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.
Topics: Zika prevention, the Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival and the County's Agricultural Center
The current edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” highlights prevention of the Zika virus, the County’s upcoming African-American Cultural Festival and highlights at the County’s Agricultural Center.
Zap Zika – Learn what you should know to protect your family from the Zika virus.
African-American Cultural Festival – Enjoy Baltimore County’s 20th annual African American Cultural Festival this September 17th in Towson.
Visit the County’s Agriculture Center in Hunt Valley – Enjoy great events and programs at the County’s Center for Maryland Agriculture on Shawan Road.
To view the show, go to the Hello Baltimore County page at http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Videos/hellobaltimorecounty.html .
In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:
Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.
Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.
Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.
Thursdays: 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.
Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.
Follow @BACOemergency Twitter for updated information
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz encourages County residents to follow @BACOemergency on Twitter for emergency updates from the Baltimore County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. @Bacoemergency provides the latest information during emergency situations, such as the water main break being repaired by Baltimore City in the Hunt Valley area, as well as severe weather events and other emergencies. @BACOemergency also provides routine recommendations for emergency preparedness and safety throughout the year.
“This is a direct source of updated information from our emergency managers to let people to know what is happening during an emergency and what steps they may need to take to protect their families and property,” Kamenetz said.
No Twitter account or login is required to view @BACOemergency updates – just visit https://twitter.com/BACOemergency. As with many organizational social media accounts, the County’s emergency managers provide outgoing messages but are not in a position to respond to followers. If you have an emergency, call 911. Please contact the Baltimore City Water Department at 410-396-5352 with questions about repairs to the water main break on York Road.