Montgomery County Executive Charles W. Gilchrist has approved the transfer of nine county-owned properties, totaling more than 83 acres, to the Maryland-National Capital Park Planning Commission for use as park land. The agreement follows earlier recommendations by the Planning Board and the County Council.

The parcels of land, valued at more than $3.9 million, were all donated by private owners.

The parks, some of which will be newly created from the donated land, are: Buck Branch Neighborhood Park, Potomac; Centerway Community Park, Gaithersburg, Charlene Local Park, Gaithersburg; Ellsworth Drive Urban Park, Silver Spring; Falls Road Local Park, Potomac; Laytonsville Local Park, Laytonsville; Quince Orchard Knolls Local Park, Darnestown; Rock Creek Park addition, Wheaton/Aspen Hill; and Southeast Olney Local Park, Gaithersburg.

The Montgomery County Community Awareness Resource Exchange (CARE) Center has issued new brochures on drug and alcohol abuse to 100 county physicians for distribution to the community.

CARE Center coordinator Lois Ellsworth said pediatricians and family practice physicians were chosen to distribute the materials because "they are most likely to have direct contact with parents of young children and adolescents."

The project, endorsed by the County Medical Society, and was developed by volunteers from the Junior League of Washington and the CARE Center, which is part of the county Department of Family Resources.