March 13, 2024

Montgomery Parks Starts ‘Open Parkways’ Schedule for Spring and Summer on Beach Drive and Sligo Creek Parkway

Montgomery Parks has started its spring and summer hours for its “Open Parkways” program on Beach Drive and Sligo Creek Parkway.

In 2020, Montgomery Parks initiated the Open Parkways Program, which closed portions of Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive to vehicles during the weekends, to provide additional outdoor recreational space during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program expanded on the intended recreational use of the parkways and proved incredibly popular.

When closed to vehicles, the parkways are a welcoming venue to walkers, joggers, cyclists, rollerbladers and people participating in various other forms of recreation.

The Open Parkways schedule of closing parkways to vehicles during specific periods includes:
  • Beach Drive between Connecticut and Knowles Avenue: Saturdays at 7 a.m. through Sundays at 6 p.m.
  • Sligo Creek Parkway between Old Carroll Avenue and Piney Branch Road and between Forest Glen Road and University Boulevard West: Friday at 9 a.m. through Sundays at 6 p.m.
Gate closures are intended to be completed by the times listed above. The re-opening of the parkways begins at the times listed above. However, this process may take up to 30 minutes to complete. These hours may change on federal holidays. Please visit our website for details.