The Department of Legislative Services recently put out a request for proposal for a consultant to conduct an independent study of the State park system.
During the 2021 legislative session, the General Assembly passed the SB 541 Great Maryland Outdoors Act, a comprehensive piece of legislation aimed at fully evaluating the needs and health of the State parks system. The bill established the State Park Investment Commission, chaired by former Governor Glendening and composed of eight high-level delegates and senators. The Commission was tasked with investigating how best to maximize public use of Maryland’s portfolio of 70 public parks. In September of 2021, MACo, along with other local government leaders, testified before the State Park Investment Commission on a number of concerns facing state parks.
Following the release of the final report of the State Park Investment Commission, the bill tasked the Department of Legislative Services (DLS) with hiring a consultant to conduct an independent study of the State park system. DLS issued the request for proposals (RFP) on September 1st, and will be accepting proposals until October 3rd.