County weighing boat ramp at Downs Park Study results due in 60 days

February 05, 1993|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Staff Writer

Pasadena anglers looking for a new, public boat ramp might get one at Downs Park at the end of Mountain Road, depending on the environmental impact to the park and Locust Cove, county officials said yesterday.

William A. Rinehart, director of the county Department of Recreation and Parks, said state and federal money already is available to build a ramp in the Pasadena area. County officials have not determined how much construction would cost.

His agency will determine within 60 days if the water in Locust Cove is deep enough, if there is enough parking at Downs Park and if there are overriding community concerns.

Mr. Rinehart was accompanying County Executive Robert R. Neall yesterday on a day-long tour of Pasadena schools and government facilities.

Members of the Pasadena Sportfishing Group have pushed for a new public boat ramp for more than a year. They have complained that the county only has two ramps -- at Sandy Point State Park and Annapolis' Truxton Park -- and none in North County.

The state Department of Natural Resources has considered building a public ramp at Fort Smallwood Park. But city officials in Baltimore, which owns the 100-acre park at the end of Fort Smallwood Road, have said they are not interested in maintaining or operating the facility and suggested that Anne Arundel County take over the park.

Mr. Rinehart said Baltimore officials have never presented the county with any formal terms. And even if they did, he said he's not sure the county could afford them.

"I've heard that the city is ready to turn the park over the county for 20 years," Mr. Rinehart said. "But at no time has it ever said it will just give it to the county."

Meanwhile, County Councilman Carl G. "Dutch" Holland, a Pasadena Republican, suggested the county apply for the money to build a ramp at its Downs Park.

Also yesterday, Mr. Holland announced the formation of a North County Golf Course Advisory Committee to foster public participation in the construction of a course at Fort Smallwood and Water Oak Point roads. The course, which would be built privately on 130-county owned acres, could open in 1995.

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