The Garett Park Town Council will meet at 8 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, 4600 Waverly Ave.


Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge William C. Miller has dismissed a lawsuit against the city brought by a Rockville couple who claimed that the screening of the movie "Poltergeist" at a city-sponsored program caused emotional distress for their young daughter.

The $1.4 million lawsuit filed by the couple in January claimed that their 7-year-old daughter had been traumatized since she viewed the film in an after-school program two years earlier. The suit asserted that the film was not appropriate for young children, and showing it violated the trust of parents who enrolled their children in the recreation program.

Miller, accepting the city's request for dismissal of the suit, said the city was protected from liability in the matter and that the one-year statute of limitations for suing the city had run out before the suit was filed.

In other news, Mayor Douglas Duncan and the City Council have voted to close the Town Center's Courthouse Square to motor traffic, allowing access only to pedestrians.

The Courthouse Square path runs from behind the Montgomery County Judiciary Center facing Monroe Street and leads up to the unit block of North Washington Street. The square is used for several city events, including outdoor concerts, and is heavily used by pedestrians. City officials originally planned to close the square to traffic as part of a $191,000 renovation of the area, which is now being planned. But because the renovation may not be complete in time to hold the annual Memorial Day celebration there, city officials may decide to close the square to traffic sooner.

The closing is estimated to cost $74,000 for traffic barriers and other improvements.


A new two-acre playground is being planned for Wheaton Regional Park, and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday to provide details of the project. The meeting will be held at the park's ice rink on Orebaugh Avenue.

Construction of the "Adventure Playground," which has been allocated $25,000 in county funds, is tentatively scheduled to begin in the spring. Heidi Sussmann, the landscape architect for the project, said it is hoped the playground, which may cost up to $300,000, will be completed by next fall. It will be located near the park manager's office.

The playground will be accessible for disabled children and will include a playhouse, ramps, slides, nets, tires, a gazebo, a landscaped maze with bridges, tunnels and a sandcastle and a safari area with sand pits and elephant and camel sculptures suitable for climbing.

The playground will replace the current play area located nearby, which as a safety precaution will be moved to another area of the park during construction. The new playground will be four times larger than the current facility.