Council OKs measure requesting state money to rehab playgrounds

March 14, 2000|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

Seeking to rehabilitate 10 dilapidated playgrounds, the City Council urged state lawmakers in a resolution last night to support legislation that would provide $500,000 for the project.

The council gave unanimous approval to the nonbinding resolution, which asks the General Assembly to support Senate Bill 768 and House Bill 1317.

The resolution was sponsored by 3rd District Councilman Robert Curran of Northeast Baltimore. He and others said the measure is key to helping rebuild playgrounds.

"Baltimore City has many playgrounds that are old and in need of repair," Curran said.

Added Council President Sheila Dixon: "This is very crucial. We all must work and stress the important of this bill."

The 10 playgrounds are on Castle Street, Presstman Street in the Druid Heights Community, the Perkins public housing complex on Gough Street, Linden Avenue in Reservoir Hill and at Garrett Heights, Harford Heights, Margaret Brent, Robert Coleman, Thomas Jefferson and Violetville elementary schools.

In other business, the council gave final passage to a bill that prohibits issuing permits for construction of new billboards and confirmed the appointment of Patricia J. Payne as commissioner of housing and community development.

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