(July 24, 2020) In honor of national Parks and Recreation Month, the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department will host a showcase this Saturday to show off its programs to the community. 

The event will begin at 9 a.m. at Northside Park on 125th Street on the West Lagoon field. Participants will be required to fill out a form to aid in contact tracing efforts. 

Masks are not required, but encouraged, Recreation Manager Kim Kinsey said. 

There will be booths set up that feature youth sports programs, adult and senior activities, family programs, aquatics and arts and crafts. 

A full-time staff member will man each booth. Each station comes equipped with hand sanitizer and staff will sanitize all equipment after use. 

Frostburg State University senior and recreation and parks Intern Taryn Brady spearheaded the event’s organization.   

Brady is majoring in parks and recreation management, with a concentration in community program delivery at Frostburg State University.

“For my school, for my internship, we are to put on some kind of program project that pretty much ties all of what we learned throughout the years in college and put it all into place,” Brady said. 

The Baltimore native fondly remembered coming to Ocean City every year to visit her grandparents, who lived in the resort for more than 30 years. 

“Growing up here and attending all of the [recreation and parks] programs really was something special to me and gave my family and I a lot of memories here at the beach, so one thing I want to do is give back to the community [by] creating this showcase [and showing] what Northside Park and the recreation and parks department has to offer, ‘ she said.

“July is Recreation and Parks Month, so we tasked Taryn with coming up with a project that would incorporate the theme for this year, which is, ‘We are Recreation and Parks,’” Kinsey added. 

The showcase will be a mix of a field day and information session, Brady said, with interactive programming and full-time staff members ready to answer questions. 

The youth sports booth will feature a soccer obstacle event, the adult and senior booth will have non-strenuous chair exercises and the family booth will feature a version of the department’s weekly Family Beach Games hosted at the Carousel Hotel on 118th Street. 

The aquatics booth activity was still in the works as of earlier this week, Brady said. 

“Ocean City Recreation and Parks is an essential community department,” Kinsey said. “We are really providing great service to our community and we just want to make sure everybody knows what we do here and what we have available.”

For more information, call the recreation department at 410-250-0125.

Josh covers everything Ocean City government and crime. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a B.A. in French and Journalism.

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