Administration & Development

Administration and Development encompass the four major support divisions:

  1. Administrative Services,
  2. Park Planning and Development,
  3. Public Affairs and Community Engagement,
  4. and Information Technology Services.

In addition, Administration and Development include the department’s human resources management.

Alvin McNeal

Deputy Director

Maryland National Parks Commission


Information Technology Services Division


The Information Technology Services Division (ITS) coordinates IT and Communication services for all divisions of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Leonard Pettiford

Division Chief

Maryland National Parks Commission

Management Services Division


The Management Services Division provides distinct Department-wide administrative services and special project functions.

Park Planning & Development Division

Capital Improvement Program

The Park Planning and Development Division’s (PPD) major functions are the preparation of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and the planning, design, engineering, and construction management of those CIP projects.


The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is a six-year financial plan for the acquisition, development, improvement, and/or maintenance of capital assets.

  • Includes capital projects in the planning, designing, and construction stages;
  • funding for new and renovation of existing facilities; as well as the acquisition of land.
  • Provides a detailed, year-by-year schedule of all planned expenditures and financing requirements for each project.

The CIP has two components: capital budget and capital plan. The capital budget refers to expenditures planned for the first year of the CIP and provides the appropriation authority to spend the funds. The capital plan is the proposed projects and related expenditures for the remaining 5 years.


The FY20 Approved Budget is $74.8 million. The grand total for this six-year program is $285.8 million. The CIP program is supported by various funding sources including “Pay-As-You-Go” (PAYGO) Cash Funding, M-NCPPC Bonds, Maryland State Program Open Space (POS), Maryland State Authorization Bonds, Developer Contributions, and various grants.

Park Acquisition

The total cost for approved park acquisition is $7,287,000 for FY20 and covers three acquisition programs:

  1. Countywide Local Park Acquisition
  2. Regional/Stream Valley Park Acquisition
  3. Historic Agricultural Resources Preservation

Park Development

The total cost for approved park development is $22,005,000 for FY20 and covers specific park development projects, public safety improvements, and other facility development. This also covers the cost to renovate community centers, playgrounds, trails, and other public facilities.

Complete List

View the complete list of new projects and their respective budgets that make up the Capital Improvement Program.

Regulatory Functions

The division also performs regulatory functions of subdivision review, site plan review, and review of zoning applications.

Bridget Stesney

Division Chief

Maryland National Parks Commission

Public Affairs and Community Engagement Division


The Public Affairs and Community Engagement Division’s (PACE) work program:

  • Promotes and markets parks and recreation facilities and programs and services
  • Encourages public participation and involvement
  • Manages partnership and volunteer programs
  • Informs Prince George’s County residents and visitors about the Department of Parks and Recreation through various forms of communication

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