SILVER SPRING, MD—The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Montgomery County Department of Parks and the Montgomery County Recreation Department will no longer mail its joint publication, the Montgomery County Guide to Recreation and Park Programs, free to resident homes without a paid subscription, starting with the Summer 2011 issue.
The estimated cost savings to residents from not mailing the Guide is about $112,500. Residents who prefer to continue receiving the Guide in the mail have the option of a new subscription service. The nominal $5 fee will deliver a full year subscription to the Guide. Subscription fees collected will cover the costs of subscriber mailings.
“Both agencies are committed to reducing costs and paper use, especially during these difficult economic times,” said Director of Parks Mary R. Bradford. “We hope this subscription option strikes the right balance between reducing costs and making sure all residents know what’s available to them in parks and recreation.”
To avoid any interruption in the receipt of a mailed copy of the Guide, county residents and other readers must subscribe by April 1, 2011. The $5 subscription fee covers all five brochures (Summer, Fall, Winter, Summer Camps and Spring). Otherwise, readers can subscribe at anytime during the year to receive the next five issues. To subscribe or for more on how to subscribe see http://RecWeb.MontgomeryCountyMD.gov.
“This is a win-win situation,” said Recreation Department Director Gabriel Albornoz. “It gives residents the convenient option of deciding how they would like to receive the Guide and saves money.”
Print copies of the Guide will still be available at recreation centers, park facilities, government buildings and libraries while quantities last. Also, an e-Guide is available online at www.MontgomeryParks.org/Guide or http://RecWeb.MontgomeryCountyMD.gov.
For questions about the subscription service, please call the Recreation Department at 240-777-6840. For more on park or recreation programs visit www.MontgomeryParks.org or www.MontgomeryCountyMD.gov/rec.
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Media Relations Manager
Montgomery County Department of Parks
Public Information Office
Montgomery County Recreation Department