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Frederick County Community Partners
 Prepare for G-8 Summit

(5/7) Partners in public safety and law enforcement, county and municipal agencies and community organizations are coordinating at all levels to address public safety issues related to the upcoming G-8 Summit, May 18-19, at Camp David. A main component of these planning efforts is to keep citizens, visitors and the media informed with accurate, consistent and timely information about issues that may arise in Frederick County as the result of this international event.

Community partners are coordinating their resources and skills to host an Information Center during the G-8 Summit weekend to address concerns like road closures, traffic congestion and public safety issues. Beginning today, public information tools that will provide links, useful information and reports on developments are available, including a central webpage on the Frederick County Government website and social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.

In preparation for the summit weekend, citizens are encouraged to visit the new webpage at, "like" the Information Center on Facebook at and follow the center on Twitter at

Information will be provided as it becomes available on these sites, as well as through public service announcements, news releases and media advisories.

The Information Center is also coordinating efforts with the Tourism Council of Frederick County, Inc., which has prepared a new website,, to primarily serve international, local and regional media covering the G-8 Summit. The website provides useful media resources such as area information and local history in multiple languages; royalty-free images and video b-roll that can downloaded by many reporters at the same time; story ideas; local resources, and frequently asked questions.

Catoctin Mountain Park to be Closed for G8 Summit May 17-20, 2012

Due to the G8 Summit activities at Camp David, Catoctin Mountain Park will be temporarily closed to the public beginning on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at approximately 8:00 a.m. through Sunday, May 20, 2012 at approximately 8:00 a.m. This closure comes at the request of the United States Secret to protect the President, visiting foreign heads of state and heads of government, and other distinguished visitors participating in the G8 Summit.

Catoctin Mountain Park is bounded approximately by Route 550 on the north, Route 15 on the east, Quirauk School Road on the west, and MD 77 on the south. All of Catoctin Mountain Park including its park trail system, parking areas, campgrounds, cabin camps, picnic areas and administrative buildings including both Park Headquarters and the Visitor Center will be closed to the public. No permits will be issued for the park during the closure period and any reservations made for this period will be refunded in full or credited towards a future date. Foxville-Deerfield Road will remain open to through traffic only with all park facilities gated and closed in this area. A portion of MD Route 77 will be closed east and west of the park boundaries. A map of the closed park areas is below.

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