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COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates and Guidance

The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

Department of Recreation and Parks

Contact Information

Director: Roslyn Johnson

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

  • A Baltimore County park.
  • Kids practicing soccer.
  • A trail sign.
  • A volunteer coach and her softball team.

Current Operating Status

June 2, 2020 11:11 PM


Recreation Centers

To assist in keeping staff, volunteers, participants and residents safe and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Department of Recreation and Parks has canceled all organized recreation activities until further notice. The Department has also advised the County's Recreation Councils to cancel organized activities. This cancellation includes all travel programs out of state. All Department of Recreation and Parks buildings are closed to the public until further notice. County parks, trails, open space, boating, recreational fishing, disc golf courses, pickleball courts, tennis courts and community gardens are open to the public. Some community gardens may not have water or be prepped at this time. Dog parks are now open, with the exception of WAGS at St. Helena Park, which will open later in the week of June 1. In an effort to keep members and their pets safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19, all are requested to practice social distancing. Pet owners and their dogs should stay six feet apart from one another and no more than ten members are recommended within the dog park at one time. All playgrounds, skate parks, turf fields, basketball courts, roller hockey courts, picnic pavilions and gazebos, picnic groves and areas, stages, water fountains, comfort stations and portable toilets are closed.

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, with support from the Maryland Army National Guard, Maryland Food Bank and Healthy Food Access St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, offering limited food distribution for families. Find more information.

For information regarding weather cancellation policies, please review our inclement weather policies.

During this Time of Social Isolation, Every Child Matters

The Department of Recreation and Parks, along with the Police Department, is very concerned about children who may be suffering from child abuse in this time of social isolation. We recognize that families being confined to their homes may make abusive situations worse and may limit victims, parents and others from being able to report abuse outside of the home. We are committed to continuing to provide life safety and investigative services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit can be contacted at 410-853-3650.

If you are the victim of abuse or you suspect that a child is the victim of abuse, or have any questions, please contact Department of Social Services at 410-887-TIME (8463). More information can be found through Social Services' Protective Services for Children and Child Advocacy Center.

If you are reporting an emergency involving child safety or abandoned children, call 911.

The Police Department also partners with:

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.

Hundreds of Parks, Recreation Centers and 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 basic concept of the Board of Recreation and Parks is to help local communities through the local Recreation and Parks Councils, help themselves in meeting their recreation and park needs, and to provide recreation direction only where wanted and where people indicate a desire and willingness to help themselves. The Baltimore County Board of Recreation and Parks meets the second Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted.

Revised April 24, 2020         


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