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Record $67.5 million invested since 2010

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s upcoming budget  will add new turf fields to Randallstown and Perry Hall High Schools and CCBC’s Catonsville campus. It will also include funds to replace worn turf fields at Hereford, Lansdowne and Woodlawn High Schools.  The FY18 budget, to be presented this Thursday, includes $10.5 million in recreation funding, with $4.5 million dedicated to more than 90 maintenance and refurbishment projects throughout the County.

 

Baltimore County’s more than 212 parks, community centers and recreation spaces serve thousands of people, not only from Baltimore County but from all around the region. From new trails at Marshy Point to Lake Roland, the County has funded a record $67.5 million in new parks, community centers and turf fields since 2010. The County’s recreation programs are supported by more than 11,000 volunteers annually.

“As recent census data shows, the population in Baltimore County continues to grow, and one of the main reasons is our quality of life,” said Kamenetz. “The budget that I will present this week continues to invest in the recreation programs that help make our communities stronger.”

Turf Fields

Since 2010, Baltimore County has built new turf fields in every region of the County, bringing our total to 18. With the new fields proposed in this budget, and the field currently under construction at Sparrows Point High School, the total number of turf fields in Baltimore County will total 22.         

“Our ongoing investment in turf fields all over the County is about access and opportunity. They are used three to five times as much as traditional natural grass fields,” said Kamenetz. “These fields are literally used from morning to night, and are not affected by the weather. Their availability allows thousands more to participate in our recreation programs.”

Kamenetz’s budget will include requests to add the following fields to its inventory:

  • $800,000         Turf field at CCBC Catonsville to support regional recreation programs
  • $800,000         Turf field at Perry Hall High School
  • $1.1 million     Turf field and lights for stadium at Randallstown High School

The budget will also include $1.5 million dollars to replace the existing turf fields at Hereford, Lansdowne, and Woodlawn High Schools.

“The commitment to continue our progress is really a great example of how local government works,” said the County Executive. “The County Council, our state delegation, and community advocates all come together in support of these initiatives. Senator Kasemeyer and Delegate Jones have been particularly helpful in their leadership roles in Annapolis.”

“I see the impact that these fields have in my community all of the time,” said 1st District Councilman and Council Chair Tom Quirk. “I am very excited that we will be adding a regional site at CCBC in my district that will create additional opportunities for the young people in Arbutus and Lansdowne as well as Catonsville.”

“Randallstown in an outstanding high school, and I am delighted that the County Executive is proposing to fund a turf field and lights for the students there,” said 4th District Councilman Julian Jones. “I worked with the community and the administration to secure this funding, and it is very exciting to see it become a reality.”

“Adding a turf field at Perry Hall High School is just outstanding news,” said 6th District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins. “When the community approached me to help with this project, I immediately met with the County Executive. I could not be more pleased to hear that this field is being funded.”

“I feel like it is Christmas Day,” said Paul Muller, one of the community leaders who led the effort to get a turf field for Perry Hall High School. “This is a big day for Perry Hall, and I can’t thank County Executive Kamenetz and Councilwoman Bevins enough for their enthusiasm and public support of this project. I also want to thank everyone in Perry Hall and all of the elected officials for working together to make this happen for our community. They’ve made a lot of young men and women very happy today.”

$4.5 million for maintenance and refurbishment projects

  • $2.2 million     Refurbish ball diamonds and fields at 56 locations around the County
  • $700,000         Resurface multi-purpose and tennis courts at 31 sites
  • $500,000         Replace indoor turf at Northeast Area Regional Recreation Center
  • $500,000         Improvements to Double Rock Park
  • $500,000         Phase II for erosion control at Kingsville Park
  • $250,000         Repairs to backstops and safety fences

“I am very pleased that the County is making a significant commitment to taking care of its recreation sites,” said 2nd District Councilwoman Vicki Almond. “Thousands of young people and adults in my district and all around the County are on these fields all of the time, and it is important for the County to ensure that they are being maintained.”

“While it is important that we continue to build new facilities, it is also imperative that we maintain the existing fields and facilities in our inventory,” concluded County Executive Kamenetz. “I am very proud of our fiscal management that allows us to invest in our communities and our recreation programs.”


Free event promotes fitness, offers guided nature tours

The Baltimore County Health Coalition, the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Baltimore County Fitness Council are sponsoring an annual Walk in the Park event September 17, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

tree-lined park path

Enjoy a guided tour from a Naturalist/Park Ranger at the following six locations:

Benjamin Banneker Historical Museum and Park
300 Oella Avenue
Catonsville, Maryland 21228

Cromwell Valley Park
2002 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, Maryland 21234

Fort Howard Park
9500 North Point Road
Fort Howard, Maryland 21052

Lake Roland
1000 Lakeside Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21209

Marshy Point Nature Center
7130 Marshy Point Road
Middle River, Maryland 21220

Oregon Ridge Nature Center and Park
13555 Beaver Dam Road
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030

The Walk in the Park event will be held rain or shine. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring water. To find more information about walking trails in Baltimore County parks, visit

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/recreation/countyparks/walkingtrails.html


Action protects park from threat of future development

One of many beautiful trails at Oregon Ridge ParkBaltimore 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.


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016