Visit the New QOP Website!
The Quince Orchard Park website has a fresh new blue color scheme and is being populated weekly with new photos and content. If you have photos to share, please email them to Community Manager Ruchita Patel, RPatel@tmgainc.com.
Community Center Closes for Construction Aug. 15
The QOP Board has interviewed potential contractors for the clubhouse expansion, and members will make a final decision on contract award at the Aug. 9 Board meeting. The community center will close for construction that will double the current size of the fitness center on Aug. 15. Other renovations will include adding a separate entrance to the fitness room at the front of the building and closing off access to the meeting/party room, installing sound insulation between the fitness room and meeting/party room, replacing the HVAC system in the fitness room, reinforcing the fitness room floor and replacing the entire roof. Most of the fitness equipment will be replaced. The community center is expected to reopen on March 31, 2017.
Do You Need to Sealcoat Your Driveway?
The homeowners association is getting bids to repair the asphalt in the alleys and then sealcoat the alleys and privately maintained parking spaces (the perpendicular parking spaces). The Board may award a contract at the Aug. 9 Board meeting. If you are interested in having the contractor provide a price to sealcoat your driveway, please go to www.quinceorchardpark.com and fill out the e-form by Aug. 8. Please feel free to contact TMGA at 301.948.6666 or TMGAInc@TMGAInc.com with any questions.
DF Stingrays Swimmer Spotlight: Justin Harris
On July 9, Justin Harris of the Diamond Farm Stingrays – Division N of the Montgomery County Swim League competed in the Boys 8 & Under Backstroke and Breaststroke at the 2016 Coaches Invitational Long Course Meet. Harris was ranked 6th in the backstroke and finished 4th with a time of 46.39; and Harris was ranked 1st in the breaststroke finishing first in the long course meet with a time of 50.48 and edging out a swimmer from Forest Knolls, who had a time of 50.65.
Harris represented the DF Stingrays well on Sunday, July 31 at individual All Stars, swimming in Back & Breast and finishing 2nd in a close race by .04 seconds.
Check Out These Activities for Active Adults Over 55
The city’s Benjamin Gaither Center, 80A Bureau Dr., offers a variety of classes, including music and art, trips, special events and activities for those 55 years of age and better. “One of the most popular (activities) is fitness classes,” said Grace Whipple, Benjamin Gaither Center community facility manager. “Each week approximately 30 classes designed to meet the varied goals and abilities of a membership that ranges 40 or more years in age are led by certified instructors. Our facility was recently renovated and now includes a state-of-the art fitness center.”
Trips planned for July include the Gettysburg Museum, Ford’s Theatre, the Kennedy Center and Infinity Theatre in Annapolis. “One or two trips each week travel an hour radius of our facility to visit places of interest including museums, historical sites, performances and elegant restaurants,” Whipple explained.
“The center has many of the traditional offerings such as educational lectures, community service projects, bingo, billiards, cards, parties, dances and special events,” she added. Ping pong is scheduled every Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Membership rates for City of Gaithersburg residents are $45 for an individual and $30 for a spouse. The membership fee for the Fitness Center is $75. Transportation to and from the center for those who live within the city’s corporate limits is available. Please ask staff to check that your address is within city limits when you inquire about membership. For more information, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/about-gaithersburg/city-facilities/benjamin-gaither-center.
Float Days Have Arrived!
In response to requests from the community, the Quince Orchard pool has begun hosting Float Days every other Sunday, noon to 3 p.m. Upcoming Float Days are Aug. 7, Aug. 21, and Sept. 4.
Mark Your Calendars for the Annual Doggy Swim
Each year, Quince Orchard Park’s annual Doggy Swim makes a big splash with canines and humans. This year’s event is scheduled for Labor Day, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. Participating dogs will receive goody bags full of treats!
Trash and Recycling
Trash is collected on Tuesday and Friday and must be placed in lidded trash cans. If left for collection in bags only, trash is ripped open by animals and strewn throughout the community. Continued use of bags may result in fines.
Recycling is picked up on Fridays. Containers with lids are now available from the City of Gaithersburg. Please contact the city at 301.258.6370 to have a lidded bin delivered and the old one picked up. Bulk recycling pickups are usually the first Friday of each month. The next bulk recycling pickup will be Friday, Aug. 5.
Trash cans and recycle bins must be stored out of sight on non-pickup days.
The City of Gaithersburg and Potomac Disposal (301.294.9700) both offer collection services for bulk items at no cost.
Cleaning up after dogs is the legal responsibility of every canine owner walking a dog in the community. Dogs are not permitted off-leash on common property in the City of Gaithersburg.
Agendas for meetings, as well as many important documents (minutes and meeting summaries), can be found at the QOP website: www.quinceorchardpark.com.
Sponsor a Community Event
Would you or your company like to sponsor a QOP event like the Halloween party? Local businesses or individuals are invited to partner with Quince Orchard Park to sponsor an event.
Sponsors must be an owner or resident of Quince Orchard Park or own a business located within a five-mile radius of the community. Quince Orchard Park will provide funding to match the amount funded by the sponsor up to an amount designated for the event.
Since it is important that sponsors be able to advertise their businesses while still retaining the community nature of the activity, the Board recently approved revised sponsorship guidelines. You can find a copy of these new guidelines and a sponsorship application form on the QOP website under the “Documents” tab. Applications must be received no later than 14 days prior to the event. To learn more or to sign up as a sponsor, please contact Alex Deering (email@example.com) or Marylou Bono (firstname.lastname@example.org) at The Management Group Associates, Inc.
QOP Management Contact Information
Quince Orchard Park Community Manager Ruchita Patel
QOP Assistant Community Manager Alex Deering
c/o The Management Group Associates, Inc.
20440 Century Blvd, Suite 100
Germantown, MD 20874