County rec department will air plans for Sykesville Park tonight SOUTHEAST --Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

September 30, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

SYKESVILLE -- The Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks will discuss preliminary plans for Sykesville Park at 7:30 tonight at the Piney Run Nature Center.

The park, which may open within a year, could become South Carroll's year-round playground.

Fields for baseball, lacrosse and soccer, and a steep hill for sledding will spread across a 90-acre site on Raincliffe Road.

The Recreation and Parks Department has entered into a 50-year lease agreement with the state for the land in Patapsco State Park, off Route 32 just outside of town.

Plans now include five baseball and softball fields, and two multipurpose fields.

Drawings of proposed construction will also be available at tonight's hearing.

"We want the public's input into the process," said John P. Little, recreation director. "We can modify our plans based on their concerns."

One of the primary reasons for the park is for relocation of the Sykesville Little League, said Mr. Little.

About 900 players now use the fields on Obrecht Road. By 1994, the county plans to extend Obrecht Road to Route 32, and that construction will cut across fields where thousands of children have played since 1960.

The county already has approved about $1 million for the park, with about $125,000 from the state's Planned Open Space money. County planners have worked with the state Department of Natural Resources to ensure that wetland areas remain undisturbed on the site.

"Our whole concept ties in with what the state had planned for the site," said Mr. Little.

He said he hopes to put plans out for bids this winter with construction set to begin in the spring.

"Children could be playing there by this time next year," he said.

While Sykesville Park will include picnic areas, bird sanctuaries and hiking trails, considered "passive recreational opportunities," it will focus on "primarily active" recreation, he said.

It will differ greatly from the "totally passive" Piney Run Park, which also is in South Carroll, said Mr. Little.

The Nature Center is at 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg. Information: 857-2103.

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