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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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