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Residents Should Continue to Practice Social Distancing

Baltimore County’s Department of Recreation and Parks today announced a series of updates to the status of its facilities as the County continues its safe and gradual reopening.

As the weather warms, more facilities will be open for recreational activities, though residents should continue to be safe and practice social distancing.

As of today, the following County facilities are now open: 

  • Playgrounds
  • Outdoor tennis courts
  • Basketball courts (residents should anticipate about two weeks to complete installation of rims)
  • Other surface courts
  • All fields and diamonds
  • Pavilions and picnic areas
  • Dog parks
  • Skate parks
  • Horseshoe pits
  • RC/Model Plane Areas
  • Lifeguarded swimming at Rocky Point
  • Restrooms in regional parks
  • Outdoor accessible restroom facilities will be opened in conjunction with scheduled permitted activities and as regular need demands.

Use of Pavilions for Worship in the Park Services 

In an effort to help local religious organizations find safe outdoor spaces to worship, Baltimore County is opening access to outdoor pavilions at some County parks.

Local religious organizations may request a permit to use a park pavilion for regular religious services only. 

These gatherings will be limited to 50 percent of each pavilion’s maximum occupancy.

Beginning today, religious organizations will be able to make reservations for the weekends of June 19 and June 26, at the following locations free of charge, and on a first-come, first-served basis: 

  • Eastern Regional Park
  • Fort Howard Park
  • Honeygo Regional Park
  • Kingsville Park
  • Meadowood Regional Park
  • Northwest Regional Park
  • Oregon Ridge Park
  • Reisterstown Regional Park
  • Rockdale Park
  • Rosedale Park
  • Southwest Area Park
  • Sweet Air Park

More information and permit request forms are available on the County’s website.

Use of Pavilions for the Public Starting July 4

Beginning today, all pavilion rentals are available to be reserved by the public starting July 4.

More information and permit request forms are available on the County’s website.

Grab–and-Go Recreation Kits

The Department of Recreation and Parks today announced the creation of Grab-and-Go Recreation Kits, a new, free opportunity to provide youth with more activities to safely enjoy the outdoors.

Beginning Saturday, June 13 through July 22, young people can take part in these easy and free activities including the Ravens Fitness Flock (begins June 22), Locomotor Skills Obstacle Course, Nature Bingo, Butterfly Ring and Tissue Paper Flower Craft, and Recreation Rocks.

To find a location near you to pick up a premade kit, to learn how to make your own kit at home, or for more information, please email grabandgo-rp@baltimorecountymd.gov or visit the Department's website.

Supplies are limited and if you are unable to get a Grab-and-Go Kit, please email grabandgo-rp@baltimorecountymd.gov to make additional arrangements. 

Stay Safe

To the extent possible, residents should continue to practice social distancing and face coverings should be worn at park locations, especially when social distancing is not feasible.

Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in removal from park property.

The Department will continue to follow all State Executive Orders related to recreational activities.


Olszewski Administration will also pursue public health, environmental legislation this session

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski will again make the fight for school construction and education funding as the top priorities of his legislative agenda for the upcoming 2020 General Assembly session. The push for education funding will be part of a robust, legislative agenda that also includes public safety initiatives, environmental efforts and measures related to public health.

“We need to secure the critical investments in our schools, our neighborhoods, and our communities that will make a difference for both this generation and the next,” Olszewski said. “Our legislative agenda this year is focused on expanding upon the progress we have already made in order to build a better Baltimore County for all with stronger, more vibrant, and more sustainable communities for years to come.”

"Baltimore County's residents want and deserve strong, safe, and growing communities — and that's exactly what this agenda is about. We're committed to working together to bring results for the people of Baltimore County,"  said Baltimore County Delegation Chair, Delegate Pat Young.

The Olszewski Administration’s 2020 legislative agenda includes:

Investing in our Schools and Classrooms
Baltimore County has funded $242 million in shovel-ready school construction projects. These projects cannot move forward without increased State investment and additional needs remain, including several Baltimore County high schools.

Building on his efforts in the 2019 session, County Executive Olszewski will continue to lead the fight for passage of the Built to Learn Act.

Investing in our Educators and Students
Baltimore County invested over $900 million in public education in FY2020, more than $35 million more than required under Maryland’s Maintenance of Effort law. This is a record investment – but we must continue to do more to ensure every student graduates ready for college or a career.

Recognizing the support Baltimore County has already put forward, County Executive Olszewski will work with legislators to enact the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission.

Enhancing Regional Public Safety Initiatives
The Baltimore County Police Department works with neighboring jurisdictions to target violent crime through the Warrant Apprehension Task Force and Regional Auto-theft Task Force. Both programs are successful but under-resourced.

Baltimore County will propose a State-funded matching grant program for inter-jurisdictional law enforcement initiatives.

Creating Innovative Solutions to the Opioid Crisis
Baltimore County had the second highest number of opioid-related deaths in Maryland in 2018. In partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, County Executive Olszewski convened a workgroup, which recommended the creation of a “Hub and Spoke” treatment model similar to a system used with great success in Vermont.

Baltimore County will propose a State-funded pilot program which follows this model, integrating substance abuse treatment with general healthcare and wellness services.

Protecting Those Who Serve Us
Maryland’s “move over” law currently offers insufficient protection for our first responders and work crews. More than 3,500 people have been injured and 46 people have been killed in work zone crashes across Maryland from 2014-2018 according to SHA. Virginia recently addressed this issue by passing a law to treat a move-over infraction as reckless driving, with a maximum fine of $2,500.

Baltimore County will propose that the State enact a statewide provision similar to Virginia’s, to better protect those who serve us.

Improving County Parks & Playgrounds
The State’s Community Parks and Playground Program restores existing parks and also creates new park and green space systems – but the two Maryland counties without municipalities, including Baltimore County -- are currently excluded from participation in the program.

Baltimore County will explore efforts to expand the program’s eligibility requirements so residents can better benefit from Maryland’s ongoing investment in parks and green space.

Protecting Our Waterways
Toxic chemicals can contaminate local water supplies, costing millions of dollars and taking years to clean up. The chemicals perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) in firefighting foams have been linked to the contamination of water sources and cancerous diseases, and several states have sued chemical manufacturers.

Baltimore County will propose a statewide ban on the use of these chemicals in firefighting foams for training purposes.

Addressing Illegal Truck Traffic
Large trucks often travel on unauthorized roads to avoid tolls or to save time, and local communities suffer as a consequence. Technology offers an efficient mechanism to curb this practice.

Baltimore County will propose enabling State legislation to install traffic cameras that will monitor streets for unauthorized truck traffic. Violators will pay fines for straying from authorized truck routes, significantly reducing illegal truck traffic in County neighborhoods and improving quality of life for affected residents.

Revitalizing our Communities
In 2018, Maryland created a Community Development Program Fund to provide financial assistance to community development projects.

Baltimore County will ask the State to invest $5 million annually into the fund to aid jurisdictions as they help to create vibrant communities.


Passive Neighborhood Park Adds Green Space to Greater Towson

Residents of Towson’s Aigburth Manor and surrounding communities can look forward to a new neighborhood park to enjoy by the end of this year. Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler hosted a groundbreaking celebration this morning that marked the start of construction of Radebaugh Park, located on Maryland Avenue, off of Burke Avenue.

“We are excited to be moving forward on Radebaugh Park, which will be an oasis of open space for people from the surrounding neighborhoods to relax and unwind,” Mohler said to an enthusiastic crowd of Towson residents who gathered for the event.

“This is the first new public park in eastern Towson in more than two decades, and it will provide green space in one of our most densely-populated areas,” said 5th District Councilman David Marks. “In addition to support from County Executive Mohler, our state legislators, and residents, I would like to acknowledge the work of our late County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. He kept his word, and the land was preserved.”

The park property is zoned residential, and the creation of this park prevents the development of the land. Radebaugh Park is a significant addition to the portfolio of green spaces and parkland in Towson, including the nearly complete redevelopment of Patriot Plaza, which will provide an attractive community venue for people to gather during the week and for special events. These two parks represent an investment of more than $7 million for new parks in greater Towson.

The 3.76-acre Radebaugh Park will be passive in nature, offering open space for neighborhood residents to enjoy as a place to walk, picnic and enjoy nature. The park includes a 2.36-acre parcel of land housing unused greenhouses, which Baltimore County purchased from Radebaugh Florist in the fall of 2016. Crews are demolishing the greenhouses and will grade and seed the area. The park’s projected completion date is this December.

The County purchased the property for $1.1 million, including local Program Open Space funds. In addition to the purchase price, the County worked with state legislators to secure $175,000 to assist with demolition of greenhouses on the land. The contractor is General Paving and the architect is Pennoni Associates.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017