Sykesville will officially adopt a park in a ceremony tomorrow.
The 7-acre stretch along the Patapsco River marks the southern entrance to town and is pivotal to municipal efforts to revitalize downtown.
Howard County purchased the land more than five years ago and has spent about $20,000 to clear the property and landscape it. Dubbed the South Branch Area, the park is part of the Howard County recreation system.
The town has agreed to maintain the park, an expense that amounts to no more than $1,000 annually.
The agreement gives Howard County a manicured park and Sykesville a pastoral entrance, said town officials. A welcome sign will be unveiled tomorrow.
"The town is investing its resources in its Main Street master plan," said Matthew H. Candland, town manager. "Our objective is to make entrances to the town clean and presentable."
The dedication will take place at 10 a.m. at the park, across the river from Main Street. Information: 410-795-8959.
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