Great Recreation Programs for Everyone

Great Recreation Programs for Everyone


( ♪♪♪ ) Welcome to Hello! Baltimore County. I’m your host, Ellen Kobler.
And we are here today at the Benjamin Banneker
Historical Park and Museum, and we are delighted to be joined
by Beahta Davis, who is chief of Recreation Services
for Baltimore County. Thank you so much
for joining us. – Oh, thank you for having me. – Well, this is a wonderful site,
and we’ll hear a little bit more about the museum and the park
in a few minutes, but first, Baltimore County
is a huge county with hundreds of recreation facilities,
programs, parks. Tell us a little bit about
what to expect this fall. – Well, this fall, you should
expect a lot of the fall sports, such as football, soccer,
even a little fall lacrosse, fall baseball, fall softball. All of that will be going on, and if you haven’t already
registered your child, now would be a good time
to contact your local recreation office to get your child
on one of our many teams. – Okay. And so, people can find out
all about the details by going to the County website
and then searching in their particular area? – Yes, they can go on the County website,
search in their particular area. Usually if you go onto the community
office that’s in your area, there should be a link
to the Recreation Council’s website. If there’s not a link there,
please feel free to contact the local community office,
and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction for registration. – Okay. And sports are not
just for kids, right? You have adult leagues, as well? – Yes, we definitely have adult leagues. There’s a lot of adult softball
going on, as well as there are some
adult soccer programs that actually get started in the fall. We shouldn’t forget
about adult tennis. Not only is that happening outside,
but as the weather starts to change to get to be a little bit colder,
we have indoor tennis for adults. We also have badminton that kind
of starts up in the fall, as well, and a lot of adults are trying out
our relatively new sport called pickleball. – Pickleball?
– Pickleball, yes. And so, we have that at some of
our community centers, as well as at NERRC, or Northeast
Regional Recreation Center. – Well, that sounds like
a really fun way to get out and get some exercise—
do something a little different. – Right.
– Kind of like gym class. – Yes, kind of like gym class. And if you’re really not
interested in a team sport, you can also either come to
Randallstown Community Center, Northeast Regional Rec. Center,
or Southeast Regional Rec. Center and just walk around the track
that is at either of these sites. – Very nice. All right,
and it is back-to-school time. – Yes, it is. – So, what about after-school
programs for children? – We have plenty of after-school
programs all around the county, and there’s just
a little bit for everyone. So, I would suggest that you go to
that same website that you would have– If you go to the website and click on
the link for your local community office, just to find out what’s being
offered in your community. But we also have some free
after-school programs for children who are 8 to 17 years of age at any
of our nine Police Athletic League Centers that are located around the county. We also have an after-school
program for children with developmental disabilities,
and it’s held at Ridge Ruxton School. And you can find out more
information about that program by contacting our TR Office, and contact information for
the PAL centers and our TR Office is located on the County website. – All right. Back to the County
website for everything. Also, you’ve made a career
of recreation, which sounds like
kind of a fun career path. – Yes. Yes. – What if somebody
is interested in finding jobs with Baltimore County Recreation? – If you’re interested in
a part-time position, these positions usually are
our park attendants, building attendants, recreation leaders,
where they help set up facilities for programming,
both inside and outside. You can find out information
about those jobs on the Recreation and Parks section
on Baltimore County’s website. You can find out
which offices are hiring, what positions they are hiring for. We even provide a description
of those positions, as well as an application you can download
and drop off at the local office. If you’re looking for a permanent position,
a full-time position, those are all provided
on the County’s jobs line. – Okay. So, you go to
the County website either way and for full-time,
you click on the Jobs link and go through the regular County,
full-time system but for the part-time, go to
the Recreation and Parks page. – Yes, and you know,
we have a lot of staff who started out working for Baltimore County
as part-time employees, and now they work for us full time. And the same is true if you’re
interested in an internship. If you’re in college or you’re in high school,
and you want an internship, you can certainly send
that same application in, and we’ll consider you for that,
as well. – All right. And since we’re here at this
gorgeous Banneker facility, we’re going to bring in Willa Banks,
who is going to tell us all things Banneker, and share with us the fabulous amenities
here at the museum. – Thank you.
– Thank you. ( ♪♪♪ ) – We are joined now by Willa Banks,
who is the director of Education and Curatorial Affairs
for the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum. Thank you so much
for taking a few minutes. – You’re welcome.
Thank you for having me, Ellen. – Well, first of all, give us please a quick
overview and history of the site here. – Well, this site– The park
was established in 1989 after John McGrain had discovered that this
was indeed Benjamin Banneker’s farmstead. And he had uncovered the plot,
the deed, to this land, and the Maryland Historical Trust,
after community activism, organized and planned
and investigated dig to actually locate, determine where Benjamin Banneker
might have lived. And after they uncovered it,
a park was established. – And for people that don’t know,
give us the quick 101 on Mr. Banneker. – Benjamin Banneker was born in
Baltimore County somewhere close by. We’re not exactly sure, but he began
living on this spot around 1737. His father purchased this land
with 7,000 pounds of tobacco. That was Maryland’s cash crop. And he was born a free black man, and he made many accomplishments
in his lifetime. One that he’s most noted for
is that he helped to assist in a survey of Washington, D.C. And he was a scientist, astronomer—
quite the Renaissance man well ahead of his time. – Yes, he was,
and a mathematician. And in fact, it was his skills
in astronomy and mathematics that made him a desirable person
to become a member of the survey team. – And for people who want to come here,
it’s just a beautiful site, and the exhibits are phenomenal. You know, it’s a size
that you can kind of do in a day and really enjoy and delve deeply. Share with us what
people can see here. – Yes. When people come
to our park and museum, they can see this beautiful gallery
that shows the excavated items that were found that were actually used
by Benjamin Banneker. There are some original
copies of his almanacs. He was the author
of six published almanacs. And we have a clock,
an 1800s clock, that is designed just like the one
Banneker would have made. We don’t know what happened to him,
but it was donated. There are also six miles of trails. We have beautiful gardens. Our board and volunteers have
recreated a colonial kitchen garden. Banneker had an orchard,
and so we have a beautiful orchard, and there are bees there. He was a beekeeper. The Number Nine Trolley Trail
leads directly to Ellicott City, so it’s a wonderful day. And they can see
beautiful wildlife and wildflowers. – Very nice. So, it combines
nature and history. What are some upcoming exhibits
that you’re planning? – Well, one is going to be on baskets,
beautiful baskets from the Colonial Era—
all different types and their functions. And another one is about
stories and textiles and paper. So, it’s going to be a wonderful
way to continue to learn the life and times of Benjamin Banneker
in multiple ways. – Okay. Any other activities
or things that people can enjoy? – Yes. We have Saturday
programs for families. We also have adult programming
in the evenings. People who like stargazing,
We have stargazing events and even moon hikes. – Nice.
– Yes. So, something for everyone
here at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Museum and Park. – Well, thank you very much.
– You’re welcome. – And thanks for watching
Hello! Baltimore County. You can find out more about
the Banneker Museum and Park and about recreation activities
all on the Baltimore County website. Thanks for watching. ( ♪♪♪ )

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