Engaging the Community, Enriching our Culture, and Ensuring Conservation
The City of Taneytown’s Parks and Recreation Department believes in the philosophy of Community, Culture, and Conservation to ensure that all residents and visitors enjoy their recreational experiences in our City parks.
Our goal is to Engage our Community to not only enjoy our open spaces, but to be an active part of our parks improvement process.
Our goal is to Enrich our Culture by ensuring that everyone has access to the most pleasing aspects of our parks’ available recreational activities, whether it’s through a local sports program, a visit to one of our many playgrounds, enjoying one of our many recreational programs, attendance at a special event, or a simple walk on a nature trail.
Our goal is to Ensure Conservation by sustaining and improving the natural landscapes in our public spaces for the enjoyment of our greater community, now and for years to come.
The City of Taneytown Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to providing recreational activities for all Taneytown residents. The parks, facilities, and programs are a very important part of the quality of life here in the city. We are a department that is continually moving forward to upgrade and add facilities, maintain our existing facilities, preserve open space, and coordinate new events and programs so our citizens will have the best recreation experience possible.
The local sports programs are second to none and are very well coordinated by numerous volunteers from our community. Our parks offer several ball diamonds, a football field, numerous multi-purpose fields, basketball courts, and tennis courts, with more athletic fields coming in the future.
The City of Taneytown has 226 acres of parkland – the most of all of the Carroll County municipalities. We have five public parks: Taneytown Memorial Park, Roth Avenue Park, Taneytown High School Park & Skate Park, Roberts Mill Park and Dog Park, and Flickinger Park. All of these parks are free of charge and open year round for all of our community to enjoy. All park hours of operation are 6:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M., unless otherwise posted, with the exception of lighted fields.
The City of Taneytown also has two parks projected for development: Bollinger Park and Festival Park (these parks are not yet open to the public). There is also an expansion to Memorial Park slated, which will add 22 acres to the back side of this park which will be used for multi-purpose athletic fields and a pedestrian walking path (and other site amenities).
Lorena Vaccare, Director of Parks & Recreation
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Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board was created in 2004 to assist the City by reviewing matters related to Parks and Recreation and then making recommendations regarding these matters to the Mayor and City Council. The City Manager, the Director of Parks and Recreation and the City Attorney serve as advisors, and the Mayor assigns a Council Member liaison to the Board.
Meetings of the Taneytown Parks and Recreation Advisory Board are held the second or third Wednesday (whichever Wednesday follows the Monday night Mayor & City Council Meeting) of every month at City Hall at 6:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
Member and Term
Kelly Buie – Chairperson – 2023-2026
Makensie Kilby – Secretary – 2023-2026
Judy Fuller – Council Liaison – 2023-2025
Emmanuel Harvey – Member – 2023-2026
Bill Kennedy – Member – 2022-2025
Jerry Hobbs, Jr. – Member – 2023-2026
Taneytown Athletic Association
The Taneytown Athletic Association is comprised of representatives from the nine active local sports programs: FSK Jr. Eagles Basketball, FSK Jr. Eagles Football, FSK Jr. Eagles Lacrosse, FSK Jr. Eagles Soccer, Taneytown Lions Baseball, Taneytown Monarchs Softball, West Carroll Cheer and FSK Jr. Eagles Field Hockey.
Meetings of the Taneytown Athletic Association are held the 2nd Wednesday every other month at City Hall at 6:30 p.m. (with the subsequent Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting held immediately thereafter). All meetings are open to the public.RELATED LINKS
Area Recreation and Parks Organizations / State Natural Resources
- City of Taneytown Charter & Code - An online repository with the City of Taneytown Charter & Code available to view, print or download.
- Pavilion Reservations - Information on Park Pavilion reservations and rental fees.
Parks & Recreation Projects
- Guidelines & Checklist for Unsolicited Proposals - Guidelines for use in evaluating Project or Services Request Forms for Unsolicited Proposals submitted to the Parks & Recreation Department Director, as well as the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board.
- Proposed Project / Service Request Form for Unsolicited Proposals - Submit completed forms to the Director of the Department of Parks & Recreation for consideration and evaluation by the Director and the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board.
- City of Taneytown Open Meetings - Official City of Taneytown YouTube Channel.