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Wicomico County’s Recreation & Parks Department Celebrates the 75th Anniversary



SALISBURY, Md. – Wicomico County’s Recreation & Parks Department, which now also encompasses the Wicomico Civic Center and the Tourism division, commemorated its 75th anniversary Saturday, September 11, 2021.

The County honored this milestone with an anniversary celebration dinner at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland. The event was attended by staff, volunteers, community members, and elected officials.

“The 75th anniversary is a significant milestone we are delighted to commemorate,” said Acting Wicomico County Executive John Psota. “We are proud of the Recreation & Parks Department, the work it does, and the people who have made it happen along the way.”

A documentary-style short film chronicling the history of the department was premiered during the event. Filmed in the spring, the documentary features stories from people involved with the department’s evolution.

The video can be viewed at

Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism Director Steve Miller announced a new staff award named after former Director Gary Mackes. The award, named the Gary Mackes Make Better Best Award, will honor staff members who take a good project and make it even better.

McKinley Hayward and Ross Ritter were presented with 50 Year Service Awards for their unwavering commitment to the department.

Citations were presented to the department by representatives from Governor Larry Hogan’s office, the Maryland Senate, the Maryland House of Delegates, and the Wicomico County Council.

75th Anniversary of Rec & Parks 50 Year Award photo caption (from left to right): Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism Director Steve Miller; McKinley Hayward; Ross Ritter; Former Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism Director Gary Mackes

75th Anniversary of Rec & Parks Citations photo caption (from left to right): Delegate Chris Adams; Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes; Acting Wicomico County Executive John Psota; Grayson Middleton, Eastern Shore Outreach Coordinator for The Office of Governor Larry Hogan; Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism Director Steve Miller; Senator Addie Eckardt; Pat Schrawder, District Representative for Senator Mary Beth Carozza; Wicomico County Council President Larry Dodd.

Wicomico County’s Recreation & Parks department celebrates 75th anniversary

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