Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Find out how long the work will last and which areas of the park will be closed during construction.
Construction work on trails and pathways in Wheaton Regional Park is underway and will continue through May 15, according to Montgomery Parks. The Wheaton train and carousel, the playground, and picnic shelters A, B, C and H will remain open during construction. Picnic shelters D, E, F and G will be closed during construction. Restrooms are also expected to be closed during the week of April 8 until April 15 while water pipes are replaced. Port-a-johns will be available for park visitor use during this time, according to Montgomery Parks.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The train and carousel will be open during the Montgomery County Public Schools spring break.
Spring is just around the corner! Beginning March 23, the Wheaton Miniature Train and the Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel will be open every day at Wheaton Regional Park during the MCPS spring break, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. After April 2 though, the train and carousel will be open only on Saturdays and Sundays until May 1. For ticket information, see the Montgomery Parks website.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Montgomery Parks will hold an open house on March 17.
Soccer teams have a new place to play in Wheaton Regional Park. The new Wheaton Sports Pavilion, a covered synthetic turf field located at 11751 Orebaugh Avenue, opens to the public on Sunday. Montgomery Parks has organized an open house from 1-3 p.m. with games and drills with local soccer teams, a scrimmage at 2 p.m., giveaways, door prizes and refreshments. The sports pavilion, with its 200-by-85 feet field, takes the place of the park's original outdoor ice rink. Skaters can still use the indoor Wheaton Ice Arena next door. Groups can rent the sports pavilion to play soccer, lacrosse and Futsal (a five-a-side version of soccer played on basketball-sized courts). See the Montgomery Parks website for rental rates.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Residents report more use of space, but remain apprehensive about upkeep
Montgomery County’s decision to stop charging for use of the county’s dog parks has satisfied some frequent users of the dog park at Wheaton Regional Park, while others expressed concern that the lack of funding would result in poorer facilities. In December, the county Department of Parks announced that it would stop collecting a $40 permit fee for use of the county’s five dog parks. The fee was imposed in July 2010. “I always thought the fee was a little high, but I was willing to pay because it really is a great service,” said Donato Soviero, who takes his German Shepherd, Kumi, to the park frequently. “A lower fee may have been more reasonable, but I am certainly not complaining about removing it altogether.” Another resident, Florence…
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Rides on the Halloween-themed train and carousel have been canceled for the rest of the season.
Hurricane Sandy brought an untimely end to the Halloween-themed train and carousel at Wheaton Regional Park. Due to damage from the storm, rides on the 'Haunted Train' and 'Creepy Carousel' have been canceled for the rest of the season, according to an update on the Wheaton Train and Carousel Facebook page. Anyone who had booked train rides for Tuesday or Wednesday should have their money returned to their ParkPASS account, according to the Facebook update. Did you get to ride the train or carousel before they closed? Share your photos on Patch.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
There have been no injuries involving the public in 16 years of the managed hunts, according to Bill Hamilton, a Montgomery Parks wildlife ecologist.
Montgomery Parks will begin its deer management operations with managed hunts and park police sharpshooters at 25 parks around the county beginning Oct. 22, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission announced. The hunts will include specially trained Maryland-National Capital Park Police and pre-screened hunters selected by lottery. Managed hunts will continue through Jan. 26. Sharpshooting operations at places like Wheaton Regional Park will be conducted when parks are closed during evening and overnight hours, from 5:30 p.m. to sunrise daily between Jan. 1 and March 31. Click here for a complete list of park closures and for driving tips for October through December, when deer are breeding and at their most active. …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Starting this weekend, the train and carousel at Wheaton Regional Park will undergo their usual October transformation.
This Saturday at Wheaton Regional Park, the miniature train becomes a haunted train, and the historic Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel becomes a creepy carousel. The train and carousel will operate from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 6 -7, 11-14, 18-21, and 25 - 31. Montgomery Parks recommends checking Facebook before planning a trip in case the attractions have been closed due to bad weather. Volunteers are needed to dress up in scary costumes and lurk along the haunted train route to frighten passengers. And yes--you can actually earn SSL hours for doing this. Riders are asked to bring a canned food item to donate to Mid-County United Ministries. See the Montgomery Parks website for more information about tickets.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Find out which parts of Wheaton Regional Park are closed this Monday.
If you're planning to spend Labor Day weekend at Wheaton Regional Park, keep in mind that these areas will be closed all or part of the time: Wheaton Tennis will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., but will be closed on Monday. Wheaton Ice Arena will be closed all weekend. Brookside Nature Center will be closed on Labor Day. Wheaton Train & Carousel will be open all weekend, including Labor Day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Glenallan Elementary School PTA is holding a back-to-school picnic at Wheaton Regional Park. Is your school doing anything similar?
If you are a parent with school-age children, how connected do you feel with the school? Do you feel confident about starting the school year? How well do you know the administration, the teachers, and the other parents? Are you part of the PTA? The Glenallan Elementary School PTA is kicking off the school year on Thursday with a community picnic at Wheaton Regional Park. It's a chance for families to reconnect and make new friends. Does your school do something similar? Tell us in the comments.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Enjoy the holiday at one of these parks in the Wheaton area.
The weather is looking beautiful for this holiday weekend, so why not spend some time outside? For your convenience, Patch has compiled a list of hours for Montgomery County Parks in the Wheaton area: - Brookside Gardens Visitors Center — Open all weekend including Memorial Day, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The “Wings of Fancy” Exhibit will be open all weekend including Memorial Day, 10 a.m – 4 p.m. - Wheaton Train & Carousel at Wheaton Regional Park– Open all weekend. May 26-27, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; May 28, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. - Wheaton Tennis will offer a 50 percent discount on court time (for $7.50 /hour) on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. Contact Wheaton Tennis in advance to make a reservation in order to receive the discount. Closings: - Brookside Nature …