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Wheaton Regional Park, Silver Spring

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  • Wheaton Regional has a huge playground with lots of equipment, a carousel and a little train. There are plenty of places to picnic also. And it's a short walk to beautiful Brookside Gardens.  more »
  • This is an awesome place that many people only see one part of. The Brookside gardens, with the butterfly house in the summer, are always an attraction at any time of the year. Did you know there was ...  more »
  • Great place to enjoy the outdoors. Choose from playgrounds to hiking trails, to riding the train (in season). A stable for horseback riding is nearby and so is Brookside Gardens. This is a great place...  more »
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  • Great park. Has great amenities. Playground is big and spacious. Can get a little crowded on weekends and gorgeous afternoons, as any park can get. Also have nice carosel, pavilions with tables and grills. Very nice grounds for salking and resting.
  • I loved riding the Choo Choo train as a kid, and whenever I hear its toots from afar nowadays, it fills me with nostalgia. More often than not, it makes a single tear well up from my eye with the nostalgia of a charmed childhood. But it's a manly tear, one full of testosterone and grit.
  • FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Improving Customer Sensitive – Good relationships affect your bottom line. Beautiful Park - My 4-year old grand-daughter (MJ) was detained on the carousel for several minutes on 6/10/17, until she began crying. At that point, I firmly told the young lady conducting the ride to unlock the entrance gate that I may remove her from the ride. I often visit Wheaton Regional Park, as my grand-daughter loves the carousel. She always “ride” it 3 times in a row before tackling the train. This park brings her joy and builds wonderful memories for me. However, my experience yesterday left me a bit perturbed. I hope my feedback will improve relations between staff and customers. Around 1:30PM yesterday, MJ got on the 1st carousel ride. All went well. On her 2nd roundabout I told the young lady conducting the carousel that she wanted to remain on the ride. I proceeded to give her another ticket when she told me she was not allowed to take my ticked unless I went back in line. Though, this was my first time being told this rule, in the 2 years I have been taking her to the park, I complied without hesitation. The young lady told me it was ok for MJ to remain seated, while I formed the line. She explained it was protocol. All went well. As MJ rode the carousel, I noticed her baby sister (seldom with me) began getting excited, as she watched MJ. I decided to join MJ the 3rd time around. Conveniently, the Zebra MJ was seated on has a bench directly behind it. So, that worked out perfectly. I planned on sitting there. I once again formed the line. At the end of the 2nd ride, I asked the young lady if I needed to pay for my 1-yr old grand-daughter. She said “No”. She then proceeded to tell me that I was allowed to enter through the gate but MJ (4-yr old) needed to dismount the ride and get back in line. I reminded her we were together and I too would be riding the carousel. She started to open the entrance gate then pushed the latch back down closing the gate suggesting I get her from the exit. She proceeded to reiterate that it was protocol. I asked her why MJ was allowed to stay seated for the 2nd ride but needed to get off in this case? Her response was; I personally formed the line but for me. However, MJ was not in line with me and needed to rejoin the line. I must admit, I found her sense of logic a bit warped. MJ is exactly 4-yrs and 2 weeks old. Anyway, after removing her from the ride and speaking with a manager, another young lady, who supported the conductor’s decision. I realized Wheaton Regional Park is not the best park for us. Granted, the carousel was still roughly ½ empty throughout both rides. More important, all 3 zebras present on the ride were free of riders when we left the park. The word “protocol means a practice/behavioral code of conduct. I highly doubt she would have gotten fired had she allowed her to remain seated. Such practices should not have been so stringent. Especially, for minors under the age of 7. Though, I will give Glen Echo a try. I hope customer service will improve at Wheaton Regional, at least by next summer. I suggest giving a few staff members, including the manager a bit of sensitivity training. Especially, towards young children. Blessings, LesleyJ
  • Had so many great memories of this place. Carved a love note in 2008 to my now wife
  • One if my favorite places to hike. The paths that lead from the park stables out to Trader Joe's on route 29 are fantastic, especially if you cross the big new bridge over the river at the beginning. That side of the river has little ropes to guide you as you cross ditches on fallen trees, etc. making it more fun and challenging.