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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2011
Anne Arundel County police are looking for a woman who said she witnessed a man give money to two boys in Downs Park before trying to walk them into the woods. They are also looking for the boys and others who may have seen the incident on Sunday. Police said the woman told a park ranger that around 5:30 p.m. she went over to the man and "told him to leave the children alone," then reported the incident to a ranger, police said. The ranger and woman waited with the boys for their parents.
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September 26, 2014
Sunday, Sept. 28 Music by the bay The Bayside Summer Concert Series concludes with Top 40 music by Appaloosa from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Downs Park, 8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena. No bikes, skateboards or roller skates are permitted in the concert area. Information: 410-222-6230 or go to aacounty.org/RecParks/concerts.cfm. Gospel music A concert to celebrate the release of DiVine of Annapolis' CD, "Touch and Agree," will be held at 4 p.m. at Friendship Victory Vision Ministries Church, 7280 Baltimore/Annapolis Blvd.
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NEWS
October 23, 1995
More than 80 artisans will sell their wares at the 1995 Downs Park Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the park on Mountain Road.From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be children's games at 25 cents a game; face painting; pumpkin painting at $1 a pumpkin; and scarecrow-making at $5 a scarecrow. A children's costume contest will begin at 1 p.m. at the amphitheater for three age categories.The Hot Jazz Orchestra will perform from noon to 2 p.m. A quilt raffle, sponsored by the Downs Park Quilters Guild, will be held at 3 p.m.Entrance to the park is free the day of the festival.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
Anne Arundel County health officials are searching for anyone who might have been in contact with a rabid raccoon in Pasadena. The raccoon was found Monday at the gate house at Fort Smallwood Park in Pasadena and later tested positive for rabies, officials said. Anyone who thinks they may have had contact with the raccoon should contact the Anne Arundel County Health Department at 410-222-7256 during business hours or 443-481-3140 after hours. Anyone whose pet may have come into contact with the raccoon should call Animal Control at 410-222-8900.
NEWS
June 1, 1993
The Downs Park Junior Naturalists will explore the world of nature at Downs Park during six sessions from June 21 at the park.Sessions will run on Monday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and enrollees will earn a Junior Naturalist patch and certification by attending at least five of the six sessions.Topics in the series will include Bay ecology, birds at the park, reptiles and amphibians and more.The program is for children age 9 to 14 and the program fee is $15. Registration is due by June 21.The county Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a Summer Fishing Contest starting today through Aug. 30 at Downs Park.
NEWS
By Jody Roesler SO Special to The Sun | March 18, 1994
Monday is the official beginning of spring, the season of new growth and change. For Bill Offutt, the new ranger at Downs Park, the season got an early start three weeks ago when his son, Scott, was born."
NEWS
July 7, 1995
A pipe bomb exploded on a pedestrian bridge at the John H. Downs Park and caused minor damage earlier this week, county police said.William Offutt, a ranger at the park in the 8300 block of Johns Downs Loop, arrived at work about 8:35 a.m. Wednesday. Park maintenance workers showed him the damaged bridge, which runs over Pinehurst Drive, police said. Mr. Offutt checked the bridge and found a 6-foot wooden plank destroyed and several pieces of pipe on the 10-foot wide bridge, police said.Mr.
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By PEG ADAMARCZYK | July 21, 1995
Even though we are in the midst of summer, organizers at Downs Park are preparing for the fall craft fair. The fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 28, in conjunction with the highly successful Halloween Haunted Trail.This is a juried event, and applications are being accepted from interested artisans.All items sold at the fair must be made by the artisan.The fees are $20 for one space and $30 for two. Application packets are available at the park information office or by mail.For details, call the park, 222-6240.
NEWS
By PEG ADAMARCZYK | August 25, 1995
Tired feet and empty bank accounts are about all I can remember about this last week of the summer of '95.Even though we officially remain several weeks in the summer season, it's over on Monday morning.Alarms all over Pasadena will sound. Happy, excited students will bound from their cozy beds eagerly anticipating another fun-filled, educationally challenging, intellectually stimulating waltz down the corridors of education.That scenario usually lasts for, maybe, one day. Then it's back to dragging a sleepy-headed kid out of bed in time to eat, dress and catch the bus (better known as the "cheese bucket" around my household)
NEWS
By Peg Adamarczyk and Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 21, 2002
DOWNS PARK just seems to be getting better with age. When the gates were first opened on July 1, 1982, the park was a welcomed addition to an ever-expanding suburbanized area. Featuring 231 acres of woodlands with trails, areas for picnicking or play, and a spectacular view of the Chesapeake Bay with a 2,000-foot shoreline, the park offered the surrounding community a place for fun and recreation while preserving the native habitat of a rapidly vanishing rural waterfront area. "When we opened our gates in 1982, we weren't exactly sure what the community expected from us," said Rick Holt, park superintendent.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2011
Anne Arundel County police are looking for a woman who said she witnessed a man give money to two boys in Downs Park before trying to walk them into the woods. They are also looking for the boys and others who may have seen the incident on Sunday. Police said the woman told a park ranger that around 5:30 p.m. she went over to the man and "told him to leave the children alone," then reported the incident to a ranger, police said. The ranger and woman waited with the boys for their parents.
SPORTS
By Candus Thomson | November 22, 2009
Their first public appearance was a smash hit. Six Chesapeake Bay Middle School students stood before state and federal environmental experts Wednesday in Annapolis to explain that they want to build an artificial reef at the Downs Park fishing pier in Pasadena to improve water quality and fishing opportunities. They walked out to applause from the adults and some helpful suggestions for their next audience: Gov. Martin O'Malley and the rest of the Board of Public Works. "This is good.
NEWS
By Peg Adamarczyk and Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 26, 2000
THE STAFF AT Downs Park has been extra busy in recent weeks, preparing for this weekend's kickoff of another fantastic season of its popular Bayside Concert Series. As we have all come to expect, this season's lineup includes a selection of singers - 18 Sunday evening programs with something for every age and every musical taste. The opening show, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, will feature the lively Caribbean sounds of Jambulay. June's schedule will include classical, Top 40, Motown, and an eclectic mix of jazz, reggae and folk.
NEWS
April 18, 1997
Anne Arundel County Executive John G. Gary and Tom Donlin, acting director of the Department of Recreation and Parks, will dedicate a $65,000 playground at Downs Park at noon Saturday.Betty Jansky, president of the Friends of Downs Park Inc., which raised $15,000 for the project, also will participate.Downs Park opened in 1982. The original playground structure was wood and steel and had deteriorated because of heavy use and harsh weather.All Recreation Inc. of Thurmont designed and built the play equipment out of treated steel and plastic.
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