Sykesville -- Mayor Lloyd Helt's dream of an open space Patapsco river front park is one step closer to reality since the town received aProject Open Space grant for $16,222.50.
The money would be used to purchase approximately two acres on the Howard County side of Sykesville that would be developed into a passive park, Helt said.
"This is a very preliminary plan right now," Helt said. "But we had a meeting with Howard County -- (Howard County Executive Charles I.)Ecker invited us to lunch -- and we discussed our desires for the project."
The passive park would be strictly green space, Helt explained.
It could include benches, picnic tables and maybe some hiking trails, but no businesses or athletic facilities.
The land to be purchased borders Patapsco State Park and the Hug-Thomas Trust Areaand would "make a beautiful entrance to Sykesville," Helt said.
The mayor also was especially pleased with the cooperation from HowardCounty, noting this is the first time in his memory that Howard has worked with the town on any projects.
Helt said he hopes the project is able to be started by this summer.
The town also received a POS grant of $14,063 for an elaborate tot lot at Burkett Park that can used by youngsters from the town and nearby areas, said Town Manager James L. Schumacher.