Member resigns from parks board

O'Malley's top aide brushed her off, she says

July 11, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Peggy Stansbury, a member of Baltimore's parks and recreation board, said yesterday that she will resign her voluntary post and voiced frustration with the pace of change at the troubled agency.

Mayor Martin O'Malley dismissed Marvin F. Billups Jr. as the city's recreation and parks director last week, noting his impatience with the condition of the city's park system.

Stansbury, 45, a former Federal Hill resident who recently moved to Rodgers Forge in Baltimore County, said she was brushed off by Michael R. Enright, the top aide to O'Malley, when she went to City Hall yesterday to suggest ideas for lining up more civic and corporate support for the parks and recreation department.

"If I had a person with this depth of knowledge, I think I'd give her 20 minutes," said Stansbury, who has led efforts to renovate and expand the Druid Hill Conservatory for several years. She and others organized a national conference on Great Urban Parks in 2000.

O'Malley's spokesman Tony White said that there was no intentional slight to Stansbury, who had no scheduled appointment.

"She just walked up and asked to see the chief of staff, and he had a full schedule," White said.

"The citizens of this city are better served by some action in the Parks Department rather than another meeting about the inactivity there," he added.

White said that Stansbury had an immediate outlet for any ideas in board President Chickie Grayson.

Grayson said Stansbury's departure was expected.

"She doesn't live in the city anymore, and so she would be getting off the board," Grayson said. "It's become a moot point."

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