Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Daily Field Status

Daily Field Status
Wednesday March 22
All fields are open - if weather conditions change cancel at the fields

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Scholarship Opportunities




FreedomArea Recreation Council

Freedom Area Recreation Council offers continuing education scholarship opportunities to graduating seniors at Liberty High and Century High.   Applications will be in LHS and CHS guidance offices, the Eldersburg Library or below on application deadline is  April 1, 2023.


Click here for application 











Sunday, January 30, 2022

Winter Inclement Weather Policy


1. Purpose
 Establish procedure to promote the safety of program participants during occurrences of
severe weather
2. Scope/Definition(s)
The following areas are addressed by this policy:
 Removal of participants and spectators from athletic fields during occurrences of
lightning
 Building closures during inclement weather
 Warnings for additional severe weather including excessive heat and high winds
3. Responsibilities
 It is the responsibility of Recreation and Parks staff and their designees (including
volunteers) to notify program participants regarding severe weather and necessary
actions
4. Procedure
 THUNDER & LIGHTNING: Once observed or heard, all athletic fields and outdoor
organized program areas must be cleared for a period of 30 minutes. If observed or
heard again, the 30 minute period begins again
 SNOW: When schools are closed/close early due to inclement weather or if school
activities are closed due to inclement weather, all recreation and parks activities for that
day are cancelled. For weekend activities, if the snow emergency plan is in effect after 8
pm Friday or anytime Saturday, all Saturday activities are cancelled. If the snow
emergency plan is in effect after 8 pm Saturday or anytime Sunday, all Sunday activities
are cancelled. This includes activities that occur at school sites, nature centers, senior
centers, Charles Carroll Community Center, Linton Springs Community Room, New
Windsor Community Room, and the Robert Moton Center.
o Special Note: If Carroll County Public Schools close, and the snow emergency
plan has been lifted, programs, meetings and such held at private facilities may
be conducted (added 2021).

 WIND: When a high wind warning is issued by the National Weather Service (NWS),
outdoor activities shall not operate within close proximity of trees, power lines and other
potential hazards. The NWS defines a high wind warning as sustained wind speeds of

40 mph or greater lasting for 1 hour or longer or 58 mph or greater for any duration of
time.
 HEAT: Approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the activity, temperature and heat
index reading should be taken at the site or from www.weather.com or a comparable
source. The following are recommended guidelines for coaches, program leaders and
volunteers to follow with regards to Department sponsored youth activities:
o Heat Index – 80-89: Use caution, monitor athletes carefully for necessary action
o Heat Index 90-104: Use extreme caution; remove helmets and other equipment
if not involved in contact
o Heat Index 105-129: Alter uniforms by removing items where feasible; practice
time should be shortened with low intensity & limited conditioning
o Heat Index 130 & above: No practice or games. Activities should be
rescheduled for early/late in day or an alternative date when heat index is lower,
o NOTE: Some discretion is granted to the volunteers in making this decision as
programs may be occurring at sites with abundant shade, water & varying
breezes. In all cases, once the heat index rises above 105, programs should
allow for frequent cooling breaks, reduced activity levels and mandatory water
breaks of 10 minutes in duration every 30 minutes

 EXTREME COLD TEMPERATURES: Department sponsored youth activities:
o Temperatures above 32 degrees: no restrictions
o Temperatures between 13 – 31 degrees: Indoor breaks every 20-30 minutes
o Temperature or wind chill is below 13 degrees: No outdoor activities; Wind chill
may be calculated by entering temperature and wind speed at
www.weather.gov/epz/wxcalc_windchill

5. References
 For further information, email ccrec@carrollcountymd.gov or call 410-386-2103

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Volunteer of the Year Award Winners

 Check out our new page recognizing our Volunteers of the Year Award Winners.

Congratulations to Freedom Area Rec Council members

Steve Wallace  is our 2021 Volunteer of the year Honoree

and

2021 Carroll County Rec & Parks Hall of Fame Inductees:

Steve Delman

Ken Whalen


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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021


Looking for a place to hold that special party or planning for a fundraiser - 2 rooms to choose from? Consider the Freedom  Optimist Hall at 6315 Sykesville Road (Rt. 32) a facility with over 4,200 square feet( the larger room), plenty of parking, and can easily accommodate 225 people. Click here for additional information


Thursday, August 6, 2020

County Heat Policy & Thunder and Lightening Policy


HEAT:  Approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the activity, temperature and heat index reading should be taken at the site or from www.weather.com or a comparable source.  The following are recommended guidelines for coaches, program leaders and volunteers to follow with regards to Department sponsored youth activities:

Heat Index: 80-89              
Use caution; monitor athletes carefully for necessary action.

Heat Index: 90-104
Use extreme caution; remove helmets and other equipment if not involved in contact.

Heat Index: 105-129
Alter uniforms by removing items where feasible; practice should be shortened with low intensity & limited conditioning.

Heat Index: 130 & above

NO PRACTICES OR GAMES.  ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE RESCHEDULED FOR EARLY/LATE IN DAY OR AN ALTERNATE DATE WHEN HEAT INDEX IS LOWER. 

THUNDER & LIGHTENING POLICY

At the first sound of Thunder or the first sighting of Lightening - all activities are to be stopped and participates are to clear fields to a protected area and wait 30 minutes before activities are to resume.  Any additional occurrence starts the 30 minute count over.