Park Regulations I Pool and beach Regulations I Rental Policies and Fees

KCPR has nine park facilities around the county. Activities available range from picnicking to bird watching, hiking, swimming, fishing, sports recreation, and numerous other activities. In addition to public use, the facilities can be rented for private functions. Download the Facility Rental Brochure here.

Download the Pavilion Rental Application here.
Download the Special Park Use Rental Application here.
Download the Pool Rental Application here.
Download the Ballfield & Multi-purpose Athletic Field Rental Application here.

Per Kent County Public Law (Section 64 - Domestic Animals), all dogs shall be kept under restraint. Animal owners shall be responsible for the removal of any excrement deposited by the animal. Violations will result in fines of not more than $400.

View the Pet Waste Program here.

All county parks are closed from dusk until dawn.


Department fees are based on residency, with Kent County resident fees and non-resident fees as listed on printed information, on our website and online through ActiveNet (our online registration program). Non-residents will be required to pay a non-resident fee.

KCPR reserves the right to require proof of identity-name, residency-address and age for patrons whether a resident or non-resident. Patrons who do not provide proof documentation will not be permitted to make a reservation. Patrons who indicate they are Kent County resident and do not provide proof of residency-address (if requested) will be required to pay the non-resident rate.

Shared Kent County and Queen Anne's County Zip Code: KCPR will confirm the street name of all addresses with a 21620 (Chestertown) or 21651 (Millington) zip code to confirm the appropriate rate is applied. Patrons with a Chestertown or Millington address/zip code who reside in Queen Anne's County will be required to pay the non-resident fee. If payment is processsed at the resident rate and it is later determined that the non-resident rate should apply, additional charges (the difference between the resident rate and non-resident rate) shall be immediately due upon discovery of the discrepency. Failure to pay any additional charges by the advised deadline will result in cancellation of the reservation and a refund (minus a $5 processing fee) will be issued. The non-resident rate will not be adjusted if a non-resident becomes a resident after payment is completed.


In accordance with the requirements of the Special Event Recycling Program (SERP), should any rental expected to have 200 or more persons in attendance, and serve food or drink, will be required to, at the contract holders' cost, provide recycling for the following items:
cardboard; glass containers; plastic containers; paper; metal containers; food scraps. In addition to providing recycling receptacles for recycled items, the contract holder is responsible for ensuring the collection of all recycled materials from the rental site.

View the SERP Fact Sheet here. Call 410-778-7439 for more information.

72 acre Worton Park


Located in Kent County (Kent County Middle School), the gardens are under the guidance of the University of Maryland Extension, Kent County. The gardens are a partnership between Kent County Public Schools, University of Maryland Extension, Kent County Parks and Recreation, Kent County Community Food Pantry, families, and businesses in Kent County.

The gardens have four goals: To help students learn about how our food grows; To give students hands-on opportunities throughout the seasons to plant, tend, and harvest garden produce; To connect students to their community, by donating their labor and produce to provide fresh local food to economically disadvantaged families (including some families of the students themselves).

In 2010 more than 500lbs of veggies were harvested from the garden at Kent County Middle School. In 2011 almost 1100lbs of veggies were harvested. In 2012 the garden produced MORE than 1100lbs. Half of the food is donated to the Food Pantry, the other half is used at school or taken home by students and teachers.

Fore more information about Kent County's School and Community Gardens, please contact Sabine Harvey at 410-778-1661 or sharvey1@umd.edu.


10932 Worton Road, Worton, MD 21678

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Enjoy 97 acres of a multi-use facility including numerous ball fields (one lighted), tennis courts, sand volleyball, and basketball courts.The picnic pavilion, located in the heart of the park, includes approximately 15 picnic tables, charcoal grills, water (by request), and electric (by request). The Restroom facilities* are located in close proximity to the pavilion. Worton Park also features a .6 mile walking path with exercise stations throughout the path. Use this path to keep a safe distance from traffic while still keeping an eye on playground and field activities.
Call 410-778-1948 or email info@KentParksAndRec.org for pavilion and field rental information.

*Restrooms and portable toilets are open from April 1 - October 31.


Platform Tennis, often referred to as Paddle Tennis, is an American racquet sport enjoyed by thousands of people of all ages. It is the only racquet sport that players can enjoy outdoors in cold weather. This unique appeal attracts people who desire fresh air, competition, and social engagement-all on a chilly winter's day or night. The sport will be played at both highly competitive and purely recreational levels. And because it is easy to learn, it is enjoyed by players as young as eight and as old as old bones allow. Secure your rental dates now! Equipment rental packages are also available for a nominal fee.

Annual Membership Reservations/Fees

Individuals who wish to purchase an annual membership (November-October) may do so at a cost of $100 per person (Resident) and $120 per person (Non-Resident). The annual membership incudes (2), two hour reservations per week for up to 52 weeks. All members must make payment and sign the Permission, Release, and Waiver Form to guarantee a reservation for a group. Although the Platform Tennis season officially begins November 1, member reservations may be reserved beginning July 1 each year for the upcoming season (November-October). Refunds will not be issued for "No Play" periods or unused or cancelled reservation time for Annual Membership Reservations. If there is an open time slot that has not been reserved on the reservation board located at the courts, members may play a third day and time in a week, in the open time slot, without making an additional reservation. Please keep in mind that this is "show up at your own risk".

~Membership Fee Schedule as follows~

Early Bird Online Special: if paid October, $85 (Resident) and $105 (Non-Resident);

November - December, $100 (Resident) and $120 (Non-Resident);

January - February, $85 (Resident) and $105 (Non-Resident);

March - April, $70 (Resident) and $90 (Non-Resident);

May - June, $55 (Resident) and $75 (Non-Resident).

Pay Per Play

Want to play Platform Tennis from time to time without the commitment of a membership? No worries! You can make reservations to play at your leisure through KCPR. The cost is $10 per person for a group of four or $30 per person for two individuals. Reservations and payment may only be made Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Don't have your own equipment to play, no problem! KCPR has three rental packages available. All facility users must sign a Permission, Release, and Waiver Form before participation.

Download the Platform Tennis Policies & Forms & Waiver here.

Download Platform Tennis Equipment Rental Agreement here.

Please call 410-778-1957 or email info@KentParksAndRec.org for more information.


KCPR operates the pool concession stand each season!  The concession stand will generally be open from 12 pm-6:30 pm (day swim) and 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm (night swim) when the pool is open (weather permitting). The last order is taken 45 minutes before the pool closes. Menu items include pizza, hotdogs, burgers, hot subs, chicken: sandwiches, tenders, nuggets, and wings, soft pretzels, nachos, mozzarella sticks, fries, mac & cheese bites, corn dog bites, battered pickle chips, assorted chips, hand dipped ice cream, snow balls, and a variety of drinks. Food in delivery containers are not permitted inside pool gates.

View the menu here.

Call 410-778-1948 or email info@KentParksAndRec.org for more information.

Kent County Community Center Pool: The 13' deep pool is the largest pool of its kind on the Eastern Shore at 285,000 gallons. There are 12 lap lanes with availability of six open at one time, a tube slide in the deep end, as well as a two person slide in the shallow end. The shallow end features tumble buckets and a zero depth entry zone with floor bubblers and "beach wash" water jets. There is also a separate wading pool for small children with a crab slide that squirts water from the top. A swimming pool wheelchair is available for people with limited mobility to enjoy the benefits of being in the pool, whether it is for play or to engage in rehabilitation exercises. Pool rentals include exclusive use of the pool outside normal operating hours and includes lifeguards.

View the Community Center Pool rental policies here.
View the Pool Facility Rules here.
Call 410-778-1957 or email info@KentParksAndRec.org for more information.

Come out and join us for Night Swim 2020 at the Community Center Pool!

June 22, 26, & 29 July 1,6,10,13,17,20,24,27 & 29 August 3,7,10 & 12
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$2 Per Person per night or Season Pass

* Weather permitting. Dates subject to change without advance notice.


Dates: Monday, June 28 - Friday, July 30
Days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Time: 8 am-9 am
Place: Community Center
Cost: $50 per swimmer    

Call 410-778-1957 or email info@KentParksAndRec.org for more information.
Download the adult swimming lessons registration form here .


Youth (Ages 4 - 13)    
Session I: Monday, June 6 - Thursday June 16 (beginners only)
Session II: Monday, June 20 - Thursday, June 30
Session III: Tuesday, July 5 - Thursday, July 14 (class held on Friday, July 8th)
Session IV: Monday, July 18 - Thursday, July 28
Monday - Thursday (Rain Day Friday)
9:00 am - 9:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
5:30 pm - 6:15 pm(Session I Only)
Bayside Landing or Millington Pool (Session I)
Community Center Pool (Sessions II and IV)
Millington Pool (Session III)
$45 per swimmer per session (Resident)
$55 per swimmer per session (Non-Resident)

Registration begins April 1st for swim lessons. A skills test may be scheduled after registration is received. Classes are subject to cancellation if the minimum number of participants is not met.

Call 410-778-1957 or email info@KentParksAndRec.org for more information.
Download the youth swimming lessons registration form here.

13684 Turners Creek Road, Kennedyville, MD 21645

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Located adjacent to the Sassafrass Natural Resource Management Area, Turner's Creek is part of the National Park Service, Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network. Explore 147 acres of trails, wooded acres, open fields, and a waterfront bluff overlooking Turner's Creek off the Sassafrass River. A public boat ramp is surrounded by over 100 feet of bulkhead area (please call the County Public Landings office at 410-778-7439 for more boat ramp details). The picnic pavilion includes charcoal grills, electric, and approximately 12 picnic tables. *Restroom facilities are located in the basement of the historic Lathim House (built in the late 18th century) and a portable toilet is available at the bulkhead. Other attractions include two nature trails, an abundance of waterfowl and wildlife, and a national and historic tree grove. The soil conservation agricultural demonstration area along with the Kent Museum, Inc., displaying antique and historical agricultural equipment, are open the first and third Saturday of each month from 10 am until 4 pm, May through October. Call 410-778-1948 or email info@KentParksAndRec.org for pavilion rental information.

*Restroom facilities are open from April 1 - October 31.

5 Ericsson Avenue, Betterton, MD 21610

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This 5.2 acre waterfront park offers a sandy beach with a volleyball court, *bathhouse, Mary Roe Walkup Picnic Pavilion, stone fishing jetty, and transient boat launching ramp (please call the County Public Landings office at 410-778-7439 for more boat ramp details). Lifeguards are not on duty, SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK. Dogs are not permitted on the beach. A picnic pavilion overlooking the beach at the mouth of the Sassafras River includes approximately eight picnic tables and a charcoal grill. Grilling is only permitted in the pavilion and grass areas, not on the beach.There is a *bathhouse with restrooms down the hill from the pavilion next to the beach. View Betterton Beach Regulations here. Call 410-778-1948 or email info@KentParksAndRec.org for pavilion rental information.

*Restroom and bathhouse facilities are open from April 1 - June 15 (weekends only); June 16 - September 15 (daily); September 16 - October 31 (weekends only). Facilities will also be open during late fall special events.


The Kent County Health Department, Environmental Health Services Department conducts regular water quality tests to determine bacterial levels. When bacterial levels exceed acceptable levels, swimming in open water such as beaches is not recommended. View the most up to date beach advisory information here. Call 410-778-1361 to contact the Environmental Health Services Department for more information.

Rainfall Advisory

After rainfall, individuals should exercise caution and avoid swimming/direct water contact for at least 48 hours due to predicted high bacterial levels.


View the frequently asked questions for beach health and swimming safety here.

Practice Healthy Beach Habits

View the tips on how to prevent water-related illnesses here.

Marylander's Guide to Skin Wounds and Water Contact

View the information on Vibrio and how to prevent infection here.

MDE's Current Conditions Map

View the interactive map showing current beach conditions throughout Maryland here.


13753 Augustine Herman Highway, Galena, MD 21635

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This 37.5 acre park is named for its benefactor, the family of William R. Toal Sr., who donated the original 17.5 acres.Through the efforts of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and funding from Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Program Open Space, an additional twenty acres was acquired in 2008.Toal Park is located on Mill Creek just off the Sassafrass River, and is accessible by Route 213 just outside of Galena.The picnic pavilion, with approximately 8 picnic tables and charcoal grills, is perfect for intimate family gatherings.The park also features a ball field, an athletic field, and a portable toilet*. Call 410-778-1948 or email info@KentParksAndRec.org for pavilion rental information.

*Portable toilets are open from April 1 - October 31.

22020 Lovers Lane, Rock Hall, MD 21661

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This 5 acre park features a picnic pavilion/building, as well as a ball field, volleyball court, playground, walking path, and a *portable toilet.The picnic pavilion includes electric (by request), water (by request), and approximately 10 picnic tables. Call 410-778-1948 or email info@KentParksAndRec.org for pavilion rental information.

*Portable toilets are open from April 1 - October 31.

24188 Still Pond Neck Road, Worton, MD 21678

Acquired in 2003 under the Department of the Interior's National Park Service Federal Lands to Parks program, this 11 acre passive recreation waterfront property boasts a beautiful view of Still Pond Creek. Still Pond Station Park is currently an undeveloped park with no bathroom facilities or trashcans. As a trash-free park, patrons are required to bring their own trash bag and take trash with them after each visit. The facility has an extremely narrow shoreline with limited space to accomodate patrons. The County is making plans for developing the park in the future (picnic pavilion, playground, swings, restrooms and parking lot improvements). The boat ramp is for launching non-motorized watercrafts only and is not a public landing. The USCG owns a portion of the property and operates as a seasonal USCG location from April through October and monitors waterways and grounds. The beach and grounds are also monitored by the Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Public Works and Kent County Sheriff's Office. Swimming is at your own risk.

13123 Still Station Road, Still Pond, MD 21667

Located off of Still Pond Creek Road in Worton, this 8 acre property is a special use area for educational purposes such as horticulture, nature, and the environment. Use must be scheduled in advance and coordinated with Department of Parks and Recreation.

21349 Tolchester Beach Road, Chestertown, MD 21620

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The Kent County Ag Center (home of the annual 4-H fair) was acquired through the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, Federal Lands to Parks Program. Located on Tolchester Beach Road, this 22.6 acre property serves as the home for the annual Kent County Fair in late July of each year.The Fair features great food, rides, 4-H and community exhibits, animals, tractors, games and entertainment.The focus of the fair is agricultural education and providing educational opportunities for County youth.The greased pig contest, bull-riding and the 4-H livestock and cake auctions are popular fair events. Each evening features different foods including a fish fry and pit beef on Thursday, pork barbecue on Friday and chicken barbecue on Saturday. Plan a great escape right in your own back yard! Call 410-778-1661 to contact the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service or e-mail emshill@umd.edu for more information.

20927 Bayside Avenue, Rock Hall, MD 21661

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Bayside Landing Park is located off of Bayside Avenue in Rock Hall and is centered along the Rock Hall Harbor. The public swimming pool is open Thursday through Sunday, 12 pm-7 pm (from Memorial Day weekend until late August) and has a renovated bathhouse with *restroom facilities. Bayside Landing also features deep water, dual boat ramps, and 39 boat slips (please call the County Public Landings office at 410-778-7439 for more boat ramp and slip details). A walkway joins the park and the public bulkhead which hosts various special events throughout the year.

*The hours the restroom facilities are open to the public are during the Town of Rock Hall special events when the public swimming pool is open on weekends only, Saturday - Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day; and Thursday and Friday when Kent County Public Schools are not in session, generally mid-June through the weekend before schools reopen in late August. View the Pool Facility Rules here. Call 410-778-1957 or email info@KentParksAndRec.org for pool rental information.

FREE ADMISSION to Bayside Landing Pool! Safety is our number one priority. At the discretion of lifeguards on duty, when maximum capacity limitations are reached, entry will be monitored and may result in limited entry. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation!

154 Millington Road, Millington, MD 21651

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Located in the heart of Millington, and renovated in May 2015, Millington Pool is open Tuesday through Sunday, 12 pm-7 pm, (from Memorial Day weekend until late August), and features a bathhouse with *restroom facilities, tennis courts, and a picnic grove. Pool rentals include exclusive use of the pool outside normal operating hours and includes lifeguards. View the Pool Facility Rules here. Call 410-778-1957 or email info@KentParksAndRec.org for pool rental information.


~ Approved by the Board of County Commissioners of Kent County on March 3, 2020~ Kent County Government reserves the right to amend the program, fees and guidelines.
In an effort to ensure Kent County Parks and Recreation (KCPR) staff are famililar with and can identify patrons who enter and utilize Millington Pool, all patrons age 3 and older must have and present a County issued Facility Access Pass (FAP) with a photo of the pass holder to enter and utilize Millington Pool, following established pass issuance requirements and guidelines. Patrons under 12 years of age must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible Facility Access Pass holder age 16 or older for admittance.

Download the details of the pilot program, including the guidelines for issuance of FREE passes to Kent County residents here.

Call 410-778-1948 or email info@KentParksAndRec.org for more information.


Kent County has adopted a pet waste program to aid in the reduction of pollution in Kent County parks, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. The program follows guidelines recommended by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Help Kent County Stop Pointless Poo-lution - Studies have found that roughly 40 percent of Americans don't pick up their dogs' waste. You can help by picking up after your dog 100 percent of the time. Below are some tips on what you can do to help keep Kent County waters, parks, and residential properties clean and healthy:

- Always clean up after your dog on walks and remind your neighbors and friends to do the same.

- Don't wait to scoop in you own yard. Keep an eye out and scoop immediately.

- Take multiple bags on walks.

- Throw out pet waste in a bio-degradable bag OR flush waste down the toilet, please don't flush the bag. Do NOT throw dog waste in a compost bin.

- Do not throw pet waste near a storm drain; use a trash can.

View the Pet Waste Program here.


Kent County Parks | 11041 Worton Road  P.O. Box 67| Worton, MD  21678 | Ph: 410-778-1948 | info@kentparksandrec.org