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By Michael Schneider, Baltimore County Recreation and Parks

From fireworks high in the sky to the mud between your toes; from classical to jazz; from canoeing to hiking the trails—have we got a July for you! Take a look at the Baltimore County Recreation and Parks July 2017 Happenings listed below and make a commitment to yourself to enjoy July like you’ve never enjoyed it before!

Saturday, July 1

Sunday, July 2

Monday, July 3

Tuesday, July 4

Wednesday, July 5

Thursday, July 6

Friday, July 7

Saturday, July 8

Sunday, July 9

Tuesday, July 11

Wednesday, July 12

Thursday, July 13

Friday, July 14

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Tuesday, July 18

Wednesday, July 19

Thursday, July 20

Friday, July 21

Saturday, July 22

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Tuesday, July 25

Wednesday, July 26

Thursday, July 27

Friday, July 28

Saturday, July 29

Sunday, July 30

Monday, July 31

Therapeutic Recreation Camps

Four-Week Camps: July 3 to July 28

Five-Week Camps: June 26 to July 28

PAL Summer Programs

In addition to all the great programs listed above, there are nine incredible PAL Centers located throughout the County with exciting and fun programs for youngsters ages 8 to 17. Contact a PAL center closest to you to learn more about these programs.   

Programs are run by Recreation and Parks and Nature Council volunteers. Many programs are free, but some ask for a donation or have a small fee. Be sure to check the websites to confirm times and locations. 

Baltimore County boasts more than 200 beautiful parks. From the small park around the corner, to those big beautiful parks with sites and amenities well worth the short drive to see and experience. Come on now, its summer, it’s time to see our parks up close and personal!


Record $67.5 million invested since 2010

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s upcoming budget  will add new turf fields to Randallstown and Perry Hall High Schools and CCBC’s Catonsville campus. It will also include funds to replace worn turf fields at Hereford, Lansdowne and Woodlawn High Schools.  The FY18 budget, to be presented this Thursday, includes $10.5 million in recreation funding, with $4.5 million dedicated to more than 90 maintenance and refurbishment projects throughout the County.

 

Baltimore County’s more than 212 parks, community centers and recreation spaces serve thousands of people, not only from Baltimore County but from all around the region. From new trails at Marshy Point to Lake Roland, the County has funded a record $67.5 million in new parks, community centers and turf fields since 2010. The County’s recreation programs are supported by more than 11,000 volunteers annually.

“As recent census data shows, the population in Baltimore County continues to grow, and one of the main reasons is our quality of life,” said Kamenetz. “The budget that I will present this week continues to invest in the recreation programs that help make our communities stronger.”

Turf Fields

Since 2010, Baltimore County has built new turf fields in every region of the County, bringing our total to 18. With the new fields proposed in this budget, and the field currently under construction at Sparrows Point High School, the total number of turf fields in Baltimore County will total 22.         

“Our ongoing investment in turf fields all over the County is about access and opportunity. They are used three to five times as much as traditional natural grass fields,” said Kamenetz. “These fields are literally used from morning to night, and are not affected by the weather. Their availability allows thousands more to participate in our recreation programs.”

Kamenetz’s budget will include requests to add the following fields to its inventory:

  • $800,000         Turf field at CCBC Catonsville to support regional recreation programs
  • $800,000         Turf field at Perry Hall High School
  • $1.1 million     Turf field and lights for stadium at Randallstown High School

The budget will also include $1.5 million dollars to replace the existing turf fields at Hereford, Lansdowne, and Woodlawn High Schools.

“The commitment to continue our progress is really a great example of how local government works,” said the County Executive. “The County Council, our state delegation, and community advocates all come together in support of these initiatives. Senator Kasemeyer and Delegate Jones have been particularly helpful in their leadership roles in Annapolis.”

“I see the impact that these fields have in my community all of the time,” said 1st District Councilman and Council Chair Tom Quirk. “I am very excited that we will be adding a regional site at CCBC in my district that will create additional opportunities for the young people in Arbutus and Lansdowne as well as Catonsville.”

“Randallstown in an outstanding high school, and I am delighted that the County Executive is proposing to fund a turf field and lights for the students there,” said 4th District Councilman Julian Jones. “I worked with the community and the administration to secure this funding, and it is very exciting to see it become a reality.”

“Adding a turf field at Perry Hall High School is just outstanding news,” said 6th District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins. “When the community approached me to help with this project, I immediately met with the County Executive. I could not be more pleased to hear that this field is being funded.”

“I feel like it is Christmas Day,” said Paul Muller, one of the community leaders who led the effort to get a turf field for Perry Hall High School. “This is a big day for Perry Hall, and I can’t thank County Executive Kamenetz and Councilwoman Bevins enough for their enthusiasm and public support of this project. I also want to thank everyone in Perry Hall and all of the elected officials for working together to make this happen for our community. They’ve made a lot of young men and women very happy today.”

$4.5 million for maintenance and refurbishment projects

  • $2.2 million     Refurbish ball diamonds and fields at 56 locations around the County
  • $700,000         Resurface multi-purpose and tennis courts at 31 sites
  • $500,000         Replace indoor turf at Northeast Area Regional Recreation Center
  • $500,000         Improvements to Double Rock Park
  • $500,000         Phase II for erosion control at Kingsville Park
  • $250,000         Repairs to backstops and safety fences

“I am very pleased that the County is making a significant commitment to taking care of its recreation sites,” said 2nd District Councilwoman Vicki Almond. “Thousands of young people and adults in my district and all around the County are on these fields all of the time, and it is important for the County to ensure that they are being maintained.”

“While it is important that we continue to build new facilities, it is also imperative that we maintain the existing fields and facilities in our inventory,” concluded County Executive Kamenetz. “I am very proud of our fiscal management that allows us to invest in our communities and our recreation programs.”


By Michael Schneider, Baltimore County Recreation and Parks

Spring is officially here. Start your April fun with a weekend special event at one of Baltimore County’s parks, nature centers, historical parks or community centers. Just click the location for event details and contact information. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017 

 

 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tuesday, April 25 through Sunday, April 30, 2017

Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30, 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Note that programs are run by Baltimore County’s volunteer Rec & Parks and Nature Councils. Most programs are free, but some ask for a donation or have a small fee.

Before you head out, check the website or call the recreation or nature office to check on program details, times and possible rain dates. You know what they say about April showers!


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016