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Dates: 1/2/2017 - 12/31/2017
City / State: Wheaton, MD
Event Name: Brookside Gardens - Residential Trail
Event Type: Year Round Walk
Event ID: 106264 2017/Y1619
Distance - Trail Ratings: Distance 5/10/11/22km - 2B
Description: The Visitor Center is open daily 9 to 5. Closed on holidays from Veterans Day through Presidents Day. Call the Visitor Center to confirm holiday hours (phone - 301-962-1400, website http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/ ). PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED in Brookside Gardens. The trail is primarily on paved pathways, sidewalks, street shoulders with some natural surfaces (rated 2B). This trail has some hills and has one section not suitable for strollers. A second different 11km loop can be walked for 22km. NOTE: As of December 2016 the 11 Km routes are temporarily suspended due to construction that has the back gate to Brookside Gardens locked. You can walk the 5 Km route twice or a 10km trail staying on paths in Brookside Gardens (rated 1A) is available for those with strollers. The 5km trail is primarily on sidewalks in the neighborhood next to the gardens (rated 2A).
Amenities: Strollers: medium | Wheelchairs: NO | Pets: No | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: Boardwalks, Bridges - Spanning the USA, Lakes and Reservoirs, Trekking With the Trees
Start Times: 9 AM - 5 PM
Location: Brookside Gardens Visitors Center - Wheaton Brookside Gardens
Start Point / Driving Directions: 1800 Glenallan Avenue, 20902, 301-962-1400. Capital Beltway (I-495) exit 31A. follow Georgia/Rt 97 N to Wheaton about 3.1 miles. At Randolph turn right. At 2nd traffic light, turn right on Glenallan, to Brookside Gardens on right. Park in 1st lot. If full, return to Glenallan, turn right, park in 2nd lot off Glenallan or in lot near Nature Center. The box containing the registration materials is located at the information counter in the Visitors Center.
Awards & Fees: A Award
Comments: Brookside Gardens include various botanical gardens with Japanese tea house and ponds and the Conservatories with changing colorful displays. Fee for IVV credit and non-IVV participation is $3.00. Children 12 and under walk for free (IVV credit included) courtesy of the Freestate Happy Wanderers. No admission fee for the gardens. Water and restrooms are available in the Visitor’s Center. Water and restrooms are also available in the Conservatories at Brookside Gardens.
Host Club: Freestate Happy Wanderers
Contact: Bob Wolfe (301) 523-6098
Website: www.mdvolksorg/freestate/
E-Mail Contact: rwwolfe61@comcast.net