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kids doing project in wetlands areMichael L. Schneider, Community Outreach Liaison, Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks

This summertime guarantee brought to you exclusively by the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks:

There will be no snow storms, snow flurries or snow squalls at all this summer on any Recreation and Parks sites and parks this summer. Guaranteed!

Wait, there’s more…

We will also guarantee fun and lots of great programs for families, kids and kids of all ages. We are calling this our “Hot times” summer package guarantee!

Here is a sampling of some of the hot times coming your way. Just the names of the programs should be enough to get your attention and participation…

Robert E. Lee Park –Growing up WILD, Beaver Night Hike, The Great American Campout, Natural Play, Bike Rodeo, Mud Day

Cromwell Valley Park – Animal Mothers; Art, Music, Poetry, Food, Wine and Classic Cars; Tin Can Gardening; “Reptiles by Day, Amphibians by Night;” the  annual TALMAR Mother’s Day Plant Sale; Fairy Furniture; and you’re gonna love this one: “Eat Your Weedies” – sounds perfectly delicious! 

Oregon Ridge Park – 4th of July BSO Star Spangled Spectacular/Fireworks

Throughout our County are “Summer Playgrounds” and camps, enthusiastically and well supervised with excitement, entertainment, socializing, and even some learning slipped in with all the fun.  Here are just some of the camps: 

Dragon Tao Karate Camp, Premier Basketball Camp; Boys Lax Camp; Step Up to Lax Camp; Camp Gymtastic; Al Bumbry Baseball Camp; Running Camp; Field Hockey Camp; Soccer Camp; Volleyball Camp; Camp New Horizons; Music, Nature, Drama, Art, Camp Chickadee, Around the Pond Summer Camp, Polar Pals, Grizzly Gang, Imagination Station, Muscular Mustangs, Creativity Camp, Gators Summer Camp, Blast Soccer Camp, camps for children and young adults with special needs. There’s really too much to list here, so, go to the Baltimore County Recreation and Parks homepage  for  a full listing of summer camps and playgrounds.

Keep in mind, that pretty much every one of our 40+ recreation centers offer programming throughout the summer with the above mentioned camps, activities and community events.  Follow this link to our Recreation Councils and recreation offices to learn more about what is going on in your neighborhood.

Of course, there are over 200 small, medium, large and extra large- and all beautiful – parks, sites, waterfronts and fields.  Imagine, so many great places to relax, picnic, exercise and simply to enjoy; many nearby your home.

For those  that might be looking for something to do this summer, not as a participant, but more in line with earning those community service hours, or to have a summer job, there are some options for you, too.  There are still some paying positions at Oregon Ridge Park (410-887-1818) and Rocky Point Park (410-887-2818) on the waterfront. There might still be some summer positions out there at our camps and recreation centers.  Use this link to our Recreation Offices and ask if there is something to suit your skills and the needs of that office. 

There you have it; a special summer guaranteed to be all you need it to be; well supervised, exciting, interesting and fun.  And don’t forget, guaranteed to be snow free – though it may include a “sno-ball” from time to time!


by Kevin Kamenetz

Baltimore County Executive

In Baltimore County, we are proud to be the home of the Ravens. They may play their games in M&T Bank Stadium, but when the games are over and the lights are off, they make their home in Owings Mills. The preseason is always exciting, not necessarily because of the games themselves, but because we know football season is on the way.

As the Ravens play the Detroit Lions tonight in Baltimore, things are a little different. For the first time in years, on the same night as a football game, the Baltimore Orioles are deep in a playoff race. The O’s may not make their home in Baltimore County the way that the Ravens do, but they are just as near and dear to our hearts as the Ravens.


So tonight, we face a dilemma that we haven’t had to deal with in ages, the prospect of flipping back and forth between Ravens football and a playoff race involving our own Baltimore Orioles. As problems go, this is a pretty good one to have and I know I speak for everyone in Baltimore County when I say its one we wouldn’t mind having every year.

Keywords: orioles, ravens, sports, summer

Baltimore County Olympian Michael Phelps

by Kevin Kamenetz

Baltimore County Executive

Greatness is something that doesn’t come along very often.  When you get to witness it first hand, it is pretty exciting, While true throughout life, it’s particularly true in the world of sports, where years of preparation and dedication all have to come together to make such greatness possible, let alone a reality.

Throughout my life I’ve been fortunate to see more than a few of these special moments on the fields of Memorial Stadium, Camden Yards, and M&T Bank Stadium.  What has taken place this week in London is now etched forever in my memory alongside Johnny U, Brooks, Eddie, Ray, and Cal.

Is it easy to win just one Olympic medal? I don’t think so. . Just imagine how hard it is then to win 19 of them. Yesterday in London, Baltimore County’s own Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time. That is an incredible achievement, one made all the more special for us through Michael’s roots in Rodgers Forge.

Since bursting onto the Olympic stage in Athens in 2004, Michael has been a source of pride for people throughout the country, but particularly for those us in Baltimore County, who walk the same streets where he played and swim in the same pool where he swam lap after lap after lap.  

Greatness is indeed a rare thing, but when it come from that place you call home, it is really something special. Congratulations Michael, you’ve done something remarkable, and the best part of it is that we know you’re not finished yet. Not by a long shot.


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