June 3, 2021

Montgomery Parks Now Accepting Applications for Permits to Use Park Buildings and Local Picnic Shelters

Montgomery Parks is now accepting permit applications to reserve park activity buildings and picnic shelters at local parks for nominal fees. The amenities will be available beginning on June 12.

Applications may be submitted to the parks permits office immediately. The department closed all park activity buildings and stopped permitting local park picnic shelters in March 2020—at the start of the COVID-19 health crisis. Regional park picnic shelters were made available to permit at the beginning of 2021.

“We are thrilled to reopen our park activity buildings and begin offering reservations for picnic shelters at local parks now that the County has lifted all COVID-19 capacity restrictions,” said Mike Riley, director of Montgomery Parks. “We know how excited people are to reconnect with their family and friends and there is no better place to do so than at a park. I’m certain there will be a great demand for these locations in our parks, so I suggest people submit their applications as soon as possible.”

Montgomery Parks, which is part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, manages 19 Park Activity Buildings at locations across the County. Each park activity building features a kitchen, refrigerator, warming oven and restrooms. The buildings are often used for birthday parties, bridal showers, family reunions, meetings and other gatherings. The department has 88 picnic shelters available for permitting. Picnic shelters may be used on a first-come, first-served basis. However, permit holders are given priority at all times.

For more information about how to reserve park amenities, including park activity buildings and picnic shelters, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org and click on the “Permits, Rentals and Request” tab on the top navigation menu.