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Program Description

  Countywide Programs

Countywide Programs offers essential and universally accessible recreation and leisure services to all residents across the region--an indicator of a healthy, affordable, and welcoming community. Program staff generates partnerships with local small businesses and non-profit organizations to activate key public and private spaces and to offer culturally responsive programs, activities, and services such as classes, performing arts, camps, sports, workshops, therapeutic recreation, inclusion services, and special events which provide a wide range of economic, health, and social benefits. Additionally, community outreach such as events and festivals provide a wide platform to bridge diverse groups of people, generate social networks, and create community cohesion. Countywide Programs promote positive social capital through the provision of equal access to programs, which cultivates community ties through programs and services for all produces public benefits by connecting people more deeply to the fabric of the community. The benefits include public enjoyment and engagement; improved perception of community performance; economic well-being; quality recreation time with family and friends; strengthening social and familial bonds; improvement of mental and physical health thus reducing the impacts of chronic diseases; and measurable decreases in rates of crime and other detrimental activities making our communities safer.

Program Contacts

Contact Charlotte Keys of the Department of Recreation at 240.777.6942 or Alicia Singh of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2780 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY22Actual FY23Estimated FY24Target FY25Target FY26
Number of participants registered in countywide recreation programsN/A29,75430,34930,95631,575
Percent of recreation customers who report having a disability 10.81%N/A0.84%0.86%0.88%
Percent of planned countywide recreation programs completed 277.60%89.43%91.22%93.04%94.90%
1  Due to the migration of registration software systems, the Department could not recreate the methodology used previously to retrieve the data associated with this measure and is working with IT staff on a future solution. Individuals with disabilities face significantly greater barriers to access. It's the Department's mission to ensure programs, opportunities and services are universally accessible. Looking forward the Department looks to improve in this area through its "Program Access," an inclusive companion support program which enables participation in traditional recreation programs. It's notable to mention this measure is based on participant's self-reporting or identifying as having a disability.
2  Recreation programs are critical indicators of quality of life in a community. The Department expects demand to continue to increase particularly as it examines ways to remove barriers to participation by reducing fees, improving accessibility, and offering more culturally diverse program offerings.

Program Budget Changes

FY25 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY24 Approved869956880.57
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.9279222.00
FY25 Recommended962749082.57