Speak Out!

August 31, 2005

THE ISSUE: Annapolis officials are trying to persuade Maryland to locate a new horse park on 2,000 acres of public land in Crownsville, outside the city limits.

The city is vying with Cecil County for the park, which will feature a 5,000-seat arena, an outdoor amphitheater and a museum. The Anne Arundel site includes the shuttered Crownsville Hospital Center complex, the reservoir at the old Annapolis waterworks and the nearby U.S. Naval Academy dairy farm.

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens has expressed concern that the former mental hospital site lacks the infrastructure to support the horse park. She has said she is open to placing the horse park at the dairy farm property.

YOUR VIEW: Should the state build a horse park in Crownsville? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by tomorrow. Please keep your response short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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