Several parks in the Bethesda area will be closed overnight through Friday and again later this month so police sharpshooters can conduct deer-culling operations, according to Montgomery Parks officials.

The closures, which will run from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., are part of the parks department’s deer population management program, which included managed hunts held from October through Jan. 27. The parks will close overnight again from Feb. 12 to 16 and Feb. 26 through March 2.

Local parks closed for the sharpshooting operations include Cabin John Regional Park in Bethesda, Rock Creek Spring Valley Park Unit 2 in Chevy Chase, Sligo Creek Golf Course and Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park in Silver Spring, Rock Creek Regional Park and Needwood Golf Course in Rockville, and Wheaton Regional Park.

Other parks include: 

  • Agricultural Farm History Park in Derwood, including attached segments of Rock Creek Stream Valley Units 15 & 16;
  • Black Hill Regional Park (day use area) in Boyds;
  • Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 1 in Travilah;
  • North Branch Stream Valley Units 2 & 3 in Norbeck;
  • North Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 4 in Olney;
  • Northwest Branch Recreation Park in Aspen Hill, including Layhill Local Park in Wheaton;
  • Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 7 in Norwood;
  • Northwest Golf Course in Wheaton;
  • Paint Branch Stream Valley, Units 5 & 6 in Silver Spring, including Paint Branch Neighborhood Park, Pilgrims Hills Local Park, Tamarack Neighborhood Park and Valley Mill Special Park;
  • Red Door Store Historical Culture Park in Olney;
  • Rock Creek Stream Valley Unit 7 in Aspen Hill; and
  • Woodlawn Special Park in Sandy Spring.

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