From the City Manager: Gaithersburg Outdoors - Explore it All
by Angel L. Jones, City Manager
One of the joys of living in this area is the opportunity to explore so many great outdoor activities so close to home.† Gaithersburg is proud of its natural environment, with a commitment to preserving and enhancing our open spaces for the enjoyment of all.
Recently, with the help of funding through the State of Marylandís Program Open Space, we were able to significantly upgrade the Gaithersburg Water Park, a well-used outdoor recreational facility at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm.† An official ribbon cutting ceremony to open the renovated facility took place on May 24, and on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, we opened our gates for the season.
Our goal in renovating the Water Park was to ensure the viability of the facility for at least the next 20 years. Modifications included replacing the existing ceramic rim-flow gutter with one made of stainless steel, re-piping the return and gutter lines, replacing decks and drains, installing new tile and plaster, and re-gelcoating the flume slides.† We also installed a UV disinfectant system, adding another layer of protection for swimmers.
While vital to the integrity of the facility, these enhancements are primarily noticeable behind the scenes.† What youíll really see are all the great new amenities, including a new tandem slide, a new 10-foot enclosed slide, a sixth lap lane and the lengthening of the competition area of the pool from 25 yards to 25 meters, new benches and spray features, palm trees, floatable toys, and a complete redesign of the tot pool, with a fun multi-level play structure right in the water.
There are lots of great outdoor opportunities at Bohrer Park. Itís home to our 18-hole, beautifully landscaped miniature golf course, a 12,300 square foot skate park, picnic pavilions, a fishing pond, and walking paths.†
A new addition to Bohrer Park is a restive garden space, installed as a joint project between the City of Gaithersburg and the Neighborhood Garden Club of Gaithersburg-Washington Grove.† We dedicated the Memory Grove & Garden on May 16, and as it matures, the garden will make a lovely setting for special occasion photos, or can simply be a place to relax and enjoy its beauty.
A total of 35 trees, both at the Memory Grove and in other locations at Bohrer Park, were planted in late April as a collaborative project between the Cityís High School Student Union and the Beloved Communities program. Beloved Communities is an outreach effort between the residents of Asbury Methodist Village, the City of Gaithersburg, and other community organizations. The City provided the trees as part of its ongoing afforestation effort.
With outdoor concerts and childrenís performances at the City Hall Concert Pavilion, movies in parks throughout the City, and several weekly and monthly markets selling produce, hand crafted items and other foods and merchandise, thereís every reason to get outside and explore Gaithersburg this summer.†