CITY OF GAITHERSBURG - With thousands of federal employees and contractors in the D.C. metropolitan area impacted by the government shut-down, the Mayor and City Council of Gaithersburg adopted a resolution to allow fee waivers for its residents, providing them free access to select recreation programs during the shut-down period. The waiver is available to any City of Gaithersburg resident who is employed by, or contracted to, a federal agency involved in the government closure.
“The current federal impasse is directly affecting the quality of life for many of our residents,” said Mayor Jud Ashman. “While my colleagues and I may not be able to spur Congress and the President to resolve this dispute, we can provide a few amenities to make life a little more enjoyable for the employees and contractors who are caught in the middle.”
The Mayor and City Council have authorized City Manager Tony Tomasello to waive fees for select programs during the period of the shutdown. Federal employees and contractors from affected agencies can receive free walk-in daily admission to the City’s Fitness Centers at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park and the Benjamin Gaither Center, and to the Gaithersburg Aquatic Center. Fees will also be waived for drop-in participation for Pickleball and Open Gym Basketball at the Activity Center. Children of impacted employees may also take advantage of the amenities and services at the Olde Towne (for middle and high school students) and Robertson Park (middle school students only) Youth Centers at no charge. An ID and completed waiver will be required to receive all City benefits.
The City of Gaithersburg provides a myriad of services to its residents. Those who are furloughed, and anyone else who lives in the City of Gaithersburg, are encouraged to explore the assistance programs available on the City’s website. Staff in the City’s Community Services Division is available to help residents navigate such services as eviction and foreclosure prevention, utility disconnection, short-term rental assistance, food and nutrition programs, free income tax preparation, addiction services, and more. Call 301-258-6395 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents are also reminded that financial aid and convenient payment plans are available for the City’s summer camp programs. Registration starts in mid-February.
For more information about services and programs in Gaithersburg visit gaithersburgmd.gov and follow the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @GburgMD.
For additional resources, Montgomery County Government has launched a Federal Shutdown Assistance Portal that has a comprehensive list of programs available to furloughed workers.