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Frequently Asked Questions-General & COVID-19

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Below please find a list of FAQ’s and responses we hope will provide our residents with the information they need.   Thank you for your patience and cooperation

Updated May 14, 2021

Per County Executive Steuart Pittman, following the Governor's lead, as of Saturday, May 15, 2021:

  • INDOOR & OUTDOOR VENUES: Effective Saturday, indoor and outdoor venues may resume normal operations. All remaining capacity restrictions will be lifted on outdoor entertainment, art and sports venues as well as all indoor entertainment venues and convention.

  • INDOOR MASK REQUIREMENT: The only thing that will remain in place is the indoor mask requirement, which the governor said can be lifted once the state reaches a federal goal of at least 70% of Marylanders receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

A.A. County Road to Recovery

Recreation & Parks Return to Play Guidelines

  • General Questions
    Who is Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks?

    The Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks is essential to the well being and quality of life of every individual, family and community in Anne Arundel County.

    • Our Mission:  We Create Opportunities to Enjoy Life, Explore Nature and Restore Health and Well-being.  Enjoy, Explore, Restore
       
    • Our Vision:  To enrich the lives of all residents of Anne Arundel County.  We make life better!
       
    • Our Vision:  

      Responsibility (Safe, Professional, Competent, Transparent)
      Enjoyment (Fun, Exciting, Positive Attitude, Joy)
      Service (Excellence, Courteous, Compassionate, Responsive)
      Teamwork (Collaboration, Communication, Unity, Supportive)

    What facilities, buildings and offices are closed?
    • The Recreation and Parks Headquarters located at 1 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 20401 is currently closed.
    • In all parks, visitor’s centers remain closed, at this time.
    Are A.A. County fields open during the winter?
    • Fields are generally closed beginning December 1 through February 28.
    What are some good resources to read more about COVID-19?
    • Visit the Anne Arundel County website’s resource hub for COVID-19. This information has been compiled in order to inform and protect county residents from this dangerous disease. https://www.aacounty.org/coronavirus/
    What is the department’s policy on refunds as it relates to COVID-19?
    • Facility/School/Field Use Reservations:   We ask you to send an email cancellation to [email protected] with the requester name/organization, date of use, facility/school and request number if possible.
    • Programs and Activities:   Please complete a withdrawal form and submit it to [email protected].  Programs that are cancelled due to COVID 19 will be refunded automatically
    What Recreation & Park events are postponed or canceled?
  • Athletics - Youth & Adult Sports
    Are County fields open for use?
    • Fields are open for use of organized events, as long as organizations obtain a permit.  
    Are practices, games and workouts allowed on County fields?
    • Physical distancing practices should be observed at all times.
    • Masks are no longer a requirement for outdoor activities (except large ticketed venues like concerts or sporting events). There is still a CDC recommendation for those not vaccinated or that cannot maintain social distance.     
    • Click here to view the current A.A. County Executive Order
    Are indoor sports going take place?
    • Indoor sports are suspended until further notice pending use of Board of Education Facilities.  The Department of Recreation and Parks and Department of Health will re-evaluate this decision when the community spread lessens.
    Are sports going take place?
    • Youth and adult sports have resumed.  There may be modified schedules depending on the sport.  It is best to contact the sports supervisor for specific information.  Visit the website at Team Sports Information for specific sport information.
    Can we run a league on County fields or how do we get a permit for field use?
    • Independent organizations cannot run leagues on County Fields.
    • In order to obtain a permit you must be an accredited organization or be an approved vendor of Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks.
     
  • Organization Accreditation / Facility Permitting
    How does my organization become accredited?
    • To ensure compliance with departmental standards regarding access to public facilities, the Department of Recreation and Parks has established an accreditation process for all organizations and groups.  To view the process, procedures and requirements for Accreditation please go to the Guidelines and Reference Manual on our website.
    • You can email your questions to [email protected].
    Can I host a Tournament, 5K, League on County property?
    • Any event other than practices, scrimmages, games that is to be held on Anne Arundel County or Board of Education property must be approved and permitted by the Department of Recreation & Parks.
    • Specific rules, regulations and guidelines can be found in the Guidelines and Reference Manual on our website.
    • Request can be emailed to  [email protected].
    How do I request a permit for Anne Arundel County School or Park facility use?
    • Anyone using Anne Arundel County or Board of Education property must be approved and permitted by the Department of Recreation & Parks.  
    • Exception to this would be use of facilities within one of our many Regional Parks.  Visit the Parks & Trails page on our website to find out how to reserve one of the many beautiful facilities within these parks.
    • To request a permit for use please go to the Facility Use Permit page on our website.
    How do I reserve a Community Park Pavilion?
    • There are also pavilions in several of the Community Parks.  Some are available on a first come first served basis and some MUST be reserved.  To find out which Community Parks are for use by RESERVATION ONLY go to:  Reserve a Park Pavilion  on our website.
     
  • Aquatic Centers - North Arundel Aquatic Center & Arundel Olympic Swim Center
    What is the status of the North Arundel Aquatic Center and Arundel Olympic Swim Centers?
    • The Swim Centers are OPEN by reservation only.
    • Admission to each swim center is by reservation only.  The available times will be posted on our registration website.  Register and access account (ActiveNet)
    • Hot tubs and Waterpark are closed.
     
  • Child Care
    When will registration open for the Third Marking Period of the 2020-2021 school year?

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    The Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks will continue offering full-day (7am-6pm) child care programs into the fourth marking period of the school year starting April 15, 2021. These programs will take place in select school buildings that have separate child care rooms attached to the building:

    • Benfield Elementary School
    • Crofton Elementary School (*New location: MSDE-OCC license pending, call 410-222-7856, ext. 0 for more information)
    • Davidsonville Elementary School
    • Folger McKinsey Elementary School
    • Freetown Elementary School
    • Glendale Elementary School
    • Hebron-Harman Elementary School
    • High Point Elementary School
    • Lake Shore Elementary School
    • Mayo Elementary School
    • Nantucket Elementary School
    • Pasadena Elementary School
       
    • Please visit https://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/child-care/
    Are there additional sites that will have child care?

    In partnership with the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, the Department of Recreation and Parks will also continue to provide child care in three of the senior centers during the second marking period:

    • Arnold Senior Center
    • O'Malley Senior Cente
    • South County Senior Center
    How will I be able to register for these programs?  When will registration be available?
    • All programs will be open to children in grades K-5, who will receive Wi-Fi and staff support to log in to their virtual learning. In addition, the programs will provide arts and crafts, games, and physical activities.  All programs will follow all COVID-19 restrictions as required by the Maryland State Department of Education's Office of Child Care. 
       
    • Registration for the fourth marking period is now open.  Please see the registration page here: https://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/child-care/
    Summer 2021 Child Care programs?
    • The Department of Recreation and Parks has planned for Summer Child Care & Camp opportunities.
    • To view offerings of summer programs go to the, Program Guide, link on the website for program listing and openings.
    What plans are there for 2021-2022 School Year Child Care Programs?
    • Information regarding rollover registration for currently registered before and after care families will be released shortly. Information regarding registration for available spaces/the wait list will be released in April/May 2021. Stay tuned to our website for details!
    • Visit the Child Care link on the website for the most up to date information.
  • Recreation Programs & Activities
    What will the options for Summer Camps 2021 be?
    • We want to assure families we are working diligently to plan for various scenarios to provide camp programs for our youngest residents this summer.  Check our website for all Summer Camps and Child Care Programs by going to: https://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/
    Are Recreation Centers open?
    • North County and South County Recreation Centers are open by reservation.
    When will the Program Guide be available?
  • Parks
    Are there park entry fees being charged?
    • Entry fees are charged at the A.A. County Regional Parks listed below.
    • Regional park entry fees are:
      • The daily entrance fee is $6.00. 
      • Annual Park passes are $30 and allow entry to all regional parks.  Annual park passes are available for purchase at the regional park gatehouses and visitors centers.
      • Visitor Centers remain closed at this time.
    • County regional parks include:
      • Quiet Waters Park - 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis
      • Kinder Farm Park - 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd, Millersville
      • Downs Park - 8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena
      • Fort Smallwood Park - 9500 Fort Smallwood Rd, Pasadena (boat ramp fees are separate from entry fees)
      • Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary - 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711
    • For more information about our parks please visit the Parks and Trails page on our website.
       
    • The remainder of the 130 county parks remain free of charge, as always.
    • Social distancing guidelines are strictly enforced.  Please practice social distancing. Thank you for your cooperation.
    Can we walk in the park or trails?
    • The parks are open for exercise activities (jogging biking, walking, hiking etc.)
    Are park pavilions available?
    • Pavilions in the Regional Parks listed above are available for rent daily.  Please contact the specific park for information about their pavilions.
    • There are also pavilions in several of the Community Parks.  Some are available on a first come first served basis and some MUST be reserved.  To find out which Community Parks are for use by RESERVATION ONLY go to:  Reserve a Park Pavilion  on our website.
    Are indoor park facilities available for event rental?
    • Indoor park facilities are not available to rent at this time.
    Can we access the water at park beaches or boat ramps for recreational fishing, paddle boarding and kayaking?
    Are beaches open?
    Are Dog Parks open?
    Can we camp at the Park?
    • No camping is not permitted at this time
  • Golf Courses
    Are county Golf Courses open?
     
  • Additional Facilities
    Is Historic London Town and Gardens open?
    Can we access the Dairy Farm?
    • The Dairy Farm is closed to the public. Gates will be closed for recreational activities during COVID-19.