Did you know that wherever you are in Montgomery County, you are never more than 2 miles away from a park?
Montgomery Parks’ mission is to protect and interpret our valuable natural and cultural resources, balance the demand for recreation with the need for conservation, offer a variety of enjoyable recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles, and provide clean, safe, and accessible places for leisure-time activities.
Mental and Physical Health
Spending time in nature provides a whole host of benefits that improve your physical and mental health. Exposure to greenspaces can lower stress levels, decrease blood pressure, and even boost your motivation to exercise. A 2019 study found that spending 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and well-being.
If you need more reasons to explore Montgomery Parks, read the 2021 feature story, The Wellness Benefits of the Great Outdoors, on the USDA Forest Service website. Learn how greenspaces beneficially connect you to friends, families and neighbors in your community.
The Economic Impact of Parks report issued in 2019 by the National Recreation and Park Association, in partnership with the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, demonstrates the profound effect of local parks and recreational agencies’ capital spending and operations.
Economic Impact in MD
Labor Income: $1,480,134,422
Employment (jobs): 27,974
Economic Activity (Transactions): $4,590,263,035
The park system actively manages more than 29,000 natural acres for environmental preservation, contributing greatly to Montgomery County’s environmental health. In 2018, the Montgomery Parks Arboriculture Section released a summary of data and benefits of 24,796 trees inventoried and found the ecological benefits provided by the trees saved the county $2,145,042.
The forests and trees found within the 421 parks help reduce the effects of climate change through the absorption and retention of carbon dioxide (CO2). According to the Arbor Day Foundation, “In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced by a car driven 26,000 miles.”
Montgomery County Parks
420Total number of parks
37,220Total acres of parkland
269.6Total natural and paved surface trails (miles)
490Total stream length (miles)
Discover more Montgomery Parks’ system highlights in the Green Tree Report as of December 2022.
$140 millionAdopted Operating Budget FY2023
$47.9 millionCapital Improvements Program FY2021-2026
$226.8 millionCapital Improvements Program FY2021-2026
Our projects strengthen the community, provide educational resources, and create greater stewardship within the parks.