Neighbors support plan for new Westminster park

February 14, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

Whispering Meadows residents yesterday endorsed plans for a tot lot and fitness court for a neighborhood park planned in the development off Uniontown Road in Westminster.

The group's endorsement came with a request that city officials, who will build the park on an almost-acre lot deeded to Westminster, "emphasize the tot lot and landscaping."

About 25 residents, who met at the Maryland Jaycees Building on Johahn Drive, rejected a proposal to build a tot lot and a sand volleyball court at the park, off Whispering Meadows Drive, between Mount Laurel and Field Lily courts.

Residents were concerned that the volleyball court would attract teen-agers and outside residents.

But Carol Donovan, the city's recreation director, said the fitness court, which would contain a few exercise stations, would not attract teens. She said the fitness court would be more in line with what officials envision as a park without athletic fields, tennis courts and the like.

"This is a very passive park," Ms. Donovan said. "This is obviously going to be for your neighborhood."

Some residents wanted the plan to include only the tot lot and extensive landscaping. But Ms. Donovan said the park needs to address both recreation for children and for adults. She said there are families in Whispering Meadows who do not have children but who may want to use the facility.

The site was given to the city as part of the open space program by the developers Samuel R. Rothblum and Joseph A. Myers.

She said the park will cost about $20,000, which will cover the costs of equipment and landscaping. The park plan also calls for a macadam foot path that will be wide enough to accommodate disabled users.

Westminster's parks board will make the final decision on how the park should be developed, Ms. Donovan said. The board will take into account her recommendation and that of the residents.

She said the park -- still unnamed -- will be the smallest of the city's eight parks. Work is expected to begin in the spring.

"I think you all will be very happy with what happens there," Ms. Donovan said.

Ms. Donovan also addressed residents' concerns about the city's plans to install lights in the fields in the adjacent Jaycees Park.

She said the lights will be shielded and will be installed in the two fields that are the farthest from Whispering Meadows.

The lights are being installed as part of the master plan for the park and will allow youth football leagues to practice into the evening during the fall.

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