For County residents, the Department of Recreation and Parks provides recreational programs and preserves valuable land in the form of more than 140 parks and sanctuaries. The Department is responsible for specialized recreational facilities, including a swim center, golf course, baseball stadium, and softball complex; programs for school-age childcare and therapeutic recreation; and more than 8000 acres of land under Departmental jurisdiction. The Department's open space includes community parks; greenways; archaeological, environmental and historical preserves; and large regional facilities occupying several hundred acres of land (Code Local Government Article, secs. 1-601 through 1-611; County Charter, secs. 548, 549).
Cattle, Kinder Farm Park, Millersville, Maryland, August 2019. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.