Purchase of land for park is OK'd Rose Haven residents to gain access to bay

January 04, 1996|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

The state Board of Public Works approved yesterday the $326,000 purchase of waterfront land in Rose Haven for a park.

The owner, who had wanted to build homes on the property, decided in late 1994 to sell it for open space after residents opposed his development plans.

"I feel good that the community and the owner of the property have come together to make this happen," said Vivienne I. Trawick of the Rose Haven Citizens Action Committee.

The committee was formed in spring 1994 to oppose E. Steuart Chaney's request for a special exception to build three houses on the 1.7-acre lot next to his marina,

Herrington Harbour. Mr. Chaney could not be reached yesterday for comment.

The park, to be called Holland Point Park, will include picnic areas and sites for boaters to launch small craft. More important, it will give area residents more access to the Chesapeake Bay. Work on the park is expected to begin in the spring.

For Rose Haven residents, the nearest bay access now is in Deale, said Debi L. Osborne, director of Chesapeake Land Programs for the Trust for Public Lands. The private, nonprofit land conservation organization has helped with the project.

The park is being purchased with money from the state Department of Natural Resources' Open Space Program.

Ms. Osborne said the trust will turn its option to buy the property over to the county after the County Council approves use of the state funds. The measure will be introduced at the council's Jan. 16 meeting.

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