About Us

Mission Statement

The Downtown Association is a community-based organization created to serve the businesses, residents, and visitors to the downtown area of Ocean City, Maryland. The Association advocates and promotes programs that enhance and improve the quality of life for both citizens and vacationers.


The Downtown Improvement Association was formed in 1977 by Al Berger and fellow Downtown business owners who were concerned about a variety of issues that included but were not limited to parking, street lighting, and landscaping — issues that remain important today. The first meeting was at the Dorchester Street firehouse. Some of those initial members and “founders” were people like Granville Trimper, Kate Bunting, Lee Graham, Bill Gibbs and Bob Givarz. The name was eventually changed to the Downtown Association of Ocean City.


The Downtown Association continues its proud history of supporting the businesses of Ocean City. In cooperation with the Town of Ocean City and the OCDC, we bring a variety of events to the city, which draw tourists and residents alike to the revitalized downtown area.

During the season, stop by and visit us 7-days a week from 12 Noon to 8PM at the Boardwalk Information Cottage. For information on any of our events call 410-280-1413 or e-mail ocdowntownassociation@verizon.net .