Montgomery Parks Invests in Significant Park Improvements Across the County

 Montgomery Parks has recently completed a series of park projects and renovations at park locations across the county. The park renovations, also known as park refreshers, provide efficient and cost-effective improvements which enable the department to make significant updates to more parks in less time.

Our ongoing commitment to improving parks and public spaces plays a significant role in the quality of life for county residents. It is so rewarding to see how these projects bring parks to life and connect the community,” said Michael Riley, director of Montgomery Parks.

 Recently completed park projects and refresher projects include:

Burnt Mills West Special Park: A new sidewalk was constructed along southbound US 29 in Silver Spring, the parking lot renovated, and a bridge was installed connecting the Northwest Branch Trail to Burnt Mills West Special Park parking lot. 

Cherrywood Local Park: Located in Olney, the park has new bike racks, picnic table, grill, and benches, the trails were resurfaced, the basketball court and parking lot were renovated, and drainage was improved.

 Flower Avenue Urban Park: This .4-acre park located in Silver Spring was updated with new furnishings, bike racks, and decorative lights. In addition, retaining wall improvements were made and the pavement was cleaned and painted.

Piedmont Woods Local Park: Piedmont Woods Local Park is a developer-built park. The facilities include a double tennis court, a single basketball court, a playground, a dog park, an asphalt parking lot, asphalt trails, and a natural surface trail. There are also two picnic shelters in the park and a shade structure in the dog park.

 Sundown Road Local Park: This 20.5-acre park, located in Laytonsville, was updated with a new soccer court – the first, dedicated one in Montgomery Parks’ system, as well as renovated, lighted basketball courts and tennis courts, improvements at a softball field, a resurfaced parking lot, and a new playground.   


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Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

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