It is now easy as pie for people to find local restaurants offering takeout and delivery near a park. The new MoCo Eats: Picnic in the Park initiative — a partnership between Visit Montgomery and Montgomery Parks — is currently taking place in nine parks in Montgomery County, Maryland and could expand to more locations in the fall.
“Residents are in search of food and beverage options that are within close proximity to outdoor spaces,” said Kelly Groff, President and CEO for Visit Montgomery. “The Picnic in the Park initiative fulfills two important goals. The first is to support our restaurant community, and the second is to connect our Montgomery County’s 1 million population with the county’s unique mix of open spaces.”
Where to Find Restaurants Near Parks
Visit the MoCo Eats: Picnic in the Park site to find restaurants located near participating Montgomery Parks. There are over 800 restaurants listed on MoCo Eats. There’s something to enjoy every member of the family.
Participating Montgomery Parks
Jesup Blair Local Park, Acorn Urban Park, Germantown Town Center Urban Park, Norwood Local Park, Olney Manor Recreational Park, Takoma Urban Park, Wall Local Park, Wheaton Local Park, and Wheaton Regional Park.
“People are flocking to parks now more than ever to enjoy the outdoors while social distancing, so there’s no better time for this new program that makes it easy for visitors to create their own picnic in one of our parks. With this program, we are supporting local businesses and encouraging residents and visitors to explore our park system while enjoying a takeout or delivered meal from a diverse array of restaurants near the parks,” said Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks.
How Picnic in the Park Works
Park visitors will find “Picnic in the Park” signs that allow them to scan a QR code which directs them to the MoCo Eats website. Nearby restaurants will populate based on location, users can then contact the restaurant directly by visiting their website or calling to place an order. Designated delivery zones allow visitors to meet the driver. Physical distancing circles will be available at selected parks.