Recreation Program Registrations

Program registrations exceeded 16,000 in 2014. Over 200 activities were offered accounting for 290,000 visits.

Park Expansion

$1 million was obtained from the State of Maryland to expand the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex.

Land Preservation and Recreation Plan

Prepared and adopted the County’s Land Preservation & Recreation Plan.

Program Open Space Funds

Maryland Program Open Space funds were used as follows:

  • To complete tennis court reconstruction and landscaping at Centennial Village and Crooked Oak playgrounds
  • Replace sports lights on the fields at Cope Bennett Park in Sharptown and the Hebron Lions Club fields that were removed a year earlier due to the failure of the wooden light poles
  • Replace fence fabric on the softball and baseball fields at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex
  • Nanticoke Harbor

Maryland Waterway Improvement funds were obtained to restore the Nanticoke Harbor’s boat slips.

Schumaker Park Septic System

A new environmentally sensitive septic system was installed at Schumaker Park to reduce the potential nutrient runoff into Schumaker Pond.  A grant from the Board of Health paid for this project.

Tourism Events

Thirty-four events attracted nearly 200,000 visitors.  Events ranged from the USSSA Girls Softball World Series, Governor’s Challenge Basketball Tournament and Autumn Wine Festival to the Potomac Youth Religious Conference.

  • Wicomico County formed an official partnership with Ocean City and Worcester County called the Mid-Atlantic Amateur Sports Alliance (MAASA) to leverage assets in order to attract large-scale amateur sporting events to the region.  The Maryland Office of Sports will market this brand.
  • The Visitor Center welcomed 26,173 people; making it the most frequented Visitor Center in the State of Maryland.
  • Four signature events were held including the Autumn Wine Festival and Pork in the Park BBQ festival.

Civic Center Events

The Wicomico Youth & Civic Center hosted 772 events ranging from Disney on Ice to the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Association’s Eastern Nationals to Broadway. Attendance exceeded 240,000 visits. Highlights are as follows:

  • Ninety (90) cultural entertainment events were held.
  • Group sales efforts resulted in over 4,800 tickets sold for a gross of $84,000.
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