Historic Glen Echo Park in Montgomery County rebounding from shutdown

Historic Glen Echo Park has started a weeklong Shutdown Drive to raise the $200,000 lost during the government shutdown. Photo: Mary Ann Daly, Wikimedia Commons

WASHINGTON, November 5, 2013 — Montgomery County’s historic Glen Echo Park has started a weeklong Shutdown Drive to raise the $200,000 lost during the US government shutdown earlier this year.

While the buildings are managed by the nonprofit Partnership for Arts and Culture created by the Montgomery County government in 2002, the land itself is under the jurisdiction of the US National Park Service. Because of that discrepancy, the Puppet Co., carousel, dance hall, and artist houses had to shut their doors during the shutdown, while various classes were moved to off site locations.

So far, Glen Echo Park has raised $17,000 through neighborhood donations and two happy hours at the Irish Inn at Glen Echo.  While the Shutdown Drive ends Friday, donations will still be accepted online. Additionally, half of the proceeds from raffle tickets sold for the Montgomery County Executive Ball will benefit the park.

To donate online, visit: https://glenechoadmin.securesites.com/donate-now


The Montgomery County Gazette provided information for this report.

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