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For resources and information about COVID-19 go to coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov.

For a full list of Recreation Meal Sites click here.

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Meal Site Updates:

May 21, 2020

Rec center meal sites will be closed this Sunday, 5/25 through Monday, 5/26. Sites will re-open Tuesday, 5/26 at 12PM.⁣

Todo los centros de recreación están cerrado: domingo, 24 de mayo y lunes, 25 de mayo 2020. Centros de recreación abrirán el martes 26 de mayo a mediodía, 12PM.

Park Permit Update:

May 20, 2020

Update on Park Permits and Summer Events⁣

As we plan for Summer 2020, health and safety is at the top of our minds. Following Mayor Young and our Health Department’s guidance, all park events and permits through August 31, 2020 have been canceled, including Charm City Games and AFRAM. We are working on innovative ways to provide Baltimore with quality events and programs safely. Stay tuned for more to come. ⁣ ⁣

Permit holders with questions or seeking a refund can contact the BCRP Office of Special Events at [email protected] for guidance and assistance. DOT permit holders are encouraged to email [email protected]

Park Use Guidelines

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.

March 21, 2020

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Baltimore City Recreation and Parks has closed all high congestion, traffic and use areas such as courts (tennis, bocce, basketball, ect.), pavilions and playgrounds until further notice. At this time, local parks, trails and open space remain accessible while practicing social distancing--at least 6 feet apart at all times and in groups of less than 10. The following measures are effective immediately and are in accordance with local, state and federal healthcare guidelines.

Para prevenir la propagación de la enfermedad COVID-19 (Coronavirus), el departamento de Recreación y Parques de la Ciudad de Baltimore ha cerrado a las áreas congestionada y espacios de alto tráfico como las canchas (de tenis, bochas, baloncesto, etc.), pabellones y parques infantiles hasta nuevo aviso. 

En este momento, los parques, senderos y espacio abierto quedan accesible mientras se practica distanciamiento social, mientras están en el parque, por favor, mantener 6 pies de distancia entre usted y otras personas y no reunirse en grupos mayores de diez (10) personas. Esas medidas toman efecto inmediatamente y conforme a las normas de salud público local, del estado, y federal.

¡ Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación!


March 17, 2020

Due to the potential spread of COVID-19,  Baltimore City Recreation and Parks will suspend all recreation programs, rentals, permitted events and recreation facility services until further notice. This action is effective immediately. Permit holders are encouraged to email [email protected] for guidance and assistance. 

March 13, 2020

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks continues to collaborate with, and seek the guidance of, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) regarding COVID-19. It is in the best interest of our residents and staff to suspend all recreation programs, rentals, permitted events and recreation facility services effective Monday, March 16 through March 27, 2020. The following Rec Centers will be serving food from 2PM-7PM, effective 3/16.

SUSPENDED (effective 3/16-3/27):

  • All Facilities
    • All 44 Recreation Centers 
    • BCRP Public Aquatic Centers
    • H.P. Rawlings Conservatory
    • Cylburn Mansion & Vollmer Center
    • Carrie Murray Nature Center
    • Mimi Dipietro Ice Skating Center
    • Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena
    • William J. Myers Pavilion
    • Shake & Bake Family Fun Center
    • Upton Boxing Center
    • Baltimore Rowing & Water Resource Center
  • Programs
    • All Recreation Center Programming
    • Rentals: All BCRP facility rentals are canceled. 
    • Permitted events: All permitted events are canceled.
    • BCRP Special Events: All special events are canceled

OPEN (effective 3/16-3/27):

Stay connected: 

We will continue to evaluate our approach daily, please stay tuned to #BCRPAlerts on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Considerando las preocupaciones recientes relacionadas con COVID-19: Para el departemento de recreación y parques de la ciudad de Baltimore, su seguridad es nuestra prioridad principal. Estamos tomando medidas que se alinean con los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC), el Departamento de Salud de Maryland (MDH) y el Departamento de Salud de la Ciudad de Baltimore (BCHD).

Es en el mejor interés de nuestros residentes y personal que nuestro departamento suspenda todos los programas de recreación, alquileres, eventos permitidos y servicios de instalaciones recreativas, a partir del lunes 16 al 27 de marzo de 2020. Pedimos disculpas por cualquier inconveniente. Todo los centros de recreación de la ciudad de Baltimore, con la excepción de Frederick, Dorothy I. Height, Cahill en la escuela de Edgewood Elementary, Walter P. Carter en la escuela de Guilford Elementary y Ft. Worthington, proveerán comida de 2 a 7 de la tarde.

SUSPENDIDO (16 de marzo – 27 de marzo):

  • Todas las ubicaciones
    • Todos los 44 centros de recreación
    • Centros de natación publica de la ciudad
    • H.P. Rawlings Conservatory
    • Cylburn Arboral & Vollmer Center
    • Carrie Murray centro de naturaleza
    • Mimi Dipietro centro de patinaje sobre hielo
    • Mt. Pleasant centro de patinaje sobre hielo
    • William J. Myers salon de fútbol
    • Shake & Bake centro de patinaje sobre ruedas
    • Upton centro de boxeo
    • Baltimore club de remo


  • Los Programas:
    • Todos los programas de los centros de recreación
    • Alquileres: Todos los alquileres de ubicaciones e instalaciones están cancelados
    • Los eventos: Todos los eventos que requieren permisos están cancelados.
    • Los eventos especiales del departamento: Todos los eventos especiales están cancelados.

ABIERTO (16 de marzo – 27 de marzo):

  • Lugares para retirar alimentos en 40 Centros de Recreación. Nos asociamos con la Liga de la Familia de Baltimore para proporcionar comidas a jóvenes menores de 18 años. No se necesita identificación ni prueba de residencia.
  • Durante este período de distanciamiento social, esperamos que los residentes se acerquen a nuestros distintos lugares de recreación al aire libre. Nuestros parques, senderos, canchas deportivas y parques infantiles. permanecerán abiertos y disponibles al público. Les pedimos a los residentes que usen los espacios al aire libre cuidadosamente y de acuerdo con las pautas de salud pública.


Tenga en cuenta que las noticias sobre COVID-19 están cambiando rápidamente. Para actualizaciones diarias:

October 15, 2019

Noticed water still in your local pool? Here’s why!

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks is currently conducting aquatic assessments and routine maintenance in preparation for our 2020 season. For a detailed evaluation, several of our outdoor pools must remain full. Work and assessments will continue throughout October. For the safety of our residents, we ask that everyone stay clear of the pool areas as the pools are closed for the season and public access is restricted.

Those interested in a chance to swim during the off-season can join us at any of the following indoor pool locations:

Callowhill, 2821 Oakley Avenue., 21215

Chick Webb, 621 N. Eden Street., 21205

Middle Branch, 2601 Giles Road, 21225

For more information, visit our website, bcrp.baltimorecity.gov, or contact BCRP Aquatics at 410-396-3838.


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:

  • Weather updates

  • Event cancellations

  • Facility closures

  • Emergencies

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.

Snow Policy

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.


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