Provide Your Input on Renovation of Historic Johnson’s Local Park in Gaithersburg

Courtesy of Montgomery Parks


Johnson’s Local Park was once the hub of Emory Grove, a community founded by free African Americans in 1864 

Montgomery Parks is inviting the public to a discussion about future renovations to Johnsons Local Park at the Emory Grove United Methodist Church community supper on January 7, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. The discussion will focus on ways to update the park, includingadding amenities and how to highlight the park’s role in the historic community of Emory Grove.

Emory Grove was founded in 1864 as a community of self-sufficient, free African Americans. At its peak, it spanned 300 acres and was home to 500 people. The area became known for hosting church “camp meetings” on the land each summer under the sponsorship of nearby Emory Grove United Methodist Church.

“Montgomery Parks wants to hear residents’ ideas for honoring the park’s past, while creating an outdoor recreation space that will be just as vital to future generations,” said Christie Ciabotti, Site Planning Supervisor for Montgomery Parks. Emory Grove United Methodist is hosting the discussion about the park as part of a regularly scheduled church community supper. The meeting is open to all.   

More information and a survey about the project, are available on the Johnson’s Local Park Project Webpage. Any weather-relatedschedule changes will also be posted on that page. 

What:   Community discussion about future plans for Johnson’s Local Park

 When:   Sunday, January 7, 2024
1:30-3:30 p.m.

Where:   Up County Early Childhood Center
               18100 Washington Grove Lane, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Courtesy of Montgomery Parks

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