Montgomery Parks Seeks Public Input to Enhance Parks in Long Branch Community

by MCS Staff
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Montgomery Parks has launched the Long Branch Parks Initiative a comprehensive look at the parks, trails, amenities, and recreational programs in the area. The initiative is aimed at identifying what needs to be improved or added so the parks can better serve the people living in the Long Branch Area. 

“We are taking a holistic approach in the Long Branch community to enhance the many parks in this area,” said Mike Riley, director of Montgomery Parks. “By providing multiple ways for the community to provide input, we are hoping to engage a broad cross-section of residents so we can better understand how they use our parks and what kinds of improvements are most needed.”

Montgomery Parks is seeking input from Long Branch community members via a survey about how to improve these parks. The survey is available online, and community input will be gathered through September 30, 2022. Final recommendations will be shared with the Montgomery County Planning Board and the public in January 2023.

The community is invited to the free Spring Kick-Off Picnic on Sunday, May 15, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Long Branch-Arliss Neighborhood Park and will include live music, food, and activities.

 Parks in the Long Branch Parks Initiative include:

  • Upper Long Branch Neighborhood Park
  • Long Branch Wayne Local Park
  • Long Branch-Arliss Neighborhood Park
  • Long Branch Local Park
  • Flower Avenue Urban Park
  • Long Branch-Garland Neighborhood Park
  • Seek Lane Neighborhood Park
  • New Hampshire Estates Local Park, and
  • Quebec Terrace Neighborhood Park

Current and recently completed projects and plans include:

  • Enhancements at Flower Avenue Urban Park 
  • Long Branch Trail connection at Haddon Drive
  • Long Branch Wayne Local Park re-development plan and bridge replacement, and
  • Long Branch-Garland Neighborhood Park re-development plan and bridge replacement 

 Parks that still need community input are:

  • Upper Long Branch Neighborhood Park
  • Long Branch-Arliss Neighborhood Park
  • Long Branch Local Park
  • Seek Lane Neighborhood Park
  • New Hampshire Estates Local Park, and
  • Quebec Terrace Neighborhood Park

 Park staff are assessing the condition of these parks to determine which trails, bridges, and amenities need to be upgraded and the input of community members is needed to ensure the types of spaces and activities provided meet the community’s needs. Amenities under consideration are new playgrounds, ballfields, basketball and tennis courts, gardens, and skate parks, among other options.

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