WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Montgomery County To Open Glen Echo Park By Friday

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett and Councilman Roger Berliner speak outside of Glen Echo Park.
Matt Bush
Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett and Councilman Roger Berliner speak outside of Glen Echo Park.

Glen Echo Park will be open Friday morning in Montgomery County, regardless of the partial federal government shutdown which has left it closed for two weeks.

A public-private partnership operates Glen Echo Park, with Montgomery County being the public part of the operations. The National Park Service provides security and maintenance, and because of that, the park has been shuttered for two weeks.

County Executive Isiah Leggett now says if the government is not open by Friday morning, the county will remove the barricades, open the park and assume all the costs the federal government now covers.

He admits doing so will be an act of civil disobedience

"The only services they provide right now are security in the parking lot and picking up the trash," Leggett says. "So it's nothing that's a huge cost. The park is operated by the partnership."

The head of the partnership says they're losing money with the park closed, noting that five weddings had to be moved because of the park's closure.

NPR

Remembering Robert Swanson, Advertising's 'King Of Jingles'

Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and '60s for products ranging from Campbell's Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.
NPR

More Than Just Saying 'Cheese,' Hundreds Sit Test To Become Official Experts

The American Cheese Society will begin proctoring its next Certified Cheese Professional Exam in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, during the group's annual conference. The rigorous test is only in its fifth year, but nearly 600 people have passed it already. Industry experts say the exam is necessary because of the evolving standards in the growing American cheese business.
NPR

Hillary Clinton Set To Become Formal Democratic Nominee For President

Bill Clinton speaks Tuesday night after his wife Hillary Clinton formally becomes the Democratic nominee for president. One open question is how smoothly the nominating process will go.
NPR

Solar-Powered Plane Completes Historic Circumnavigation

The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Abu Dhabi, where its journey began 17 flights ago in March 2015. Alternating with another pilot, Bertrand Piccard flew around the world with no fuel.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.