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By Yvonne Wenger and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
About 50 youngsters poured into Druid Hill Park and stole four dozen bicycles Monday evening that city workers had put out for a popular bike-sharing program, authorities said. City officials said Friday that the Ride Around the Reservoir program is suspended indefinitely while they hope for the return of the bikes, which the Recreation and Parks Department will accept with no questions asked. Chris Merriam, director of Bikemore, a group that works to promote bicycling in Baltimore, said the thefts were "incredibly shocking" and a big setback for the program.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
About 50 youngsters poured into Druid Hill Park and stole four dozen bicycles Monday evening that city workers had put out for a popular bike-sharing program, authorities said. City officials said Friday that the Ride Around the Reservoir program is suspended indefinitely while they hope for the return of the bikes, which the Recreation and Parks Department will accept with no questions asked. Chris Merriam, director of Bikemore, a group that works to promote bicycling in Baltimore, said the thefts were "incredibly shocking" and a big setback for the program.
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July 2, 1992
William A. Rinehart, a 31-year year county recreation and parks employee, has been named director of the department.Rinehart, of Harwood, had been acting director since April 1, when he replaced Joseph McCann, who announced his resignation to take a job in the private sector.Rinehart, 55, joined the department in 1961, began his career as a recreation supervisor and had been parks administrator since 1965.He was acting director of recreation and parks during the transition to a charter form of county government from 1963 to 1964.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
After years of demands by activists, Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks has finally been audited. The audit found the agency kept erroneous financial statements, confused revenue and expenses, and lacked procedures on how employees should handle cash. The agency "did not initially provide accurate financial statements," city auditor Robert L. McCarty told the Board of Estimates on Wednesday. The agency could not figure out why its records did not match city accounting and payroll numbers, he said, and later "developed separate financial statements.
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By ROB KASPER | May 13, 2006
If any good can emerge from the aftermath of the tragic death of Deanna Green, the 14-year-old girl who was electrocuted at a softball field in Druid Hill Park, I hope it would be an increased emphasis on park maintenance. The explanation city parks director Connie A. Brown put forth in a news conference this week that a freakish combination of circumstances led to the accident seems plausible. He said that the tip of metal fence post tapped into an underground cable, sending a lethal dose of electricity into the softball player when she simultaneously touched two metal fences along the sidelines.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | December 21, 1995
As temperatures outside dipped into the lower 20s last night, it may have been difficult for some 40 Howard County residents to think about outdoor recreation. Still, they attended a public hearing to learn how the parks department plans to spend its money on capital projects next year.What they learned was that the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will have less money to spend, according to Jeffrey Bourne, the agency's director.Mr. Bourne said that he received $8.6 million in bonds to fund projects this year but that he expects only $4.6 million or perhaps even less for the fiscal year that will begin July 1.That is because County Executive Charles I. Ecker -- citing education and road-building priorities and payments on existing loans -- is not willing to borrow as much money for parks projects next year.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | September 11, 2002
The overhaul of the Baltimore Parks Department continued with the hiring of two administrators to key posts. Roslyn Joy Johnson, a former teacher, is the new chief of the recreation division and Chris T. Delaporte, who was head of parks and recreation for the city in the 1980s, will lead the parks division. Johnson, 29, who was regional director for a Florida-based company called StudyWorks, which prepares students for the SAT test, replaced longtime administrator Zenobia McLendon, 54, on Sept.
NEWS
April 25, 1998
THE PAST YEAR has been a time of upheaval for the city's recreation and parks department. After the resignation of director Marlyn J. Perritt, the 50-year-old bureaucracy was emasculated. Most parks-related maintenance functions were swallowed up by the Department of Public Works. Almost half of city recreation centers were given to the Police Athletic League and other agencies to run.Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has named acting director Thomas V. Overton as permanent head of the agency, which is slated for further downsizing in the next city budget.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2010
South Baltimore's Swann Park will reopen this weekend after being closed for the past three years because of arsenic contamination. The city's parks department will hold a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the park before the first pitch at little league games. The park was closed in April 2007 after officials discovered high levels of arsenic in the soil due to a nearby Allied Chemical Co. plant, which for years produced pesticides. The company was taken over by Honeywell International.
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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | July 4, 2002
Mayor Martin O'Malley has fired the directors of the city's Recreation and Parks Department and Commission on Aging, and hinted yesterday that more heads could roll at City Hall. O'Malley said the generally poor appearance of city parks contributed to his decision to terminate Marvin F. Billups Jr., whom he appointed to the $99,800-a-year job in October 2000. "Whatever strides we were making - and there were some strides made on the program front - we just needed much more massive change in the department overall, in particular with maintenance issues," O'Malley said.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Baltimore will spend more than $2 million to extend the Jones Falls Trail by another 3.1 miles from the Cylburn Arboretum to the Mount Washington Light Rail stop under an agreement approved Wednesday by the city's spending panel. The Board of Estimates agreed to accept the federal money from the state Department of Transportation for the next phase of the $6.6 million bicycle and pedestrian trail, which is planned for a 10-mile stretch beginning at the Inner Harbor and running north along the Jones Falls stream valley.
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September 23, 2013
On the face of it, you can hardly blame City Council members for voting unanimously last week to block Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's proposal to transfer $100,000 from the Department of Recreation and Parks to the State's Attorney's Office. The optics of taking money away from programs that help city young people stay out of trouble and giving it instead to an agency that puts them in jail were beyond awful. On top of that, many council members and their constituents were rightly taken aback by the idea the city would raid parks and recreation's piggy bank whenever it needs extra cash for other projects.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2012
A city-owned playground in the Harwood neighborhood of North Baltimore that was substantially damaged in a fire last month and recently drew the attention of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will be rebuilt, according to city officials. A claim to replace the damaged parts of the playground was filed with the city's Office of Risk Management by the Department of Recreation and Parks, which operates the playground and about 100 others like it throughout the city, shortly after the fire occurred on Aug. 13, according to Gwendolyn Chambers, a recreation and parks spokeswoman.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Becky Quinn | December 9, 2011
It's the most wonderful time of the year for our favorite comedies - holiday specials! Yes, they get a little corny. Yes, ugly Christmas sweaters and ties are worn. But isn't that what we love about the holiday season? “Community”:  Greendale needs a new glee club yet again (they need to make it to regionals!), and who better to fa-la-la at the holiday pageant than the study group? However, not everyone is so keen on the idea, so glee club director Mr. Rad ("SNL's" Taran Killam)
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2011
Occupy Baltimore protesters have asked city officials for permission to remain in an Inner Harbor park until April, according to an application submitted to the city. Protesters delivered applications for permits to use the park to both Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Recreation and Parks Department, a mayoral spokesman said Wednesday. The president of the Maryland and District of Columbia chapter of the AFL-CIO union sent a letter to Rawlings-Bake calling on her to allow the protesters to remain.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2010
South Baltimore's Swann Park will reopen this weekend after being closed for the past three years because of arsenic contamination. The city's parks department will hold a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the park before the first pitch at little league games. The park was closed in April 2007 after officials discovered high levels of arsenic in the soil due to a nearby Allied Chemical Co. plant, which for years produced pesticides. The company was taken over by Honeywell International.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | May 26, 1993
C. J. Miller of Hampstead submitted the low base bid of $556,700 yesterday to build Sykesville Park, a 90-acre park with five ball fields, two multipurpose fields and a system of trails.The county engineer estimated that the basic project would cost $650,000.Four other companies submitted bids ranging from $596,465 to $1 million for the park, which will be off Raincliffe Road outside town limits.Work on the park will start as soon as possible, said Richard J. Soisson, acting director of the county Recreation and Parks Department.
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By Jennifer Sullivan and Jennifer Sullivan,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | April 7, 1999
When Nickelodeon surveyed its viewers last year, one in four children in Maryland told the network they wanted help renovating local parks.In response to the overwhelming number of calls it received, Nickelodeon will videotape and pay for cleanup efforts at Middle Branch Park, 3301 Waterview Ave. in southern Baltimore, on Saturday.Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks is expecting thousands of children at the event from 10: 30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities will include building a playground, planting trees along Gwynns Falls Trail, cleaning up the waterfront, creating two butterfly gardens and participating in a fish release along the Patapsco River.
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By Brent Jones | brent.jones@baltsun.com | April 3, 2010
Councilman Carl Stokes called Friday for the city's comptroller to audit the Department of Recreation and Parks and to report the findings to the City Council in 90 days to 120 days. Stokes was joined at the Ambrose Kennedy Pool and Playground, one of the city's pools set to close this summer, by Councilman James B. Kraft and Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke. Stokes said he is convinced that there is "hidden money" in the parks department that could allow some recreation centers and pools set to close remain open.
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