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Charles County, Maryland

Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Eileen B. Minnick
Eileen B. Minnick
Director of Recreation, Parks and Tourism

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism's mission is simply to enhance the quality of life of our residents and visitors through providing enjoyable recreation and tourism opportunities. Our professional staff is dedicated to this mission and strives to deliver interesting, diverse and high-quality programs and facilities that are available to all persons in the community. We strive to preserve, enhance, and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment.

Whatever your interest, when it comes to recreation and leisure activities the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism is here to serve you. We invite you to browse the many programs and activities provided to improve your social, mental, and physical well being. There is something fun for everyone to enjoy.

Charles County LPPRPCharles County Land Preservation, Park, and Recreation Plan

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism has released the Charles County Land Preservation, Park, and Recreation Plan (LPPRP) for online viewing.  

The LPPRP is a comprehensive document used as a planning tool by local governments to protect natural resources and provide public parks and recreation facilities. To maintain eligibility for Program Open Space funding, and other programs related to land resource elements the State of Maryland requires LPPRP be updated every five years. Charles County’s last LPPRP was completed in 2017.



The Recreation Division provides citizens of all ages with the opportunity of fun, quality recreation, and leisure activities. Activities and programs are offered in the areas of aquatics, community centersgymnastics, sports, and summer camp programs.  With a strong partnership with Charles County Public Schools, the Recreation division operates nine school-based community centers, and six shared use pools.  The Port Tobacco Recreation Center and Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center are two stand-alone facilities operated by the division. 

 Parks and Grounds

Each year, over 900,000 people visit our parks system to safely recreate, enjoy nature, become more physically fit and connect with neighbors, friends and pets. Our park facilities provide wonderful outdoor experiences and lasting memories. County parks offer over 4,000 acres of open space, scores of top-quality sports fields, 50 miles of trails, fishing opportunities, five boating access facilities, a regionally acclaimed golf course and equestrian facilities.


Charles County Maryland is an ideal location to experience nature's bounty with the convenience of being a short drive from Baltimore, Washington D.C., Richmond, VA and Harrisburg, PA. Charles County enjoys all of the cultural, entertainment and economic advantage of a large urban region while keeping its' rural charm.  Boasting some of the state's most scenic areas, hundreds of miles of shoreline, parks, historical sites and agricultural and maritime heritage Charles County is a great place to spoil your five senses. We invite you to come and explore all that Charles County has to offer.

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism welcomes the participation of individuals with disabilities. As with all County Government, we comply fully with the Americans With Disabilities Act in making reasonable accommodations to encourage involvement. If you require special assistance and would like to participate in our programs, please contact the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism at 301-932-3470.