Warfield's Pond receives $800,000 for facilities

November 28, 1996|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

After two years of waiting for funds, the Warfield's Pond Community Park in Glenwood received nearly $800,000 yesterday to develop about 9 acres into recreational facilities from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The money will be used by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks to create tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a fishing pier, two shelters, horseshoe pits, a playground and pathways and boardwalks around the pond, plus roads and a parking area.

The money is one of the largest amounts provided by the DNR's Program Open Space, which buys land with the state's real estate transfer tax, said DNR spokeswoman LeeAna Salaverria.

The 20-acre park was bought for almost $71,000 in 1983 using Open Space money.

Some Glenwood residents had fought hard to develop the park in the 1980s, but faced opposition from neighbors whose yards bordered the park, said Bob Buckler, president of the Warfield Estates Citizens Association. Later, financial and bureaucratic delays stalled the project.

"Back in the old days, there were 60 families that could use the park, and some didn't see overwhelming reasons to add to it," Buckler said. "Now there are probably close to 150 families within less than a mile who could enjoy and use more facilities at the park.

"It's nice to think they're [park officials] going to come back and do something."

Pub Date: 11/28/96

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