Get the Latest on Parks & Rec Issues & Controversies at #MACoCon

County park and recreation departments must juggle many different policy balls while providing your county with recreation, health, and economic benefits. Learn more about the benefits county park and rec departments bring to your residents and budget and the challenges they face at the 2019 January MACo Winter Conference.

More Than a TV Show: The Real Issues of “Parks and Recreation”


The hit television show “Parks and Recreation” highlighted the challenges facing county parks and rec departments. From funding uncertainties, land use and environmental concerns, and of course, recreation issues, running a successful parks and rec program takes a multi-faceted approach. Panelists will give an overview of the role and benefits of public recreation and dive into some of the Maryland hot topics you might not have seen on screen…like the importance of Program Open Space funding and the heated debate over synthetic turf fields.


  • Kathleen Burley, President, Maryland Association of County Park and Recreation Administrators, and Parks and Recreation Director, Harford County
  • Ann Jones, Director, Partners for Open Space
  • Raul Delerme, Chief, Bureau of Capital Projects, Park Planning and Construction, Howard County

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 2, 2019; 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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