County is pulling together 79 acres for a Fulton park

August 24, 2008|By Larry Carson

Howard County is getting $1.3 million in state money to buy about 28 acres of fields and woodland in Fulton that someday will be the site of a park.

The land, 21 acres privately owned and 7 acres of State Highway Administration land surrounding it, is off Murray Road, just west of U.S. 29 and north of the T. Howard Duckett Watershed that serves as the county's southern boundary.

Gary J. Arthur, director of the county Department of Recreation and Parks, said the county already owns about 50 acres there.

"We're going to put together 79 acres for a future park for Fulton," he said.

All but about 4 acres of the land slated for purchase is open fields, and the rest is woodland. Arthur said the county will try to work with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, which owns adjoining wooded land along the river, to craft development plans in five to eight years.

The money comes from Program Open Space and was approved by the State Board of Public Works at a meeting Wednesday in Annapolis. The land purchase will help protect the river and watershed as well as provide future recreation amenities, Gov. Martin O'Malley said.

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