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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.

Leap into 2021 with Parker the Frog

Parker the Frog

To participate in the Parker the Frog campaign:

  1. Print, cut out or color Parker the Frog (PDF) to bring with you on adventures to County Parks.
  2. Share your our Facebook or Twitter using #InMyOwnParkyard.
  3. Email your picture to to enter to win a monthly prize. One entry valid per park per email address.

Current Operating Status

December 3, 2021 1:56 PM


Recreation Centers

All recreation programs and activities are operating on a normal schedule. Some fields may not be playable due to the heavy rains.

To assist in keeping staff, volunteers, participants and residents safe and to continue to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Department of Recreation and Parks will be following all State Executive Orders related to youth sports activities.

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

Effective Monday, May 17, all Department of Recreation and Parks services will resume. Please note some will be modified. Resuming services include:

  • Permits to indoor facilities  
  • Indoor nature classes and programs 
  • Indoor games and scrimmages 
  • Indoor tournaments  
  • Licensed day care at all locations 
  • Indoor tennis courts 
  • Stage rental requests
  • Rocky Point Beach (will open on Friday, May 28)

Already open:

  • County parks, trails and open spaces 
  • Picnic areas 
  • Disc golf courses  
  • Horseshoe pits 
  • Playgrounds 
  • Pickleball courts 
  • Outdoor basketball courts 
  • Outdoor tennis courts 
  • Dog parks 
  • Skate parks 
  • Recreational fishing 
  • Boating 
  • Field and diamond permits  
  • Outdoor games and scrimmages 
  • Outdoor tournaments 
  • Loch Raven Fishing Center 
  • PAL centers
  • Licensed day care at select locations
  • Pavilion reservations 
  • Outdoor nature classes and programs   
  • Outdoor restroom facilities (modified in line with facility needs) 
  • Portable restrooms

Help Us Plan for the Future of Recreation and Parks in Baltimore County

The Department of Recreation and Parks is currently developing the 2022 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan. Your input in the planning process will help guide our priorities over the next five years. Learn more and share your thoughts on recreation and parks in Baltimore County.

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.

Master Plan 2030

Planning for Master Plan 2030 has started. Constituents can learn more about the Master Plan 2030 process and how to become involved.

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.

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