Howard and Montgomery Counties won best in category for Transportation, Parks, and Recreation during NACo’s 2023 Achievement Awards.
NACo recently announced the winners of the 2023 Achievement Awards. Maryland’s own Howard and Montgomery Counties won best in category for Transportation and Parks & Recreation. The Achievement Awards Program is a non-competitive awards program that seeks to recognize innovative county government programs.
In 2022, Howard County completed a transformative complete streets transportation project on Oakland Mills Road with a bold conversion to a street that prioritized safety over speed and properly accommodated cyclists and pedestrians. Community outreach was a major aspect of this project from beginning to end, resulting in an outcome that directly reflected the community’s needs and a smooth transition to roadway operations on the new layout.
Read more about Howard’s Oakland Mills Road project.
Montgomery County Recreation’s Holiday Park Senior Center Outdoor Fitness Area innovatively provides adults, ages 55 years and older, access to outside fitness equipment. The workout area is the first outdoor fitness space in the region that is expressly geared to the needs of older adults. Many seniors were apprehensive to return to an indoor setting after the COVID-19 shutdown; the outside workout area made it possible to exercise and social distance. The outdoor area is available for seniors to work out anytime, including outside of the Senior Center hours.
Read more about Montgomery’s Holiday Park Senior Center Outdoor Fitness Area.
Check out all of the 2023 Achievement Award winners.