An old carnival ride, animal cages and an abandoned school bus were among the tons of garbage county employees hauled away yesterday from the future Lake Shore Athletic Complex.
Mary Crow, a coordinator of the county's Coastweeks '92 clean up, said 196 county workers took the day off from their regular duties to clear the 127-acre farm of illegally dumped debris.
More than 100 tons of scrap metal, tires and trash were pulled out of the dense underbrush and scrub trees.
The metal and tires will be recycled, Ms. Crow said.
Construction on the park should begin this winter. The park is scheduled to open in the summer of 1994.
The master plan for the $4.2 million complex calls for restrooms, a storage building, playground, two outdoor basketball courts, a lighted adult softball diamond, three multipurpose fields (two with lights), six small baseball diamonds (one with lights) and parking for 430 cars.
The county bought the property, located near the intersection of Mountain and Woods roads, in 1989 for $1.4 million.
Coastweeks, which runs from Sept. 4 to Oct. 31, celebrate the nation's scenic and fragile coastline. Anne Arundel County has 432 miles of shore line, more than any other Maryland county.
The proposed athletic complex borders the northeast bank of Nanny's Branch Creek, a tributary of the Magothy River.
Ms. Crow said this was the largest turnout for the county's annual Coastweeks cleanup.
Numerous county workers came out to clean the site because they remembered when it was operated as a vegetable and tobacco farm. They also recalled that it once housed numerous exotic animals.
Ms. Crow said she remembered horseback riding across the farm when she was growing up.
A county road engineer also reminisced about earning 50 cents an hour to pick tobacco there as a child.
"I'm really proud of the enthusiasm our employees have shown for this project," County Executive Robert Neall said.
"Not only will their hard work speed up the opening of this recreational facility, it will save tax dollars."
Ms. Crow said other groups donated materials and time to yesterday's cleanup including Pasadena's D. M. Distributing Company and Farmer's National Bank.
Other Coastweeks events include a photography contest for adults, a coloring contest for children, and an Oct. 4 celebration at the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary on the Patuxent River.
For more information about those events, call 222-1288.