Anne Arundel County library card holders can visit five county regional parks for free this week. All they have to do is show their Anne Arundel County Public Library Card.
Free entry to the parks does not include fee programs, special park events or boat ramp use. Physical cards will be required for entry into the parks. Residents without a library card can visit any Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) to get a replacement or new card.
"People are really excited about the opportunity to maybe try a park they haven't tried before," said AACPL Communications Director Christine Feldmann.
Feldmann indicated public feedback about the program has been positive so far. She helped get the program going after the library reached out to Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks,
"As part of our 100th Anniversary, we knew we wanted to do something to thank our customers," she said. "I thought, why not see if we can have out customers get in for free for a period of time?"
“This is the best possible partnership to match education and learning at the libraries with exercise and nature at our parks. Enjoy!," stated Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks Department Director Jessica Leys in a press release.
County Executive Steuart Pittman was also enthusiastic about the county being able to offer the program From Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 12,
“Our libraries and our parks represent the very best we have to offer our residents - places for us all to explore and learn and play,” he stated in the release. “The partnership with Anne Arundel Department of Recreation and Parks and the Anne Arundel County Public Library is a wonderful recognition of AACPL's 100 years of service to our county, and an excellent opportunity for cardholders to take advantage of our parks.”
The program runs from Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 12,
Visit the library’s website for complete information on signing up for a free library card.
--From press release and phone interview
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