Groundbreaking is today for city-county gateway Joint-venture park designed to give boost to Liberty Road corridor

April 20, 1996|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Many drivers on Liberty Heights Avenue probably never notice the point where the name changes to Liberty Road and Baltimore City becomes Baltimore County.

A groundbreaking today is aimed at making the border a little more noticeable.

A joint venture between the city and county will transform a littered lot on Liberty Road at Flannery Lane into a small park with a stone gateway and welcome sign for the county's "Liberty Communities" of Powhatan Farms, Haywood Heights, Lochearn and Robin Hills, as well as the city's Howard Park across the border.

At 10 a.m. today, residents will take part in a tree-planting and cleanup of a stream leading from Powder Mill Park to woods adjacent to the lot being transformed into Gateway Park.

"People travel up and down Liberty Road never knowing anything about the neighborhoods," said Ray Staggers, president of the Robin Hills Community Association. "The project is part of our attempt to beautify the Liberty Road corridor."

The county departments of environmental protection, community conservation, recreation and parks and planning as well as the city Department of Public Works and Save Our Streams are sponsoring the cleanup, landscaping and gateway project.

The Gateway Park project is a recommendation of the Liberty Action Plan Task Force formed by County Council Chairman Kevin Kamenetz, a Pikesville-Randallstown Democrat. Mr. Kamenetz said the county will provide planning and landscaping and the city will provide labor.

"This is local government at its best," Mr. Kamenetz said. "When you have city and county residents working with local government, it's possible to take something that is bad and transform it into something good."

Mr. Kamenetz said the project will proceed in three phases, the first being the cleanup and planting of trees along Powder Mill Park. Gateway construction is scheduled to begin this summer, and there are plans to extend the tree-planting to the rear of homes on Flannery Lane, he said.

Residents interested in helping with today's beautification project are advised to bring a shovel and work gloves.

Pub Date: 4/20/96

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