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Cedar Heights Community Center Hosting Egg Hunt
Prize Available for Signing Up for a Youth ID
National Tartan Day Tea at Darnall’s Chance House Museum
Summer Activities Information Session
Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatics Center Hosting Aqua Egg Hunt
Five Recognized as Certified Park and Recreation Professionals
Easter Bunny Visiting Patuxent Community Center
Puppet Show at Watkins Nature Center
Help Your Community at Good Neighbor Day 2015
Jeff Majors performs Gospel Harp March 29
Feel Fit and Fabulous at Harmony Hall’s Girl Empowerment Event
Historical Photo Contest at Darnall’s Chance House Museum
Craft and Story Day at Old Maryland Farm
Brentwood Arts Exchange Celebrates Five Years of a New Way to Experience Art
Family Hike at Watkins Nature Center
Nature Crafting at Watkins Nature Center
Nature Hike: Home School at Watkins Nature Center
Creature Feature: All About Reptiles
Live Animal Show at Watkins Nature Center
Creature Feature: All About Raptors
2015 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Women’s Basketball Championship -- Tickets on sale now!
Don’t Venture Onto the Ice
Department of Parks and Recreation is Searching for Centenarians
“Seniors on Stage” Auditions
Department of Parks and Recreation Deer Management Program Announcement
MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION AMONG “BEST OF THE BEST” WITH CAPRA REACCREDITATION


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MARCH 26, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-773-8881; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Cedar Heights Community Center Hosting Egg Hunt

SEAT PLEASANT, MD – Cedar Heights Community Center is hosting its third-annual Celebration of Spring: Spring Egg Hunt on Monday, April 6, 2015.

This free event is geared towards children ages three to 11 years old and will feature crafts, refreshments and an egg hunt. No prior registration is necessary.

Where: 1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant, MD 20743

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 25, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-699-2255; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Prize Available for Signing Up for a Youth ID

GREENBELT, MD – Free access to Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation community centers is available with a free SMARTlink Youth ID, which is available for youth ages six to 17 living in Prince George’s or Montgomery Counties. While registering for summer camps, sign up for a Youth ID. If you sign up for your ID by May 1, you will be entered into a random prize-drawing.

Youth IDs grant access to community centers’ gymnasiums and to attend Xtreme Teen events. For teens ages 13 to 17, the Youth ID also grants free access to the fitness room. Adult supervision is required in fitness rooms for those ages 13 to 15.

The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation has more than 40 community centers which serve the community.

Xtreme Teens, which are available only to those with Youth IDs, hosts programs at our various community centers, providing activities, classes and other fun things to do for teens and pre-teens ages 10 to 17. For more information on Xtreme Teens, visit pgxtremeteens.com.

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 24, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: MEGHAN DECKER 301-952-8010; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

National Tartan Day Tea at Darnall’s Chance House Museum

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Darnall’s Chance House Museum is hosting a Scottish-themed tea on April 11, 2015, to celebrate National Tartan Day.

Officially celebrated on April 6, National Tartan Day remembers the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which gave Scotland independence from English rule. Darnall’s Chance will commemorate the day with traditional Scottish tea fare. Participants who wear their clans’ tartan (or simply plaid) will be entered into a drawing to win Scottish-themed prizes.

This event is for participants ages 18 and older, and will cost $23.00 for residents and $28.00 for non-residents. Capacity is limited.

When:
Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Reservations are required.

Where:
14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772

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 23, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-218-6700; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Summer Activities Information Session

LANDOVER, MD –It’s time for the 2nd Annual Summer Day Camp Expo at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex on Saturday, April 11, to help parents select and register for the perfect summer experience for their children.

The Summer Day Camp Expo will be parents’ one-stop shop for information related to our offerings, with plenty of experts onsite to answer any questions they may have.

Topics will include: summer day camps, summer playgrounds, Xtreme Teens, Safe Summer programs, setting up your SMARTlink account, free Youth ID cards, volunteer opportunities, inclusion services, therapeutic recreation camps, and tons of activities.

There will be face painting, giveaways and entertainment for the entire family while you learn about great ways to enjoy the summer!

Some camps to consider:
• Cheerleading Camp: Children, Beginning • Korean Martial Arts Camp
• Track and Field Camp • Dance Camp: International Dance, Teens
• Art Camp: Comedy Arts • Nature Camp: Nature Detectives
• Outdoor Adventurers Camp • Cops Camp
• Cosmetology Camp • Music Production Camp

When: Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:
8001 Sheriff Rd, Landover, MD 20785

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 19, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: ROSELYN RAGHUBAR 301-772-5515; TTY 301-446-6802
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatics Center Hosting Aqua Egg Hunt

GLENARDEN, MD – Tired of your traditional egg hunts? Come to Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatics Center for an egg hunt in the pool.

On Saturday, April 4, 2015, the pool will be filled with eggs – some which float and some which sink – for children to find. A mesh bag will be provided to collect eggs. You may bring your own bag or waterproof plastic basket, preferably with holes. Plastic bags are not permitted.

Admission includes a craft, a bag of treats and general swim for the day. A prize will be awarded to the person who collects the most eggs. Participants may stay at the pool until 4 p.m. at no additional cost.

Participants 5 years old and younger must have an adult dressed in appropriate swim attire within arm’s length. Children 6 to 11 years old must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for their poolside supervision.

Space is limited and prior registration is required.

This course is for participants 3 to 12 years old, and will cost $6.00 for residents and $8.00 for non-residents. Course listings below:

Saturday, April 4, 2015 – 11 a.m. to noon – SMARTlink barcode #1622168.

Where:
8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden, MD 20706

To register, please visit our online registration website or register in person at one of our community centers.

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 18, 2015
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Five Recognized as Certified Park and Recreation Professionals

GREENBELT, MD – The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation seeks excellence from its employees and strives to maintain its reputation as a leader in the industry, and five of its leaders strengthened the department’s already renowned standing by receiving accreditation as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) by the National Certification Board (NCB) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Tara Eggleston (County-wide Aquatics Coordinator), Steve Ellis (Program Specialist for Sports, Health and Wellness Division), Joe O’Neill (Maintenance and Development Division Chief), Wanda Ramos (Central Area Operations Division Chief) and Katrina Williams (Health and Wellness Officer for Sports, Health and Wellness Division) received the certification.

The Prince George’s County Department of Park and Recreation, as part of 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, as awarded by NRPA.

The CPRP certification is granted to individuals employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services professions who meet the eligibility requirements - including a combination of higher education and/or work experience - and who successfully complete the national CPRP examination. The examination tests knowledge in all aspects of general administration, programming and operations management for parks and recreation. CPRP certifications are valid for a period of two years, and professionals who wish to re-apply are required to complete professional continuing education unit requirements or equivalent academic course work.

Individuals certified as CPRPs meet high standards of education, expertise and experience established in the field for park and recreation professionals, and many agencies recommend or require CPRP certification when hiring for professional positions.

The CPRP program is offered by the National Certification Board in coordination with NRPA and the CPRP Certification Committee.

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 18, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-780-7577; TTY 301-203-6030
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Easter Bunny Visiting Patuxent Community Center

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Patuxent Community Center is hosting Tee-N-Tee, an Easter activity day with a special guest, the Easter Bunny, on April 3, 2015.

Join the Patuxent Community Center staff for several outdoor activities, including a miniature golf egg hunt, making a craft, dying Easter eggs and more. The Easter Bunny will also be on hand for photos at an additional cost.

This event is intended for participants 3 to 12 years old, and will cost $5.00 for residents and $6.00 for non-residents. Details below:

Friday, April 3, 2015 – noon to 2 p.m. – No advanced registration necessary.

Where:
4410 Bishopmill Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

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 16, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: NICOLE PATTERSON, 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Puppet Show at Watkins Nature Center

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Come as we transform Watkins Nature Center into a puppeteer’s paradise. The stage will be set for a nature-themed puppet performance, followed by a meet-and-greet with the real-life animals that inspired the show.
This course is for participants 2 to 10 years old, and will cost $2.00 for residents and $3.00 for non-residents. Course listings below:

Friday, April 3, 2015 – 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605443.
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605444.

Where:
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.

To register, please visit our online registration website or register in person at one of our community centers.

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 11, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-446-3321; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Help Your Community at Good Neighbor Day 2015

COLLEGE PARK, MD – The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, the City of College Park and the University of Maryland are teaming up to host Good Neighbor Day on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at College Park Community Center.

In its fifth year, Good Neighbor Day provides an opportunity for the community to participate in various community service projects in College Park in addition to self-help workshops, health and wellness screenings, a food drive and a 5K run.

“It’s a chance to work with neighbors in common space,” said Teresa Gardner-Williams, Volunteer Services & Community Partnerships Manager for the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation. “You get to meet new people and at the end of the day, you’ll be able to see what you’ve done.”

Clean-up efforts this year include landscaping at Paint Branch Elementary School, University of Maryland’s North Gate and the Hiker-Biker Trolley Trail near Lake Artemesia. Participants also have the option to help construct a community garden.

“It’s a great opportunity to get together and meet who is in the community,” said Gloria Aparicio Blackwell, director of the University of Maryland’s Office of Community Engagement. “What I value most about this is working in partnership [with Parks and Recreation and the city]. It’s not about one entity bringing the resources or the expertise. It’s bringing all the assets that we have here and working together for something that’s going to be a common good for all of us.”

In addition to the service projects, there will be a chance for volunteers to learn how to better themselves. A mobile medical unit will be on site to host vision and hearing screenings. There will also be a workshop on financial literacy, covering the basics of budgeting and saving, a workshop on building and maintaining a community garden, and an expo featuring local service and community organizations.

“It’s an opportunity for the community to get involved, and I’m excited about that,” said Corey Poole, facility director at College Park Community Center.

Prior to the service projects, there will be an informal walk/run, the Lose It to Win It 5K, hosted by the UMD School of Public Health, along Lake Artemesia. Check in is at 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. start time.

There will be a food drive leading up to Good Neighbor Day which will benefit the College Park Community Food Bank and the University of Maryland Campus Pantry. Non-perishable food items will be collected at the locations below until March 26, 2015.

Pickup locations:
Al Huda Elementary School; AllState College Park; Center for Educational Partnership (Riverdale); Christian Community of College Park; College Park Academy; College Park City Hall; College Park Public Works Facility at Davis Hall; College Park Community Center; College Park Fire Department; College Park United Methodist Church; College Park Youth, Family & Senior Services Building; Center for the Advanced Study of Language; First Baptist Church of College Park; Friends Community School; Hope Lutheran Church; Mom’s Organic Market (College Park); Paint Branch Elementary School; The Varsity; and University View.

Good Neighbor Day
When:
Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Register at the Good Neighbor Day registration page.
Where:
5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, MD 20740
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 9, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Jeff Majors performs Gospel Harp March 29

CHEVERLY, MD – The Prince George’s Publick Playhouse for the Performing Arts presents renowned Gospel harp musician Jeff Majors on Sunday, March 29, at 4:00 p.m. A native of Washington, D.C., Majors began playing at age 14 and studied under jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby and jazz pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane, wife of jazz legend John Coltrane.

Majors’ introduced the harp, an instrument traditionally associated with classical music, into the contemporary religious music genre through his live performances and his popular CD series, Sacred. His repertoire includes traditional and contemporary gospel, accented by soulful vocals sweetened by fresh melodies, uplifting lyrics and innovative arrangements. This spring Majors is releasing a new CD, The Evolution of Jeff Majors; he will be performing selections from this new work and copies will be on sale during the performance.

Mr. Majors has also brought the harp into gospel, jazz and hip-hop genres, including the award winning song, “Psalms 23,” which Oprah Winfrey publicly acknowledged as one of her favorite songs. For six seasons he hosted the flagship daily program on TV One, The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors, which featured some of the biggest names in the industry including Natalie Cole, Mavis Staples, Shirley Caesar, Kirk Franklin and many others.

Mr. Major’s ministry of music continues to grow. In addition to his concerts, he’s been invited to perform at major events. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland invited Majors to perform his signature piece, “Psalms 23,” at the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference. “The healing power was what I was seeking," Cummings states. “Before he began to play, most of us were trapped in our collective shock and rage. When he had finished, our sense of our shared humanity and ethical balance were restored." And when Majors was hand-picked by the Martin Luther King Family to perform at Coretta Scott King’s memorial service in February 2006, he demonstrated that his music could console a nation.

Jeff Majors
Sunday, March 29, 4:00 pm
$25/$20

Add $10 to ticket purchase for an autographed CD (offer excludes “The Evolution of Jeff Majors”)
For tickets, call 301-277-1710 or visit the box office

For more about Jeff Majors, please contact jenna.ward@pgparks.com, 301-277-1710. High-resolution photos are available upon request.

The Publick Playhouse is located at 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly, MD, ½ mile inside the B-W Parkway, and offers free, on-site, attended parking.

The Playhouse is a facility of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County Arts and Cultural Heritage Division. More information is found at arts.pgparks.com under Prince George’s Publick Playhouse.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MARCH 9, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: CHANDA COLEMAN, 301-203-6040; TTY 301-203-6030
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Feel Fit and Fabulous at Harmony Hall’s Girl Empowerment Event

FORT WASHINGTON, MD – Harmony Hall Recreation Center is hosting Fit and Fabulous, a fitness and nutritional awareness event for girls, on Friday, March 27, 2015.

Harmony Hall course instructors will give demonstrations on different fitness activities participants can use at their homes. Girls will also get to make nutritional meals, including lettuce wraps and smoothies.

This event is for girls 12 to 17 years old and admission is free.

Friday, March 27, 2015 – 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. No prior registration necessary.

Where:
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744.

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 5, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: MEGHAN DECKER 301-952-8010; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272


Historical Photo Contest at Darnall’s Chance House Museum

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Darnall’s Chance House Museum is hosting a historical photo contest this spring.

The contest focuses on photos of Upper Marlboro prior to 1945. All submissions will be on display at Darnall’s Chance on Fridays and Sundays during June. Winners, five of which will receive a $75 prize, will be announced at the Colonial Picnic at the museum on June 13th.

Contestants have until May 15 to turn in their photos. There is no entry fee.

Darnall’s Chance is open for walk-in tours on Fridays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. It is open of tours by appointment Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772

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 3, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: KELLY KINKADE, 301-218-6770; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Craft and Story Day at Old Maryland Farm

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Join us at Old Maryland Farm to listen to a story and create some art. Children will listen to a story, which a naturalist will read, after which the children will make a craft.

The March 17 course will be St. Patrick’s Day themed. After the story, the kids will decorate a pot and learn about spring-time plants.

On May 7, the kids will learn about planting spring-time vegetables after listening to the story.

This course is for participants 2 to 12 years old, and will cost $4.00 for residents and $5.00 for non-residents. Course listings below:

Thursday, March 17, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1620707.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1620708.

Where:
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.

To register, please visit our online registration website or register in person at one of our community centers.

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 2, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: PHIL DAVIS, 301-277-2863; TTY 301-446-6802
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Brentwood Arts Exchange Celebrates Five Years of a New Way to Experience Art

BRENTWOOD, MD – Six years ago, it would have been easy enough to drive past the building that is now home of the Brentwood Arts Exchange.

The tan, brick building - then a Government Surplus Sales building - had advertisements typical of the Brentwood area: words painted in blue with white outlining on the windows, calling for drivers-by to stop and sell off their old file cabinets and office equipment.

Today, the spacious gallery, one of the anchors of the blooming Arts District Hyattsville, gives the area a much different feel.

On Saturday, March 21, Brentwood Arts Exchange will be hosting its opening reception for its Five-Year Anniversary Exhibition, which runs from March 16 to May 9.

“Five years ago, I would guess most of the region didn’t know that Brentwood, Md., existed. It’s a little town around the edge of D.C. Now, there’s this place called Brentwood Arts Exchange and people come here to see some art,” said Phil Davis, acting director at Brentwood Arts Exchange. “We give artists a space that’s open to really push for what they want. We don’t have a lot of pressure to sell things, like we need you to make paintings in blue because blue sells. You don’t have to worry about that. You can make your art great.”

The anniversary exhibit will feature some of Brentwood Arts Exchange’s favorite artists and pieces over the years.

“Five years seems to have flown by,” said Alan Binstock, whose art will be featured at the exhibit and who has been showing his art there since the inception. “I remember when they just opened and I think it shows how much can happen in a short period of time. … It’s a good showplace for the current arts district and it will be an anchor when we grow into a richer, varied district.”

Brentwood Arts Exchange, which resides in the Gateway Arts Center, has had 32 exhibits over the years. In addition to its store up front and the spacious gallery, there is also a studio in the back where staff teaches art courses.

If you’ve never been to an art exhibit, Phil Davis says don’t let any preconceptions about art shows deter you from attending.

“I think that for people who haven’t been here, one of the things that’s made us unique is we’ve been able, really through the credit of our community, we’ve become an artist destination that is really warm and welcoming,” Davis said. “It’s not a snooty, pretentious art crowd. … You can bring your kids here. There are going to be really accomplished, great art people here. It’s fun for everybody.”

Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided at the opening reception.

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 21, 2015 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Entire Exhibit: March 16, 2015 to May 9, 2015

Where: 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD 20722

Featured artists: Alan Binstock, Alan Linder, Alonzo Davis, Bill Harris, Cianne Fragione, Daniel Brooking, Ellen Baer, Ellyn Weiss, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Indrani Nayar-Gall, Joan Belmar, Marcia Wolfson-Ray, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Monica Jahan Bose, Rachel Schmidt, Sally Resnik Rockriver, Shanye Huang, Sherill Anne Gross, and Terry deBardelaben.

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 – FEBRUARY 20, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: NICOLE PATTERSON, 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Family Hike at Watkins Nature Center

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – As the winter freeze begins to defrost, bring your family to Watkins Nature Center for a hike with a naturalist. A park naturalist from the nature center will guide you in a hike through the surrounding woods, helping you enjoy the sights and sounds of the great outdoors.

This course is for participants ages 4 and older, and will cost $2.00 for residents and $3.00 for non-residents. Course listings below:

Saturday, March 7, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605428.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605429.


Where: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.

To register, please visit our online registration website or register in person at one of our community centers.

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 – February 20, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: NICOLE PATTERSON, 301-218-6702; TTY 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Nature Crafting at Watkins Nature Center

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Join us at Watkins Nature Center for a day of nature crafting. Each course will be geared towards a different animal. Children will listen to an animal-related story, after which the children will meet the animal and then make a craft inspired by that animal.

This course is for participants 2 to 10 years old, and will cost $2.00 for residents and $3.00 for non-residents. Course listings below:

Saturday, March 14, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605433.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605434
Saturday, May 2, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode # 1605435


Where: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.

To register, please visit our online registration website or register in person at one of our community centers.

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 – FEBRUARY 20, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: NICOLE PATTERSON, 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Nature Hike: Home School at Watkins Nature Center

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Join a park naturalist to hike for fitness and fun. The day will start with stretching followed by a hike throughout the park, learning about nature and animals along the way. Each hike will focus on a different theme. Please bring a refillable water bottle, binoculars, a small backpack and comfortable shoes. Dress appropriately for that day’s weather.

This course is for ages 8 to 12, and will cost $4.00 for residents and $5.00 for non-residents. Course listings below:

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605436.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605437.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605438.


Where: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.

To register, please visit our online registration website or register in person at one of our community centers.

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 – FEBRUARY 20, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: NICOLE PATTERSON, 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Creature Feature: All About Reptiles

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – If your child is a reptile fanatic, this is the event to attend. Our park naturalists will give an up-close look at Watkins Nature Center’s reptiles. Participants will learn about local and exotic reptiles, and the differences between reptiles and amphibians. Guests will also get the opportunity to see lizards, turtles and snakes up close, and will also get to pet most of the creatures.

This course is for participants ages 2 and older, and will cost $2.00 for residents and $3.00 for non-residents. Course listings below:

Saturday, March 21, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605425.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605426.


Where: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.

To register, please visit our online registration website or register in person at one of our community centers.

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 – FEBRUARY 20, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: NICOLE PATTERSON, 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Live Animal Show at Watkins Nature Center

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – This is your chance to meet the animals that live at the Watkins Nature Center. A park naturalist will handle and let you get an up-close view of our resident reptiles, amphibians and birds of prey.

This course is for participants ages 2 and older, and will cost $2.00 for residents and $3.00 for non-residents. Course listings below:

Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605430.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605431.
Saturday, May 23, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605432.


Where: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.

To register, please visit our online registration website or register in person at one of our community centers.

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 – FEBRUARY 20, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: NICOLE PATTERSON, 301-218-6702; TTY 301-218-6768
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3313; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Creature Feature: All About Raptors

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Have you ever wanted to meet a bird of prey up close? This is your chance. Our park naturalists will give an up-close look at Watkins Nature Center’s raptors, including falcons, hawks and owls. Participants will learn about the biology of birds of prey. The birds will be brought out of their habitats for an up-close view. Parents and/or adult chaperones of children attending must also be registered for this course.

This course is for participants ages 3 and older, and will cost $2.00 for residents and $3.00 for non-residents. Course listings below:

Saturday, April 4, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – SMARTlink barcode #1605424.

Where: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.

To register, please visit our online registration website or register in person at one of our community centers.

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 FEBRUARY 19, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-952-7900; TTY: 301-699-2544
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

2015 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Women’s Basketball Championship -- Tickets on sale now!
at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro

Upper Marlboro, MD – The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the Prince George’s County, MD Conference & Visitors Bureau are delighted to host the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Women’s Basketball Championship. The 9-game tournament will be held at The Show Place Arena (14900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772) and will feature games from Thursday, March 12 through Sunday, March 15. The tournament winner will receive the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

With comfortable seating for 4,000 spectators, ample FREE parking, a variety of concessions, and staff dedicated to customer service, The Show Place Arena is a great venue in which fans will enjoy exciting, competitive basketball games. Support your favorite CAA team, or cheer for outstanding student-athletes on the women’s basketball teams from the College of Charleston, University of Delaware, Drexel University, Elon University, Hofstra University, James Madison University, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Northeastern University, Towson University, and the College of William and Mary.

Purchase a ticket book for all 9 games, or buy a single session, day pass. Ticket prices are as follows:

Ticket books for all 9 games: $40
Single Session Tickets (One all-day pass):

$15 for adults (18-61)
$7 for youth (ages 3-17)
$7 for seniors (ages 62+)
$6.50/person in groups of 10 or more (must be purchased at Show Place Arena)
$5.50 for CAA students with ID (must be purchased at Show Place Arena)

Military Discount: Military personnel may get $5 off adult tickets; up to four tickets with ID (must be purchased at Show Place Arena)

For information about additional special discounts and promotions visit www.pgparks.com.

Tickets are on sale now! You may purchase tickets at TicketMaster outlets, through TicketMaster phone charge (202-397-SEAT, 410-547-SEAT, 703573-SEAT), online at www.ticketmaster.com and at The Show Place Arena box office. Please note: Group tickets, CAA student tickets, and military personnel discount tickets are only available at The Show Place Arena box office. Adult, youth , senior and ticket books for all 8 games may be purchased everywhere.

Game schedule is as follows:
Thursday, March 12 – Opening Round
Game 1, 12 Noon
Seed 8 vs. Seed 9

Game 2, 2:30 pm
Seed 7 vs. Seed 10

Friday, March 13 – Quarterfinal Games
Game 3, 12 Noon
Winner of Game 1 vs. Seed 1

Game 4, 2:30 pm
Seed 4 vs. Seed 5

Game 5, 5 pm
Winner of Game 2 vs. Seed 2

Game 6, 7:30 pm
Seed 3 vs. Seed 6

Saturday, March 14 – Semifinal Games
Game 7, 1pm
Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4

Game 8, 3:30 pm
Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6

Sunday, March 15, Championship Game
Game 9, 1 pm
Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8


Everyone will enjoy this family-friendly event featuring outstanding, competitive student-athletes. Prince George’s County Maryland, located adjacent to Washington, D.C., offers great places to stay, to dine and to visit while you’re here. Log onto visitprincegeorges.com and pgparks.com to explore some of the exciting places to go and things to do when you come to the 2014 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship in Upper Marlboro! Get the latest news about all these great teams at www.caasports.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 12, 2015
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272 - or -
M-NCPPC Park Police Captain, Harvey R. Baker
MOBILE: 240-876-6361

Don’t Venture Onto the Ice
Community Advisory from the Department of Parks and Recreation

Riverdale, MD – The recent cold temperatures may give the appearance that the water is iced over and frozen. It is not! Citizens should not venture onto an ice covered body of water for any reason during the winter months. Without special equipment, human beings who fall into water with sub-freezing temperatures will survive only about 15 minutes. Ice on Maryland waterways rarely freezes evenly and solidly for a variety of reasons, including temperature fluctuations beneath the surface and the presence of contaminants in the water, which can prevent freezing.

Do not go onto the ice. If you are with someone who falls through the ice, do not go onto the ice to help them! Instead:

Call 911 immediately!

Mark the spot with a hat or a piece of clothing, so that if the victim becomes submerged rescuers have a point of reference. Time is of the essence with this sort of rescue.

Then, reach or throw. If the victim is near enough to shore to reach a ladder, tree branch or pole, extend one of these toward them as quickly as possible and pull them to safety. Throw them a rope or a flotation device, if possible. Again, do not leave the shore and venture into the water or onto the ice.

If the victim can crawl out of the water and onto the ice, have them roll away from the crack and crawl on their belly to shore. Staying low distributes the body’s weight on the ice and helps reduce the risk of the ice cracking.

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 – January 5, 2015
PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: 301-206-3350; TTY 301-446-3402
PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MARKETING CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS
OFFICE: 301-446-3327; MOBILE: 301-704-5272

Department of Parks and Recreation is Searching for Centenarians
M-NCPPC Wants to Celebrate Seniors 90 Years and Older

Landover, MD – The M-NCPPC, Dept. of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County is looking for County residents who are ages 90 and older to invite them to a special Centenarian Celebration being held in May. Special recognition will be given to Centenarians – residents who are 100 years old and older.

We need your help identifying Prince George’s County residents ages 90 & older. If you know someone who resides in the county, and is 90 years old or older (as of January 1, 2015), please share the information with us. Your help is greatly appreciated! Please forward this information to us no later than February 27, 2015 by ONE of the means listed below:

(a) Send an e-mail to Centenarian@pgparks.com (subject: Centenarian); OR

(b) Complete the form (see back of flyer) and mail it to: Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel, MD 20707, Attn: Centenarian Coordinator.


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 – December 24, 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

“Seniors on Stage” Auditions
Share Your Talent With Us

Landover, MD – Calling all Prince George’s County Seniors 60 & better who would like to audition to be a part of a very special springtime “Seniors on Stage” show. The show is designed to showcase some of the County’s very talented seniors while providing inspiration and joy to others. It is highly recommended your song selections be up tempo (i.e. show tunes, pop tunes, golden oldies from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, etc.).

Audition dates: Wednesday, January, 14 and Thursday, January, 15, 2015

Audition location: The Prince George’s Ballroom, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover

For audition guidelines and to register to audition, please call 301-446-3400.


Auditions will be scheduled every 15 minutes.

The “Seniors on Stage” show will be performed with a “live” band to accompany the performers. Mandatory practices will be scheduled (at least 5 times) on Monday afternoons prior to dress rehearsal and show day.

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 – November 4, 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

Department of Parks and Recreation Deer Management Program Announcement

Riverdale, MD - Beginning in January 2015, the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting nighttime sharpshooting efforts to reduce the local deer populations at select parks. These efforts will utilize specially trained Maryland- National Capital Park Police officers to reduce the deer herd at three parks:
- Enterprise Golf Course in Mitchellville, MD
- Henson Creek Steam Valley Park (Oxon Hill Rd to Temple Hill Rd) in Fort Washington, MD
- Oxon Hill Manor in Fort Washington, MD

Sharpshooting activities will take place at night from January 1 through March 31, 2015. Parks are closed to the public from sunset to sunrise. On-site signage will be placed at each of these parks to remind the public of the sharpshooting activities. Public safety is the program’s top priority.

Much of the Prince George’s County suburban landscape offers ideal deer habitat that provides an abundance of food sources, no natural predators, and limited hunting opportunities. The combination of these factors has contributed to an overpopulation of deer throughout much of the area.

Deer population reductions are needed to address the problems associated with too many deer. These problems can include forest ecology degradation, deer-vehicle collisions, concerns about Lyme Disease, landscape/property damage, agriculture damage, and poor herd health. A reduction in the local deer herds will help alleviate these problems in those immediate areas.

All harvested deer will be donated to local food banks to help feed those in need.
Public comments on the sharpshooting program will be accepted until December 1. To comment, please visit www.pgparks.com/Deer_Management.

In addition to the new sharpshooting program, the Department has traditionally allowed recreational deer hunting in select rural parks, since 1986. In partnership with Maryland Department of Natural Resources, there are currently three parks that allow archery deer hunting: Aquasco Farm, Patuxent River Park-Billingsley, and Gardner Road Park. These parks are multi-use and are still open to the public during the hunting season. For more information, go to dnr.maryland.gov.

For more information about the deer management program, please visit www.pgparks.com or email DeerManagement@pgparks.com. 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 – October 17, 2014
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


MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION AMONG “BEST OF THE BEST” WITH CAPRA REACCREDITATION

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) was reaccredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, receiving the maximum score in every available category, during the National Parks and Recreation Association Congress 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) recognizes park and recreation agencies for excellence in operation and service. Charged with providing high quality services and experiences, park and recreation agencies across the United States turn to CAPRA Accreditation as a credible and efficient means of achieving these goals, while providing assurance to the public that the agency meets national standards of best practice. CAPRA accredits departments and agencies that provide park and recreation programs and services. Agency accreditation is available to all entities administering park and recreation systems, including municipalities, townships, counties, special districts and regional authorities, councils of government, schools, and military installations.

“The Commission is extremely honored and privileged 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” said M-NCPPC Chairman Elizabeth M. Hewlett. “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.”

“I am so proud of the amazing work of our dedicated Parks and Recreation staff,” said M-NCPPC Vice-Chairman Casey Anderson. “We are known for our superb parks system across the region. This reaccreditation proves that, and we will continue to preserve and sustain this valuable resource.”

“It is an honor to serve the community at the highest level and be recognized for that service by the CAPRA organization,” said Ronnie Gathers, Director of the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation. “The quality of our staff and the delivery and availability of our programs and facilities to the community continue to be our highest priority.”

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/capra.

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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