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.

Parks Improve…

Mental and Physical Health

The 2014 survey, Exposure to Neighborhood Green Space and Mental Health: Evidence from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin, found “higher levels of neighborhood green space were associated with significantly lower levels of symptomology for depression, anxiety and stress.”

A May 2010 Report to the President from the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity states that “children of all ages are healthier, happier and have better social skills if they have frequent opportunities for free and unstructured play outdoors.”

The Economy

The Economic Impact of Parks report issued in 2017 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: $827,208,357
Employment (jobs): 17,931
Economic Activity (Transactions): $2,361,648,085

The Environment

The U.S. Forest Service calculated over the course of one year, “an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced by a car driven 26,000 miles.” The North Carolina State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Tree Facts webpage states a ”tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.”

Our park system actively manages more than 29,000 natural acres for environmental preservation, contributing greatly to this county’s environmental health.

At-a-Glance

Montgomery County Parks

424

Total number of parks

37,072

Total acres of parkland

269.6

Total natural and paved surface trails (miles)

490

Total stream length (miles)

Discover more Montgomery Parks’ system highlights in the Green Tree Report PDF.

Park Budget

$122 million

Park Fund, Adopted Operating Budget FY2020
for acquisition

$76 million

Capital Improvements Program FY2019-2024
for development

$167.7 million

Capital Improvements Program FY2019-2024

Current Projects

Our projects strengthen the community, provide educational resources, and create greater stewardship within the parks.

Josiah Henson Museum & Park

Josiah Henson Museum & Park

Josiah Henson Park is on the verge of becoming a world-class museum and park! There will be a new museum on the… Learn More
SEED Classroom

SEED Classroom

Black Hill Nature Programs is committed to building community around Black Hill Regional Park and plans to do so for years to come. Learn More
Ongoing Initiatives

Ongoing Initiatives

The Marye Wells-Harley Dream Camp Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for children and teens to attend the Montgomery Parks’ summer camp of their choice. Learn More
Partner Projects

Partner Projects

The Montgomery Parks Foundation collaborates with members of community-led park projects that directly benefit our incredible park system. Learn More