Maryland Stadium Authority's help sought for Special Olympics complex

April 26, 2002

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens is seeking the Maryland Stadium Authority's help in building the Natatorium and Special Olympics Complex planned for Glen Burnie in 2005.

Owens requested yesterday that the authority move immediately to secure legislative approval for its involvement in the 26-acre facility, which will include a full Olympic-size pool, water slide, ball fields, a gym and a weight room.

The project has received $500,000 from the Maryland General Assembly, and Owens plans to include $500,000 for the planned complex in her 2003 budget, which will be introduced next week.

The pool facility, which will be managed by the county, is expected to cost about $12 million. The athletic fields, track and gymnasium, which will be managed by Special Olympics Maryland, are expected to cost about $8 million.

Though known for overseeing the construction of large projects such as Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Ravens football stadium, the Maryland Stadium Authority has also worked on smaller projects. It's currently working on the restoration of Baltimore's historic Hippodrome Theater.

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