What if there was no such thing as rush hour in Montgomery County? What if walking and biking were as easy as driving a car? What if everyone had an affordable place to live?
These are just a few of the questions that may come up in discussions about what Montgomery County’s future looks like—and how Montgomery County can best support residents’ vision of their futures.
That’s the focus of Thrive Montgomery 2050—the current effort to update the General Plan, a long-range policy framework for guiding land use and growth in the county that was approved in the 1960s. The kind of forward thinking, imagination and dedication demonstrated in previous decades has allowed the county to thrive today.
For Montgomery County to continue to thrive—and become an even better place and community for all—it’s time to make those big decisions again and take bold steps for the future and that of generations to come.
But first, we need to determine what we want our community to be in the decades ahead so we can create the future we want. Together.
To begin that conversation, the county residents are invited to a series of “Thrive Week” events throughout the county from Wednesday, June 26 through Sunday, June 30. These fun, family-friendly events will encourage people to think about the Montgomery County of 2050 and share what they’ll need their community to be so that all can thrive in the decades to come. At these events, graphic artists drawing ideas from the audience, and interactive online surveys are designed to get attendees thinking and talking to each other. All events are free.
Wednesday, June 26 – Shady Grove Farmers Market, in the rear parking lot on the Rockville campus of Johns Hopkins University, Key West Avenue and Broschart Road, Rockville, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.
Thursday, June 27 – Yappy Hour, hosted by Montgomery Parks, 6 to 8 p.m., Elm Street Park, 4600 Elm Street, Bethesda. Community members are encouraged to bring their dogs.
Friday, June 28 – South Germantown Recreational Park splash park and mini-golf facility, 3 to 6 p.m., 18041 Central Park Circle, Boyds.
Saturday, June 29 – Ellsworth Fountain Plaza Stage, 916 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come listen to local bands while imagining what Montgomery County can be in the future.
Sunday, June 30 – Sunday Funday at Wheaton Veterans Urban Park, 11200 Amherst Avenue, Wheaton, 1 to 5 p.m. This event will include activities for families and kids.