Construction on the South County Regional Recreation and Aquatic Center (1315 Apple Ave) began in 2019 and is now complete. The new facility, located in Downtown Silver Spring, will hold its grand opening on Saturday, February 24th at 10am and we have a few photos to give you a peek at the facility before the event, courtesy of Montgomery Recreation (additional photos below).



Montgomery County Recreation Center membership passes are free for County residents in 2023 A free pass will provide access to fully equipped fitness rooms, open gym (drop-in) activities and game rooms at any community recreation center during regularly scheduled hours. The free pass does not include access to aquatic centers. For aquatic center pass information and prices, visit Aquatic Passes – Department of Recreation – Montgomery County, Maryland (

“We are pleased to be offering this service free to our residents in 2023,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “As we head into the new year and many are renewing their fitness goals, I encourage our County residents to take advantage of these great spaces. Make sure to head to a community recreation center near you to check out all they have to offer. Thank you to the team at Montgomery County Recreation for helping make this happen.


Clara Barton Neighborhood Community Recreation Center 

Clara Barton

Neighborhood Recreation Center
7425 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John

More information about the Clara Barton Neighborhood Community Recreation Center

Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center 

Bauer Drive

Community Recreation Center
14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville

More information about the Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center

Ross Boddy Community Recreation Center 

Ross Boddy

Neighborhood Recreation Center
18529 Brooke Road, Sandy Spring

More informationabout the Ross Boddy Neighborhood Community Recreation Center

East County Community Recreation Center 

East County

Community Recreation Center
3310 Gateshead Manor Way
Silver Spring

More information about the East County Neighborhood Community Recreation Center

Germantown Community Recreation Center 


Community Recreation Center
18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown

More informationabout the Germantown Community Recreation Center

Good Hope Neighborhood Community Recreation Center 

Good Hope

Neighborhood Recreation Center
14715 Good Hope Road
Silver Spring

More information about the Good Hope Community Recreation Center

Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center 

Jane E. Lawton

Community Recreation Center
4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase

More information about the Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center

Long Branch Community Recreation Center 

Long Branch

Community Recreation Center
8700 Piney Branch Road
Silver Spring

More informationabout the Long Branch Community Recreation Center

Longwood Community Recreation Center 


Community Recreation Center
19300 Georgia Ave., Brookeville

More information about the Longwood Community Recreation Center

Mid-County Community Recreation Center 


Community Recreation Center
2004 Queensguard Road
Silver Spring

More information about the Mid-County Community Recreation Center

Plum Gar Community Recreation Center 

Plum Gar

Community Recreation Center
19561 Scenery Drive, Germantown

More information about the Plum Gar Community Recreation Center

Potomac Community Recreation Center 


Community Recreation Center
11315 Falls Road, Potomac

More information about the Potomac Community Recreation Center

Upper County Community Recreation Center 

Upper County

Community Recreation Center
8201 Emory Grove Road Gaithersburg

More information about the Upper County Community Recreation Center

Wheaton Neighborhood Community Recreation Center 


Community Recreation Center
11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton

More information about the Wheaton Community Recreation Center

White Oak Community Recreation Center 

White Oak

Community Recreation Center
1700 April Lane, Silver Spring

More information about the White Oak Community Recreation Center

Wisconsin Place Community Recreation Center 

Wisconsin Place

Community Recreation Center
5311 Friendship Blvd., Chevy Chase

More information about the Wisconsin Place Community Recreation CenterTo get a pass, residents should visit a center location near them.


Montgomery County Rec mourns the loss of former director, Gregory Bayor. In a career spanning 39 years, Greg provided thousands upon thousands of children and adults with quality programs and special events as Director of Recreation & Parks for the Cities of Rockville, MD; Elgin, IL; Baltimore, MD and Montgomery County, MD, culminating with his retirement in late 2017 from the City of Tampa after restructuring the Department, beginning with the redesign of the department logo.

He successfully guided the construction of the Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. Some other projects included the renovation of the Roy Jenkins Pool; the creation of Water Works Park & the innovative Perry Harvey Park. He brought the Cal Ripken,Sr Foundation to Tampa to create two parks for At Risk Youth – Baseball at Sulphur Springs & a Multi-Purpose Field at the Glazer Family Field at NFL Y.E.T. Center.

He was extremely proud of the award winning dance & gymnastics teams. Having played Lacrosse at the University of Baltimore he was thrilled to introduce the sport into the program to enthusiastic participants, most of whom had never seen it played. The Stay to Play Program which he created to keep Rec Centers open until midnight during the summers, kept at-risk youth not only safe, but provided meals, often the only meal attendees would receive in a day. He felt it was one of his most important accomplishments.

Greg earned the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 14. He attended Temple University in Philadelphia & the University of Baltimore where he played soccer & lacrosse. He was President of the Alumni Association & a Member of the Board of Governors. He was also a former Member of the Board at the acclaimed Lowry Park Zoo (now, Zoo Tampa) & at the Museum of Science & Industry.

Greg’s passion for all things golf is well documented, not only as a student of the game but his redesigns of three public courses and a stint as an assistant golf course superintendent after college. He was an avid skier & fisherman & an artist who dabbled in many media. In retirement he ventured into woodturning creating beautiful bowls & pens which he gifted to family & friends.

Greg was known for his creativity, his love of the Baltimore Ravens, his sense of humor & practical jokes, organizing special events, both personal & professional & as the Cool Uncle to his family & Peter Pan to his wife. Celebrations of Life to be held in Tampa & Maryland at later dates. His full obituary can be seen here.


This Saturday, July 22, the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department and the Town of Kensington are resuming their Summer Movie Night. This weekend, Wreck-It Ralph will be shown at dusk in St. Paul Park on the big screen.

Starting at 7PM, activities and games will be available in the Park, including a water balloon toss and the Fire Department’s Safety House. The Kensington Volunteer Fire Department encourages moviegoers to bring blankets, picnics, friends and family. Pizza, Popcorn, and other refreshments will be available for purchase.


Montgomery County Recreation is hosting a “Pooch Pool Party” on August 26th and 27th from 11am until 3pm at the Upper County Outdoor Pool, located at 8211 Emory Grove Rd. in Gaithersburg. Additional information can be found for this paid event below, per Montgomery County Rec:

“We’ve closed the pool to humans and opened it to dogs! Dogs will be allowed to swim and frolic at the pool before it is closed and cleaned for the winter. Each dog MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult. Any dog displaying any signs of aggression will be asked to leave immediately. ALL DOGS MUST PROVIDE WRITTEN PROOF OF A CURRENT RABIES VACCINATION before they will be allowed into the event, and dogs owned by county residents must have a current Montgomery County dog license, available from the County Police Department. Please register in the name of the responsible adult who will accompany the dog. Due to health concerns, humans may wade only up to the knees at your own risk. For more info, call 240-777-6840.” Anyone interested can register here.


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