Worcester County Parks are calling your name

Fall is a great time to get outside, get active and discover the beauty and the recreational opportunities available at county parks, located throughout the county. Each park offers something unique to fit diverse interests, from regional parks to nature parks to community playgrounds, county parks have amenities galore.

 Worcester County's four large regional parks include athletic fields that are ideal for hosting sports tournaments and games. These include Showell Park, the Northern Worcester Athletic Complex in Berlin, John Walter Smith Park in Snow Hill and Newtown Park in Pocomoke. Together these parks offer 13 baseball fields, 14 multipurpose fields, seven softball fields, four tennis courts, three outdoor basketball courts and two sand volleyball courts.

Herring Creek Nature Park, located in West Ocean City, provides a scenic location to enjoy a piece of nature. This park features a pavilion, as well as hiking trails and bird watching stations. Isle of Wight Park, located on St. Martin’s Neck Road south of Ocean City, is a passive nature park with scenic wetlands, a canoe and kayak launch site and two piers perfect for crabbing and fishing. The Homer Gudelsky Park, a local’s favorite, is a sandy beach area on the bay in West Ocean City. This park offers spectacular views of Ocean City, Assateague Island and the inlet. It’s also a popular fishing site.

            Worcester County's community playgrounds in the towns of Bishopville, Whaleyville, Newark, Stockton and Girdletree are ideal for hosting family outings, picnics, or other special occasions. Each of these has a playground where children can run, jump, climb and have fun. Many of these neighborhood parks are also equipped with picnic tables, benches, and barbeque grills. Bishopville and Stockton have backyard fields that can be used for baseball, softball, and kickball games, and the Newark neighborhood park has volleyball nets. 

             Worcester County strives to provide citizens and visitors alike with quality facilities in which to enjoy precious recreational and leisure hours. Worcester County Recreation & Parks oversees the maintenance of area parks, thanks to funding provided by both the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Program Open Space and the Worcester County Commissioners.

            Recently, new amenities have been added to multiple county parks. John Walter Smith Park now has an 18-hole Frisbee golf course and walking trail. The pond at Newtown Park has been cleared of trees for fishing and Showell Park has the addition of a wooded trail. The Showell Park trail is courtesy of service hours provided by student volunteers from Stephen Decatur Middle School. Enjoy the outdoors and be sure to visit these exciting “extras” in the near future!

            The Worcester County Department of Recreation and Parks has a dedication program for those who want to honor that new arrival, graduation, anniversary, or memory of a loved one. The Tree of Life Dedication Program allows you to plant/adopt a tree or have a permanent park bench placed in one of the 11 available Worcester County parks to help observe your occasion. The price does vary per option. For more information or to receive an application, contact Bill Rodriguez at 410-632-2144 x2521 or wrodriguez@co.worcester.md.us.

            Pavilion reservations and rental fees are required for large groups and parties. Parks and athletic fields may also be rented for sporting events and tournaments. For a complete list of county parks, locations, and amenities please visit www.WorcesterRecandParks.org. For more information or to reserve a park, pavilion, or field please contact Recreation Superintendent, Lisa Gebhardt at 410-632-2144 x2500 or lgebhardt@co.worcester.md.us.  

Friday, September 27, 2019 (All day)