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Date: Sep 2012

Robert E. LeeEllen Kobler
Deputy Director, Baltimore County Office of Communications 

To me, the newly renovated Robert E. Lee Park feels like Baltimore County’s little slice of Central Park. It’s got a certain air of sophistication and gentility about it. Walking along Lake Roland on the paved walking paths you get such a sense of park’s history. You can almost imagine the Baltimore ladies from the 1940s in their Sunday finery pushing their baby carriages, the men trailing behind in their in their tweed three-piece suits smoking their cigars and glancing at their pocket watches.

The County recently acquired this signature park from Baltimore City and has made $6 million in significant repairs and improvements including two pedestrian bridges, a beautiful boardwalk that connects to the Falls Road Light Rail Station, upgrades to the dog park (Paw Point), significant shoreline stabilization and some general sprucing up all around the park. The makeover has done wonders for this grand urban oasis.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to immerse myself in the park’s more natural areas, hiking through the 415 acres of woodlands, exploring the serpentine barrens and rock plateaus, walking the boardwalk and, of course, launching my kayak. But there is something that feels so very civilized and relaxing about taking a quiet stroll alongside the historic dam and stone waterworks building. Maybe next time I’ll have to bring along a parasol.

Towson City CenterContributed by Fronda Cohen
Office of Communications

It’s hard to miss the black and gold Towson University logo at the top of the gleaming new Towson City Center — you can see it heading north on York Road from the main campus, or heading into downtown Towson from York or Dulaney Valley Roads.  

So what earned Maryland’s largest producer of teachers this lofty spot? Square feet. Towson University is leasing 60,000 square feet of space for its Institute for Well-Being and WTMD Radio studios. 

The Institute for Well-Being is a wonderful addition to downtown Towson, delivering services to make us healthier as individuals and as a community. Four health centers provide a fresh, state-of-the-art learning environment for students in the College of Health Professions and quality care for their clients: The Center for Adults with Autism, the Speech, Language, and Hearing Center, Wellness Center, and Occupational Therapy Center. Free Wellness Wednesday programs on a range of health topics will be open to the public.   

Each year, the Institute for Well-Being alone will bring over 2,300 clients, students, health care professionals and faculty to downtown Towson. Towson City Center is now 100% leased, with tenants including MileOne and Remedi Senior Care corporate headquarters, BusinessSuites, and WMS Partners. That means more breakfasts, lunches and dinners served at restaurants, more customers for downtown shops, and more opportunities for businesses to grow in downtown Towson.

Here’s to the black and gold!

Baltimore County product manufacturingContributed by Rick Cobert
Baltimore County Department of Economic Development

As much as you think you know about the Baltimore County economy, there is always more to discover.  Experts are often impressed to learn how many products are manufactured here, and how many of our companies are publicly traded stocks.

Here is the first in an occasional series featuring products and their company connections in our “resource rich” county.

Sakrete is a global leader in premixed bagged concrete. The mix is used by commercial builders and the average homeowner. This famous brand is manufactured by Bonsal American in Middle River, which is owned by CRH plc (NYSE: CRH).

Vulcan ranges are the “chefs secret” in kitchens here and around the world. Imagine an infrared broiler cooking a “Pittsburgh-rare” New York Strip at 1,600 degrees. Built with pride in Dundalk, Vulcan is a division of ITW (NYSE: ITW).

Jet engine thrust reversers are a plane part we take for granted. At MRAS (Middle River Aircraft Systems), the “airplane brakes” built into aircraft engines for GE and Pratt & Whitney keep jet landings safe and consistently reliable.

The bottle cap (originally called the crown cork) was patented in 1892 by the Crown Cork & Seal Company here in Baltimore. Crown has been manufacturing metal food cans in Essex for decades. The global company is still revolutionizing packaging with new technology (NYSE: CCK).


Revised April 6, 2016