Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 10, 2005

Program Open Space beneficial to Harford

Program Open Space, Maryland's fund for the government purchase of parks and conservation areas, is a critical investment in the future. The goals of Program Open Space (POS) are supported by 88 percent of Maryland voters, according to a recent poll. Maintaining funding goes a long way to preserving farmland, protecting drinking water, and creating parks and recreation areas.

One such example of how this program can (and will) be successful is the Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation's acquisition and development of 70-plus acres of land near the Community College in conjunction with the Forest Hill, Hickory/Fountain Green and Emmorton Recreation Councils. All three participating councils will be actively involved in the design of this property for county recreation use.

While use of this property is still a few years away, this purchase, made possible partly by the availability of POS money, allows us to continue to serve our growing community for both children and adult recreation programs. Funding Program Open Space is an investment that will pay multiple dividends for the future of Harford County and the State of Maryland.

David Brond

President of the Forest Hill Recreation Council

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