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Institution Spotlight: Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC)

Today we are highlighting the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). THe M-NCPPC has been a driving force in land use planning, parks, and recreation since its establishment in 1927. With a focus on enhancing the lives of current and future generations, M-NCPPC has become a nationally recognized leader in its field, receiving numerous awards for its innovative and visionary approach. Operating in Montgomery County and Prince George's County, which surround Washington, DC, M-NCPPC serves a population of over 2 million residents and countless visitors, striving to improve their well-being through various initiatives.

One of the primary objectives of M-NCPPC is to plan for coordinated and harmonious physical growth and development in the region. By carefully strategizing and managing land use, the commission ensures that communities are vibrant, livable, accessible, and sustainable. Through its Department of Parks and Recreation, M-NCPPC has developed an award-winning system of parks, providing residents with beautiful green spaces and recreational opportunities that enhance their quality of life.


The commission also places a strong emphasis on protecting and stewarding the natural, cultural, and historical resources within the region. M-NCPPC recognizes the value of preserving these assets for future generations and works diligently to safeguard them. This includes maintaining historic sites, museums, and restored buildings that offer a glimpse into the rich history of the area.


To effectively carry out its mission, M-NCPPC is organized into seven departments, each led by a Department Head. The Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Planning cater to the needs of Prince George's County, while the Department of Parks and the Department of Planning serve Montgomery County. Bi-county corporate management is overseen by the Department of Human Resources and Management, the Department of Finance, and the Office of the General Counsel. Other important functions include the Office of Inspector General, the Chief Information Officer, and the Merit System Board.


The governing body of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission consists of ten Commissioners, five of whom are appointed to the Montgomery Planning Board and five to the Prince George's Planning Board. These boards play a crucial role in overseeing decisions and policies that impact the respective counties.


M-NCPPC's commitment to the community extends beyond land use planning and park management. The commission recognizes the importance of the arts and cultural diversity, supporting local artists and arts organizations in Prince George's County. The College Park Aviation Museum stands as a testament to the region's rich aviation history, while the Health & Wellness initiatives promote a healthy lifestyle among residents.


The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George's County Division, ensures the safety and security of park visitors and enforces Maryland laws and local ordinances. Their presence provides a sense of comfort and protection for those utilizing the parks and recreational facilities.


With its exceptional Department of Parks and Recreation, M-NCPPC has been recognized as a six-time national Gold Medal winner for excellence in parks and recreation management. This recognition is a testament to their commitment to providing the best possible services and facilities for the community.


The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has played a vital role in shaping the growth and development of the Montgomery County and Prince George's County region. Through its comprehensive approach to land use planning, preservation of natural and historical resources, and provision of outstanding parks and recreation facilities, M-NCPPC has significantly enhanced the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. Its dedication to innovation, stewardship, and vision ensures that the region continues to thrive and remain a desirable place to live, work, and play

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