The Department works with 40 volunteer recreation and parks councils, five nature councils and an agricultural council to sponsor a wide range of leisure time programs, activities and special events. Whatever interests you or your family may have, chances are our recreation and parks councils have a program for you.
Recreation Programs and Activities In Your Neighborhood
By using the recreation activity search tool you can search a general list of the programs that each volunteer recreation council has operated in the past twelve months. If you see a program that interests you, but it is not being offered in your community, contact the listed community office to look into registering in that program, or even better, contact your local community office to see how you can become involved as a volunteer and work to start a similar program in your neighborhood.
The Department operates local community recreation and parks offices throughout the County's four regions. These offices can provide you with the most up-to-date information about programs and activities sponsored by your local recreation and parks council and you can learn how to become involved in recreation and parks in your neighborhood. Most of your questions about recreation programs and parks in your local community will be able to be answered by these professional staff members.
Special Program Areas
The Department's recreation services division also oversees offices at our nature centers, works to provide special therapeutic recreation programs and manages the Police Athletic League programs.
Therapeutic Recreation Services
Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks' Office of Therapeutic Recreation Services provides a wide variety of recreation opportunities and services for individuals with disabilities.
Police Athletic League
Today's youth are living in a complex society which causes them to face a multitude of problems such as poor school performance, arrest, abuse, neglect, teen pregnancy, inadequate supervision, substandard living conditions, and alcohol/drug abuse. The Police Athletic League realizes that not all youth have these problems, but does offer an environment that would deter a youth from becoming involved in anti-social behavior.
Parents Code of Conduct
Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks has adopted a Parents Code of Conduct. Parents are encouraged to sign a copy of the code whenever they register their children in recreation council programs. The code reminds parents of the importance of being involved in their child's recreational activities.
Revised November 12, 2013