State to purchase Davidsonville site for county public...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

April 11, 2002

State to purchase Davidsonville site for county public park

A 121-acre parcel of undeveloped land near Davidsonville will be purchased for $1 million in state money and turned into a public park that will be managed by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, officials announced yesterday.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening called the purchase an opportunity to turn a former gravel mine into a "state-of-the art" park with two multipurpose fields, three baseball fields and access to the Patuxent River.

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens said she is happy that the site will be preserved as open space.

The park project is expected to be finished by September of next year. Money to purchase the land was committed to the county through the state Department of Natural Resources' Program Open Space.

Rinehart announces run for County Council seat

William A. Rinehart, a Democrat and former director of recreation and parks for Anne Arundel County, formally announced his candidacy for the County Council's 7th District seat yesterday.

During a 32-year-tenure with the county, Rinehart developed youth athletic programs and helped preserve the Jug Bay wetlands. Rinehart, 63, of Harwood is running on a platform that focuses in part on school reform, including smaller class sizes. He has promised to build a high school in Crofton if elected.

Peter M. Perry, a retired astrophysicist and Harwood tree farmer, is also seeking the Democratic nomination.

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