Sykesville halts plan to renovate Burkett Park SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

January 14, 1993|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Sykesville officials had hoped to use the remainder of a 1989 Planned Open Space grant to renovate Burkett Park, but the state called a halt to those plans.

So, the town will use the money for other improvements at Millard Cooper Park.

The town received $20,865 to install a pavilion and lights at Millard Cooper Park, a 6-acre area along Route 32, and completed the project for about $10,000. Planners wanted to improve Burkett Park, on the west side of town, with the balance of the grant.

"Our original application specified all funds would be spent at Millard Cooper Park," said James L. Schumacher, town manager. "We must stay within the scope of that original request."

The alternative would be a "lengthy, formal application" process with the amended requests for another site, he said.

That application would not be successful.

"The state isn't accepting any applications now because there are no funds for these projects," he said.

Rather than lose the rest of the grant money, town officials opted for further improvements to Millard Cooper Park.

They have submitted plans for a three-quarter-mile trail through the park's forested area and for additional signs.

They will also use the money to pay for architectural designs for public restroom facilities to replace portable toilets.

"The money is there, and we are fairly certain we will get POS approval," said Mr. Schumacher. "We hope to begin the projects in the spring."

The plan must also go before the state Board of Public Works for final approval.

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