Baltimore County Now
Michael 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 Marjorie Hampson
Baltimore County Tourism Director
There are places to eat.
I know that it’s true.
You can eat by the water.
How can it be true?
Look at the sunset.
Look at the view.
Just a few miles from home
Who knew? Too few! Oh too few!!!
Please check out where the Grinch, Horton, and the Cat in the Hat love to dine in Baltimore County – http://www.youtube.com/baltimorecounty.
By Patrick McDougall
Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks
Is there any better way to spend a Spring or Summer day than with rod and reel in hand, the fish biting, and dreams of a nice, fat catch at the end of your line? Not in my experience. Fishing is a great way to spend some quality family time, have a day out with the buddies, or just get away from it all for a few hours.
Did you know that there are a multitude of opportunities for great fishing available not far from your own back door? If you want to grab the fishing tackle, set up on a pier, and try your luck along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, or a stocked pond, then Baltimore County is the place for you.
We are home to over a dozen public fishing piers where everyone can bring their rod and reel and see what’s biting. How about a day on the reservoir, trying to hook a trout, walleye, crappie, catfish, or bass from a rented rowboat or electric motor boat? Head to Loch Raven Fishing Center and take advantage of their affordable boat rentals. Have your own trailered boat and need access to the Bay, Middle River, Bear Creek, Patapsco River, or other tidal waterways to spend a day trolling for the big one? Take advantage of Baltimore County’s FREE public boat ramps. Shoreline fishing is also available at most of our waterfront parks, but the best spots are well-guarded secrets that you’ll just have to discover on your own!
If you need information on how to get a fishing license or fishing regulations, visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ licensing page. Another great resource for fishing and waterfront information is the Baltimore County Marine Trades Association’s 2012 Waterfront Guide. So grab your fishing rod, gather your tackle, stop at a local bait shop for some fish-enticing victuals, and head out to your soon-to-be-favorite Baltimore County fishin’ spot!