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Another Clean Green County Initiative

At beautiful Meadowood Park in Lutherville this morning, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced to recycling advocates and recreation leaders that the County has initiated recycling collection in 12 Baltimore County parks.

“Recycling brings critical environmental benefits, both locally and globally,” Kamenetz said. “Offering our residents the opportunity to recycle conveniently in parks is another step toward a clean, green Baltimore County.”

The parks included in the program are:

  • Banneker Historical Park and Museum
  • Eastern Regional Park
  • Honeygo Regional Park
  • Marshy Point Nature Center
  • Meadowood Regional Park
  • Northwest Regional Park
  • Reisterstown Regional Park
  • Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park
  • Oregon Ridge Lodge and Nature Center
  • Robert E Lee Park
  • Loch Raven Fishing Center (seasonal)
  • Rocky Point Beach and Park

These parks were selected because they already have on-site staff who empty trash and aggregate it in dumpsters for weekly collection. Although no significant additional personnel time will be required, each of these sites will need additional equipment and fixtures to implement the program. The initial cost excluding the weekly hauling is approximately $44,000. 

Either the private hauler for each area or the County’s Property Management staff will empty the dumpsters on a set schedule. Private haulers charge approximately $88 per unit per year depending upon location.

The program began in May and features a combination of blue or white recycling barrels and attractive green trash and recycle containers. Two of the green containers will be placed at each of the designated parks and the number of barrels varies according to the park’s popularity, size and anticipated amount of recyclables.

“It is important to offer residents every opportunity to recycle and I congratulate County Executive Kamenetz on his continuing commitment to protecting our environment,” said County Council Chair Cathy Bevins.

Clean Green County Facts

  • Our residential recycling program continues to break records in terms of tonnage collected, and is generating approximately $2 million in net revenues per year.
        
  • Baltimore County continues to be recognized by the national Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for our investment in community trees, plus we are aggressively pursuing our goal of increasing the County’s overall tree canopy to 50 percent coverage.
      
  • Our stream restoration program is nationally recognized, with seven stream restoration projects completed since 2011 and more than two dozen now in the planning and design stages.
       
  • We are putting the Stormwater Utility Fee funding to work with projects all around the County including:
    • street sweeping
    • storm drain cleaning
    • stormwater facility inspection, maintenance and upgrades
    • shoreline stabilization
    • urban canopy tree planting
    • reforestation
    • monitoring, planning and programming
    • other improvements to impervious surfaces
               
  • DPW is promoting residential recycling with billboards promoting the benefits of recycling, including environmental, jobs and landfill conservation. The three billboards can be viewed on the County’s Facebook page at:

 


At Radebaugh's, We are Always Growing

A Press Release from Radebaugh's Florist...  Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses has operated as a family business at its current location at 120 Burke Avenue in Towson for four generations over the last 90 years and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Over the past several years, we have made numerous changes to enhance our business as well as to provide our customers with a better overall sales experience. These changes include building a new state-of-the-art greenhouse at our wholesale farm in Northern Baltimore County, interior renovations to our floral shop, expanded merchandise lines and enhanced accessibility in our retail greenhouses. All of these changes are all part of our vision and plan to carry us into the next generation.

The surrounding communities and our loyal customers are familiar with our retail floral shop and greenhouses located on Burke Avenue. What many may not know, however, is that the Radebaugh Family operates wholesale greenhouses and a Design & Delivery Center on family-owned property located at the end of Aigburth Avenue. These greenhouses have been in operation since the 1940’s. While they hold a good bit of nostalgia for the family and our employees, they are certainly not the most energy efficient and require a great deal of maintenance. We have struggled for the past few years about what do to with the old greenhouses on that property. There was talk of residential development, but when Baltimore County began a search for open space, it seemed like it may be a better fit. An introduction of a new park at this location seems like a wonderful idea for the community that has supported our family and our business for decades.

As you may have read in the County’s press release and in various news articles, we are currently in the early stages of negotiations with the County; however we want to make it clear that any potential sale of the portion of the property located at the end of Aigburth Avenue will in no way affect any of our daily operations.  In fact, the potential sale will help us facilitate our growth and further renovations in the near future.
satellite view of the proposed parkland

The Radebaugh family has strong ties within the Baltimore community, especially in Towson, and we are here to stay. We look forward to seeing you in the greenhouses, filling your landscaping order, making your holiday tables complete with a gorgeous centerpiece, discussing your wedding flowers, brightening up your office entry, sending the perfect gift basket to a client, and celebrating our 100 year anniversary with you in 2024.   

Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouse, where “Only Nature Has More Experience” ®


photo of girl at parkMichael L. Schneider, Community Outreach Liaison, Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Park

This summer, Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks is the “anti-bored” department of Baltimore County. Plenty to do, lots of smiles, a great source of vitamin D (sunshine) and huge doses of fun!

It really depends on what you want to do this summer – are you the type that loves to be on the trails? Maybe you’re the kind of person that wants to be out in the fields. Or maybe it’s camp? Are you the kind that loves to learn firsthand? Do you want to be on the water in your canoe or kayak? Do you love to gaze at the stars? Do you love music, wine tasting, trout fishing? Don’t mind getting a little dirty. Bugs don’t bug you. And, perhaps the beach, one much closer than “downyocean,” gets your motor running…

In other words, summer is a time to explore, enjoy and relish – right here at home in Baltimore County.

Many Parks

Where? Well, let’s start with some of our many parks

Over at Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum this summer you can sit back and enjoy the “Jazz Concert Series” featuring three outstanding performances. Nature study more your thing? Then let our staff and volunteers share the excitement, beauty and serenity of birding, flowers, moss, trees, blue moons, snakes, hikes and astronomy. Scavenger Hunts, basket making, a Colonial Fair, science through the eyes and experiences of Benjamin Banneker himself are all a part of the fun this summer. 

And then, there’s Oregon Ridge Park  and Oregon Ridge Nature Center where you could do something different every day. At the Nature Center, you can a part of Jamberry Making, geocatching, picnicking under the stars, camping out, Mud Day (dirty fun!), blue moon night hiking, stream searching, butterfly talks, treasure hunts and so much more. Over at the other side of the park, there’s the ever popular Star Spangled Spectacular featuring the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and fireworks (July 3 and 4th); and the Hot August Music Festival (August 15). And there’s just so much more to do throughout your summer. 

Robert E. Lee Park features a summer to remember. Serpentine Hiking (June 20); The Great American Campout (June 26); Nature Sculpture for Kids (July 25), Mud Day (can’t get away from that dirty fun!); Bark with a Park Ranger (August 15) – a “ruff” night hike with our Park Rangers; and Cricket Crawl Campfires, Fairies and Dragons and all other kinds of events and activities that are cool enough to keep you sweaty, wet, in your boots and in your canoes, on the water, on the trails and by the campfire. Too much to list in a blog, too much to miss even one moment. 

At Cromwell Valley Park this summer there’s the makings of some delicious, dirty, buggy and fishy kind of fun. Guest speakers will talking about black bears, historic ships, backyard bees just to name a few discussions. Then, there’s program that are sure to pique your interest: Discovering Dragonflies, Fun with Ladybugs (who knew?!), Wild Edible Plant Pizza, Amazing Amphibians, Raspberry Round-up, Luminous Lighting Bugs. Those amazing folks over at Cromwell Valley Park don’t lack for imagination – or great topics. So much to do, you’ve got to give it a try.

Now at Marshy Point Nature Center they too, do their best to capture your attention and pull you in with some pretty amazing stuff. How about the likes of Full Strawberry Moon Canoe Trip, Edible Insects and the Pizza Pie, Aw Shucks and Sharks in the Bay? But the real draw to Marshy Point has simply got to be the beauty of the place. Trails, nature center, fishing on the dock, the neighboring ospreys, canoeing. There’s just too much to mention, but you’ll never come close to being bored! 

Other Activities

The above list of locations and destinations are really just a start. Fishing at Loch Raven Fishing Center; Rocky Point Beach and Park where the swimming and relaxing are easy (not to mention the picnicking, playgrounds and sand volleyball!). And did you know there are actually over 200 parks of all sizes and types throughout our beautiful county? Go ahead, try this link to find a park close by your home.   

There are beautiful hiking trails for the beginner through advanced hikers. Lots of folks aren’t even aware of the great Trail Finder  feature on the County’s website – where you can search for a walking path or hiking trail near you.

And we haven’t even touched on the historic sites, dog parks, skate parks and multiple waterfront attractions

Plus, check out this comprehensive listing of summer camps, playgrounds and programs for your campers this summer. The great thing is, there are affordable summer camp options throughout the County that offer convenient times and great supervision.   

And you can’t forget your local recreation councils and offices. It is pretty certain that they have something special for your community this summer. Neighborhood events like fireworks, classes, sports and places for informal gathering and important and growing friendships.   

So, there you have it, summer’s covered for you by your friends at Baltimore County Recreation and Parks. All you have to do is cover yourself with sunscreen and have a great time. Like we said, no boredom for your summer of 2015 – only great times!


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