The purpose of the Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plan is to provide a framework for the integrated and coordinated provision of park and recreation facilities, agricultural land preservation, and natural resource protection. Under the requirements of Maryland’s Program Open Space (POS) and the Federal Land & Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, the County must prepare and maintain an Outdoor Recreation and Open Space Plan. All land acquisition and park development funded through these programs must be consistent with the approved State and County Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plans.
This plan was last updated in June of 2017. Previous plan updates occurred in 2012, 2006, 2000, 1988, and 1983. The County’s use of POS funding requires such a plan to be updated every six (6) years.