About Glen Echo Park

 

Glen Echo Park is one of the finest cultural resources in Montgomery County.  It is home to 14 resident artists and arts organizations, a thriving social dance program, a restored 1921 Dentzel Carousel, an environmental education program for children, weekend drop-in art programs for children, numerous art studios and galleries, and hundreds of classes in visual and performing arts, including ceramics, painting, photography, glass, music, dance, and more. These activities, as well as free summer concerts, festivals, and special events bring thousands of visitors to the Park each year.


The Park began in the 1890s as a Chautauqua retreat and soon became the premier Washington area amusement park, serving the community until 1968. The federal government acquired the land in order to preserve the Potomac Palisades and prevent development along the river. The management of the Park was assigned to the National Park Service, which established the core of the current arts program.

 

In 2002, the National Park Service transferred management of the Park to Montgomery County, which in turn created the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, a new nonprofit, to oversee the Park’s arts programs and historic facilities.

 

From 2003 to 2010, extensive renovations of the Park's facilities took place under the direction of Montgomery County and the National Park Service with input from the Partnership and resident organizations. These renovations were funded with major federal, state, and county resources as well as private donations. Renovations included: the Spanish Ballroom, the Dentzel Carousel, the Puppet Co. Playhouse, the Arcade building, the Yellow Barn, Adventure Theatre, the Candy Corner, the Chautauqua Tower, the Ballroom Annex, and the Caretaker's Cottage.
 

We hope to see you here soon!

 

(Pictured above: Senator Mikulski and former County Executive Doug Duncan dancing at the Park's historic Spanish Ballroom grand opening in 2003.)

 

 

More About Glen Echo Park 

 

From 2003 to 2009, renovations of the Park's facilities took place under the direction of the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture in cooperation with Montgomery County and the National Park Service. These renovations were funded with major federal, state, and county resources as well as private donations. Renovations included: the Spanish Ballroom (2003), the Dentzel Carousel (2003), the Puppet Co. Playhouse (2003), the Arcade building (2004), the Yellow Barn (2007),  Adventure Theatre (2007), the Candy Corner (2007), the Chautauqua Tower (2008), the Ballroom Annex (2009), the Caretaker's Cottage (2009), the Crystal Pool Studio (2012), and the Hall of Mirrors (2014).

 

On our Visit page, you'll find an office, studio, and classroom reference guide.