COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
|During this unpresented time our department has received many emails, calls and questions. Below please find a list of FAQ’s and responses we hope will provide our residents with the information they need. We will continue to push out COVID-19 resources and information through our website and social media. Thank you for your patience and cooperation|
|Updated February 25, 2021|
From County Executive Steuart Pittman, Please continue to limit social gatherings, wear your masks, and avoid high-risk contacts. The end of this pandemic is hopefully drawing near, so let’s finish the good work we are doing.
|A.A. County Road to Recovery|
- General Questions
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 fields open during the winter?
- Beginning December 1, 2020 until March 1, 2021 all natural grass fields are closed for organized activities requiring permits.
- If COVID-19 Guidelines direct, all other fields will be closed as well.
- Organized outdoor events with designated event organizers are now permitted with no more than 100 persons.
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?
- Please view the department’s cancellation page and calendar for up to date information on closures and cancellations.
- Cancellations: https://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/cancellation-notice/
- Calendar: https://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/recreation-and-parks-calendar/summary
- Athletics - Youth & Adult Sports
Are County fields open for use?
- All natural grass fields are closed for organized use from December 1 to March 1, 2021. Athletic fields may be accessed for casual use only by citizens.
Are practices, games and workouts allowed on County fields?
- Updated with Executive Order #42:
- Beginning January 29, 2021 organized sports may proceed with practice and skill sessions ONLY.
- Social distancing practices should be observed at all times.
- Mask should be worn by all when going to and from the fields, in the stands or sidelines. Once a player enters the field of play mask may be removed.
- ALL organizations permitted to use a field, must keep a log, to include names and contact phone #'s, of all persons attending permitted activity. This log must be provided to the Department of Health if requested.
- 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.
- Outdoor sports may resume as usual. Grass fields will be opening March 1, 2021.
- Spring sports game play is anticipated to begin April 10
Are spring sports going take place?
- Spring sports season will open March 1, 2021
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.
- 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?
- Child Care
When will registration open for the Third Marking Period of the 2020-2021 school year?
The Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks will continue offering full-day (7am-6pm) child care programs into the third marking period of the school year starting February 1, 2021. These programs will take place in select school buildings that have separate child care rooms attached to the building:
- Benfield Elementary School
- 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 third 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 is working diligently to plan for Summer Child Care & Camp opportunities. We will begin announcing plans for these programs in early April 2021. Stay tuned to our website for details!
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 in March 2021. Information regarding registration for available spaces/the wait list will be released in April 2021. Stay tuned to our website for details!
- Recreation Programs & Activities
Will there be a camp fair for Summer 2021 Camps?
- Due to COVID19 restrictions our annual February Camp Fair will not take place.
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. The Department of Recreation and Parks will begin announcing plans and opportunities to register for our Summer Camps and Child Care Programming in early April 2021. Mark your calendar to check our website in early April when our Summer Camps and Child Care Programming will be posted on our website with links for registration. 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?
- The Recreation & Parks Program Guide is published four times a year Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.
- You can find the guide on the Recreation & Parks website homepage: https://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks
Are the park entry fees being charged?
- Beginning Tuesday, September 1, 2020 regional park entry fees will be reinstated.
- 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 https://www.aacounty.org/
- The remainder of the 130 county parks remain free of charge, as always.
- Social distancing guidelines are strictly enforced.
- Please practice social distancing and abide by Governor Larry Hogan’s Public Health Advisory “Safer at Home” and stay safe. Thank you for your cooperation.
Can we walk in the park or trails?
- Yes, the parks are open for exercise activities (jogging biking, walking, hiking etc.)
Are park pavilions available?
- As of June 20, 2020, Outdoor rental facilities can be reserved at normal rates.
- Occupancy for outdoor rental facilities is limited to a 25 person capacity.
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?
- Yes, recreational boating will now be permitted as well - as long as it can be done safely.
- Boaters must follow current social distancing requirements.
- Guidance for boat ramps and marinas here: https://governor.maryland.gov/…/05/Marinas-One- Pager-May-5.…
- Recreational fishing is allowed in parks where permitted.
Are beaches open?
- Yes, the beaches at Ft. Smallwood Park, and Beverly Triton Nature Preserve are open: https://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/parks/water-accessibility/index.html
- The dog beach at Quiet Waters is currently open. Visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing while visiting.
- Human swimming is not permitted
Are Dog Parks open?
- Yes, as per the Governor’s order, all regional and community dog parks are now open.
- Please visit https://www.aacounty.org/services-and-programs/dogs-in-the-park for a list of our special areas set aside for off-leash dog activities.
- Visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing while visiting.
Can we camp at the Park?
- No camping is not permitted at this time
- Beginning Tuesday, September 1, 2020 regional park entry fees will be reinstated.
- Golf Courses
Are county Golf Courses open?
- Yes, Compass Pointe Golf Courses in Pasadena, is open. Tee times will be spread out for social distancing. Golf carts will be available for use on Friday, May 7, 2020, walkers are welcome. All current social distancing provisions continue to be in place. We encourage golfers to wear face coverings and maintain 6 ft distance between people.
- State guidance for golf courses can be found here: COVID-19 MSGA Guidelines
- Additional Facilities
Is Historic London Town and Gardens open?
- Yes, Historic London Town and Gardens has re-opened in conjunction with county and state regulations as well as guidance from the Center for Disease Control. As such, there are several new policies planned to keep you and all visitors healthy and safe.
- For more information, please visit https://www.historiclondontown.org/reopening
Can we access the Dairy Farm?
- No, the Dairy Farm is closed to the public. Gates will be closed for recreational activities during the uncertain time of COVID-19.