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Tradepoint Atlantic to increase MBE/WBE requirement, project labor transparency and donate land for recreation

County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Tradepoint Atlantic officials announced that they have collaborated to significantly enhance the benefits that the community will receive from a pending public infrastructure agreement to support redevelopment of Sparrows Point into a global logistics hub.

After negotiating these new community benefits, County Executive Olszewski announced his support for the pending deal which is scheduled to be voted on by the Baltimore County Council later today.

“By engaging our communities and working in partnership with Tradepoint Atlantic, we took a good deal and made it even better,” said Olszewski.  “Growing up in the shadow of the steel mill, I’ve seen firsthand how transformative this project can be and am proud to support this agreement which will expand opportunity for the community.”

“Since the beginning of this project over four years ago, we have been actively engaging the community as we work to transform Sparrows Point.  We are proud of the strong community partnerships that have been forged and are committed to working with all public stakeholders to ensure this generational project is a success we can all be proud of,” said Aaron Tomarchio, Senior Vice President of Tradepoint Atlantic.

Tradepoint Atlantic has agreed to convey to the County a substantial parcel of environmentally clean, developable, accessible land for a new public park. The developer will work with the private sector to seek funding for amenities for the land that could include multi-purpose fields or other recreational features.

MBE Goals and Labor Transparency

Ahead of a County Council vote on a public infrastructure support agreement, Tradepoint Atlantic also has agreed, at the request of County Council members and the County Executive, to increase the minority business requirements for the infrastructure improvements from 15% to 20%, and improve reporting transparency for project labor agreements.

“The redevelopment of Tradepoint Atlantic is a fresh start for our district and the whole region and I thank County Executive Olszewski and Tradepoint Atlantic for working to add much-needed lifestyle amenities for the local community,” said 7th District Councilman Todd Crandell. “We have been seeking an opportunity for rec and open space on the site and I am glad the commitment has been made.”

"I strongly encouraged Tradepoint Atlantic to increase their minority contractor participation because it is important that when we make public investments, everybody gets a seat at the table,” said Council Chair Julian E. Jones.

“When we invest taxpayer dollars, it is particularly important that developers be accountable for their commitments to labor and their obligation to engage community,” said 2nd District Councilman Izzy Patoka.

The proposed infrastructure agreement already includes the donation of land to the County for a new Fire and Police facility that would serve the Tradepoint Atlantic businesses and nearby communities. 

Public roads, water and sewer infrastructure would support more than 17,000 new jobs and $3 billion in economic impact.


By Colleen Lacy, Baltimore County Recreation and Parks
 

December brings cold weather and plenty of opportunities for sharing holiday cheer with friends and family. Plan a family outing, participate in a tree lighting, or attend a program at one of our many parks. Some popular programs fill quickly and require reservations, so plan your holiday fun now!
 

December 1, 2018

The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum invites you to their Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 1, from 12:00-3:00 pm. There will be a wide range of holiday gifts by area crafters.
 

December 5, 2018

Start decking the halls with a festive tree! Holt Park & Center for the Arts invites you to the Natural World of Art: Stylized Christmas Tree on Wednesday, December 5, from 6:30-7:30 pm. The cost is $2/person. Please pre-register by emailing rmweber@baltimorecountymd.gov with your name and phone number.
 

December 8, 2018

Have breakfast with Santa! The North Point Village Recreation Council will be offering a Breakfast with Santa at Battle Grove Elementary School on December 8, from 9:00-11:00 am. The cost is $5 per person and each child will receive a toy. Tickets are on sale at Battle Grove Elementary School, 7828 Saint Patricia Lane, Baltimore MD 21222. No tickets will be sold at the door. More information please call Stan @ 443-858 2211

The 5th Annual Overlea Community Christmas Tree Lighting will be held December 8, from 7:00-9:00 pm.  The event will be held at the Fullerton Community Center, 7209 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21206. There will be music, refreshments, activities for children, lighting of the tree, and of course Santa! Hosted by the Overlea Community Association along with the Overlea-Fullerton Recreation Council.
 

December 9, 2018

The Lake Roland Nature council will host its Meet the Artist reception at Lake Roland on December 9, from 1:00-3:00 pm at Pavilion #1. Learn more about the Art on the Trail installations from the artists themselves! Free for all ages.

Warm up at the Holiday Tea at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum. On Sunday, December 9, from 2:00-4:00 pm, delights await, including three courses of tea, light refreshments, and flute quartet accompaniment. Registration required, $25 per person, email: or call: 410-887-1081.
 

December 14, 2018

Enjoy a crisp night with a warm campfire and roast marshmallows at Lake Roland’s S’mores, Stars, & the Winter Solstice event, December 14, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Learn about the lore of holiday traditions on one of the longest nights of the year. Cost $5 per person ($3 members). E-mail to register.
 

December 16, 2018
 

Celebrate the holidays at Holt Park and attend the Log Cabin Christmas celebration Sunday, December 16, 12:00-3:00 pm. Enjoy making crafts, edible treats, and holiday decorations while keeping warm in our beautifully decorated historic cabins and listening to festive tunes.  Activities are free, but donations welcome.
 

Through December 21

Still looking for a Christmas tree to light up your home? Visit Hannah More Park through December 21 for a variety of available trees from 4-9 feet, weekdays, 5:00-8:00 pm and weekends, 10:00am-8:00 pm. Proceeds will benefit the Reisterstown Recreation Franklin High School Scholarship Program and the American Legion Riders Legacy Scholarship Foundation.


December 27, 2018

Spend some of your holiday down time at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum with the Winter Break - Art and the Cosmic Connection. Use art to understand geologic features of planetary objects December 27, from 1:00-2:30 pm, $3 per person. Registration required, Email: or call: 410-887-1081.


December 28, 2018

School’s out! Dress for the weather and come spend a day at Lake Roland exploring the outside, playing games, and making crafts! For children 6-12 years old, the program runs from 9:00 am-3:00pm. The cost is $40 per child ($35 for members). E-mail to register.

 

Baltimore County Recreation and Parks offers many other holiday and winter events this month. Check with your local recreation council for more ideas.


By Michael Schneider, Baltimore County Recreation & Parks

Welcome to the dog days of summer, when the dog star Sirius rises with the sun. Tap in to the outdoors with a shooting stars campfire, dragonflies, crabby canoe trips, mud day, and a cool pickle party at Baltimore County’s parks and nature centers.

Every day is a “dog day” in Baltimore County with our five dog parks. These member parks are sure to keep your pooch social, happy and well exercised:  Paw Point at Lake Roland; BARC Dog Park at Hannah More; Perry Paw Dog Park at Honeygo Regional Park; Saint Helena’s Dog Park in Dundalk and The Dog Park at Southwest Area Park in Baltimore Highlands.

Check out our Baltimore County Recreation and Parks Summer Listing of Fun Stuff to Do! Here are some August highlights:

Wednesday, August 1

Natural World of Art: Mini Summer Flower Banner (registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Preschool Program    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Thursday, August 2

Shoots and Letters: Chesapeake Bay    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, August 3

Creative Clay: Free Choice (registration required – class concludes on Wednesday, August 17)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Friday Strolls    Lake Roland

Bookworm Story Time    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Saturday, August 4

Hereford Jr. Farm Fair    Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park

Foraging At Banneker’s Homestead (registration required)   Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Get Ready for the Perseids! (registration required)   Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Kids in Gardens   Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Discovering Dragonflies (registration required)   Cromwell Valley Park

Yoga in the Park    Lake Roland

Acorn Hill Nature Drop-In    Lake Roland

Leaping Lizards (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Tubing on the Little Falls (registration required)  Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Sunday, August 5

Late Summer Wildflowers    Cromwell Valley Park

Tracks and Scat (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Tubing on the Little Falls (registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Wednesday, August 8

Natural World of Art: Everlasting Sand Sculpture (registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Thursday, August 9

Shoots and Letters: Native Americans    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, August 10

Friday Stroll    Lake Roland

Shooting Stars Campfire (registration required)    Lake Roland

Campfire and Owl Prowl (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Morning Bird Walk (registration appreciated)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Saturday, August 11

Basket Making: Cat’s Head Basket (registration required)    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Mud and Fire – Part II (registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Acorn Hill Nature Center Drop-In    Lake Roland

Fishing the Dock (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Backyard Butterflies (registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Sunday, August 12

Go Wild for a Native! (registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Sunday Birdwalk    Marshy Point Nature Center

Backyard Butterflies (registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Tuesday, August 14

KinderGarden Club (registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Wednesday, August 15

Preserving the Harvest: Salsa! (registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Natural World of Art: Native American Dice Game (registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Thursday, August 16

Shoots and Letters: Nature Scavenger Hunt    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, August 17

Friday Stroll    Lake Roland

Saturday, August 18

What’s Cookin’, Mr. Banneker?   Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Kids in Gardens    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Just for Kids – Animal Story Time (registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Weed Warriors    Cromwell Valley Park

 

Going Batty    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Acorn Hill Nature Drop-In    Lake Roland

SAVs - Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Live Bluegrass and Country Music    Middle River Recreation Council

Canoe the Gunpowder (registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Hot August Music Festival    Oregon Ridge Park

Sunday, August 19

The Earth Oven and A to Z Pizza (registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Fan Brush Landscape (registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Aw Shucks! (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Canoe the Gunpowder (registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Wednesday, August 22

Preserving the Harvest: Pickle Party (registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Weed Warriors    Cromwell Valley Park

Thursday, August 23

Shoots and Letters: Insects    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, August 24

Owl Prowl (registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Friday Stroll    Lake Roland

The Full Sturgeon Moon Canoe Trip (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Saturday, August 25 - Sunday August 26

End of Summer Campout (registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Saturday, August 25

Moss Workshop (registration required)    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Trace Your Roots (registration required)    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Nighttime Music (registration required)    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Migrating Monarchs (registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Weed Warriors    Cromwell Valley Park

Acorn Hill Nature Drop-In    Lake Roland

Singing Insects Campfire (registration required)    Lake Roland

Crabby Canoe Trip (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Sunday, August 26

Stream Search    Cromwell Valley Park

Mud Day (registration required)    Lake Roland

 

The Hive and the Honey Bee (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Monday, August 27

Pre-K Nature Drop In     Marshy Point Nature Center

Tuesday, August 28

KinderGarden Club (registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Wednesday, August 29   

Weed Warriors    Cromwell Valley Park

Thursday, August 30

Shoots and Letters: Mammals    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, August 31  

Friday Stroll    Lake Roland

Programs are run by Baltimore County Recreation and Parks and Nature Council volunteers. Many programs are free, but some ask for a donation or have a small fee. Be sure to check the websites to confirm times and locations.

With over 200 Baltimore County Parks, there’s something to do every day of your summer. Dogs included.

 

 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017