Baltimore County News
Residents urged to visit the Towson landmark during the Olympics
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Debbie Phelps recently visited Towson’s Olympian Park as the nation prepares for the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro. Olympian Park is an open space in the heart of downtown Towson that honors Baltimore County athletes who have won medals in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The park features monuments that list the names and medal achievements of Baltimore County residents who have won Olympic medals and is located at 601 York Road, at the Towson Circle.
For information on all of the great attractions in Baltimore County, visit the County’s tourism website at Enjoy Baltimore County.
Friday, May 20 Events Planned for Towson, Timonium, Catonsville, Owings Mills and White Marsh
On Friday, May 20, hundreds of Baltimore County residents are expected to celebrate national Bike to Work Day. Bike to Work Day (BTWD) rallies are being held in Towson, Timonium, Catonsville, Owings Mills and White Marsh to celebrate those who commute to work by bike, and to encourage others to give it a try.
Rallies will include free early-morning refreshments and giveaways, and those that pre-register at www.Bike2WorkCentralMD.com will also receive Bike to Work Day t-shirts and are eligible to win prizes. New this year, a B2WD after-party will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Handlebar Café, located at 511 S Caroline St, Baltimore, MD 21231.
Bike to Work Day is an annual event, promoting bicycling as a healthy and enjoyable commute option that eases congestion. It is managed regionally by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council through collaboration with state agencies, bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups, cities and counties throughout Central Maryland, committed volunteers and generous sponsors.
Baltimore County government is marking its thirteenth year in sponsoring the local events, which have been steadily growing in number and participants. The Owings Mills location is in its second year, and is hosted by Edaptive Systems Inc. (400 Red Brook Blvd, Owings Mills, MD 21117). The White Marsh event, in its sixth year, but at a new location, is hosted by Merritt Athletic Club (5301 Campbell Boulevard, White Marsh MD 21236). The White Marsh event runs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and features free Gatorade and light refreshments, screenings by Agape physical Therapy, and a raffle for 3-month membership.
“Biking to work is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise you need while commuting to the workplace,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “And, biking rather than driving to work can help reduce the amount of vehicle emissions which are a significant contributor to the region’s ground-level ozone problem.”
For more information, visit http://www.baltometro.org/be-involved/transportation-options/bike/bike-to-work-day
$7.6 Million Station Was Built at No Taxpayer Expense
Today the Baltimore County Fire Department held an official dedication ceremony for the new Towson Fire Station Number 1, located at 204 Courtland Avenue.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Fire Chief John J. Hohman, along with community leaders and key project participants, were in attendance to commemorate this landmark achievement.
“It’s a great day for the people of Towson and all of Baltimore County as we officially dedicate this attractive, modern fire station,” said Kamenetz. “The best part is, this new station was built at no expense to taxpayers, as a result of the sale of the old station at York and Bosley.”
This $7.6 million facility is 19,700 square feet and equipped with state-of-the-art technologies to improve energy usage and better serve the community. The entire cost of the new building was covered by the sale of the County property at York Road and Bosley Avenue that formerly housed Station 1.
The building has been awarded the prestigious LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for meeting strict environmental standards in construction and functionality.
Highlights of the “green” construction include low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce potable water consumption by up to 56 percent, mechanical systems estimated to reduce energy costs by 21 percent, and vegetation trays on the roof to reduce the cooling load and heat island effect.
In addition to these design innovations, Baltimore County focused on environmentally conscious sourcing of building materials. Around 24 percent of the materials used were extracted or manufactured within 500 miles and all the wood products in the building are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
The opening of this new facility is the latest chapter in the Towson station’s long history, which dates back to the beginnings of the Baltimore County Fire Department. The first Station 1 (1879 to 1955) was located at the intersection of Joppa, Dulaney Valley, and York Roads and the second (1955 to 2015) was located at York Road and Bosley Avenue.
Revised April 6, 2016