Baltimore County News
Action protects park from threat of future development
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz approved an agreement that will place preservation protections on 450 acres of the County's Oregon Ridge Park in Hunt Valley. The popular and scenic 1,100 acre park, a portion first acquired by the County in 1969, provides recreational and social activities, including nature education, winter sports, summer concerts, theater, children's playgrounds, as well as a venue for festivals, gatherings and meetings year-round.
Working in close cooperation with Charles Fenwick, Jr. and Michael Hankin on behalf of the Land Preservation Trust, Baltimore County agreed to place land restrictions that will preserve almost 90% of the total acreage to ensure the park cannot be commercially or residentially developed.
"While there are no plans from the current administration to develop the site, our actions today will ensure that future generations of County residents will be able to enjoy the bucolic charm of Oregon Ridge Park," said Kamenetz. "I am grateful for the guidance of the Land Preservation Trust, a nationally recognized leader of the County's preservation efforts.”
Baltimore County has aggressively promoted land preservation for decades, including placement of two-thirds of the County's geography in a rural zone, such that 80% of the County's population live on 30% of the land mass. Baltimore County is comprised of 610 square miles, with a population exceeding 823,000. Across all of its preservation programs, Baltimore County has preserved more than 63,000 acres of land from future development, ranking it in the top 10 counties nationally.
“The Land Preservation Trust and the surrounding community have long sought to protect Oregon Ridge Park from future development potential,” said Charles Fenwick, Jr. “We appreciate that County Executive Kamenetz recognized how important Oregon Ridge is as a gateway to the valleys, and has agreed to protections that are tremendous and meaningful,” he said.
Kamenetz will direct that restrictive covenants be recorded with the Land Records of Baltimore County to provide the legal protections in perpetuity. Approximately 330,000 people visit Oregon Ridge Park and Nature Center annually.
Michael L. Schneider, Community Outreach Liaison
Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks
The spirit of America’s independence can be heard, and seen, across our beautiful County throughout the long Fourth of July weekend – close to home and without the long lines at the toll booths! Baltimore County Recreation and Parks Councils, staff and communities are working hard to make this weekend memorable and fun way to celebrate with family and friends all that is great about America.
Over on the County’s east side, The Heritage Foundation is celebrating with its annual Fair at Dundalk Heritage Park (July 1 through July 3). On the Fourth of July, the fun and community traditions continue with a 6K race (starting at CCBC Dundalk), a parade starting at Logan Village Shopping Center, and the popular fireworks at North Point Government Center. Details of these events can be found on the Dundalk Heritage Fair website.
Up in Carroll Manor, it is the Annual Community Fireworks at Sweet Air Park and Jacksonville Elementary. Join upwards of a thousand of your friends and neighbors for entertainment and fireworks on Saturday, July 2. For details, check out this flier: Community Fireworks with the Jacksonville Optimists.
On the west side of Baltimore County, the 34th Annual Arbutus Firecracker 10K is taking place on the Fourth of July starting at 8 a.m. at Arbutus Middle School. Then at 3 p.m., the Arbutus annual Fourth of July Parade lines up on Montrose Avenue and enters in the 1600 block of Frederick Road. Here’s some FAQ’s about the rest of that exciting day (including fireworks) in the Arbutus community parade and fireworks.
There’s also the 53rd Annual Fullerton Fireworks Foundation’s Fourth of July Celebration at Fullerton Park, where the fun (music, food and fireworks) starts at 5 p.m. There’s lots to do, and you can read about it here at the Fullerton Fireworks Foundation website.
Now, it wouldn’t be the Fourth of July in Baltimore County without the thunderous roar of fireworks and the magnificent sounds of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on July 3 and 4 at Oregon Ridge with the annual BSO Star Spangled Spectacular. The friendly crowds, delicious foods, sights and sounds make this the ultimate community Independence Day celebration. Gates open at 5 p.m. Visit the Star-Spangled-Spectacular website for more details.
So, you can see, by the dawn’s early light and the dusk’s lit sky, there’s much to do this holiday weekend with Baltimore County Recreation and Parks – Happy Birthday, USA!
Bob Nozeika Playground at Dunnie Field Honors 40-year Community Volunteer
On Saturday, May 7, the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks hosted a celebration to dedicate the new Bob Nozeika Playground at Dunnie Field, located at Eastwood Park in Dundalk. An enthusiastic group of community and recreation leaders joined in the celebration as well as members of the Nozeika family.
Department of Recreation and Parks Director Barry F. Williams led the brief ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of this $82,000 playground named in honor of the late Bob Nozeika.
Honoring Lifelong Community Volunteer, Bob Nozeika
At the community’s suggestion, the playground was named after Bob Nozeika, a resident of the Eastwood community in Dundalk who was a much beloved volunteer who served in a multitude of roles for the Eastwood Recreation Council, the Berkshire/Eastwood Recreation Council, the Eastwood Elementary School PTA and the Eastwood Resident's & Business Community Association.
“Kids learn and grow through play, and we are delighted to provide this playground to the Eastwood community for families to enjoy,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “This playground is a special place named for a very special person. For four decades, Mr. Bob Nozeika was an energetic, positive life force in this community and he made a lasting difference in the lives of generations of Eastwood residents.”
The playground consists of a KidBuilders play structure with two slides, multiple types of climbers, talk tubes, and a transfer station for accessibility, a swing set and park benches.
Revised April 6, 2016