Baltimore County News
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.”
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.”
A Tour Made for Fun
More than 6,700 acres of parks in Baltimore County offer lots of room to play. Next Up Baltimore County joins Parks and Recreation Director Barry Williams at Rocky Point beach for a tour made for fun.
Since 2011, Baltimore County has invested over $51 million towards parks, bikeways, walking trails and community centers, including 18 turf fields all across the county. There are thousands of recreational programs, including individual and team sports, performing and visual arts, social clubs and activities for both kids and adults.
With 160 parks to choose from, get out and play!
Find your park: www.baltimorecountymd.gov/parks
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Next Up Baltimore County explores what makes Baltimore County a great place to live and work. The show features interviews with local business leaders, entrepreneurs and educators and is produced by the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development. In addition to online access, Next Up runs on Baltimore County cable channel 25 at the following times:
Monday, 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m.
Director, Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development
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.