The Park Pages

The annual Summer Festival is this Saturday!

Come to the QOP Clubhouse on July 6, noon to 2 p.m. for a parade, face painting, a big foam pit and a giant blow-up water slide. To keep you moving, we’ll have burgers and hot dogs on the grill.

Board to Discuss Guidelines for Security Devices at July 9 Meeting

The Board will discuss draft design guidelines for security devices at its July 9 meeting, 7 p.m. in the QOP Clubhouse.  Residents are invited to attend. In general, the draft guidelines allow security devices and cameras with dimensions smaller than six inches, no approval required.

Prohibited security measures include security bars or grates on the outside of windows and doors, cameras that pan or move, cameras that are primarily directed toward or monitor neighboring property and/or common area, and any device or installation that does not meet federal, state, county or City of Gaithersburg laws.

Julia Sloan and Maya Giro are enjoying their summer lifeguarding and being social with poolgoers at the Quince Orchard Park pool. Photo | Pam Schipper

Julia Sloan and Maya Giro are enjoying their summer lifeguarding and being social with poolgoers at the Quince Orchard Park pool. Photo | Pam Schipper

Pool Season in Full Swing

Five weeks into the pool season, Quince Orchard Park lifeguards Maya Giro and Julia Sloan are enjoying getting to know the community.

“Everyone’s great at this pool. I feel like it’s more of a community atmosphere since it serves a smaller area,” Sloan said. A Kentlands resident, she lifeguarded at the Lakelands pool last summer and, due to its size, didn’t get to know as many pool-goers.

“We know kids’ names and their parents’ names and what time of day they come,” Giro agreed.

The two typically clean in the morning, when the pool is quiet, and welcome most residents in the afternoon and evening. “The pool gets busy 3:30 or 4 p.m. when kids get out of camp,” Giro said.

Giro, a Rockville resident, began working as a lifeguard four years ago when she was on the swim staff of YMCA Camp Seafarer in North Carolina. She has been lifeguarding with RSV Pools for three years now. Sloan began lifeguarding for RSV three years ago at King Farms. Both enjoy the work, and they take it seriously.

“It only takes seconds,” Sloan said, for a child to be in distress in the water. She and Giro urged pool-goers to know the rules, be safe and have fun.

City Continues to Mitigate Damage Caused by Emerald Ash Borer

The City of Gaithersburg continues to mitigate ash tree decimation caused by the emerald ash borer beetle. Ash trees until recently lined streets and parks across the suburbs. The management company has replaced all ash trees in QOP common areas. The city’s work in the neighborhood is ongoing. The Management Group Associates is working with the city to schedule the removal of the community’s remaining ash trees, as well as removal of ash tree stumps and grass reseeding.

Let’s Get Social!

Summer Festival…………………………QOP Clubhouse, July 6, noon – 2 p.m.
Float Day Sunday ……………………………………. QOP Pool, July 14, 3-5 p.m.
Float Day Sunday ……………………………………. QOP Pool, July 21, 3-5 p.m.
Movie Night …………………………………. QOP Pool, Aug. 3, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
“Mary Poppins Returns” (PG); rain date Aug. 17
Float Day Sunday …………………………………….. QOP Pool, Aug. 4, 3-5 p.m.
National Night Out…………………………………. QOP Clubhouse, Aug. 6, TBD
Float Day Sunday …………………………………… QOP Pool, Aug. 18, 3-5 p.m.
Dog Swim………………………………………….. QOP Pool, Sept. 2, 6-7:30 p.m.
Please note that the pool will close for the season at 5 p.m. before hosting the Dog Swim at 6 p.m.

Management Mentions

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

Recycle Right

Do you notice more litter in the community on recycling Fridays, especially on windy days? If you do, you’re not alone. Some QOP streets are veritable wind tunnels, and an empty Amazon box can wind up in a far-off neighbor’s yard.

Please secure your recyclables by making sure that the top is closed on your 65-gallon cart and using a lid for your 18-gallon
bin. Placing a large rock on top of the cart or bin also helps on windy days.

Do you need a lid for your recycling bin? The City of Gaithersburg offers detachable lids for the 18-gallon bins. You can  request one by emailing or calling the city’s Public Works at 301.258.6370.

And remember to recycle right. Did you know that pizza boxes; plastic bags, film or wrap; Styrofoam and polystyrene; and
empty bottles of motor oil, antifreeze or pesticides are all not recyclable? If you add these to your recycling pickup, the contents of your recycling bin or cart will be left at the curb.

Also, please remember to rinse or clean all cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, and aluminum foil. Corrugated cardboard must be flattened. For a complete list of recyclables, visit

Do Your 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.

Get 20 Percent Off at Potomac Garden Center

Did you know that you can save an additional 20 percent at Potomac Garden Center (PGC) just for being a Quince Orchard
Park resident? Present your driver’s license and enjoy a discount on regularly priced items at PGC’s 12024 Darnestown Road,
North Potomac and 8710 Fingerboard Road, Urbana locations. Both locations are open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This PGC Community Discount program excludes gift cards, labor, delivery charges, taxes, sale items, chemicals and fertilizers. This discount can’t be combined with other offers. Valid only for residents within communities where PGC provides
landscape maintenance services.

Please Recommend Contractors

Were you pleased with work done on your home? If so, please recommend your contractor to your neighbors. Just go to
the website, and click on the ACC information tab. You’ll see the sub-tab “Contractor Recommendations” that links to a recommendation form.

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