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Department of Recreation and Parks

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March 29, 2015 2:03 PM

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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.

Summer Camps and Programs 2014

Summer is right around the corner! Every summer, new programs and summer camps are offered through Recreation and Parks. This year's summer camps and programs offer a variety of activities, which include field trips, swimming, athletics, environmental education, nature study, hikes, animal talks, arts and crafts, cookouts and so much more. The Baltimore County Sailing Center is offering fun summer camps and adult programs as well. Be sure to contact the community office offering the camp you are interested in as soon as possible for registration information once the summer camp programs are released.

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.

Director's Office

Barry F. Williams, Director
Phone: 410-887-3871
TTY and Deaf: Call 410-887-5319

Revised July 2, 2014

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