Recreation & Aquatics Plan
In response to the directives outlined in the 2011 Mayor’s Task Force for Recreation Centers Report, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) has developed an updated Recreation and Aquatics Facilities Plan. It features 1) substantial capital investment, 2) improved programming for more diverse audiences and increased operating hours per week, and 3) improved facility maintenance. The plan was informed by 10 stakeholder meetings, a review of national trends, a geographic gap analysis of recreation facilities coverage and an assessment of services currently offered by Recreation and Parks and other providers.
QUICK FACTS —Under this plan
- The Department has already appropriated over $49 million to build or extensively renovate five (5) new community centers and one park pool;
- More than $136 million in additional investment in fitness and wellness, community centers, indoor/outdoor pools and splash pads, and athletic field complexes would be made. Garage Sale proceeds are anticipated to comprise one-third to one-half of the capital funds needed;
- The Department currently operates 40 recreation centers. Under the new plan no centers will close. The Department will add over 299,000 sq. ft. of new recreation space to the existing inventory through new and transformed centers, including 11 fitness and wellness centers.
- The Department will triple the number of indoor pools from three (3) to nine (9).
- Staffing and operating hours will be increased at most City recreation centers;
- Program improvements will expand fitness classes and activities for all ages;
- The Department has already expanded our summer camp programming, Camp Baltimore, to eight weeks in 2014;