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" Description The hit television show “Parks and Recreation” highlighted the challenges facing county parks and…

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Get Grant Funding For Your Outdoor Recreation Project Through the Federal Land & Water Conservation Fund

A Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) news release (2018-10-03) announced that the window for county and municipal governments to apply for grant funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund runs through December 18, 2018. All projects submitted for funding must be directly related to public outdoor recreation. The Fund is managed by the National Park Service and provides up to $800,000 to counties and municipalities through a 50 percent matching fund. Proposals…

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Sustainable Growth Commission Discusses A Better Maryland, Transportation, and Parks Plans

The Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission heard on updates on the new State Development Plan, A Better Maryland; the 2040 Maryland Transportation Plan; and the Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan at its September 24, 2018, meeting in Leonardtown. A Better Maryland Maryland Secretary of Planning Robert McCord, Special Secretary of Smart Growth Wendi Peters and other Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) representatives provided an update on the new State Development Plan, A Better Maryland. The plan,…

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Cecil Enhances Security, Wi-Fi at Calvert Regional Park

Visitors to Calvert Regional Park can now enjoy the benefits of no-fee Wi-Fi service, as well as an added sense of security as Cecil County recently updated and implemented new technology at the facility. According to a press release: Seven (7) wifi access points will provide coverage to the main activity field, the adjacent activity fields to the east and west in the main park, as well as additional coverage for the parking lot, basketball…

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Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Danger of Closing Due to Lack of Federal Funding

A Maryland Reporter article (2018-07-26) reported that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service may close the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge due to the lack of federal funding to fill a critical manager position. The refuge is located on a 2,285-acre island near the mouth of Chester River on the Eastern Shore and attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year. The island's Kent County-maintained road and boat ramp/pier would remain open to the public but…

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Find Out How Water Can Be Fun (and Profitable) at #MACoCon

Water not only provides important recreational and quality of life benefits but can also be an economic driver if leveraged properly. Learn about this important role of water at the 2018 MACo Summer Conference. Getting Your Feet Wet: Big Benefits of Water Recreation Description Water recreation, whether it is swimming, boating, or just splashing around a water park, can provide both economic and quality of life benefits. Maryland has ample water recreation opportunities that parks…

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St. Mary’s Celebrates National Lighthouse Weekend

As a prelude to National Lighthouse Day on August 7th, St. Mary's County will celebrate the role of lighthouses in Southern Maryland on the first weekend of August. Special events are scheduled at the Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum, and Historic Park. According to a press release: National Lighthouse Day recognizes the important role lighthouses have played in the history of the United States as well as the values of safety, heroism, and American ingenuity. During…

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Calvert Water Trails Map Helps You Plan Your Next Big Boating Adventure

          A Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) press release (2018-06-19) announced that DNR and Calvert County Parks and Recreation have created a new water trails guide that map the County's waterways and water access sites. The guide was created in collaboration with the Calvert Nature Society, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, Patuxent Riverkeeper, Chesapeake Beach, North Beach, and Solomons Island. From the press release: “The development of these paddling routes…

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Baltimore City Awarded $380,000 for Stormwater Mitigation Projects

A Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) press release (2018-06-20) announced that Baltimore City has been awarded $380,000 in general obligation bond proceeds for the construction of two stormwater management projects: (1) the Druid Heights Community Development Corporation at Jones Falls/Patapsco River; and (2) the Parks and People Foundation at Baltimore Harbor. The bond proceeds were unanimously approved by the Maryland Board of Public Works. From the press release: “Working with local communities and partners,…

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County in Negotiations on 100+ Acres for Possible School or Park

Anne Arundel County seeks acquisition of property for public use through a capital plan that benefits from 30-year bond financing.  From the Office of the County Executive: An incrementally new school has not been built in North County area since 1972. Anne Arundel County has not built a new park in the area for 30 years. Schuh has proposed $28 million in his FY2019 budget proposal to purchase for land to schools, parks, and other public…

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