Willows Recreation Center Permanently Closing On April 30

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – St. Mary’s County Government (SMCG) is pleased to announce the planned purchase of Willows Recreation Center. This facility is set to become the new home of the St. Mary’s Gymnastics Academy, offering competitive and recreational gymnastics. In addition to gymnastics, space will be available for daytime and evening programming that includes a pickleball court, health & wellness classes, dance & leisure classes, and party rentals.

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County are scheduled to review and sign the contract during their business meeting on May 23, 2023. Renovations are set to begin this June with plans to relocate St. Mary’s Gymnastics Academy into the facility in September of 2023.

“We are excited for local gymnasts, their families, and our Recreation & Parks team,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “The St. Mary’s Gymnastics Academy has been extremely successful and provides a great recreational outlet for youth, and this facility also offers needed space for other recreation and parks programs.”

“This acquisition provides sufficient programming space for recreational and competitive programs in a safe environment, including appropriate ceiling heights to accommodate advanced level gymnast routines,” said Arthur Shepherd, Director of St. Mary’s County Recreation & Parks (R&P). “I appreciate the work of the parent stakeholders and our gymnastics community, who have invested their time, alongside R&P staff in the search for a new facility. The Commissioners have made a strong investment in the future of the gymnastics program by providing this new home for the St. Mary’s Gymnastics Academy.”

For more information about the St. Mary’s Gymnastics Academy, please visit stmaryscountymd.gov/gymnastics or call (301) 862-1462.

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    1. Or would you rather the youth still have nothing to do and youth crime rates continue to rise???

  1. So is this why they are raising our taxes? To afford their down right bad spending plans with OUR money?
    First they want to throw $16m to a YMCA. Now they go and waste more on just about the same thing. It’s funny they don’t list how much the SMCG is paying for this.

    We need to vote Hewitt and Guy out (hopefully they are both coming up on their term limit) and to not elect Ostrow or Alderson in on another term.

  2. Do any of you commenters actually have school age kids looking for something to do in St. Marys County? That’s one of the first things you hear , there’s nothing to do in St. Mary’s County. This building will combine several activities under one roof. Come on let’s play some Pickelball ! Or don’t you know how?

    1. I wish it was that simple they kick out basketball from there, you know the sport that most of the kid who live around plays!!!!

  3. Private venture who failed because of bad managment saved by public money. Let’s hope they bought it for cheap….Unless it is another “buddy, buddy save my money and I will not forget about it wink wink”!

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