by Pete Young, MVF President
I always look forward to the July 4 holiday with the Village 5K run, parade, celebration and great community spirit on display. Unfortunately, this year I was out of town and missed the celebration, but not the weather. In fact, I cannot recall the last time that July 4 was a rainy day where the Gaithersburg fireworks had to be postponed. I had to wear sweatshirt this year! I was able to see some great pictures from the Village parade on social media, however, so at least I saw some of the great spirit that was still on display. Thanks to all of our MVF staff, volunteers and community members who work so hard to make this happen each year.
The spring and early summer has had an odd weather pattern, but it seems we have some good hot summer weather upon us now. Please come out to enjoy the pools and cool off, or take advantage of the many camps, classes and recreational options that we enjoy in Montgomery Village. For those of you who have not noticed yet, Lake Whetstone Park and the surrounding path are now re-opened after the completion of the dredging project. I have already seen lots of folks walking around the lake, enjoying the sand volleyball court and having picnics at the tables.
I am so pleased that this important amenity is back in service. We also have had some fun concerts in South Valley Park, and this is another great way to visit with folks and enjoy some music. Grab some friends and come on down for the Sunday concerts this season! Also, on Saturday, July 23 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., enjoy a free, family concert with The Reagan Years at Apple Ridge Recreation Area, 10101 Apple Ridge Road. This special addition is one of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, so come out for great music and company!
Development activity is also heating up. As I mentioned in a previous column, we now have two major development projects in the process of design and approval—the former golf course property and the Village Center. ARC Realty recently held another public meeting where the community was informed about their plans to redevelop the Village Center with mixed-use retail and housing.
The former golf course is in the lengthy planning and approval stages for their planned residential redevelopment, which would bring new housing options and significant park amenities to the community. Please look for notices of meetings and come get involved in the renewal of our community through these exciting projects. As we learn more about these and other major projects, we will keep you updated.
As I travel around the Washington, D.C. area, and even out of state, I am reminded of the great people, amenities and community we have in Montgomery Village, and feel very fortunate to live here. We are in the heart of Montgomery County, which continues to grow and change, and we will certainly need to change along with it. As always, I invite you to get involved, share your talents and thoughts with us and help Montgomery Village stay the amazing community it has been all these years. I welcome your thoughts and feedback; feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com.