County officials asking for public input on Edgemere park

February 22, 2010|By Mary Gail Hare | Baltimore Sun reporter

Baltimore County officials are asking for the community's opinions on plans for a park in Edgemere.

A developer had hoped to build new houses on the 30-acre parcel near Back River, but when the sluggish housing market stalled his plans, the county purchased the land known to neighbors as Karll Trust last year for $1.5 million. Now it will be home to athletic fields, walking trails and open space.

"We moved right in and bought the parcel for a park," said Robert Barrett, director of the county Department of Recreation and Parks. "We are keeping the property out of development."

The county has scheduled a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Edgemere Elementary School. Barrett and his staff will encourage residents to discuss what they want on either side of Willow Avenue off North Point Road.

"It all starts with a blank piece of paper and a list of wants and don't wants," Barrett said. "Probably what will come out of this meeting is the need for multipurpose fields and maybe lights."

The property is within walking distance of the elementary school as well as Sparrows Point Middle and High schools. Several recreation councils need space to expand soccer, lacrosse and football programs.

Money for construction is not in the county's capital budget. Barrett said the community input would help officials as they design the park.

"When the time comes to build, and that is yet to be determined, we will be ready with shovels," he said.

The meeting will be in the school's cafeteria, at 7201 North Point Road. More information is available by calling 410-887-3806.

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