City Scene

Gaithersburg Named “Tree City” for 27th Consecutive Year

At a special tree planting in celebration of Green Month and Arbor Day, the City of Gaithersburg was presented with a Tree City USA award for the 27th consecutive year.  Sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the Tree City Award recognizes Gaithersburg’s commitment to the environment and its aggressive approach to preserving and enhancing its urban forest. The city met four national standards to qualify:  Having a tree board or department, having a tree care ordinance, maintaining a comprehensive community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita, and celebrating Arbor Day with an observance.

Water Safety Day Planned for June 3

The City of Gaithersburg joins Montgomery County Recreation and the City of Rockville in hosting a free Water Safety Day event on Friday, June 3 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Water Park at Bohrer Park, 512 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. The event will be held rain or shine.

The event will include information booths, lifeguard demonstrations, the proper use of personal flotation devices, how to safely assist someone struggling in the water, the importance of sunscreen to prevent skin damage and free swim lesson screenings.

Anyone attending Water Safety Day who visits the various information booths can stay and enjoy a free swim. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information about the event, call Montgomery County Recreation Aquatics Team at 240.777.8060 or City of Gaithersburg Aquatics Superintendent Jennifer Mogus at 301.258.6445.

Summer Break for Parents

Need some alone time to get some errands done, have lunch with a friend, or just pamper yourself? The City of Gaithersburg is here to give you a much-needed break with “Mom’s Morning Out,” a weekly four-hour drop-off program for two- to five year-olds at Casey Community Center. Registration is now open for two convenient four-week summer sessions, June 7 through July 12 and July 19 through Aug. 23. The program is held Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All children must be potty-trained. With two teachers for every 14 to 16 children, little ones will receive plenty of individual attention.

The fee per session is $135 for City of Gaithersburg residents and $142.50 for nonresidents. Register in-person at the Casey Community Center and bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate. For more information, call 301.258.6366 or e-mail

Community Invited to Preview Proposed Plans for Former CPSC Site

An ad hoc committee comprised of 11 volunteers and city staff members has been working to develop proposals for the public use of the former Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) property at 10901 Darnestown Road. The 9.5-acre site was acquired from the federal government in 2014.

The ad hoc committee will host an on-site Open House on Wednesday, June 8 from 6:30 to 7 p.m. to allow the public to tour the site and see renderings of the proposed new park. This will be a followed by a formal presentation at 7 p.m. where there will be opportunity for questions. The presentation takes place in the warehouse building on the property.

Fun for the Young and Young at Heart at Celebrate! Gaithersburg

Planned for Sunday, June 12, noon to 5 p.m., the Celebrate! Gaithersburg in Olde Towne street festival will feature a wide variety of kids’ activities—from live entertainment to crafts, inflatables, sports, games and exhibits.

For the young at heart, Celebrate! Gaithersburg offers a Battle of the Decades, Taste of Gaithersburg with samples from 13 local restaurants, Dogfish Head beer, a pop-up MakerSpace, an antique car exhibit, nature demonstrations, amusements, activities and more.

Dogfish Head has developed a special beer pairing menu to accompany Taste of Gaithersburg offerings. Adults 21 and over can enjoy a variety of beer selections matched to the flavor combinations that 13 local restaurants will be providing throughout the day. The complete pairing menu is available on the city’s website and in the Arts and Events Mobile App.

Festival patrons can bring Taste samplings and Dogfish beers to the Battle of the Decades Main Stage, where they can enjoy upbeat music from the 1950s through the 1990s. Bands featured are The Fabulous Hubcaps, The Reagan Years, and As If.

Festival admission and parking are free, and shuttle service is provided from Lakeforest Mall.

New Location for Fireworks

Gaithersburg’s 4th of July celebration has a new home. An entire day’s worth of activities—all leading up to a spectacular fireworks display—will take place at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm. Attendees will find special activities at the Skate Park and Mini-Golf Course, live entertainment, food trucks, lawn games and inflatables, and even a post-fireworks display SummerGlo After Party. The Water Park will open for the exclusive use of city residents and aquatics members that day.