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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Recreation is to provide high quality, diverse, and accessible programs, services, and facilities that enhance the quality of life for all ages, cultures, and abilities.


Budget Overview

The total approved FY23 Operating Budget for the Department of Recreation is $55,197,807, an increase of $6,483,980 or 13.31 percent from the FY22 Approved Budget of $48,713,827. Personnel Costs comprise 58.82 percent of the budget for 182 full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 574.39 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 41.18 percent of the FY23 budget.

The Debt Service for the Recreation Fund is appropriated in the Debt Service Fund and is, therefore, not displayed in this section. To pay for the Debt Service, a transfer of funds from the Recreation fund to the Debt Service Fund of $10,653,890 is required to cover General Obligation Bond costs.

In addition, this department's Capital Improvements Program (CIP) requires Current Revenue funding.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • Thriving Youth and Families
  • A Greener County


Program Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY22 estimates reflect funding based on the FY22 approved budget. The FY23 and FY24 figures are performance targets based on the FY23 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY24.



  • Summer School Wrap Around Program (Funded by the Early Care and Education Non-Departmental Account.): A program that creates a pathway between summer school and summer camp, establishing a full day of classroom and experiential opportunities.

  • Kids Day Out: A partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools at 13 Recreation Centers across the County. This ongoing initiative was established to address the needs of working families on days when school is not in session by providing safe, affordable, enriching, and well-organized recreation activities.
  • PLAYMontgomery: A campaign focusing on equity and access to youth sports, expanding no cost or low-cost opportunities to lifetime leisure sports such as swimming lessons and creating opportunities for youth in underserved communities to try out new sports that may otherwise be unattainable such as lacrosse, volleyball, skateboarding, biking, and kayaking.
  • Fit N Fun: A program pairing free swim lessons, skateboard instruction, bike safety, and rock climbing instruction at Long Branch, Plum Gar, White Oak, and Upper County Community Center.
  • Fire Fit - Fire Smart: A program for teenage girls providing fitness and wellness activities, fire safety, nutrition, and an opportunity to create an introduction to fire and rescue as a career pathway. Partners included Montgomery County Fire and Rescue and the University of Maryland Nutrition Extension program.
  • The Department is participating in a three-year research project and grant opportunity with the American Camp Association to increase career pathways for camp, recreation, and related out-of-school time fields.
  • Girls Sports Leagues expansion and increased sports access for historically underserved populations.
  • KID Museum: Expand afterschool program to eight schools.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Launched a new, fully integrated recreation and parks management software solution in partnership with Community Use of Public Facilities and Montgomery Parks. This new platform is designed to increase efficiency and productivity while providing extensive reporting and statistical data, and a more intuitive and interactive experience for customers.
  • Converted the printed Recreation Guide to a more environmentally friendly, cost efficient, and interactive "Build Your Own Guide", creating a more impactful and customizable customer experience.
  • Implemented REC ZIP, an improvement strategy designed to digitize and automate several business processes allowing internal and external customers to interact virtually with Recreation's administrative team without delay. Customer refunds, contractor and vendor invoices, and bank deposits are examples of improvements which allowed for seamless continuation of financial services throughout the pandemic. The result is a more customer friendly, environmentally responsible, and financially accountable operation.
  • Launched a weekly newsletter to share information about programs and services, and provide health and wellness information.

Program Descriptions


The Aquatics programs provide recreational, fitness, instructional, competitive, therapeutic, and rehabilitative water activities that serve all residents. The broad ranges of programming include lessons, instructional wellness classes, and competitive programming such as dive and swim teams. Facilities also host a wide variety of local, regional, and national events and...

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  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,...

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  Recreation Community & Neighborhood Centers

The Department of Recreation has 23 recreation centers throughout the County. These facilities provide affordable programs featuring leisure activities, social interaction, family participation, and community civic involvement, as well as promote community cohesion and identity for all ages. Centers are designed to support sports, fitness, dance, community/social activities,...

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  Senior Adult Programs

The Senior Programs Team offers a wide range of supports, opportunities, programs, services, and facilities, which are designed to enhance the quality of life and help community members 55 and over remain active, engaged, and independent in their communities. Lifestyle and leisure program offerings such as fitness & wellness,...

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  Youth Development

The Youth Development team uses recreation to ensure young people are healthy, connected, and productive during out-of-school time. Program staff work to change the landscape of communities by tackling pressing and diverse issues, reducing barriers to participation, and improving equitable access to high quality out-of-school time opportunities which improve...

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The Administration Program provides oversight, leadership, management, and supervision to accomplish the Department's mission. The Administration Program includes the Department's senior management, the Director's Office and staff, as well as business and information technology services, communications and outreach, facility planning, asset replacement, and fixed-cost management.The Business Services and Information Technology...

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Budget Trends
Program Contacts

Contact Traci Anderson of the Department of Recreation at 240.777.6801 or Shantee Jackson of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2751 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages14202227.0024030928.00 20670527.00 27239926.0013.4
Employee Benefits3787405.004846990.00 4636162.00 5073213.004.7
Recreation Personnel Costs17989632.0028877918.00 25306689.00 32313139.0011.9
Operating Expenses7691419.0016156836.00 16049201.00 19130572.0018.4
Recreation Expenditures25681051.0045034754.00 41355890.00 51443711.0014.2
Full-Time148.00148.00 148.00 182.0023.0
Part-Time11.0011.00 11.00 1.00-90.9
FTEs490.38496.33 496.33 569.9814.8
Property Tax47070414.0048298521.00 48742128.00 49559780.002.6
Facility Rental Fees-5305.00120000.00 120000.00 120000.000.0
Recreation Fees2082888.001450000.00 3000000.00 5800000.00300.0
Miscellaneous Revenues63158.00129597.00 129597.00 129597.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues - Parks ActiveNet0.0045232.00 45232.00 45232.000.0
Recreation Fee Subsidy0.00-800000.00 -800000.00 -800000.000.0
Recreation Revenues49211155.0049243350.00 51236957.00 54854609.0011.4
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Recreation Non-Tax Supported Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses1666493.003600000.00 2770482.00 3600000.000.0
Recreation Non-Tax Supported Expenditures1666493.003600000.00 2770482.00 3600000.000.0
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Recreation Fees3716462.008100000.00 8100000.00 8100000.000.0
Investment Income589.000.00 520.00 3100.000.0
Recreation Non-Tax Supported Revenues3717051.008100000.00 8100520.00 8103100.000.0
Salaries and Wages727653.0073454.00 73454.00 143145.0094.9
Employee Benefits20513.005619.00 5619.00 10951.0094.9
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs748166.0079073.00 79073.00 154096.0094.9
Operating Expenses14847.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures763013.0079073.00 79073.00 154096.0094.9
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs2.712.71 2.71 4.4162.7
Federal Grants760040.0079073.00 79073.00 154096.0094.9
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues760040.0079073.00 79073.00 154096.0094.9
Total Expenditures28110557.0048713827.00 44205445.00 55197807.0013.3
Total Full-Time Positions148.00148.00 148.00 182.0023.0
Total Part-Time Positions11.0011.00 11.00 1.00-90.9
Total FTEs493.09499.04 499.04 574.3915.1
Total Revenues53688246.0057422423.00 59416550.00 63111805.009.9
FY23 Approved Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: South County Regional Recreation and Aquatic Center Staffing and Support231200028.21
Enhance: Out-of-School-Time Programming: Excel Beyond the Bell Elementary Program and Support [Youth Development]6675648.38
Enhance: Community-Based Program Support [Youth Development]5300000.00
Enhance: Summer Fun Centers and Enhanced Programming [Recreation Community & Neighborhood Centers]5200000.00
Enhance: Excel Beyond the Bell - Expansion [Youth Development]3848911.00
Add: Community Liaison Support [Recreation Community & Neighborhood Centers]3351204.00
Add: Out-of-School-Time Programming: Kids Day Out Program [Recreation Community & Neighborhood Centers]3333207.24
Enhance: Excel Beyond the Bell and RecXtra - Reopenings [Youth Development]3300000.00
Enhance: FY22 Increase for Newcomers Enhancements and Assistance 3000001.00
Enhance: Out-of-School-Time Programming: RecZone High School Program and Support [Youth Development]2596318.26
Enhance: PlayMontgomery - Expansion [Countywide Programs]2500004.00
Enhance: Sports Access and Girls Sports Leagues - Expansion [Countywide Programs]2500001.00
Enhance: Senior Adult Programs [Senior Adult Programs]2500000.00
Enhance: Conversion of Ten Recreation Coordinators from Part-time to Full-time2160793.00
Enhance: KID Museum - Expansion [Youth Development]2000000.00
Enhance: Contract Management and Human Resources Support [Administration]1524562.00
Add: Independence Day Celebrations: Fireworks Display at Germantown and Wheaton [Countywide Programs]1351980.00
Add: Out-of-School-Time Programming: Extended Summer Camp Program [Countywide Programs]1037502.56
Enhance: Communications Support [Administration]864221.00
Enhance: Out-of-School-Time Programming: RecZone High School Program Support [Administration]813941.00
Enhance: Senior Programs Support [Senior Adult Programs]716301.00
Add: Nurse for Summer Camps to Meet State Mandated Health Supervision Requirements [Countywide Programs]528530.50
Enhance: Excel Beyond the Bell Parent Engagement Component [Youth Development]400000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment6938800.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases3783360.00
Increase Cost: Eight Percent Inflationary Increase to Non-Profit Service Provider Contracts1951210.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs1257510.00
Increase Cost: Risk Management Adjustment1104790.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment26130.00
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment-19310.00
Technical Adj: Personnel Costs Charged to Capital Fund [Administration]-71152-0.50
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-2622060.00
Decrease Cost: One-Time Increase to Lapse Assumption [Administration]-7820570.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY22-18421850.00
FY23 APPROVED51443711569.98
FY23 APPROVED36000000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs750231.70
FY23 APPROVED1540964.41
Program Summary
Program NameFY22 APPR
Countywide Programs886454984.01862958882.57
Recreation Community & Neighborhood Centers6938480104.449870302146.89
Senior Adult Programs296266329.89339471233.39
Youth Development10620665121.7912665441139.93
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY22
CIPCapital Fund700700.50711520.50
Community Use of Public FacilitiesCommunity Use of Public Facilities292490.20322120.20
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
FY23 Approved51444.00000051444.00000051444.00000051444.00000051444.00000051444.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Approved in FY230.000000463.000000463.000000463.000000463.000000463.000000
New positions in the FY23 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY230.000000-44.000000-44.000000-44.000000-44.000000-44.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY23, including Communications, Senior Programs, Community Liaison, Contract Management and Human Resources Supports, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Restore One-Time Lapse Increase0.000000782.000000782.000000782.000000782.000000782.000000
Labor Contracts0.000000834.000000834.000000834.000000834.000000834.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures51444.00000053479.00000053479.00000053479.00000053479.00000053479.000000
FY23 Approved3600.0000003600.0000003600.0000003600.0000003600.0000003600.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Subtotal Expenditures3600.0000003600.0000003600.0000003600.0000003600.0000003600.000000