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, 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 facilities, maintain our existing facilities and preserve open space 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 fields coming in the future.
Of course we provide numerous playgrounds for children of all ages to explore and interact with their world, all while getting much-needed fresh air and physical activity.
The City of Taneytown has 226 acres of parkland – the most of all of the Carroll County municipalities. We have six functional public parks: Taneytown Memorial Park, Roth Avenue Park, Taneytown High School Park & Skate Park, Roberts Mill 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.
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 – 2019-2022
Beth Chaney – Secretary – 2019-2022
Judith Fuller – Council Liaison – 2021-2025
Emmanuel Harvey – Member – 2019-2022
Bill Kennedy – Member – 2018-2021
Jerry Hobbs, Jr. – Member – 2021-2022
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 West Carroll 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.
- Community Media Center Videos - The Community Media Center Video Library Page serves Carroll County with videos of interest to our community. Please follow this link to the CMC Video Library Page, then enter Taneytown in Search by Title to find the Taneytown-related videos.