Department of Recreation & Parks
All county parks are open during regular hours, sunrise to sunset. Trails remain open and are an excellent way to get fresh air and exercise.
Park visitors are reminded to follow directions from both state and federal governments to maintain effective social distancing of at least 6 feet (6') or more at all times.
Carroll County Recreation & Parks’ Administrative Office in the Robert Moton Center is open by appointment only effective June 12, 2020. Those needing to interact with department staff should email email@example.com or call 410-386-2103.
In accordance with the State of Maryland’s Road to Recovery, effective 5pm on June 5, 2020, Governor Hogan has moved Maryland into Stage 2 AND previously replaced the Stay-at-Home order with a voluntary Safer-at-Home order.
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Recreation & Parks has reopened the following...
- Recreational Fishing & Boating - open
- Bennett Cerf Dog Park & South Carroll Dog Park - open; special rules of usage:
- All members inside the dog park should practice social distancing, staying at least 6’ away from other users and should not visit if they are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19, consistent with CDC guidelines.
- People outside the fenced area waiting to use the dog park should practice good social distancing, staying at least 6’ away from others.
- Signage will be placed at both parks providing details of the revised rules.
- Hap Baker Firearms Facility - open; special rules of usage:
- All users will be required to bring and wear masks in addition to the normal ear & eye protection and must practice social distancing during their usage.
- Playgrounds - open
- Piney Run Boat House - open 7 days a week until Labor Day.
- Pavilion Rentals - open
- All department and recreation council youth sports gatherings and events may resume sporting and other customary operations as of 5pm on June 12, 2020 for outdoor activities and 5pm on June 19, 2020 for indoor activities. Parents and family may spectate at youth sports gatherings with appropriate social distancing.
- All department and recreation council adult amateur and recreational sports and events may resume sporting and other customary operations but may not open to spectators or the general public as of 5pm on June 12, 2020 for outdoor activities, and 5pm on June 19, 2020 for indoor activities.
Recreation & Parks facilities closed until further notice...
- Cabin Rentals at Hashawha
- Piney Run Nature Center
- Bear Branch Nature Center
- Carroll County Senior & Community Centers
2020 TEENS ON THE GO, 2020 PINEY RUN & BEAR BRANCH SUMMER NATURE CAMPS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.
FULL REFUNDS WILL BE PROCESSED FOR ALL PROGRAMS AND RESERVATIONS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19.
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Carroll County Park Legacy Fund
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Connecting people, parks and programs in support of a strong, healthy community and natural environment.
Welcome to the Carroll County Department of Recreation & Parks web site. We proudly serve our residents with nearly 30 developed parks and several thousand acres of open space. We are committed to providing quality park facilities and programs for your enjoyment. Whether you choose to walk on one of our trails, participate in a class, play a sport, enjoy the arts, learn about and appreciate nature or enjoy a community event – there is truly something for everyone.
We are dedicated to improving the quality of life in our growing community by protecting beautiful public places and providing quality recreation programs. We continue to take pride in our accomplishments and welcome your ideas and suggestions to help us serve you better. We are proud to be a part of making Carroll County, Maryland a great place to live, to work and to play.
Jeff R. Degitz, Director
REC'n it in the Park: All FitJuly15Bennett Cerf Park | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
REC'n it in the Park: Art in the ParkJuly17Krimgold Park | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Catfish ShootoutJuly17Piney Run Park | 06:00 PM - 11:00 PM
REC'n it in the Park: Basketball ChallengeJuly22Double Pipe Creek Park | 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
REC'n it in the Park: "Unnatural" TrailJuly25Lake Hashawha | 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
REC'n it in the Park: Clogging BasicsJuly30Carroll County Sports Complex | 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM