Montgomery Parks, which is part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is updating the master plan for Wheaton Regional Park and is asking residents for their ideas on the park’s future.
The 536-acre park, which is the largest park in lower Montgomery County, was established in the 1960s when the County was much different than it is today. The park is aging and in need of updates to address older infrastructure, include more contemporary facilities and amenities and ensure it reflects the culturally diverse community it serves today.
Residents can share their suggestions about the future of the park in a variety of ways, including through an online survey or by accessing an interactive map. Print versions of the surveys can be found at facilities throughout the park.
Wheaton Regional Park features a variety of facilities and recreational opportunities including:
- Brookside Gardens and the Brookside Nature Center.
- Wheaton Ice Rink, Wheaton Sports Pavilion, F. Frank Rubini Athletic Complex, indoor and outdoor tennis courts.
- The Wheaton Miniature Train and Ovid Hazen Wells carousel, Pine Lake, picnic shelters, a large adventure playground and dog park.
- An expansive network of hard surface and natural surface trails.
Topics that will be addressed in the master plan include updated infrastructure, new recreational facilities and amenities, natural resource conservation, maintenance and operations and enhanced natural and cultural interpretation.