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Celebrating 90 Years of Excellence!
Planning Board Kudos
Director of Parks and Rec Announces Retirement
Public Budget Forums Scheduled
New M-NCPPC Websites Launch
Historic Property Grants Application and Upcoming Workshops
36th Annual Hispanic Festival
Shatter the Silence 5K Walk/Run
Talk with the Doc Walking Program
Calendar of Events 
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The Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has approximately 203 playgrounds within the County. Check out some of our themed Imagination Playgrounds HERE.
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M-NCPPC Celebrates 90 years of Excellence!

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) has been celebrating 90 years of excellence in 2017! The Commission is committed to excellence in planning, excellence in parks and recreation management, and excellence in serving the residents of the bi-county area. The Commission has celebrated numerous milestones during our 90 year history, including being named a six-time national Gold Medal Award Winner!  M-NCPPC is a multifaceted organization that provides many amazing services and resources. We look forward to building on the phenomenal legacy of this organization and invite you to s tay up-to-date with us by visiting our NEW website:
Prince George's Planning Board Kudos
Commissioner Manuel Geraldo was honored by the Foundation for the Advancement of Music Education (FAME) at their 13th Anniversary & Awards Celebration on Thursday, July 27. The organization bestowed Commissioner Geraldo with its coveted "Community/Nonprofit Champion Award"for his contributions to society. To learn more about Commissioner Geraldo, CLICK HERE

Commissioner A. Shuanise Washington recently shared her experience as a public servant and her expertise as business leader and an entrepreneur as the keynote speaker for the Miami Dade (Fla) Chamber of Commerce's Women's Business Council annual luncheon.

The institution is the only Black Chamber of Commerce in South Florida, and has been serving the African- American business community in the area for more than four decades.

During the interactive session, Ms. Washington fielded a variety of questions from current and future women business leaders and entrepreneurs ranging from how to accelerate individual success in the boardrooms of corporate America, to identifying challenges and solutions in today's increasingly shared economy. As a business leader who has worked in the private, small business, local government and nonprofit arenas, Ms. Washington spoke candidly about transferring portfolios and experiences across business units, mastering company culture, and identifying and developing internal and external support systems.

In closing, Ms. Washington urged the women to do an assessment of their current business engagement to identify growth potential, to create vehicles that will connect them to their next business opportunity and to stay involved with the Chamber as their collective voice to lead and broker the political, economic and social landscape in South Florida.

To learn more about Commissioner Washington, CLICK HERE.

Ronnie Gathers-Director, Dept. of Parks Announces Retirement
The Director of the Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation, Ronnie Gathers, has announced his retirement from M-NCPPC.
Gathers has served as Director since 2007, and throughout his time with the Commission, has helped the organization reach various milestones and achieve many successes: most notably its sixth National Gold Medal for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management. 
Annual Public Budgets Forums Set for September
The Prince George's County Planning Board of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has scheduled its annual public budget forums to solicit comments on the Commissions budget for planning, parks, and recreation in Prince George's County for fiscal year 2019. The budget forums will be held during the following dates and locations:
Monday, September 18, 2017
Department of Parks and Recreation Administration Building; Auditorium 6600 Kenilworth Ave., Riverdale, MD 20737
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Southern Regional Technologyand Recreation Complex; Multipurpose Room 7007 Bock Rd., Fort Washington, MD 20744
Individuals and representatives of community organizations who wish to speak at the public forums may register in advance online at, or by calling 301-952-4584, TTY 301-952-4366. 
Written comments will also be accepted until close of business, Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Comments may be addressed to: Elizabeth M. Hewlett, Chairman, Prince George's County Planning Board, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Comments may also be faxed to Chairman Hewlett at 301-952-5074, or transmitted via email to
Have You Visited Our New Family of Websites?
This summer, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission unveiled its redesign of,, and The sites have been upgraded to now feature easier navigation, enhanced search functionality, a unified uncluttered design, and integrated calendars to keep you informed on all Commission events. With these changes, the sites are now more visually appealing, interactive, and mobile-friendly.  Please take a new look at us and send any feedback/comments to:
Historic Property Grant Application and Workshops

Grants from the Prince George's County Historic Property Grant Program are designed to preserve, protect and enhance historic properties, encourage others to preserve, protect and enhance historic properties and to promote interest in and the study of historic properties. Grants will be awarded for the rehabilitation, restoration, preservation, or acquisition of historic property. The grant program is administered by the Prince George's County Planning Department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
St. Thomas' Church Parish Hall, 14300 St. Thomas Church Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Oxon Hill Manor, 6901 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD 20745 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park, MD 20737
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

M-NCPPC Historic Preservation Section staff will walk the audience through the application and instructions, explain the requirements for the preservation easement, and give examples of successful projects. There is no cost to attend the workshops. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 301-952-3680.  To learn more about the Historic Property Grants program, visit: .
36th Annual Hispanic Festival
Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 17, 2017 and plan to join the Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation in celebrating its 36th Annual Hispanic Festival! Come out and enjoy an afternoon of music, food, fun, and much more at Lane Manor Park in Adelphi, MD. Admission is FREE and parking and shuttle rides will be provided. For additional information please visit:
M-NCPPC Park Police  "Shatter the Silence" 5K Walk/Run
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 28, 2017 and plan to join M-NCPPC's Park Police in conjunction with Dimensions Healthcare System for its second annual "Shatter the Silence" on Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence 5K Walk/Run.  
Who: Prince George's County Park Police
What: "Shatter the Silence' on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault 5K Walk/Run
When: Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Where: Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro MD
Cost:  FREE
Join the Walk and Talk with the Doc Walking Program
Join us as healthcare professionals share health tips and lead group walks at M-NCPPC locations throughout Prince George's County! Walking is good medicine. It is one of the best forms of exercise, and can help you lift your mood, connect with others, and lower your risk of serious health problems.
The program is a great way to stay in shape, enjoy the outdoors, and join other walkers who are interested in staying healthy and fit. Walk your way to health and wellness, and earn fun prizes along the way. No registration is required; just lace up your walking shoes and join us for these FREE community walks. Learn more and view a listing of Walk and Talk with the Doc events .
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The Prince George's County Planning Board, together with the Montgomery County Planning Board, make up The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). The Planning Board's full-time Chairman and four part-time members serve as citizen representatives for their communities in helping to plan, shape, and maintain livable neighborhoods and healthy lifestyles for residents and families in Prince George's County. The Planning Board directs the Commission's work in the County through the Prince George's County Planning Department and the Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation.

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