Parks board to consider 1995 plans Sports fields, repairs suggested

June 28, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Carroll County needs new parks and ball fields, an indoor-outdoor shooting range and renovated tennis courts, recreation council members said last week.

Eight groups asked the Carroll County Recreation and Parks Board for money for capital projects at a board meeting Wednesday night.

The board is considering the requests and will vote on them at its July 28 meeting.

The board will recommend to the county Planning Commission the projects it feels should be pursued beginning in the 1995 fiscal year.

l The commission later will advise the county commissioners, who will make the final decision, Recreation and Parks Director Richard J. Soisson said.

Projects the commissioners approve will be included in the county's six-year capital plan, he said.

The board is considering requests from the:

* Carroll County Farm Museum for $150,000 to repair the main house, the blacksmith's shop, the main barn and other buildings.

The most pressing need is for new gutters and spouting on five buildings at a cost of $15,000, said Jennifer DeArmey, the Farm Museum's administrator.

* Carroll County Sports Complex for $7,200 to repair a barn and $17,500 to build a 40-by-60-foot maintenance building.

* Carroll County Sportsmen's Association to build an indoor-outdoor public shooting range. County officials have estimated the cost at $200,000. A site has not been chosen.

Association President Steve Scherer said every year 200 young people complete the firearms safety courses his group offers.

"The shooting sports are alive in Carroll County," he said.

* Carroll County Tennis Association for $26,000 to install lights and resurface two tennis courts at Bennett Cerf Memorial Park in Westminster.

* Deer Park Recreation Council for $111,000 to build a baseball diamond that also could be used for soc

cer and football games at Deer Park.

* Freedom Area Recreation Council to develop Hodges Park on Hodges Road in Eldersburg in fiscal 1995 instead of fiscal 1997. The $215,000 cost would be spread over four years.

The park has been in county plans for about 10 years, and the need for a soccer field and a baseball and softball field is there now, said Bill Schaefer, the recreation council president.

* North Carroll Recreation Council to build a baseball and soccer field behind North Carroll Middle School, develop ball fields at a future school site at Route 30 and Lineboro Road, and find a site for a 100-acre community park.

The work would be done over a five-year period, said council member Jim Deiaco. The total cost is estimated at about $4 million.

* Union Bridge Recreation Council for $12,340 to resurface two tennis courts, and repair lights and nets; and $7,342 to build a fence around a basketball court at the Union Bridge Community Center.

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