County Executive O. James Lighthizer and the Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks Department will declare the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail Park formally open Sunday, Oct. 7.
To celebrate the completion of the 14-mile trail, "linear" activities are scheduled from dawn to dusk throughout the park length. Events include a bird watch, equestrian parade, children's bike safety rodeo and 10K run, and will take place at sites on or near the trail.
The opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will take place at 5 p.m. at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association. Joe McCann, director of the Recreation and Parks Department, will act as master of ceremonies and County Executive Lighthizer will perform the ribbon cutting.
Even before its completion, the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail Park is one of the Recreation and Park's most popular additions. The 112-acre park runs on the bed of the Old B & A Short Line Railroad from Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie to the community of Winchester in Annapolis.
Along the way, it travels through mature hardwood forests, active farmlands, and urban and suburban neighborhoods. The 10-foot walking surface (within protected, 66-foot wide park boundaries) is shared by walkers, runners, cyclists, roller skaters and equestrians.
Construction began in 1985 and was implemented in five phases during the next five years. The B & A Trail is considered one of the nation's Greenways, a corridor of open space connecting separate recreational, cultural and natural areas. The trail also has been spotlighted by the national Rails to Trails Conservancy group.
The park has been embraced by adjacent communities, businesses and civic organizations. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other groups have enhanced the trail with daffodil plantings, flower bed construction, park bench refinishing and similar projects.
Other volunteer groups associated with the B & A Trail include the Friends of the B & A Trail and the B & A Trail Historical Society.
Opening activities have been sponsored by numerous trailside business and civic organizations including Anne Arundel Health and Education Center, Burch, Rhoads & Loomis, Physical Lauer's Superthrift, Macy's, Marley Station Mall, North Arundel Hospital, Old Severna Park Improvement Association, Severna Park Model Railroad Club and Severna Park Railroad Station.
Information: 222-6244 or 222-3600.