Little Dimples II, a child-care company owned by Thomas Hardnett Jr, has withdrawn its proposal to take over the Liberty and Woodhome recreation centers from the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks, according to several sources.
The owner’s shaky finances and history of court disputes were the subject of a story in The Brew two days ago.
Little Dimples, Boys and Girls Clubs of Baltimore, Omega Baltimore Foundation and Reclaiming Our Children and Community Project were slated to be awarded a total of six rec centers under Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s privatization plan, but the awards were withdrawn from the Board of Estimates meeting yesterday.
Little Dimples was to be awarded $100,000 in “seed money” from Rec and Parks to assume control of Liberty and Woodhome.
Rec and Parks is expected to announce Little Dimples’ withdrawn from the privatization process later today, sources tell The Brew.
Advocates for the rec centers, meanwhile, are organizing around the issue and plan a strategy session on Tuesday. The meeting is scheduled at St John’s United Methodist Church (2640 St. Paul St.)at the Fred B. Leidig Recreation Center, 301 South Beechfield Ave. at 7 p.m.