Feb. 13—QOP Board of Directors Meeting, QOP Clubhouse, 7 p.m.
March 3—Lawn Maintenance Seminar with PGC Landscape, QOP Clubhouse, 10 a.m.
Event Sponsorship Opportunities
Are you a resident and a local business owner who enjoys throwing a party? If so, you may be interested in partnering with Quince Orchard Park to sponsor one of the community’s popular events.
Please consider sponsoring one of these upcoming events:
- Easter Egg Hunt (Saturday, March 31)
- Spring Clean-Up Day (April 21 or 28)
- Spring Community Yard Sale (early May)
- Pool Happy Hour (any weekend night June 1 through Sept. 2, subject to Board approval)
- Pool Movie Night (any weekend night June 1 through Sept. 2, subject to Board approval)
- Vegas Night at the Pool (any weekend night June 1 through Sept. 2, subject to Board approval)
- National Night Out (Aug. 7)
Quince Orchard Park will support advertising for the event and provide funding to match the amount funded by the sponsor (up to a specified amount for each event). Sponsors organize and are onsite during the event. If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please contact Community Manager Alex Deering at
Let’s Talk Turf
Matt Owens, vice president with Potomac Garden Center Landscape, will offer a lawn maintenance seminar to the community on Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. to noon. The seminar will cover a variety of topics, including:
- the importance of soil testing—knowing the nutrients required and soil pH for optimal turf growth is the only way to understand what should be applied to achieve the desired end result;
- the importance of cultural practices like proper watering, proper mowing height and the benefits of grass clippings;
- the proper time of year to apply seed in our area (and how to do it); and
chemical use vs. organic lawn care and what needs to be considered.
New Park Plans Underway
Save the date! On March 7, 7 p.m. at the QOP Clubhouse, City of Gaithersburg Project Manager Melanie Brown and her team will present plans for a new park on Orchard Ridge Drive. “I believe the proposed design will be very pleasing to the community with walking paths, natural nature play elements and a few small covered picnic tables,” Brown said. The park is currently in Design Development phase and will be constructed next to the new MedImmune Childcare Center.
Prepare Your Home for Inspections
Home inspections will begin in late February/early March. Checks and balances are built into the process with community managers Ruchita Patel and Alex Deering both concurring on a violation if a question arises, Patel explained. She does the initial inspection, and then Deering reinspects if a homeowner disputes the violation. If Deering does not agree with the initial citing, he can close the case; if he is not sure, he can escalate the matter to the ACC or the QOP Board. When he agrees with the initial citing, notice is mailed to the homeowner.
A series of three letters are mailed to homeowners before a fine is imposed, Patel said. The management company is happy to work with homeowners who need more time to fix issues. Please just contact The Management Group Associates (TMGA), preferably by e-mail at TMGAInc@TMGAInc.com.
Also, please remember to let the management company know when an issue has been remedied. TMGA will reinspect and close out your case.
There’s No Place Like Home
Dorothy had quite an adventure before learning she only needed to click her red shoes three times to return home from Oz. Not so with the QOP homepage!
With a click of your mouse (or swipe of your touchscreen), you’ll easily reach the new Quince Orchard Park website. Then at www.quinceorchardpark.com, you’ll find necessary documents like architectural change request forms, dates of important meetings and rules for homeowners. You can also check your account and pay your assessment online. The updated website is more a “walk in the park” than “follow the yellow brick road.”
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.
Please remember that trash cans and recycle bins must be stored out of sight on non-pickup days.
The City of Gaithersburg offers bulk trash pickup (furniture, appliances, mattresses, etc.) on the first recycling day of the month. The next bulk trash pickup is Friday, Feb. 2. 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.
Courts Need Soft Touch
Color-coated QOP tennis courts are already showing some signs of wear and tear. Please remember to use only soft-soled athletic shoes on the courts, and discourage children from bringing wheeled recreation like bicycles, skateboards and roller skates onto the courts.
QOP Management Contact Information
Quince Orchard Park Community Manager
c/o The Management Group Associates, Inc.
20440 Century Boulevard, Suite 100 Germantown, MD 20874