CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Updates & Information
Glen Echo Park operates through a partnership with Montgomery County, the National Park Service, and the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. Together with Montgomery County, and in accordance with their policies to ensure the safety of the community, the Partnership follows all COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing masks and social distancing. This is continually evolving situation and we will post updates to our policies and procedures on this page if a change is made. Please see below.
MESSAGES FROM THE PARTNERSHIP
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• Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries Update, September 1, 2020 (no written statement; see update below)
• Fall Classes Update, August 1, 2020 (no written statement; see update below)
UPDATE August 6, 2021 - New Indoor Mask Mandate
Montgomery County approved a new mask mandate to go into effect on August 7, 2021, at 12:01am. Glen Echo Park will follow this new rule and require visitors to the Park to wear masks in all indoor spaces. Masks are not required to ride the carousel. Please refer to the full message listed at the top of the page.
UPDATE May 28, 2021 - Mask and Social Distancing Restrictions Lifted
As Montgomery County moves into the final phase of re-opening, with most restrictions lifted, we provide an update on the status of the Park and our facilities. Please refer to the full message listed at the top of the page.
UPDATE September 1, 2020 - Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries Update
The Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries will reopen to the public -- with strict guidelines as required by state and county regulations due to Covid-19 -- on September 3, 2020. For more information, visit our Exhibitions & Galleries page here.
UPDATE August 1, 2020 - Fall Classes Update
For Fall 2020, we offer both online classes via Zoom and in person classes at the Park. However, both the catalog and the registration process will be online only due to Covid-19. There will be no walk-in registration and no printed catalog. For more information, visit our Classes page here.
UPDATE July 20, 2020 - Mid-Summer Update on Park Facilities & Programs
In our Mid-Summer Update on Park Facilities & Programs you'll find information about park buildings and grounds, resident studios, the Partnership office, and more. If you visit the Park, you'll see signs with this information at the entrances and near the carousel building. We hope you and your family are enjoying summer, remaining healthy, and staying creative through our virtual offerings! Please refer to the full message listed at the top of the page.
UPDATE June 2, 2020 - Cancellation of summer camps extend to July and August
Out of concern for the health and well-being of our staff, instructors, and participants – and in accordance with guidance provided by Montgomery County and the Glen Echo Park Partnership Board of Directors – we have made the difficult decision to cancel on-site, in person day camp programs for Summer 2020 from June through August. This decision applies to all camp programs that were available through the Glen Echo Park registration system. (For Adventure Theatre MTC camps, which use a separate system, please visit www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org for information about the status of their on-site camps.) If your child is registered for an on-site camp, you will be contacted directly about refund and credit options. Despite this difficult decision, your children do not have to miss out on camp this summer. We remain committed to serving families with quality, creative adventures for kids through our new Online Camps program. Please refer to the full message listed at the top of the page.
UPDATE May 15, 2020 - Extension of cancellations through June 30 & Until Further Notice
In accordance with the most recent stay at home orders from Montgomery County, the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture has extended cancellations of all on-site classes and camps at Glen Echo Park through June 30, 2020. Cancellations of other on-site events and programs, including private rentals, are until further notice. The Partnership office is also closed until further notice. Please refer to the full message listed at the top of the page.
UPDATE April 21, 2020 - Extension of cancellations through May 15
In accordance with the most recent orders from the State of Maryland and Montgomery County the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture has extended cancellations of all classes and events at Glen Echo Park through May 15, 2020. The Partnership will continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our patrons, staff, and the larger community. Please refer to the full message listed at the top of the page.
UPDATE April 17, 2020 - Park grounds access
Effective Friday, April 17, 2020, the grounds of Glen Echo Park will be closed to the public from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am every evening. The buildings, including the outdoor pavilions and the public restrooms, remain closed to the public as does the playground. Please refer to the full message listed at the top of the page.
UPDATE March 26, 2020 - Extension of cancellations through April 24
In accordance with recent orders from the State of Maryland and Montgomery County aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19, the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture has extended cancellations of all classes and events at Glen Echo Park through April 24, 2020. The Partnership will continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our patrons, staff, and the larger community. Please refer to the full message listed at the top of the page.
UPDATE March 17, 2020
The Partnership Office doors will be closed to the public through March 27. Please knock for mail & deliveries or pre-arranged appointments. You may contact us by phone or email for other requests: 301.634.2222 | email@example.com
MARCH 13, 2020 -- All public programs and private rentals cancelled March 16 - 27
The following information is for pre-paid classes or events:
- Classes -- Make-up Sessions information: During this time, we will be offering flexible make-up and refund options. If you are a student enrolled in a class that is currently running or begins during the time that classes are canceled, you will be contacted separately about making up class sessions.* (More information below.)
- Children's Theater Tickets: If you have tickets to Adventure Theatre MTC or the Puppet Co., please see their websites for more information or call their box office. [ Adventure Theater MTC: 301.634.2270 or firstname.lastname@example.org; the Puppet Co.: 301.634.5380]
- Dances: If you have purchased a ticket the March 21 Dance Party with Soul Crackers, we will contact you directly about rescheduling the event or providing a refund.
Please refer to the full message listed at the top of the page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to several commonly asked questions about the effects of these cancellations on Park programming and events.
Are dances still happening? Unfortunately, all dances are currently on hold until further notice. Some of our dance presenting partners are offering virtual events. See our calendar for more information.
Are your children's theaters doing in-person shows or virtual events? Adventure Theatre MTC and the Puppet Co. both manage their own theater operations and both are still closed due to COVID-19. Visit our children's theater page for more information.
Can I still take a walk and my dog on Park grounds? While some of our residents studios and galleries still remain closed to the public, the grounds of the Park are open and accessible. In addition, two of the Partnership's galleries, Popcorn Gallery & Stone Tower Gallery, reopened in September, and we are presenting some classes in-person with strict COVID-19 guidelines.
Can I still host my child’s birthday party? Unfortunately, birthday parties continue to be on hold until further notice. However, some of our private rental spaces are available. Learn more on our rentals page.
How can I learn about the Park’s status? You can find out the Park’s status on our website, social media, and our hotline (301.320.2330). You can also sign up to be on our email list to receive updates. You will find a link to sign up at the top of this page.
For more information, please Contact Us: 301.634.2222 or email@example.com.