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Nov. 23, 2020

Wicomico County officials unveil plans for inclusive playground


SALISBURY, Md. - Wicomico County officials have unveiled plans to build an inclusive playground in Salisbury.

On Friday, Nov. 20, a group gathered at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex — the future home of the playground — to unveil the playground rendering and to recognize a donation from The Donnie Williams Foundation toward the project.

The new playground will complement the recent addition of Field 7 ½, which was completed in the spring. The field is designed to provide individuals with physical or mental disabilities the opportunity to play baseball.

“The last piece — the cherry on top here — is the inclusive playground and sensory trail, which will allow kids of all levels of abilities to play together,” said Recreation, Parks & Tourism Director Steve Miller.

Miller views the playground as a regional project.

“We view this as much bigger than Wicomico County,” he said. “We want to invite people from Worcester, Somerset and all over to enjoy what’s going to happen at this facility.”

Charissa Thomas was on site for the presentation with her four-year-old twin daughters Emme and Elle. Emme was born with cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus and epilepsy, which makes it difficult for Thomas to find a suitable playground where her kids can play together.

“To find a playground that I felt safe for them to play on — there’s nothing on the Eastern Shore that meets those needs,” Thomas said. “The smiles that we’re going to see from this playground — it’s just going to be amazing.”

The Donnie Williams Foundation was recognized for its $100,000 commitment to the project. The donation will be combined with other private donations and state and local monies to fund construction of the playground.

“I know that Mr. Donnie Williams would have loved this whole concept of inclusivity and would have written the check sight unseen,” said Kirk Kinnamon of The Donnie Williams Foundation. “We’re so proud and humble to be a part of this project. It’s going to be done right and going to be done so it lasts a long time and it’s really going to serve this community, and we’re just proud of that.”

County officials will break ground on the project this winter and are hopeful that the playground will be completed in spring 2021.

 


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June 15, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.  

Wicomico County Recreation announces adjustments to summer camp offerings

SALISBURY, Md. - In response to Gov. Larry Hogan’s press conference on June 10, Wicomico County officials have restructured this year’s summer camp offerings.

Pemberton Park Nature Camp will operate as a modified outdoor summer camp beginning July 6. Camp hours are Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pricing has been adjusted to reflect the modified program structure. For more information, visit www.PembertonPark.org.

Several sports programs will be offered throughout the summer. The FUNdamental Tee Ball and FUNdamental Tennis summer programs will operate Saturday mornings from July 11-Aug. 15 at Billy Gene Jackson Sr. Park. Registration for these camps is open through June 19.

Registration for WYBL Presents Andre Collins Skills Camp and the Eastern Shore Elite Volleyball Academy Summer Camp opens June 22. These camps will run Aug. 3-7 at the Wicomico Civic Center.

Kids Klub Summer Escape and Westside Community Center Summer Camp have been canceled. Parents/guardians of registered participants will be contacted directly by Recreation staffers.

The most up-to-date information about Recreation programs is available at www.WicomicoRecandParks.org.

Decisions made by county officials are fluid and can be changed at any time.

The Wicomico Recreation & Parks Department will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation through regular updates from the Wicomico County Health Department and the Department of Emergency Services. Updates will be shared with the press, as well as posted to department websites and social media outlets.

 
 

June 11, 2020 at 4 p.m. 

Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Civic Center to reopen additional facilities

SALISBURY, Md. - In response to Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement of additional safe and phased reopenings in Maryland, Wicomico County officials will reopen several county facilities beginning Friday, June 12.

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Civic Center

Updates on childcare programs will be released next week.

Guests at county facilities should continue to practice social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC; https://www.cdc.gov/).

Decisions made by county officials are fluid and can be changed at any time.

The Wicomico Recreation & Parks Department will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation through regular updates from the Wicomico County Health Department and the Department of Emergency Services. Updates will be shared with the press, as well as posted to department websites and social media outlets. 

 

June 4, 2020 at 11:45 a.m.

Wicomico County playgrounds to reopen Friday

SALISBURY, Md. - Wicomico County officials will reopen county playgrounds, effective Friday, June 5 at 8 a.m.

Playground visitors should practice social distancing and limit gatherings to 10 people or less. Visitors should practice proper hand hygiene prior to and following the use of playground equipment.

Park restrooms will remain closed, and visitors are advised to prepare accordingly.

Decisions made by county officials are fluid and can be changed at any time.

The Wicomico Recreation & Parks Department will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation through regular updates from the Wicomico County Health Department and the Department of Emergency Services. Updates will be shared with the press, as well as posted to department websites and social media outlets.

 

May 29, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Wicomico County Health Department releases Guidelines for Limited Outdoor Youth Sports

SALISBURY, Md. - In response to Gov. Larry Hogan's announcement that outdoor youth sports may resume following appropriate CDC guidelines, the Wicomico County Health Department has approved guidelines for limited outdoor youth sports in Wicomico County. These guidelines, along with additional guidance from the governor's office and the CDC, can be found at the links below.

These guidelines are fluid and can be changed at any time as the Wicomico County Health Department continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation.

 

May 20, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

Wicomico County's Roaring Point and Cove Road beaches to reopen Friday

SALISBURY, Md. - Wicomico County officials will reopen Roaring Point and Cove Road beaches effective the morning of Friday, May 22.

Visitors must limit gatherings to 10 people or less and practice social distancing using guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC; https://www.cdc.gov/).

“We encourage people to get outside, but in a safe and responsible manner,” said Steve Miller, director of Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism. “Public cooperation with social distancing guidelines is critical in order to keep the beaches open.”

Parking is limited at both locations and park rangers will be enforcing parking rules.

Decisions made by county officials are fluid and can be changed at any time.

The Wicomico Recreation, Parks, Tourism and Civic Center department will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation through regular updates from the Wicomico County Health Department and the Department of Emergency Services. Updates will be shared with the press, as well as posted to department websites and social media outlets.

 

May 7, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.

Wicomico County begins to ease restrictions on park facilities

SALISBURY, Md. - In response to Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to broaden the list of permitted outdoor activities under the state’s Stay at Home order, Wicomico County officials have begun to ease restrictions on public use of park facilities.

In consultation with the County Executive’s Office and the Health Department, the department of Recreation & Parks will reopen the following facilities for public use, effective immediately:

Permitted outdoor activities include:

Park restrooms will remain closed, and visitors are advised to prepare accordingly.

The following facilities remain closed at this time:

Officials will revisit these closures in the coming days as conditions evolve.

Visitors must continue to limit gatherings to 10 people or less and practice social distancing using guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC; https://www.cdc.gov/) and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH; https://health.maryland.gov/).

“We encourage people to get outside and exercise, but in a safe and responsible manner,” said Steve Miller, director of Wicomico Recreation, Parks & Tourism. “Public cooperation with social distancing guidelines at county parks remains critical.”

Decisions made by county officials are fluid and can be changed at any time.

The Wicomico Recreation, Parks, Tourism and Civic Center department will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation through regular updates from the Wicomico County Health Department and the Department of Emergency Services. Updates will be shared with the press, as well as posted to department websites and social media outlets.

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