Department of Recreation and Parks
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Department of Recreation and Parks

Current Status:

February 8, 2016 4:39 PM

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Contact Information

Director: Barry F. Williams

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

9831 Van Buren Lane
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030

Phone: 410-887-3871 TTY and Deaf: 410-887-5319
Fax: 410-825-3305

About The Department

Established in 1949, the Department of Recreation and Parks is dedicated to providing quality recreational and leisure opportunities to the citizens of Baltimore County. Thousands of recreational programs, including individual and team sports, arts and crafts, social clubs and activities, and special events are provided through a cooperative effort with volunteer Recreation and Parks Councils throughout the County.

Learn About Programs That Our Affiliated Recreation and Parks Councils Operate

The department works with 45 volunteer recreation and parks councils to coordinate 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. 

Hundreds of Parks, Recreation Centers and Other Facilities

The Department is responsible for acquiring, developing and maintaining a wide range of parklands and open spaces as well as recreation centers, nature centers and other specialized facilities.

A joint use agreement with the Baltimore County Board of Education and Baltimore County Public Schools also provides for the dual use of class public schools as community recreation centers.

The Board of Recreation and Parks

The function of the Board of Recreation and Parks is to formulate recreation and parks policies for Baltimore County, holding itself responsive to the requested needs of all the County citizens while evolving a fiscal balance of programs, facilities, and park land. The Baltimore County Board of Recreation and Parks meets the second Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted. 

Part-Time Job Opportunities

The Department of Recreation and Parks regularly accepts applications for employees to work on a part-time basis in the local communities to assist with recreation programs.

Park Pride

Park Pride is an initiative of the Department which emphasizes the importance of community involvement in the care and monitoring of County parks. Baltimore County has been very fortunate over the years because neighborhoods have taken an active interest in their parks. Communities help the Department by assisting with certain maintenance, suggesting ideas for improvements, talking to children about the importance of parks and open space, and otherwise making sure our parks continue to be an attractive asset to the community.

Revised November 4, 2015

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