Carroll looks into future of its parks

June 24, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Ball fields, volleyball courts and a linear park are among the 11 projects the Carroll County Recreation and Parks Board is considering for its five-year capital plan.

Board members discussed the projects at a meeting Wednesday and will rate them in order of importance for financing at a meeting July 27. The five-year plan will begin in fiscal year 1996, which starts July 1, 1995.

The county Planning Commission and county commissioners then must approve the projects.

The proposals include a plan to build facilities for community recreation activities at the next public school constructed in Carroll, Recreation and Parks Department Director Richard J. Soisson said.

The additions would include an enlarged gym, spectator seating, an activity room and restrooms with outdoor access. The cost would be about $675,000.

Building recreation facilities while schools are under construction will save the county money and provide more community recreation facilities, Mr. Soisson said.

The next school probably will be built in Westminster or the South Carroll area, he said.

The board's capital project proposals also include an indoor shooting range at Hoods Mill Landfill that would cost $311,000.

Other proposals were:

* A linear park in Taneytown that would run along an abandoned railroad track -- $370,000.

* Ball fields at Friendship Valley Elementary to be primarily used by the Westminster Optimist Little League -- $48,000.

* Carroll County Farm Museum maintenance/storage facility -- $147,000.

* Continued development of ball fields at Deer Park -- $191,000.

* Resurfacing and lighting of tennis courts in New Windsor -- $32,000.

* Continued development of ball fields at a new park planned in the in North Carroll area -- $348,000.

* Paving a road that leads to Majeski Park in South Carroll -- $144,785.

* A storage/concession building, soccer field, tot lot and outdoor volleyball and basketball court at Sandymount Park -- $308,450.

* Six sand volleyball courts in parks throughout the county -- $99,000.

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