Charles County Public Library, Department Of Recreation & Parks Expand Partnership

LA PLATA, Md. – The Charles County Public Library (CCPL)  is thrilled to announce the expansion of their partnership with Charles County Department of Recreation and Parks, increasing the number of RecPASSes available to library users for free.  

The RecPASS allows for unlimited visits to any drop-in programs at school-based community centers and pools, the Port Tobacco Recreation Center, Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center, and Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, and is typically available for a fee through Charles County Department of Recreation.

Initially launched as a pilot program in June 2022, overwhelming community response led to both organizations working together to make more passes available. Starting February 9, 2023, each CCPL location will now have five passes per location available for check out, increasing the total number of passes to 25 countywide.

“Working with the Department of Recreation and Parks has been a wonderful collaboration, and we are excited to be able to answer community feedback and need to add more RecPasses to our collection,” said KennethWayne Thompson, Executive Director of the library. “This project is just the first of many we are working on with Recreation, and we look forward to continuing this partnership in 2023.”

“Our department is extremely excited to continue our collaboration with the Charles County Public Library. The summer pilot RecPass program was a huge success and demonstrated a continued need to provide quality recreational opportunities for all our residents. We are looking forward to a continued collaboration and development of new and innovative programs that we can collectively offer together.” said Ju’wann Jones, Chief of Recreation with Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism.

Learn more about the RecPASS at the library program by visiting For more information on Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism services, facilities, and camps, visit

About Charles County Public Library

The Charles County Public Library (CCPL) creates opportunities for our community to engage, discover, and learn. CCPL consists of four library branches, as well as a Mobile Library. CCPL has a staff of more than 100 full-time and part-time employees. Our branches house over 200,000 volumes of printed material, audio books, film, and other documents, and we have an online branch at where we are adding new resources regularly. Currently, there are over 75,000 county residents who have library cards and that number grows every day. 

About Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism

The Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism administers and coordinates all recreational and tourism programs, activities, and special events, as well as park system planning, design, development, and maintenance within Charles County.  The Department maintains 4,194 acres of county parkland on 33 parks and 20 indoor recreational facilities.  The facilities and programs are diverse in nature providing a wide variety of active and passive recreational opportunities for county residents and visitors alike. 

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