Cel­e­brate lo­cal parks and recre­ation

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

July is Na­tional Parks and Recre­ation Month, and as sum­mer be­gins, it’s a great time to cel­e­brate the im­por­tance of get­ting ac­tive and en­joy­ing the great out­doors in Charles County.

Our parks and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties are led and op­er­ated by the De­part­ment of Recre­ation, Parks, and Tourism. One di­vi­sion with the de­part­ment, the Parks Di­vi­sion, main­tains 50 miles of county trails in­clud­ing the In­dian Head Rail Trail, fish­ing lo­ca­tions, five boat­ing ac­cess fa­cil­i­ties, a skate park, eques­trian fa­cil­i­ties, and a re­gion­ally-ac­claimed golf course.

Charles County parks and recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties of­fer sev­eral spe­cials and events through­out the year. In July, the White Plains Golf Course is of­fer­ing a spe­cial where golfers can play 18 holes for the price of 9 holes, Mon­day through Fri­day. Carts are $18. If you work up an ap­petite, hot dogs are for sale for $1 each.

If you and your fam­ily love fish­ing or want to learn how, there will be free fish­ing classes on Thurs­day, July 13, and Thurs­day, July 29, at Gil­bert Run Park from 9:30 a.m. to noon for chil­dren ages 6-15. There is also a fish­ing fun­da­men­tals pro­gram for ages 10-15 from Mon­day, July 17 to Thurs­day, July 20. Chil­dren will learn fish­ing ba­sics, and how to fish from the bank and on a boat, fly fish, and con­struct fish habi­tats which will be placed in the lake. Pr­ereg­is­tra­tion is re­quired for the classes and pro­gram. Dur­ing July, the park is of­fer­ing a 50 per­cent off spe­cial on boat rentals from Wed­nes­day, July 19 to Fri­day, July 21.

In ad­di­tion to lo­cal parks, our county pro­vides fun, qual­ity recre­ational and leisure ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages through the Recre­ation Di­vi­sion, in­clud­ing: sport pro­grams and leagues, aquat­ics, com­mu­nity cen­ters, gym­nas­tics, sum­mer camp pro­grams, fit­ness classes, arts and crafts, per­sonal en­rich­ment, and spe­cial events. Join in the fun in July and par­tic­i­pate in the free youth and adult drop-in week from Mon­day, July 10 to Fri­day, July 14. Pro­grams in­clude bas­ket­ball, gym­nas­tics, pick­le­ball, ta­ble ten­nis, vol­ley­ball, and wa­ter aer­o­bics. Tod­dlers will also have the op­por­tu­nity to drop in for gym­nas­tics pro­grams at Elite Gym­nas­tics and Recre­ation Cen­ter, and swim-time at Don­ald M. Wade Aquatic Cen­ter (5305 Piney Church Road, Wal­dorf) or Henry E. Lackey High School Pool (3000 Chi­ca­muxen Road, In­dian Head) on Satur­days through­out the month. There will also be a Kids Night Out at Elite Gym­nas­tics on Satur­day, July 29 with a su­per­hero theme.

Visit www.CharlesCoun­tyParks.com for a full list­ing of parks and up­com­ing recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on spe­cial pro­mo­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing July, go to www.CharlesCoun­tyParks.com/recre­ation/na­tional-parks-and-recre­ation-month, or go to our Face­book page at www.face­book.com/CharlesCoun­tyPark­sRe­cre­ation.

Whether it’s mak­ing a splash in our pools or vis­it­ing a lo­cal park, we hope you en­joy our parks and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties, and have a great sum­mer.

Eileen Min­nick is the Charles County di­rec­tor of Recre­ation, Parks, and Tourism.

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