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MOCO parks see upgrades, new parks to be developed with state funding

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD — Park projects that would have been delayed or canceled in Montgomery County will now see the light of day thanks to $12.3 million in state funding.

Montgomery Parks said the money will be used for 17 park projects, which range from developing new parks to improving existing parks and playgrounds.

Here is a complete list of upcoming upgrades from Montgomery County Parks and Recreation:

  • A new 3.5-acre park in downtown Bethesda on portions of Lots 10 and 24 of the Parking District as part of the Bethesda Market redevelopment
  • A new action sports park (could include a region-wide skate park, bike pump track, rock climbing wall, parkour/obstacle course, and cycling skills area) at the regional park by Wheaton
  • New playground equipment and accessibility improvements to:
    • Olney Family Neighborhood Park
    • Olney Mill Neighborhood Park
    • Germantown South Recreation Park
  • New skateparks at:
    • Long Branch-Arliss Neighborhood Park
  • An adventure playground at South Germantown Recreation Park (redeveloped)
  • Trail upgrades, land conversions, water quality upgrades, ADA upgrades and more at:
    • Rosemary Hills – Lyttonsville Local Park
  • New amenities, updated aging infrastructure, playground renovations, grounds upgrades, new plazas and rest areas in the Long Branch area.
  • A new and improved bridge over the Long Branch Trail at Clayborne Avenue with environmental restoration

“We are so grateful for the support from our state legislators and the funding that will go to so many great park projects,” Montgomery Parks Director Mike Riley said in a press release. “Our recent Plan of parks, recreation and open spaces confirms that parks are a top priority for communities. The public counts on us to provide beautiful parks to exercise and recreate, socialize and enjoy nature. With this support, we can do more projects by combining state funding with our own capital funding.”