For resources and information about COVID-19 go to coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov.
For a full list of Recreation Meal Sites click here.
Review our Reopening Plan here.
Updated Gathering Guidance for Baltimore City
August 7, 2020
Due to the most recent guidance regarding events and gatherings, the BCRP Permits Office will not accept or issue any new permits for public or private events through September 30, 2020. Additionally, current permit holders must adhere to the latest city-wide guidance prohibiting all gatherings of more than 25 people. This guidance will be enforced.
Permit holders with events that exceed the permitted number of attendees, that unable to reduce their total number of attendees, are encouraged to contact the BCRP Permits Office for a full refund or an account credit to be used at a later date. Please note, the BCRP Permit office is currently closed for walk-ins. We ask that you call or email us directly to address any questions or concerns.
For city-wide updates visit, coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov
Meal Site Update:
August 7, 2020
Due to possible COVID-19 (Coronavirus) exposure, Medfield Recreation Center will be closed today, August 7. To safeguard our staff and residents, the facilities will undergo extensive cleaning in accordance with CDC guidelines. The center will reopen Monday, August 10.
We have notified our staff and in the meantime, residents in need of meal service are encouraged to use the food cites located at Callowhill and James D. Gross recreation centers.
August 5, 2020
- Daily grab-n-go meals for youth will be available at thirty rec centers city-wide.
- Thursday produce box distribution will continue at nine recreation centers citywide.
- Friday, grocery box distribution, will not be returning this month.
For a list of all BCRP meal sites click here.
August 1, 2020
I want to personally apologize to Joe and Karley Sgandurra, Jasmin Manning, Jacob Patton, Saba Hamidi, Amanda Mustard, and Jordan Law for the failed actions of our agency.
On Friday, permitted artwork celebrating the Black Lives Matter movement was wrongly removed. There is a process to install and display art within our spaces, and these artists followed the necessary steps to have their work showcased in Patterson Park. It should have never been removed, and we take responsibility for the situation and the damage it caused.
I have started conversations with the artists to not only assess the damage and compensation but also to listen and learn. We have and will continue to learn from this. I can ensure that our agency’s processes and communications at all levels are being addressed.
The community deserves better, and most importantly, these artists deserved better from us. We will do better.
July 31, 2020
Months ago, community members and artists brought an opportunity to BCRP for a Black Lives Matter art installation to be featured in Patterson Park. BCRP expressed our excitement to welcome such a relevant and thoughtful project to one of our most prominent parks. We granted the permit and looked forward to the final installation. Unfortunately, due to a recent change in staff, a miscommunication occurred resulting in the removal of some of the artwork. Due to the diligence of a community member, this was brought to our attention and the pieces were restored within the hour.
Diversity and equality are of the utmost importance to our agency, that fact is reflective in our leadership, our staff and those that we serve. In addition to restoring the artwork, it has also been brought to our attention that a member of our staff has been suspected of conduct not reflective of our values. We take such allegations very seriously. All claims will be investigated and addressed.
July 2, 2020
We have announced our upcoming reopening dates. We’re excited to welcome you back to our spaces and more:
- Skateparks are open!
- Modified Pool Opening July 13 & 20
- Basketball Courts and Playgrounds Open July 13
- Permits will return starting July 6
Please take the time to review our full reopening plan. While enjoying these spaces, please maintain social distancing and wear face coverings. At this time all recreation centers remain closed except for meal distribution.
June 22, 2020
BCRP is aware of and addressing the defacement of the historical monuments within several of our parks. While we take our role in maintaining the parks and park assets seriously, we are not solely responsible for the placement or removal of park monuments. We encourage residents who find the monuments non-reflective of their community’s beliefs and values to work together with our agency, the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), the Office of the Mayor and Baltimore City Council on a resolution.
June 19, 2020
Today, Mayor Young has announced we are ready to enter Phase 2 of the city’s Reopening Plan. BCRP has been preparing to reopen pools, youth sports and Shake & Bake Family Fun Center. Stay tuned as we will announce specific dates and details as we prepare to welcome you back to our spaces.
Hoy, el Alcalde Young ha anunciado que estamos listo para entrar la fase 2 de la reapertura de la ciudad. El departamento de Recreación y Parques (BCRP) ha estado preparando para reabrir las piscinas, también los deportes juveniles y Shake and Bake Family Fun Center. Anunciaremos pronto las fechas específicas y detalles mientras preparamos a darles la bienvenida de nuevo a nuestros espacios.
Tennis and Disc Golf Update: May 29, 2020
All city-owned tennis courts & disc golf courses will reopen at 5PM today. We are excited to offer these outdoor activities for city residents. Players are permitted to play at the courts with some of the following modifications:
- Courts are restricted to SINGLES play only.
- All spectators and players waiting for a court must remain outside of the fencing and are encouraged to stay in their vehicles until courts become available. Social distancing procedures must be followed at all times.
- Before, during and after play, players must maintain a minimum distance of at least 6 feet from other people.
- Players should label their equipment and ball(s) that they will touch during play.
- Main entry gates will be left open to prevent surface contact.
- Maintain a physical distancing of six feet at all times.
- Maximum 4 players per grouping.
- Do not approach the first tee until clear.
- Do not touch the equipment of others.
- Only one disc in a basket at a time.
- Retrieve disk without grabbing chains.
- Trash is carry-in, carry-out.
- No congregating in the parking lot or by the bulletin board.
At this time, city parks, trails and open spaces remain open. City-owned basketball and bocce courts, playgrounds, and other high congestion areas remain closed until further notice. Please note that nets will be reinstalled throughout the weekend. We appreciate your patience.
May 15, 2020
On May 15, Maryland will move from a "Stay at Home Order” to a “Safer At Home Public Health Advisory.” This new advisory allows for local city and country leaders to make decisions on the timing of their reopening. Mayor Young is working in tandem with our county neighbors to create a reopening plan that is best for Baltimore City. On May 14, Mayor Young announced he will extend the "Stay at Home Order" in Baltimore City.
At this time, ALL BCRP guidelines remain in effect. We urge all Baltimore City residents to act responsibly to keep our city safe and healthy.
May 7, 2020
With the reopening of State Parks and outdoor spaces announced by Governor Hogan, we want to ensure that all park visitors are kept up to date on our park use guidelines.
At this time, Baltimore City’s guidance on outdoor spaces remains the same. In the meantime, residents are encouraged to practice social distancing and wear face coverings while in parks. We hope to resume normal operations as quickly and as safely as possible.
Please stay tuned as guidelines change, updates will be provided.
April 15, 2020
Mayor Young announces a new policy regarding wearing facial coverings. All residents are advised to wear cloth masks or other face coverings, as defined by the CDC, when out in the community & especially when social distancing measures are not possible. For more info head to coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov.
April 13, 2020
Update on Park Playgrounds and Exercise Equipment:
Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) will begin physically securing playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment.
This action is the result of the continued disregard of the current COVID-19 guidance prohibiting the use of playground and park equipment. BCRP maintains over 145 playgrounds citywide. While this measure will take time, it is a necessary safety precaution.
March 28, 2020
Our latest step to slow the spread of COVID-19 and address the community’s concern of safe social distancing is the removal of city-operated basketball rims and tennis nets. We know that many of our park users may find it disappointing, but it is important that Baltimore City Recreation and Parks play our role in keeping our communities healthy and safe. Our parks and trails remain open at this time to be enjoyed in groups less than 10 and six feet apart at all times.
March 26, 2020
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Baltimore City Recreation and Parks has limited access to the city’s dog parks to support social distancing guidelines—-at least 6 feet apart at all times and in groups of less than 10
Due to their size:
- Canton, Latrobe and Howard Street dog parks are limited to a maximum of five people at a time
- Patterson dog park is limited to a maximum of 10 people at a time.
The following measures are effective immediately and are in accordance with local, state and federal healthcare guidelines. Be on the lookout for signage in your local dog park.
Para prevenir la propagación de la enfermedad COVID-19 (Coronavirus), el departamento de Recreación y Parques de la Ciudad de Baltimore ha limitado acceso a los parques de perros de la ciudad para apoyar las pautas de distanciamiento social - mantener 6 pies de distancia entre usted y otras personas y no reunirse en grupos mayores de diez (10) personas.
Debido a su tamaño:
- Los parques de perros Canton, Latrobe y Howard Street están limitados a un máximo de cinco personas a la vez.
- El parque de perros Patterson está limitado a un máximo de diez personas a la vez.
Esas medidas toman efecto inmediatamente y conforme a las normas de salud pública local, del estado, y federal.
For up-to-date information, following #BCRPAlerts on social media or call our weather line at 410-396-7022.
Things happen! At BCRP, we understand that our recreation centers, parks, special facilities, and events are impacted by many factors, big and small. Our goal is to provide quality programming and experiences, but in the instance, there is a change in scheduling, we have a few ways for you to get the information you need. We’ve introduced #BCRPALERTS, a hashtag that we will use to share important updates about our services and facilities via social media. You can also find updates via social media on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @recnparks.
Our BCRP ALERTS page is the best place to check regarding closures, delays, and maintenance repairs. Some alerts are based upon inclement weather like snow accumulations, others are the result of service disruptions. For weather-related advisories, call our automated weather hotline 410-396-7022.
Alerts can include but are not limited:
Inclement Winter Weather
BCRP has a snow day policy specifically for recreation centers. We recognize school closings and early dismissals due to inclement weather conditions are inconvenient. For the most up-to-date information regarding schools, visit the website of Baltimore City Public Schools or check your local TV and radio listings. As a reminder, you can call our weather hotline at 410.396.7022 for rec center closings or view our Facebook page.
If you see or are aware of an issue in your community that the City needs to address, please call 3-1-1 to submit a request. If the issue is a matter that BCRP handles, we will be assigned a ticket and will do our best to take care of the issue in a timely fashion. Thanks in advance for your support.