Marshy Point Trail Extension to Honor Mother and Son Killed in Car Accident
Project Funded by Donations in Memory of 2008 Accident Victims
Towson, Maryland (July 23, 2013) – Visitors to the Marshy Point Nature Center in eastern Baltimore County will enjoy enhanced access to this scenic waterfront park thanks to a family's desire to create a lasting legacy to the memory of a mother and son who were killed in a 2008 traffic accident in Harford County.
This afternoon at the Marshy Point Nature Center and Park, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced the official start of construction on a $205,000 project to extend the park's main trail and pedestrian bridge. He presented Executive Citations to the Katie and Wil Brady Memorial Foundation, thanking them for raising $107,000 in private donations toward the project in memory of 31-year-old Katie Brady and her eight-year-old son Wil Brady.
"Through the Katie and Wil Brady Memorial Foundation, Kate and Wil's family and friends have demonstrated how great things can be accomplished when you put passion, dedication and, most importantly, love into an effort," Kamenetz said.
New Park Access
The memorial section of trail will extend the existing trail about 1,000 feet to Brinkman's Road, opening up a little-accessed area of the park with a short boardwalk and ten-foot wide paved trail. It will replace a cow path that was used by the former property owners to water their cattle along the shores of scenic Dundee Creek.
Kamenetz also presented Executive Citations to the Marshy Point Nature Center Council, which donated $20,000 to the project, and to two vendors – Site Resources, Inc. and Eco-Sciences Professionals, Inc. – for donating $44,800 and $9,300 respectively in professional engineering, design and environmental services for the project. The County anticipates funding the remainder of the costs with Maryland Program Open Space funds.
Vision Becomes Reality
"I am especially excited, not only as a government official, but also as a resident of Oliver Beach, about the trail extension and the access it will offer to the local community," said Councilwoman Cathy Bevins. "Many thanks to the Katie and Wil Brady Memorial Foundation and the volunteers of the Marshy Point Nature Center Council for their commitment to solidify Katie and Wil's legacy in Baltimore County."
"This project means a lot to me," said Senator Kathy Klausmeier. "In 2009 the family of Katie and Wil Brady, who lived in Perry Hall as I do, contacted me to help them with their vision of developing a trail at Marshy Point in memory of Katie and Wil. This family never lost their vision and I was glad to be able to help them work with the various agencies to make this vision a reality."