October 28, 2021

Montgomery Parks Reinstates ‘Picnic in the Park’ Program to Allow Alcohol in 13 Parks

The ‘Picnic in the Parks’ program that allows alcohol in certain parks has been reinstated by Montgomery Parks in 13 parks. The program was created to inspire park use in 2020 during the COVID-19 health crisis, but was suspended on July 1, 2021, in response to the end of the COVID-19 State of Emergency issued by the State of Maryland.

“While the directive was in effect, people were responsibly enjoying food and alcohol in these parks,” said Montgomery Parks Director Mike Riley. “It has been great to see the support from the public and elected officials to bring this program back.”

The program allows park users 21 or older to responsibly consume alcohol during operating hours, dawn to dusk, in 13 parks. Park Police ensure all State and County laws, as well as park rules and regulations, are followed.

Information about the program, including maps of the areas in the 13 parks where alcohol is permitted, can be found online at www.montgomeryparks.org.