Problem Identification:

There is limited coordination among public, private, and non-profit entities that deliver recreational and youth programming. This reality is manifested in the duplicative location of multiple service facilities.

Recommended Action:
Pursue a ‘cluster’ approach to the delivery of recreation and parks services by grouping providers within the same facility.

Cost Savings, Organizational, Service Improvement

Functional/Operational Area:

Estimated Annual Impact:

$440,000 – $1,100,000

Estimated Implementation Costs:


Barriers to Implementation:

Clustering service providers in shared facilities will necessitate new levels of cooperation and coordination between the Department and other service providers. This approach could also result in the consolidation of facilities leading to a public perception of diminished services and community opposition.

Projected Implementation:


Next Steps:
Utilizing information already developed by entities such as the Baltimore City Data Collaborative, Maternal and Child Community Health Science Consortium, and Safe and Sound, and in conjunction with the implementation of Recommendation 3-A, determine the universe of facilities presently delivering recreation and youth services, identify obvious overlaps, and utilize mechanisms, such as the proposed Children and Youth Cabinet, to develop plans to ‘cluster’ the delivery of services in shared facilities.


The maps (links below) provide vivid illustrations of the existing facilities that deliver recreational and youth programming in the city. The lack of policy and programmatic coordination among these service providers, discussed throughout this report, has led to the proliferation of facilities and unnecessary duplication of resource expenditures on facility-related costs. While the service providers included in this litany do not share identical missions, their missions are unquestionably complementary. This needs to be acknowledged and the service providers need to accept the notion that the best means of maximizing the impact of the services they provide is through productive collaboration with other similar-type service providers.

Utilizing financial and budgetary data provided by the Department, the project team estimates the cost of operating a recreation center at between $200,000 and $240,000 a year. The annual estimated financial impact included in this recommendation is based on the Department being able to consolidate between two and five facilities as a result of the implementation of this recommendation (Average cost savings of $220,000 per facility).

Map 1: Youth Resources in Baltimore City
Map 2: After School Resource in Baltimore City