by Amy Roswurm
Located directly across from the Montgomery Village Foundation Office you will find Apple Ridge Recreation Area, 10101 Apple Ridge Road. This park features a rentable picnic pavilion, an all-abilities playground, a basketball court, tennis courts and a soccer field! Also, at this site visitors will find the newly renovated Peggy Mark Pool.
In 2013 the Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) Board of Directors approved the building of the pavilion now located at Apple Ridge Recreation Area. Since then, the pavilion has hosted many MVF and private events. The pavilion can be rented for private use from the beginning on April until the end of October. The pavilion can accommodate up to 60 people per event. Additional information on pavilion rentals can be found online at www.montgomeryvillage.com.
The pavilion is located directly next to the Apple Ridge Recreation Area’s all-abilities playground, which was installed in 2018. This playground is unique within Montgomery Village and the area. This is Montgomery Village’s only playground with unitary rubber material surfacing. The rubber surfacing provides the required fall protection for the playground, but is also much easier to navigate with wheels, such as those found on a stroller or a wheelchair. This playground has a variety of features that encourage children of all abilities to play together, including a ship that sways best when there is teamwork among multiple children.
Another recent renovation this area has seen is the popular Peggy Mark Pool, which opened to residents in 2017. A new feature for this year is the addition of pool parties! Pool parties can be booked for groups of up to 25 people, and include the use of four shaded tables in the grassy area by the pool. Information about pool party rentals can be found online at www.montgomeryvillage.com.
This large recreation area is also home to Montgomery Village’s Independence Day Celebration, which takes place this year on Thursday, July 4. The parade, which begins at 10 a.m. along Apple Ridge Road, ends in the parking lot of Apple Ridge Recreation Area. Starting at 10:30 a.m., The Back Pages band performs until the entire parade makes its way to the park when the parade awards are presented. Families can enjoy crafts, face painting, carnival games and rides all for free! In addition, there will food available to purchase from vendors.
Celebration goers are also welcome to try their hand at a game of Bingo for $1 per card. Prizes for Bingo have been donated by local merchants. At noon, the Montgomery Village Community Band will play festive tunes. The event ends at 2 p.m., so there’s plenty of time to enjoy all the attractions. This is a great way to spend the day, and still leaves you plenty of time to enjoy other local fireworks and activities.
With all the fun amenities at Apple Ridge Recreation Area, it would be hard to not spend a summer day at the park. Whether you’re playing a pickup game of basketball, cooling off in the lazy river or enjoying the day at the playground this park has something to offer everyone!