Grant aids purchase of recreation center

HARFORD DIGEST

October 21, 2007

Harford County received $660,000 from Program Open Space to aid in the purchase of a Forest Hill indoor recreation center.

The county bought the rec center, located in Forest Hill airpark, in April for $1.7 million through Program Open Space. The facility is intended to serve the recreation needs for the Forest Hill Recreation Council and the Fountain Green Recreation Council.

Program Open Space, run by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, provides funding for the creation of parks and recreation areas.

Local governments can apply for grants through Program Open Space, which uses money collected from real estate transfer taxes.

The rec center includes an indoor soccer arena, an indoor pool and multipurpose rooms for activities such as aerobics and wrestling. Previously the facility was privately owned.

SHA seeks input on ADA compliance

The State Highway Administration will hold a public meeting to gather information on accessibility challenges facing disabled citizens from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at McFaul Activities Center, 525 W. MacPhail Road, Bel Air.

The meetings are being held to determine issues pertaining to the state's right of way, such as sidewalks that do not comply with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

The meeting will include an overview of planned projects and displays explaining ADA compliance on sidewalks in Harford County.

Information: 866-910-8866.

Seminar to focus on preservation

The Harford County Historic Preservation Commission will co-sponsor a seminar for those interested in preserving older buildings.

The Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions will offer a workshop on "McMansions and Other Stock Plan Housing: How to Address Stock Plan Design in Historic Districts," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Havre de Grace.

Planning professionals will learn how to review applications for stock plan projects and render decisions appropriate for the historic district. The cost is $25 for MAHDC members, $25 for commission staff and $30 for others. Reservations are required at 301-270-0628.

Roast for RAACE set for Nov. 2

The RAACE Foundation will hold the Roast for RAACE charity bull and oyster event fundraiser from 8 p.m. to midnight Nov. 2 at the Richlin Ballroom, 1700 Van Bibber Road, Edgewood.

The evening will feature food, a silent auction, raffles, big game wheels and music.

Tickets are $40. Raffle tickets are $5 for an autographed celebrity biker bench. Sponsorships are also needed.

RAACE (Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere) educates the public and raises awareness of child sexual abuse and its effects on society.

Information: 410-893-1001.

Safety group seeks Miss Fire Prevention

The Harford County Fire & Injury Prevention Committee will select its Little Miss Fire Prevention, Miss Junior Fire Prevention and Miss Fire Prevention, along with Little Fire Chief representatives for 2008, on Nov. 4 at the Level Volunteer Fire Company, 3633 Level Village Road.

Interested youths can call Rhonda Polk at 410-272-3771 for information and an application.

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