studios, gas and electric kilns and offers an extensive class and workshop program to the public.

The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 24, 2016
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
OFFICE: 301-446-3306; Anita.Pesses@pgparks.com

Department of Parks and Recreation Holiday Schedule for Memorial Day 2016

RIVERDALE, MD – The Department of Parks and Recreation facilities will operate on the following schedule this Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016:

Indoor Pool Complexes - OPEN
Outdoor Pool Complexes - OPEN
(Beginning Saturday, May 28)
Regional Parks - OPEN
Historic Sites/Rentals - RENTALS ONLY
Community Centers and Arts Centers - CLOSED
Senior Activity Centers - CLOSED
Sports Facilities - OPEN


For more details see the full Holiday Schedule.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 24, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-868-1121; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
PHONE: 301-446-3306 or anita.pesses@pgparks.com

Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation and Blue Star Museums Salute to the Military

Riverdale, MD – In honor of our armed forces, the Department of Parks and Recreation is offering free tours to active service members from Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, through Labor Day, September 5. Six of the historic house museums of Prince George's County will be offering free tours to active members of the military, current military ID is required, and up to five dependents.

Participating museums include: Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Darnall's Chance in Upper Marlboro, Marietta in Glenn Dale, Riversdale Mansion in Riverdale Park, College Park Aviation Museum in College Park, and Montpelier Mansion in Laurel.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Find out more at: Facebook and Twitter. 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 18, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3309; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
PHONE: 301-446-3306 or Anita.Pesses@pgparks.com

Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation Wants Your Input on Trails

Riverdale, MD – The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Department of Parks and Recreation is building more trails! The Trails Master Plan for Prince George’s County will plan a +500 trail system for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Help us create the best trail system for Prince George’s County by joining us for a presentation and discussion on the preliminary recommendations in the Draft Trails Master Plan on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Doors open at 6 p.m. Presentation is from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex
8001 Sheriff Rd., Hyattsville, MD 20785
To download the Draft Trails Master Plan, provide comments on the plan or learn more about the project, visit: www.pgparks.com/TrailsMasterPlan.html.
The Trails Master Plan Vision: “Creating a trail system that provides all residents and visitors with access to nature, recreation, and daily destinations; enriching the economy, promoting sustainability; and increasing opportunities for health.”
• Be with friends and family
• Stay healthy
• Enjoy nature
• Walk to school
• Commute to work
• Visit parks
The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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 Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 12, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-377-7800; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
PHONE: 301-446-3306; MOBILE: 240-417-9865

Exhibition and Public Reception for Melissa Burley

LAUREL, MD – The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation’s Montpelier Arts Center invites guests to view an exhibition by Melissa Burley and to attend her public reception.

Melissa Burley creates sculptural masterpieces that elevate both man-made and recycled materials to a level that suggest there is beauty in life after death. In doing so, she hopes to open the eyes of others to consider their role in the preservation of our earth.

The framework of her pieces is built of wood and metal while the interior components consist of halogen or LED lighting and natural, reclaimed, recycled, and manmade materials. The combination of these materials and lighting creates shadows on the surrounding wall surfaces and floors where the sculpture is displayed.

View an exhibition of her intricate sculptural pieces daily from Monday, May 30 - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Montpelier Arts Center. Return to the Center for her public reception on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Both events are free and no reservations are required.

When: Monday, May 30 - Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Exhibition); Friday, June 10, 2016,
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Reception)
Where: Montpelier Arts Center (9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708)
Cost: Free

No reservations required

The Montpelier Arts Center is located on the grounds of the historic Montpelier Mansion. It houses three galleries, artist studios, gas and electric kilns and offers an extensive class and workshop program to the public.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 13, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-952-8010; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
PHONE: 301-446-3306; MOBILE: 240-417-9865

Seeking Vendors for the Reenactor Yard Sale at Darnall’s Chance House Museum

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – The Darnall’s Chance House Museum is seeking vendors for its 5th Annual Reenactor Yard Sale. If you have old reenacting gear or clothes, we’re looking for you!

Sell your gently used reenacting clothing to those searching for period items to enhance their first-person interpretations.

If you would like to become a vendor, please call the Museum at 301-952-8010; TTY 301-699-2544 to reserve a vendor space. The registration fee is $10/vendor. This event is free for shoppers.

When: Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Darnall’s Chance House Museum (14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772)

Vendor Cost: $10/person; Free for shoppers
Age: All ages welcome
Reservations: No

The Darnall’s Chance House Museum opened to the public in 1988 as a historic house museum. It is dedicated to the interpretation and the study of the history and culture of 18th century Prince George’s County, Maryland, with a special emphasis on the lives of mid-18th-century women.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 13, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-6830; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
PHONE: 301-446-3306 or Anita.Pesses@pgparks.com

Parks and Recreation Announces Enterprise Golf Course Memberships

GREENBELT, MD - The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George's County now offers yearly memberships at the Enterprise Golf Course.

Enterprise Golf Course is the first of our golf sites to offer membership packages. Patrons can purchase their choice of yearly membership in one of three tiers: Gold, Graphite and Silver. The yearly memberships range in price from $675 - $2495. Memberships are valid for a year from the purchase date.

Purchase your membership package at the Enterprise Golf Course Pro Shop. For details on the membership packages visit:
http://www.pgparks.com/Things_To_Do/Sports/Golf/Enterprise_Golf_Course/Memberships

Where: Enterprise Golf Course (2802 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville, MD 20721)
Cost: $675 - $2495



The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 11, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-888-1500; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
PHONE: 301-446-3306; MOBILE: 240-417-9865

Seeking Exhibitors for the Brandywine Community Flea Market

BRANDYWINE, MD – Looking for a treasure or have great things to sell? Clean out your closets and visit the Brandywine Community Flea Market! Exhibitors are wanted to sell their unwanted items, such as trinkets or unopened gifts. Sign up for a table; the non-refundable fee includes 1 table and 2 chairs with set up beginning at 7 a.m.
Exhibitors can sign up at Baden Community Center or by calling 301-888-1500. Please note this event will occur rain or shine and is free for shoppers.

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Brandywine Elementary School (14101 Brandywine Road, Brandywine MD 20613)

Exhibitors’ Cost: County resident: $20; Non-County
resident $24

Registration: Yes (for exhibitors only)



The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 5, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-6822; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
PHONE: 301-446-3306; MOBILE: 240-417-9865

Girls Softball Explosion at Watkins Regional Park

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Girls ages 6-16 are invited to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of carnival-style softball activities designed to introduce them to the sport of fast pitch softball.
Throughout the day, girls will participate in skills events, mini clinics, demonstrations, a home run derby, and a “parents vs. daughters” softball game. In addition, various equipment and apparel vendors will be on hand. Food and giveaways will be provided.

When: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 12 noon - 3:00 p.m.

Where: Watkins Regional Park (301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772)

Cost: Free

Age: 6 -16 (girls only)

Reservations: Not required



The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 6, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-377-7800; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
PHONE: 301-446-3306; MOBILE: 240-417-9865

Artist Exhibition and Public Reception at Montpelier Arts Center for Judith Kornett

LAUREL, MD – The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation’s Montpelier Arts Center invites guests to attend the public reception for artist Judith Kornett and to view her exhibition LESS IS MORE.

Kornett’s exhibition, LESS IS MORE, is reflective of her intention to create sculptures that are fewer in number but deeper in content. Thematically, the pieces in this show express the belief that less violence will create a more peaceful world.

Kornett has invited others to create small works of art to be included in an installation that will be the exhibition’s titular piece. Proceeds from the sale of this installation, or parts thereof, will be donated directly to organizations or services that offer aid to victims of violence.

Attend her public reception on Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. in the Resident Artist Gallery of the Montpelier Arts Center. Or, view her exhibition that runs April 30 - May 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. Both events are free and no reservations are required.

When: Sunday, April 30-Sunday, May 22, 2016, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Exhibition); Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2 - 4 p.m. (Reception)

Where: Montpelier Arts Center (9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708)

Cost: Free

Reservations: Not required


The Montpelier Arts Center is located on the grounds of the historic Montpelier Mansion. It houses three galleries, artist studios, gas and electric kilns and offers an extensive class and workshop program to the public.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 4, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-377-7817; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
PHONE: 301-446-3306; MOBILE: 240-417-9865

20th Annual Montpelier Herbs, Teas and the Arts Festival

LAUREL, MD – Celebrate 20 years of the Montpelier Herbs, Teas and the Arts Festival! Stroll among vendors of fragrant herbs, fine arts, and browse an assortment of handmade items such as baskets, garden accessories, jewelry and other collectibles.
Sip tea in Montpelier’s elegant east wing or enjoy a tasty lunch while taking in a lecture. Kids can play in the hands-on history playground, create art projects, or see an animal exhibit.

When: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site (9650 Muirkirk Lane, Laurel 20708)

Cost: Free admission (with fees for certain activities)

This event is free but there is a charge for a tea and other activities. Tea tickets will be available online beginning April 1. For a schedule of events or to buy tickets, visit the Montpelier Herbs, Teas and the Arts Festival page.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 4, 2016
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-952-8010; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
PHONE: 301-446-3306; MOBILE: 240-417-9865

Girl Scout Day at the Darnall’s Chance House Museum

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Darnall’s Chance House Museum invites Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts for Girl Scout Day.
Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts can earn up to five badges in one day by participating in various activities. They can try their hand at archery, basket making, see how herbs were used in the 18th-century, tour the museum, or learn about archaeology.

Space is limited. Troop leaders must register and pay all fees by Friday, April 22, 2016 at 301-952-8010. The rain date for this event is May 1, 2016.

When: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Darnall’s Chance House Museum (14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772)

Cost: $20/girl scout (includes all badges); Free for all chaperones and leaders

Age: Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts

Reservations: Yes; Troop leaders must register by April 22, 2016 by calling 301-952-8010.

The Darnall’s Chance House Museum opened to the public in 1988 as a historic house museum. It is dedicated to the interpretation and the study of the history and culture of 18th century Prince George’s County, Maryland, with a special emphasis on the lives of mid-18th-century women.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 – March 21, 2016
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-952-7900; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: ANITA PESSES
PHONE: 301-446-3306 or Anita.Pesses@pgparks.com

TicketMaster Outlet at The Show Place Arena Closing
Box Office with Remain Open for Onsite Events

UPPER MARLBORO, MD - The Show Place Arena Box Office will no longer be operating as a Ticketmaster Outlet as of Friday, April 1, 2016. The Box Office will open for events held at The Show Place Arena only on the day of the event at 10 am.

The Show Place Arena Box Office has operated a TicketMaster Outlet for over 20 years. Recently TicketMaster has made the decision to close their outlets.

The Show Place Arena includes a lobby with box office, a concourse, and a basic oval arena. The concourse level has three banquet rooms; the Arena can be viewed from two of them. Private suites of varying sizes also have views into the Arena. Adjacent to the Arena floor on the south side, are dressing rooms/locker rooms and production offices. The Arena décor features burgundy, hunter green and tan, and the theme references the historic Marlboro Race Track that had previously operated on the property.


The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 – SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-446-3327

FEATURE: Law Enforcement and First Responders Meet and Greet Make Impact with Disability Community

RIVERDALE, MD – It was a question worth asking, and this student wasn’t holding back.

He hadn’t pulled questions so far while chatting with Corporal Randy Green, a Maryland-National Capital Park Police officer since 2006, and this question seemed the most important.

“What happens if you handcuff me and I can’t use my hands to speak,” the student asked through his deaf interpreter.

Green had the perfect response.

“I just told him, politely, ‘Well, if you don’t disobey the law, you won’t have to be handcuffed,’” Green said. “Everyone started laughing. He came up and gave me a high five. But he asked some questions to see if we have anything in place, and that’s the reason why this program is a big hit.”

That exchange came in the last year at one of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning’s two Meet and Greet with Law Enforcement and First Responders, a collaborative effort to connect those who protect our community with the disability community. This fall’s event will be taking place on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at the Park Police’s Enterprise Substation in Mitchellville, Md.

One tragic incident points out the need for this event. In January of 2013, Ethan Saylor, of New Market, was spending his afternoon at a Frederick movie theater watching “Zero Dark Thirty,” which was so good that he didn’t want to leave. He had to see it again.

Saylor, who had Down syndrome, was asked to pay the $12 for reentry or leave. He wouldn’t leave, prompting movie theater staff to call the off-duty deputies who were working security. Things got physical while trying to remove Saylor, who didn’t like to be touched. After being handcuffed and taken to the ground, Saylor went quiet and stopped moving. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital soon after.

Saylor’s death at 26 years old became a national story, especially within the disability community. Sandy Kellstrom, a therapeutic recreation coordinator for M-NCPPC’s Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, knew something needed to change.

“This program is important to reduce barriers and increase awareness among the communities,” Kellstrom said.

Kellstrom and two of her close friends within the disability community – Liz Burley, a transition specialist for the Prince George’s County Public Schools Department of Special Education, and Melonee Clark, an outreach program administrator for Arc Prince George’s County – put their heads together and came up with the idea of the meet and greet event.

They envisioned the event as a way for people in the disability community to meet police officers and first responders in a controlled environment, and also as a chance for the officers and responders to gain a better understanding of people with disabilities.

“Before this, we had nothing,” Clark said. “Even though it’s a festive event, it’s also an educational event. If an officer gets training – book training – that can’t take the place of actually talking to someone who has a disability, or someone who may use technology or sign language to communicate. These are experiences that officers or first responders need to know. So I think this is a win-win for the county.”

The event, which has been focused to reach the transition age range of 18 to 21 year olds and drew more than 500 participants combined at the first two events, has several different stations which groups rotate through. Highlights include meeting the canine unit, getting to go in and hear an ambulance, meeting Park Police’s mounted unit horses and seeing a helicopter.

This October, the event will be open to anyone older than 18.

“Getting kids not to fear sirens … some students get very animated or scream or have cases where they’re frightened by loud noises and bright lights,” Burley said. “So this opportunity shows them they don’t need to be afraid.”

After 13 years policing, Cpl. Green already had encounters with members of the disability community prior to attending his first meet and greet.

He recalls a time years ago when a deaf person was walking in a median on Landover Road. He knew to immediately get out a pen and notepad so the two could communicate.

Green knows this event is important, especially for those new to the job, and hopes it can prevent future situations like Saylor’s.

“Having that new officer in law enforcement, bringing them to meet people with disabilities… they get to see things in a different light,” Green said. “Just remember that what you’re doing today is going to affect your tomorrow.”

When: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Park Police Enterprise Substation, Mounted Unit (3002 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville, MD 20721)

For information on attending future events, contact Sandy Kellstrom at sandra.kellstrom@pgparks.com.

The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 – SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-446-3327

M-NCPPC Wins 2015 Public Building of the Year Award

RIVERDALE, MD – The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks and Recreation for Prince George’s County, was awarded Public Building of the Year by the American Institute of Architects Maryland for architecture used while building Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex in Fort Washington, Md.

The 37,000-square-foot building, designed by Suman Sorg, FAIA and Sorg Architects, opened in 2013. The jury selected the building for the award because it “showcases the power of architecture to function as a catalyst to bring a community together.”

A colored-glass front highlights the building’s design, with blue and green hues to connect the building to the surrounding natural landscape. Sorg said she chose white metal for the structure to give it a lighter feel, and kept the building’s height minimal so it didn’t overpower the surrounding community.

Sustainability was another focal point in the design, Sorg said, installing a green roof, and items for water and energy conservation.

This LEED Silver certified building has unique amenities, including a rock climbing wall, a recording studio, an environmental science lab, a computer lab, a double gymnasium, a dance studio, seminar rooms, teen and adult cafés, fitness rooms and a multi-purpose room with warming kitchen.

The jury finished by saying that Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex “is a model for architecture in the public realm.”

The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 – SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-446-3327

National Excellence in Inclusion Award Goes to Department of Parks and Recreation

RIVERDALE MD – Recreation inclusion services for people with disabilities in Prince George’s County are bringing home national honors. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County today received a National Excellence in Inclusion Award from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The award was presented at the 2015 NRPA Annual Congress in Las Vegas, Nev.

This is the second time M-NCPPC’s Special Programs Division has received this award, first winning in 2004 when the award was given by the National Institute of Recreation Inclusion.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award,” said Ronnie Gathers, Director of M-NCPPC’s Department of Parks and Recreation. “Our inclusion employees are being rightfully recognized for their 40 years of leading at the cutting edge of the industry in therapeutic recreation and inclusion services.”

Each year, NRPA National Awards are presented to individuals and agencies across the U.S. to honor their efforts – both professional and personal – in the field of parks and recreation. There are 10 award categories in the NRPA’s National Awards program. Recipients are selected from a pool of applicants by NRPA’s National Awards and Scholarship Committee, and are chosen for excellence in a variety of topics, including professional and voluntary service, programming, leadership, research and public outreach.

The Excellence in Inclusion Award recognizes and honors an agency/organization that has rendered significant leadership efforts and advocacy in inclusive processes and practices. The agency/organization demonstrates and excels in inclusive programming by providing inclusive opportunities to people of diversity or with disabilities.

M-NCPPC first began offering therapeutic recreation programs in Prince George’s County in 1974 and was a national leader in the industry. M-NCPPC’s Department of Parks and Recreation established the program 16 years before it was mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), with support from the community, advocates and parents of children with disabilities.

The Special Programs Division’s Therapeutic Recreation team ensures that all of the Department’s employees, programs and facilities are equipped to serve people of any ability by hiring and training inclusion support staff, recruiting individuals with disabilities for employment, requiring ADA training for career staff, providing sign language interpretation, and dedicating staff for ADA programs and facility access.

Inclusion Services staff provide disability accommodations to facilitate opportunities for people with – and without – disabilities to participate in recreation and leisure activities together. These services may include the use of companions in a class or activity, support staff to enhance the staff-to-participant ratio, assistive listening devices and adapted equipment. The Department also provides specialized therapeutic recreation programs to meet the needs of people with disabilities who wish to participate in specialized programming.

Inclusion services may be requested at the time a customer registers for a program or class.

The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. The Department strives 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.

For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter. 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 – September 15, 2015
Prince George’s Parks and Recreation: KIRA CALM LEWIS
301-704-5272; KiraCalmLewis@pgparks.com
Montgomery Parks: MELISSA CHOTINER
301-650-2866; Melissa.Chotiner@MontgomeryParks.org

M-NCPPC “BEST IN NATION” WITH UNPRECEDENTED SIXTH GOLD MEDAL AWARD WIN

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) today won the prestigious 2015 National Gold Medal Award for excellence in Parks and Recreation Management. The Gold Medal is one of the highest professional awards available to parks and recreation agencies throughout the country and involves a stringent qualification and judging process. The Gold Medal Award is presented annually by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

M-NCPPC has a long history of Gold Medal successes, winning the prize in 1973, 1977, 1984 and 2003. M-NCPPC won its fifth Gold Medal in 1983 for leadership in special recreation and outstanding community achievement in serving people with disabilities. This year’s win secured the agency’s sixth Gold Medal. No other agency in the country has ever won six.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary with NRPA, 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. Gold Medal Award winners were selected from finalists in five population classes, and Grand Plaque recipients were announced today, September 15, during NRPA’s Annual Congress & Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The Commission is extremely honored and privileged to receive this unprecedented, sixth National Gold Medal on behalf of the 1.8 million residents we serve in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, and on behalf of our talented and creative staff members and unselfish volunteers’” M-NCPPC Chairman Elizabeth M. Hewlett said. “In partnership with our actively engaged citizens, M-NCPPC has worked diligently throughout our 85-plus year history to successfully deliver outstanding, affordable parks and recreation opportunities and experiences for all.”

"This award is a product of the hard work and dedication of our staff," M-NCPPC Vice Chair Casey Anderson said. "I'm thrilled that they are getting the recognition they deserve. They know that we need to innovate and adapt to meet the challenge of being the best, and I am proud to work with them."

“We continue our commitment to delivering outstanding parks and recreation services to the residents of Prince George’s County,’” said Ronnie Gathers, Director of the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation. “Recognition by this distinguished organization honors the dedication of our staff and motivates us to continue to perform at the highest level.”

Michael F. Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks, said, “This prestigious national award reflects the high standards of excellence we strive for. This award also reflects that hard work and commitment of our talented staff and community volunteers who support our mission as well as our parks, facilities and programs. We are both honored and humbled by this award, and are committed to continuing our efforts to protect and provide excellent, safe and accessible parks and programs to the residents of Montgomery County.”

Established in 1927 by state law to acquire, develop and maintain park land and open space, and to plan for the orderly development of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, M-NCPPC has grown and evolved to keep pace with the growth and diversity of the bi-county area it serves. Under direction of its Montgomery County Department of Parks and Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Commission today maintains more than 57,000 acres of parkland and open space, operates more than 200 recreational facilities, and attracts more than 25 million visitors each year.

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 or www.aapra.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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