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									  THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION
                        NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release:
January 23, 2007

Contact:
Kelli Holsendolph
Community Outreach Manager
Montgomery County Department of Parks
301-650-2866

     5 MOST ROMANTIC THINGS TO DO IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY PARKS
           DEPARTMENT OF PARKS PICKS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

SILVER SPRING, MD—Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Montgomery County
Department of Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-
NCPPC), releases today the five most romantic things to do in the county’s 400+ park system for
Valentine’s Day.

“Our county’s parks offer something for everyone,” said Montgomery County Parks Director
Mary Bradford, “and activities for all seasons, even in February.”

The Department’s top 5 picks of the most romantic things to do in the parks this Valentine’s Day
include:

1. Walk a Heart Smart Trail with your Sweetheart. The Department of Parks maintains
   three Heart Smart Trails: the Brookside Gardens Heart Smart Trail at Wheaton Regional
   Park, South Germantown Recreational Park Heart Smart Trail, and the Martin Luther King
   Jr. Recreational Park Heart Smart Trail—most recently added. These trails are generally one
   mile in length or less and follow hard surface, level paths. Bronze medallions are embedded
   along the trails every 1/10 of a mile, so walkers can track the distance they’ve gone. For
   maps visit: http://www.mc-mncppc.org/trails/trails_MAPS/HeartSmart_trails.shtm

2. Reel ‘Em In Ice Fishing at Black Hill Visitor Center. Park Naturalist and avid angler
   Glenn Cumings with his dedicated ice fishing team will teach participants how to read the ice
   and landscape, maintain safety, select equipment and bait, and use effective jigging
   techniques during an ice fishing workshop this winter at the Black Hill Visitor Center in
   Boyds. Rods, reels, lures, augers and van transportation will be provided. Lake or pond
   selection and the exact date for the workshop are determined by safe ice conditions, but sign
   up now at www.ParkPASS.org (Course # 27764) and this just might make the perfect
   Valentine’s Day date. The cost is $20 and registered participants will be contacted directly
   with exact workshop details.

3. Love’s Not Loss on the Cabin John or Wheaton Tennis Courts. Both Department of
   Parks indoor tennis facilities—at Cabin John Regional Park and Wheaton Regional Park—
   are now hosting their annual tennis lotteries for regular indoor court time for the upcoming
   season, September 2007 – April 2008. Apply today to win regular court time with your
   sweetie. The application fee is $150 and refundable to applicants not drawn. See
   www.cabinjohntennis.com or call Cabin John at 301-469-7300 and www.wheatontennis.com
   or call Wheaton at 301-649-4049 for applications, guidelines and complete instructions on
   how to apply. The application deadline for the Cabin John lottery is 9:00 a.m., Monday,
   March 5 and the deadline for Wheaton is 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 16.

4. Sweetheart Skating at Cabin John Ice Rink and Wheaton Ice Arena. Cabin John Ice
   Rink’s Sweetheart Skate, on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, from 4:00 p.m. -
   5:30 p.m. is two ice skaters for the price of one—$6.00, which includes skate rental.
   Sweetheart Skate at Cabin John will also feature special drawings. For more information call
   the Cabin John Ice Rink at 301-365-2246. Sweetheart Skate Night at the Wheaton Ice Arena
   is Friday, February 16, from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Ice skate the night away with your
   special someone, while enjoying music, romantic lighting, and more. The cost is $6.00 per
   person. For more information call the Wheaton Ice Arena at 301-649-3640.

5. Sweets for your Sweet. Black Hill Regional Park is offering a special “Chocolate Delights”
   event, Wednesday, February 7, from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. for chocolate lovers to explore
   the natural history of the cocoa tree, the chocolate making process, and to enjoy a sampling
   of gourmet varieties and custom-blended chocolates from around the world. The cost is
   $10.00. Sign-up at www.ParkPASS.org (Course # 27611). Also sweet, the Brookside Nature
   Center Maple Sugar Festival—an American tradition—is scheduled for Saturday, February
   24, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and beyond. Maple Sugar Festival is FREE and open to all
   ages. No reservations required. Bring your Valentine to watch the whole maple sugaring
   process: see sap drip from trees, taste it, watch it boiled down into sweet maple syrup, and
   sample a tasty treat. For more on these and all the programs offered this winter, visit
   www.ParkPASS.org.

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