Moyer suggests creating park on land near hospital center

December 24, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer has asked state officials to consider working with the city to form a 1,200-acre park near Crownsville Hospital Center.

Annapolis owns about 600 acres near the state-run hospital, which has been recommended for closure. Moyer suggested the state and city combine their land into large open-space park.

"The times seem right to explore collaboration for park and recreation use," Moyer wrote in a Nov. 13 letter to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

The General Assembly will begin discussing the fate of the 90- year-old psychiatric hospital next month. Officials have not decided what they would do with the land if the hospital is shut down.

Henry Fawell, a spokesman for the governor, said it was premature to discuss the fate of the Crownsville property.

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