FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2021
Media Contact: Angel Waldron, 301-446-3311
In honor of Juneteenth National Independence Day, M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices Closed Friday, June 18
Community Centers, Sports Facilities and Other Amenities to Remain Open
Riverdale, MD - In observance of the new Juneteenth National Independence Day, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County is closing tomorrow, Friday, June 18, 2021. This day is monumental to U.S. history as the day recognized for the end of slavery. M-NCPPC Chair Elizabeth M. Hewlett and M-NCPPC Vice-Chair Casey Anderson made the decision today after President Joe Biden declared Juneteenth a federal holiday. This decision also follows the guidance of the State of Maryland’s decision to close state offices, Prince George’s County Government and Montgomery County Government, which passed a bill last October recognizing the day as a holiday.
Open tomorrow with reduced hours are community centers and sports facilities to include pools, tennis bubbles, golf courses, trap and skeet as well as Fairland, Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex and Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center.
Additional facilities that will be open tomorrow are:
- College Park Aviation Museum
- College Park Airport
- Historic house museums
- Nature centers
- Old Maryland Farm
- Permitted athletic fields
- Waterfront parks
Show Place Arena will be open for their regular operating schedule. The Department’s Yoga and Fitness in the Parks program will continue as regularly scheduled. Montpelier and Oxon Hill Manor will be open in the evening from 5-7 pm for a Juneteenth event.
The Department is proud to recognize the importance of Juneteenth and is hosting virtual and in person events to honor the holiday. To learn more visit pgparks.com/Juneteenth.
About the Department
The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation delivers an award-winning park system through progressive, innovative leadership and a commitment to the community and the environment in Prince George’s County. For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, PhotoShelter, and Instagram. The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.