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June 19, CUPF Closure: Juneteenth

 

CUPF Juneteenth Closure

On Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in observance of Juneteenth, (a state and federal holiday) the CUPF Wheaton Main Office will be closed. The Wheaton office will reopen, 8:30 a.m., Thursday, June 20, 2024. The Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza will remain open for scheduled events. As a reminder, Montgomery County Government will be closed. 

Due to a systemwide closure on June 19, all Montgomery County Public Schools and Offices will be closed. Check your local listings for any Juneteenth events and activities that could alter the opening and closing of various school facilities that may be hosting events celebrating the Juneteenth holiday. 

For additional information regarding childcare at schools during a systemwide closure, families should contact their childcare service provider. Reminder, there will be no unpermitted indoor or outdoor community use at all Montgomery County Public Schools. 

Upcoming Opening Reservation Dates

Monday, July 15. ATHLETIC FIELDS: Opening day to reserve use of athletic fields located at schools and recreation centers for dates of use August 16 through November 30.

Monday, July 15. OUTDOOR BASKETBALL COURTS: Opening day for general public to request reservations of school outdoor basketball courts for dates of use August 16 through November 30.

Monday, July 15. PARKING LOTS: Opening day for general public to request reservations of school parking lots for dates of use August 16 through November 30.

Monday, July 15. TENNIS COURTS: Opening day for general public to request reservations of school tennis courts for dates of use August 16 through November 30.

General Inquiries

If you have any questions or concerns, please call CUPF Customer Service at 240-777-2725, or send an email to cupf@montgomerycountymd.gov. 

Thank you

Thank you for using public facilities for community events and activities! 

The Director's Corner: CUPF Updates and So Much More

CUPF Director's Report: May 2024

    This month, CUPF officially released its Volume 1 2024 Annual Report. This was released digitally on the Community Bridge Blogger page, on the CUPF website under the "Resources" drop-down link, with hard copies distributed to some libraries, regional service centers through Montgomery County, County Executive Office, and Offices of County Council.

    Over the past two years, permit numbers have been improving each month with permits getting closer and closer to the pre-Pandemic numbers. In return, CUPF revenues are also improving, allowing for the build-up of the enterprise fund which sustains CUPF in times of slow or no permitting as happened during the pandemic.

    CUPF will create a new position in the Silver Spring Civic Building which was recommended by the Executive and appropriated by Council when the County Executive's budget was approved. Creation of this position will provide more support for staff in the Silver Spring location. The Civic Building and Veterans Plaza have increased programming and permitting tremendously over the past two years. Adding new staff allow Management to assign more staff to handle the facility and thus provide more permitting time and space for our community.

    As this school year winds down, we look forward to Thursday, August 15, 2024, which is the next upcoming open season that will allow the community to permit school space for the anticipated 2024-2025 school year. As usual, those spaces will be available to the community on a first come first served basis. 

    Thank you to the community for continuing to do business with CUPF. We appreciate you and hope to continue providing you with the best service possible to facilitate hosting your community events. Thank you also to our continuing MCPS partner. They graciously welcome CUPF and the community into their schools and on to their property. CUPF pledges to continue protecting and respecting those properties. 



CUPF Summer 2024 Update, School Facilities Available for Community Use

 

School Facilities Available for Community Use

The Office of Community Use of Public Facilities is proud to announce the availability of three Montgomery County Public Schools on ActiveMONTGOMERY.org. After a successful completion of various construction projects, CUPF would like to welcome back William Tyler Page Elementary School, South Lake Elementary School, and Parkland Middle School. To confirm, all three schools are back online, just in time for Summer 2024 community use. 

New School Alert!!

CUPF would like to introduce Cabin Branch Elementary School to our community organizations and public agencies. Cabin Branch ES is located in Clarksburg, Maryland, a few miles from the Upcounty Regional Services Center and the Clarksburg Cottage. Cabin Branch ES is now available on ActiveMONTGOMERY.org as a new school facility that can be reserved for community use. Facilities available for usage at Cabin Branch ES include classrooms, an all-purpose room, gym, fields, and parking lot.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions, please call CUPF Customer Service at 240-777-2725, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or send an email to CUPF at: cupf@montgomerycountymd.gov

Thank You

Thank you for using public facilities for community events and activities!

The Wheaton Arts and Entertainment District: Community Access Program

 

Wheaton Community Access Program

The Wheaton Community Access Program (WCAP) is providing $75,000 in "in-kind" assistance to groups seeking to organize community events at Wheaton facilities managed by the Office of Community Use of Public Facilities. The program seeks to foster equity by empowering groups that may encounter financial constraints, granting them the means to afford the permitting of these facilities. 

By launching the WCAP, Montgomery County demonstrates its commitment to fostering community engagement, inclusivity, and equal access to public spaces. This initiative aligns with the county's dedication to supporting local organizations, and residents by ensuring financial barriers do not hinder community-driven events here in the Wheaton Urban District. 

For further information on the Wheaton Community Access Program, contact Marta Martinez at CUPF by calling 240-777-2709 or via email, Marta.Martinez@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Wheaton Arts and Entertainment District

The Wheaton Arts and Entertainment District, designated by the State of Maryland in 2005, is one many A&E Districts in Maryland. As part of the designation's benefits, artists working in the districts can receive an income tax credit. Developers who create spaces for artists to live and work can apply for qualified property tax exemptions for up to 10 years. For more information, go to Maryland Arts & Entertainment Districts.

WCAP Application Process

Applicants with questions about the WCAP application process should contact Olga Kravets in the Office of Grants Management by calling 240-773-344 or by email at grants@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Thank You

Thank you for using public facilities for community events and activities!

The CUPF Digital Magazine: 2024 June Edition

 

The CUPF Digital Magazine

The Community Use of Public Facilities is proud to launch our new monthly digital magazine. This free useful source of information will include an exciting array of moving images and videos. The inclusion of music, acting as the soundtrack, will add a distinctive style to the digital magazine. While keeping the reader engaged, CUPF will provide information featured in our User Guidebooks, Facility Use License Agreements, and additional CUPF related news and information. 

By launching the CUPF Digital Magazine, our office anticipates more engagement with our residents, community organizations, and public agencies. Providing a free source of information on CUPF's social media platforms such as X - @MontgomeryCUPF and Instagram - @Montgomerycupf, will offer an alternative reading source that will not include purchasing or subscription to a magazine. The goal is to keep our community, well informed of all CUPF related activities and events.

The June Edition

Welcome to the June Edition of the CUPF Digital Magazine. Featured in the magazine is the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, 2024 Festival Season June Calendar. The Wheaton Arts and Entertainment District, WCAP reminder. Our upcoming facility reservation dates, which can be reserved on ActiveMONTGOMERY.org. Plus, information regarding athletic field usage and the CUPF After Hours Helpline. 


The Veterans Plaza 2024 Festival Season and Event Guide

2024 Festival Season and Event Guide

Announcing the 2024 Festival Season! Come enjoy an event at Veterans Plaza!

The Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza is proud to announce the 2024 Festival Season and Event Guide! Veterans Plaza, in downtown Silver Spring, will be hosting various festivals, events, and community gatherings, bringing joy to families and friends alike. 





May 27, CUPF Closure: Memorial Day

CUPF Memorial Day Closing

On Monday, May 27, 2024, in observance of Memorial Day, the CUPF Wheaton Main Office will be closed. The office will reopen, 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

The Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza will remain open for scheduled events.

Upcoming Opening Reservation Dates

Wednesday, May 15. GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS: Meeting Rooms: Opening day to reserve dates of use July 1 through December 31.

Monday, July 15. ATHLETIC FIELDS: Opening day to reserve dates of use August 16 through November 30.

Monday, July 15. OUTDOOR BASKETBALL COURTS: Opening day to reserve dates of use August 16 through November 30.

Monday, July 15. PARKING LOTS: Opening day to reserve dates of use August 16 through November 30.

Monday, July 15. TENNIS COURTS: Opening day to reserve dates of use August 16 through November 30.

General Inquiries

If you have any questions or concerns, please call CUPF Customer Service at 240-777-2725, or send an email to cupf@montgomerycountymd.gov. 

Thank you

Thank you for using public facilities for community events and activities! 

May 15, Opening Day to Reserve a Government Building Meeting Room

 

Opening Day to Reserve a Government Building Meeting Room

Wednesday, May 15, 2024, is opening day for the general public to request use of a government building meeting room for dates of use July 1 through December 31. This includes Regional Centers, Executive Office Building, Council Office Building, Police Stations, and Clarksburg Cottage. It all begins at 6:30 a.m. online at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org.

ActiveMONTGOMERY Reservation Process

How to request a government building meeting room for an event.

Step 1: After signing into ActiveMONTGOMERY.org, select the "Facilities Reservations"          thumbnail. 

Step 2: On the next page, select the "Meeting Rooms" thumbnail. 


Step 3: Select the "Government Meeting" thumbnail. This last selection will direct the user to all the available government facilities. 


After selecting the government meeting thumbnail, the user will gain access to additional information that will help them complete an online reservation form that will be reviewed by CUPF staff. Once submitted through the ActiveMONTGOMERY portal, a follow-up email will be provided notifying the user that their online reservation request is under review.

Visit www.ActiveMONTGOMERY.org to reserve a government building meeting room for your activities!

Helpful Hints to Prepare

  • Ensure that your account for ActiveMONTGOMERY.org is active with a current login and password. Read more...
  • Organizations should ensure that the account login and password is available to whomever in the organization has been given the authority to reserve public facilities on their behalf.
  • Individual / personal accounts may not make facility reservations on behalf of an organization.
  • Payment is due at the time of the reservation.
  • Please be thorough in your application.
  • A final approval and "firm" contract are required prior to an advertisement by the group for the event. This final "firm" contract will be sent to the main email on file for the account requesting the space. 

Have Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, please call CUPF Customer Service at 240-777-2725, or send an email to CUPF at: cupf@montgomerycountymd.gov

Thank You

Thank you for using public facilities for community events and activities!

May 14, Presidential Primary Election: CUPF Community Use at Schools

Presidential Primary Election Community Use at Schools

In preparation for the Presidential Primary Election on Monday, May 13, there will be no indoor community use after 6:30 p.m. at all Montgomery County Public Schools. On Tuesday, May 14, the day of election, there will be no indoor or outdoor community use at all Montgomery County Public Schools.

Board of Elections

For more information regarding voter services in Montgomery County, Maryland, go to the Board of Elections.

Thank you

Thank you for using public facilities for community events and activities!

May 1, Opening Day to Reserve School Auditorium Use During 2024-2025 School Year


May 1, Opening Day School Auditorium Use

Wednesday, May 1, 2024, is opening day to request use of school auditoriums for dates of use during the upcoming Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) 2024-25 School Year.

It all begins online at 6:30 a.m.

New and Improved Process, We're Listening

We are so excited to announce that School Auditorium facilities can now be requested via ActiveMONTGOMERY.org based upon feedback from user groups. You can upload your information, pay the deposit, etc. all online directly in the ActiveMONTGOMERY software! 

  • Application fee: CUPF will collect a $250.00 application fee (down payment) at the time of application; this fee will be applied to the total cost of the reservation and not an additional charge. If the reservation request is not approved, this fee will be refunded.
  • For more information on the process to reserve space withing this advanced priority placement, send an email to cupf@montgomerycountymd.gov.

New ActiveMONTGOMERY Reservation Process

How to request a high school auditorium for an event.

Step 1: After signing into ActiveMONTGOMERY.org, select the "Facilities" thumbnail. 


Step 2: On the next page, select the "Auditoriums" thumbnail. 


Step 3: Lastly, select the "MCPS Auditoriums" thumbnail.


After selecting the "MCPS Auditoriums" thumbnail, the user will gain access to additional information that will help them complete an online reservation form that will be reviewed by CUPF staff. Once submitted through the ActiveMONTGOMERY portal, a follow-up email will be provided notifying the user that their online reservation request is under review.

Visit www.ActiveMONTGOMERY.org to reserve a school auditorium space for your activities!

Helpful Hints to Prepare

  • Ensure that your account for ActiveMONTGOMERY.org is active with a current login and password. Read more...
  • Organizations should ensure that the account login and password is available to whomever in the organization has been given the authority to reserve public facilities on their behalf.
  • Individual / personal accounts may not make facility reservations on behalf of an organization.
  • Payment is due at the time of the reservation.
  • Auditorium requests are subject to review and typically have a 5-15 business day lead time, depending on the school(s) being requested. Please be thorough in your application.
  • A final approval and "firm" contract are required prior to an advertisement by the group for the event. This final "firm" contract will be sent to the main email on file for the account requesting the space. 

Auditorium Use is subject to additional fees such as staffing, clean up and set up as well as security. Your initial payment of $250 is applied towards this balance. 

Have Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, please call CUPF Customer Service at 240-777-2725, or send an email to CUPF at: cupf@montgomerycountymd.gov

Thank You

Thank you for using public facilities for community events and activities!

May 1, Opening Day to Reserve Indoor School Facilities During 2024 Summer Break

Opening Day for Indoor School Facilities

Wednesday, May 1, 2024, is opening day to request use of indoor school facilities for dates of use during the upcoming Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) 2024 Summer Break. Reminder, the last date of summer use is Friday, August 2, for middle and elementary school and Wednesday, July 31, for high schools. It all begins at 6:30 a.m. online at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org.

Additionally, Wednesday, May 1, 2024, groups will also be able to request reservations for school auditoriums for dates of use during the upcoming 2024-2025 MCPS School Year. Click here for more information. It all begins at 6:30 a.m. online at ActiveMONTGOMERY.org.

ActiveMONTGOMERY Reservation Process

How to request a school facility for an event.

Step 1: After signing into ActiveMONTGOMERY.org, select the "Facilities" thumbnail. 

Step 2: On the next page, a user can select three different indoor school facility options for reservation, the "Cafeteria," "Classrooms," or "Gymnasiums" thumbnail. 

Step 3: Important reminder, selecting the "Gymnasiums" thumbnail will include another page that will allow the user to select the "School Gyms" thumbnail.

Step 4: Important reminder, selecting the "Classrooms" thumbnail, will include another page that will allow the user to select three different thumbnail locations based on elementary, middle school, or high school classrooms. 





After selecting the preferred school facility thumbnail, the user will gain access to additional information that will help them complete an online reservation form that will be reviewed by CUPF staff. Once submitted through the ActiveMONTGOMERY portal, a follow-up email will be provided notifying the user that their online reservation request is under review.

Visit www.ActiveMONTGOMERY.org to reserve a school auditorium space for your activities!

Helpful Hints to Prepare

  • Ensure that your account for ActiveMONTGOMERY.org is active with a current login and password. Read more...
  • Organizations should ensure that the account login and password is available to whomever in the organization has been given the authority to reserve public facilities on their behalf.
  • Individual / personal accounts may not make facility reservations on behalf of an organization.
  • Payment is due at the time of the reservation.
  • Auditorium requests are subject to review and typically have a 5-15 business day lead time, depending on the school(s) being requested. Please be thorough in your application.
  • A final approval and "firm" contract are required prior to an advertisement by the group for the event. This final "firm" contract will be sent to the main email on file for the account requesting the space. 
School Facility Use is subject to additional fees such as staffing, clean up and set up as well as security. Your initial payment of $250 is applied towards this balance. 

Have Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, please call CUPF Customer Service at 240-777-2725, or send an email to CUPF at: cupf@montgomerycountymd.gov

Thank You

Thank you for using public facilities for community events and activities!

April 15, Opening Day for Reservations of Public Library Meeting Rooms

 

Opening Day for Public Library Meeting Rooms

Monday, April 15, 2024, is opening day to request use of Montgomery County Public Libraries meeting rooms for dates of use July 1 through December 31. It all begins online at 6:30 a.m.

For additional information, go to Community Use of Public Libraries Reservations (montgomerycountymd.gov).

Reservation Website

ActiveMONTGOMERY Reservation Process

How to request a public library meeting room for an event.

Step 1: After signing into ActiveMONTGOMERY.org, select the "Facilities" thumbnail. 

Step 2: On the next page, select the "Meeting Rooms" thumbnail.



Step 3: The final step on the next page will include, selecting the "Library Meeting" thumbnail.

Helpful Hints to Prepare

  • Ensure that your account for the NEW ActiveMONTGOMERY.org software is active with a current login and password. Read more...
  • Organizations should ensure that the account login and password is available to whomever in the organization has been given the authority to reserve public facilities on their behalf.
  • Only a single member of each organization can be logged into the organizational account at one time in order to reserve facilities.
  • Individual / personal accounts may not make facility reservations on behalf of an organization.
  • Payment is due at the time of the reservation.

Have Questions?


If you have any questions or concerns, please call CUPF Customer Service at 240-777-2725, or send an email to CUPF at: cupf@montgomerycountymd.gov

Thank You


Thank you for using public facilities for community events and activities!

Cut-Off for Reserving Dates During MCPS Spring Break


MCPS Spring Break

Effective March 21, 2024, CUPF will no longer accept new reservation requests for use of Montgomery County Public School facilities for dates of use March 25, 2024, through April 2, 2024.

Thank You

Thank you for your understanding. We all greatly appreciate the hard work that building operations staff do for our students, teachers, administrators, and our community throughout the year. More importantly, CUPF supports MCPS in allowing school staff to have time off to rest, travel, and enjoy with their family, friends, and loved ones during the upcoming spring break. 

Glide Into Winter Fun: Last Chance to Skate at Veterans Plaza!

Silver Spring Ice Skating Pavilion

Don't Miss Out! Skate at the Annual Ice-Skating Pavilion in Veterans Plaza Before It Ends!

As winter wanes and the season draws to a close, there's still time to lace up your skates and glide into the fun at the Silver Spring Ice Skating Pavilion! Nestled in the heart of downtown Silver Spring, Veterans Plaza is not just a hub for major festivals and community gatherings, but also home to a beloved winter tradition that brings joy to families and friends alike.

Our outdoor Ice Rink season, which began in mid-October, has been a hit with locals and visitors alike. But time is running out to experience the magic of skating beneath the open sky! Mark your calendars because the Ice Rink season concludes at the end March this year.

While you're here, why not make a day of it? Saturdays are even more special with our weekly Famers Market, a vibrant gathering that celebrates local produce, artisans, and community spirit. As you glide around the rink, you can also peruse the market stalls, sampling fresh goodies and soaking in the lively atmosphere. 

Veterans Plaza isn't just a winter wonderland. From May to October, we host an array of major festivals that showcase diverse cultures and cuisines, fostering connections and creating unforgettable experiences. Whether it's the International Food and Craft Festival, the Hey Cousin Culture Festival, or the Afro-Latino Festival, there's always something exciting happening here. For ideas and things to do, visit: www.silverspringdowntown.com or www.visitmontgomery.com.

Join us as we bid farewell to another fantastic Ice Rink season and celebrate the spirit of community in downtown Silver Spring. Bring your friends, bring your family, and make memories that will last a lifetime. But hurry, because the Silver Spring Ice Skating Pavilion awaits, and time is slipping away!

Don't miss your chance to glide, twirl, and laugh on the ice. See you at Veterans Plaza before the season ends!

Hours of operation:
  • Monday - Thursday: 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Cost:
  • Children: $17 skate rental is included with this price
    • $11 (bring your own ice skates)
  • Adults: $18 skate rental is included with this price
    • $12 (bring your own ice skates)
Website:
Eric Rasch, Operations Manager
Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza

Outdoor Ice Skating at Silver Spring 

Watch video from Montgomery Community Media: Ice Skating at Silver Spring

    

Above:

Join Eric, as he takes you on a captivating video tour of the Outdoor Ice-Skating Pavilion, sharing stories of how his love for skating blossomed. Get ready to be inspired and then participate in the enchanting world of ice skating!

Pista de Patinaje sobre Hielo en Silver Spring

Mira el video de Montgomery County Community Media: La Pista de Patinaje Sobre Hielo de Silver Spring

Arriba:

Unete a Joshua en un cautivador video tour de la Pista de Hielo, mientras se comparten historias de su amor por el patinaje sobre hielo. Alistate para estar cautivado y para participar en el encantador mundo del patinaje sobre hielo!

Downtown Silver Spring

As a reminder, the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza is the go-to venue for Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Quinceaneara, Birthdays, Baby Showers, Graduations, Anniversaries, and more. Non-profit fundraisers and events are prevalent on the weekends and through the week. Additionally, the venue has been a host for high-profile community events, government meetings, conferences, and community gatherings. The popularity of this venue is confirmed by the significant number of reservations in 2024.

Thank you!

CUPF thanks you for using public facilities for community events and activities!