The Park Pages


Photo | Mac Kennedy This year’s Halloween Celebration on Oct. 28 features a costume contest. The grand prize winner receives four tickets to Paragon Kentlands Stadium 10.

Photo | Mac Kennedy
This year’s Halloween Celebration on Oct. 28 features a costume contest. The grand prize winner receives four tickets to Paragon Kentlands Stadium 10.

Spooktacular Halloween Celebration Planned

Francesca Gianaris and Charles Wilson of RE/MAX Metropolitan Realty in the Kentlands are sponsoring a Halloween Celebration at the Quince Orchard Park Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 28, 5 to 7 p.m. Families are invited for pizza, drinks and trick-or-treat candies, and children are encouraged to come in costume. The grand prize for the best costume is four tickets to the Paragon Kentlands Stadium 10. For more information, contact Francesca Gianaris at 301.633.4199 or Charles Wilson at 301.704.0520.

Date Change for October Board Meeting

Due to lack of a quorum, the originally scheduled Oct. 10 Board meeting has been rescheduled to Oct. 25, 7 p.m. at the Quince Orchard Park Clubhouse. All are invited.

Join the Board

Would you like to be more involved in the QOP community? A great way to do this is to volunteer for the QOP Board. Board members improve the community by caring for the physical aspects of Quince Orchard Park, supporting social events, and resolving issues as they arise. The Board needs to fill two vacancies. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Community Manager Ruchita Patel at

Volunteer for QOP Holiday Party

The Board is looking for someone to sponsor and organize a holiday party for the QOP community. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Alex Deering, community manager, at

Photo | Brent Pernak  A beautiful sky shines above Vistas and Quince Orchard Park.

Photo | Brent Pernak
A beautiful sky shines above Vistas and Quince Orchard Park.

Outdoor Improvements

Mainscapes is in the process of adding landscaping around QOP’s newly
renovated clubhouse. This should be completed soon.

Solitude Lake Management is treating pond 2 with Phoslock to reduce the level of phosphorous in the water. Due to a high nutrient level, pond 2 currently has unwanted floating aquatic vegetation.

Let’s Get Physical

Have you visited the renovated fitness room? Do you know how to use all of the new equipment? If not, consider attending a fitness room education class. Corporate Fitness Works and Matrix Systems has one scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., and will be offering additional class dates soon.

No Pickup for Loose Leaves

Please put your leaves into paper bags and put these out with the recycling. There is no curbside pickup for loose leaves. Also, please remember that raking or blowing your leaves onto the common areas is not permitted.

Gaithersburg Teen Writing Club Welcomes Members

Do you have a teen aged 12 to 16 who loves to write? Consider joining the Gaithersburg Teen Writing Club, led by QOP resident Lucinda Marshall and Peggy Ruppel at the Gaithersburg Library. The club, which is sponsored by the Maryland Writers’ Association, meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The club is now in its fourth year, and its next meeting is Oct. 18.

At the club’s Nov. 1 meeting, guest author and public speaker Holly Kearl will visit. Kearl is an expert on the topic of gender-based violence, including street harassment. She is the founder of the nonprofit organization Stop Street Harassment, a published author and a consultant for organizations like the United Nations and the Aspen Institute. For more information, visit


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, Oct. 6. The City of Gaithersburg and Potomac Disposal (301.294.9700) both offer collection services for bulk items at no cost.

Dog Duty

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.

Clubhouse Access

Residents who owe $250 or more to Quince Orchard Park will have their access to the clubhouse restricted until the account is paid in full. Residents can view their account balances by logging on to the website at or by contacting Gaby Cuba of TMGA at or 301.948.6666, ext. 163.

QOP Management Contact Info

Quince Orchard Park Community Manager Ruchita Patel
Co-Manager Alex Deering
c/o The Management Group Associates, Inc.
20440 Century Boulevard, Suite 100 Germantown, MD 20874
Phone: 301.948.6666