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