Baltimore County Now
Citizens Invited to Review and Comment on Action Plan
Baltimore County invites the general public to review and comment on its annual Action Plan for advancing key goals in housing and community development.
The County will hold a public hearing on the plan at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, in Room 104 of the Jefferson Building, located at 105 West Chesapeake Avenue in Towson.
The plan explains how the County expects to deploy its upcoming annual allocation of funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD funds awarded to the County are strategically matched with many other resources.
The draft plan is available for review.
Citizens who are unable to attend the hearing or who may wish to submit their comments in writing may do so by Wednesday, May 13, 2015 to Elizabeth Glenn, Deputy Director, Division of Neighborhood Improvement, Baltimore County Department of Planning, 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 201, Towson, Maryland 21204 or via fax at 410-887-5696 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The May edition of Baltimore County's half-hour cable television public affairs show, "Hello Baltimore County," highlights the following topics.
- Protecting Vulnerable Adults – Baltimore County’s Adult Protective Services protects seniors and disabled adults from abusive people as well as helping with self-neglect. Find out more.
- Every Litter Bit Helps! – If your group will take just 15 minutes to clean up some litter in your area, the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter challenge means you can also help your favorite Baltimore County public school win an environmental grant!
- Good News about Recreation Volunteers – Volunteers are the core of the County’s successful recreation and sports programs. Now, the County is providing no-charge background checks to ensure everyone’s safety.
- Tech Update – Baltimore County’s Director of Information Technology Rob Stradling shares the latest ways the County is using technology to maximize service efficiency while cutting costs.
Watch "Hello Baltimore County" now.
In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County.
Mondays: 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Tuesdays: Noon and 9 p.m.
Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Thursdays: 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Fridays: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Perry Hall Community Celebrates New Recreational Resource
The Perry Hall community has yet another new recreational resource with the completion of an extension to Northeast Trail at Indian Rock Park.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz celebrated the completion of this $423,000 project with community and recreation leaders from the Perry Hall area at a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning.
The extended trail connects the northern and southern ends of the existing Northeast Trail at Indian Rock Park, creating a paved path that is about three-fifths of a mile in length. This ADA-compliant path starts at Ebenezer Road, goes through a patch of woods, then runs alongside the ball fields at Perry Hall High School, ending in the Silver Hall neighborhood.
Strong, Healthy Families
“As I often say, strong, healthy families are the foundation of the communities that make this County such a great place to live,” said Kamenetz. “And so we are committed to providing them with the resources, like this new trail extension, they need to grow, excel and enjoy the high quality of life they deserve.”
Trail construction was supported by two trail-funding programs. Baltimore County was awarded $90,000 in National Recreational Trails (NRT) Program funding through the Maryland State Highway Administration, as well as $126,000 from the Maryland Bikeways Program. Additionally, a Maryland Program Open Space (POS) application for $100,000 in funding was approved in December by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The architect is A. Morton Thomas and Associates and the contractor is Whiting Turner.
Improved Hiking and Biking
"This trail opens up an underutilized County park and improves hiking and biking in a densely populated part of Perry Hall,” said 5th District Councilman David Marks. “It was a key element of the Perry Hall Community Plan, and I applaud all those who worked to make it a reality."
The Northeast Trail is one of the priority projects listed within the County's Eastern Baltimore County Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Plan. It is intended to tie in with similar improvements proposed by the plan to create a network of trails, sidewalks and bikeways for both recreation and transportation uses, as part of the County's ongoing access to promote health-enhancing activities such as walking and cycling.
This project adds to the County’s portfolio of walking trails at parks. It is included in the recently launched Trailfinder feature on the County website, which helps people easily locate family-friendly walking paths and trails throughout the County.
Recent Recreation Projects
This trail project further enhances recreation opportunities in the Perry Hall area, including:
- The Soukup Arena is a $3 million, 12,000-square-foot building that includes a 9,000-square-foot gymnasium and 3,000 square feet of additional space. The Perry Hall Recreation Council contributed $1.5 million of the total cost and the construction was completed this past winter.
- Gough Park is a $3.5 million, 17-acre park that was completed last October and features athletic fields, walking paths, a comfort station, pavilions and a parking lot. The fields should be ready for play this fall.
- The Perry Paw Dog Park at Honeygo Run Regional Park is a $205,000 dog park completed in April of 2014 and is operated by the Perry Paw Dog Park Committee.