Recreation & Parks Advisory Board

Every Third Thursday of the Month, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 3001 East Drive

The Baltimore City Board of Recreation and Parks is a chartered panel of seven citizens selected by the mayor to act in an advisory capacity to Baltimore City Recreation and Parks. The purpose of the board is to promote and support public recreation, parks, programs and other department activities while also serving as a liaison between the public and BCRP.

Additionally, the board provides guidance in gathering, considering and representing information and public opinion to BCRP, as necessary, on matters affecting the department—including programs, fee structures, policies, procedures, use of facilities and disposal of lands and properties, along with other related recreation and parks matters.

Advisory Board meetings are held at:
BCRP Administrative Headquarters
3001 East Drive
Baltimore 21217

In its advisory capacity, the board’s recommendations and opinions are not legally binding on the director of BCRP or the City of Baltimore. However, the counsel and guidance of the board shall be considered by the director in carrying out the duties of Recreation and Parks.

• The board shall have the cooperation of the director to fulfill its advisory role. Upon request of the director, members of the board, or the board itself, may act as a representative of the director or BCRP in an official capacity.

• The  board  shall  make  the  minutes  taken  at  its  public  meetings  open to public inspection. The minutes shall reflect each item considered by the board, action the board took on each item and each vote that was recorded.

• If the board meets in a closed session and inspection of the minutes that relate to the session would frustrate the purpose for the closed session, the board may request that the minutes and deliberations of a meeting be kept confidential. If the board meets in closed session and elects to keep the minutes confidential, the minutes for its next open session shall include a statement of the time, place and purpose of the closed session, a record of the vote of each member as to the closed session and a citation of legal authority for closing the session.

Advisory Board Members

The current Advisory Board was sworn in April 24, 2013. Below are board members and their contact information: 

Howard Aylesworth, president
Retired, and founding member of Greater Baltimore Parks and Recreation Alliance
E-mail Mr. Aylesworth

Jabari Bush, commissioner
Teacher, Baltimore City Public Schools
E-mail Mr. Bush

Robert L. Clark, commissioner
Director, Grant and Foundation Development and Relations, United Way of Central Maryland
E-mail Mr. Clark

Stephen J. Kearney, commissioner
Principal/Owner, Kearney O’Doherty Public Affairs, LLC
E-Mail Mr. Kearney

Vernon Reid, commissioner
Vice President and Senior Trader, T. Rowe Price Associates
E-Mail Mr. Reid

Davis Christopher Ryer, commission
Executive Director, Southeast Community Development Corp.
E-Mail Mr. Ryer

Melba Saunders, commissioner
Director, Cigna/Health Spring
E-mail Ms. Saunders