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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | October 12, 1994
State and county officials congratulated one another and took cues from the script of "Field of Dreams" as they dedicated Freedom Park yesterday."This is so much more than land," County Commissioner Donald I. Dell told a crowd of about 100 people who gathered at the 125-acre park near Sykesville."
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June 5, 2013
The Inaugural Carroll 5K Mud Run will be held Sunday, June 9, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Freedom Park, 100 Raincliffe Road, Sykesville. The event is both a 5k race and a 5k mud run. Runners can run on a flat 5k trail or take the optional detours to paths that include a series of obstacles where runners must climb and crawl to the finish line. The 5K Mud Run is for ages 13 and up. Younger children are invited to take part in a kids' Mini Mud Run. Cost to take part is $40 for the 5k mud run; $25 for the 5k basic run; and $10 for the kids' mud run. A portion of proceeds goes to the Freedom Area Rec Council.
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By STUART JAY ROBINSON | July 3, 1994
Oct. 24, 1993, was the perfect fall day. The air was crisp and clean, the sky was blue, not a cloud in sight, a glorious day. My wife, mother-in-law, and an aunt and a cousin from Tar Heel land (North Carolina) went to D.C. But this was to be no ordinary adventure to our nation's capital.Walking past the White House, there was an immediate reality check. Across the street, "Freedom Park," aka Peace Park. People of all ages and hues, men and women were living out of plastic bags . . . an American failure.
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December 5, 2004
The Sun shows bias against Ehrlich I was shocked and confused when I looked at The Sun's front-page map suggesting that all of our state-owned preservation land was up for sale ("The Lay of the Land," Nov. 18). When the story suggested that Freedom Park's 137 acres could be ripe for development by homebuilders, I knew something was wrong. Your three-page spread was a beautifully photographed attack on our governor that was short on objective reporting and long on artwork and innuendo.
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By Sherry Graham and Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 24, 1996
THE FREEDOM AREA recreation Council (FARC) transformed the Carrolltown Center into carnival grounds Saturday with its first Freedom Park Benefit Carnival. Proceeds from the event will be used to improve Freedom Park, southeastern Carroll County's newest recreation area.The park on Raincliffe Road has a half-dozen baseball and softball diamonds and two soccer fields. Several covered picnic pavilions were added in the spring. Spectator seating and picnic tables at many of the fields also were added recently.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Johannesburg Bureau of The Sun | August 5, 1994
FREEDOM PARK, South Africa -- What South Africa's new government has to decide is if Willie Dhlamini and his band of pioneers from the back yards of Soweto are part of the problem or part of the solution to this country's massive housing shortage.In February, Mr. Dhlamini, a 34-year-old who displays a combination of solid education and streetwise savvy, led some 1,200 families out of their backyard shacks onto several nearby acres which, despite paved roads and water lines, had lain dormant for years.
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By SHERRY GRAHAM | April 18, 1995
With the end of the baseball strike, America's love affair with baseball is flourishing once again. The newspapers are filled with news of the latest player trades, pitching prospects and team predictions.There's surely no lack of enthusiasm for the game in Carroll County. Little League players are out in force all over the county.Players, coaches and fans are enjoying the beautiful new fields on Raincliffe Road in Sykesville. The recently built fields are part of Freedom Park.Readers in the southern end of the county should visit the park.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | October 11, 1994
After years of planning and building and one name change, Freedom Park opens officially at 4 p.m. today.County and state officials, the Liberty High Marching Band and the Freedom Recreation Council players and coaches will celebrate the opening of the park, which will be home to about 6,000 children participating in several athletic programs.The 125-acre park at Raincliffe Road near Route 32 in Sykesville is "the result of a lot of hard work by many citizens and county and state officials," said Del. Richard N. Dixon, a Carroll Democrat who initiated the project in 1989 at the request of Thomas Lee, a volunteer coach in the Sykesville Youth League.
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By Sherry Graham and Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 27, 1998
"COME ON, GUYS, we can do it," was a shout heard over and over Saturday at an annual Boy Scout and Cub Scout event known as the Klondike Derby.More than 1,600 Scouts from the Carroll, National Pike and Arrowhead districts converged on Freedom Park for a day of friendly competition as the boys used their Scouting skills to complete challenging courses designed to encourage teamwork.Participants in this year's Klondike found a different atmosphere than at recent derbies. Organizers created a theme spoofing the typical Klondike setting.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2004
Carroll County officials, dismayed that a Sykesville park where the county has invested $2 million had made the state's list of expendable properties, said they would work with local legislators to make sure the park is preserved as a recreation area. The 137-acre Freedom Park, on the northwest edge of Patapsco Valley State Park, is one of dozens of parcels - the only one in Carroll County - that the state has deemed potential surplus. The cost of management exceeds the benefit of public use, state officials said.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2004
Carroll County officials, dismayed that a Sykesville park where the county has invested $2 million had made the state's list of expendable properties, said they would work with local legislators to make sure the park is preserved as a recreation area. The 137-acre Freedom Park, on the northwest edge of Patapsco Valley State Park, is one of dozens of parcels - the only one in Carroll County - that the state has deemed potential surplus. The cost of management exceeds the benefit of public use, state officials said.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2004
Carroll County officials, dismayed that a Sykesville park where the county has invested $2 million had made the state's list of expendable properties, said they would work with local legislators to make sure the park is preserved as a recreation area. The 137-acre Freedom Park, on the northwest edge of Patapsco Valley State Park, is one of dozens of parcels - the only one in Carroll County - that the state has deemed potential surplus. The cost of management exceeds the benefit of public use, state officials said.
NEWS
March 2, 2001
Freedom Park carnival scheduled for tomorrow Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg will hold Freedom Park Benefit Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. The annual event is a fundraiser for field maintenance of Freedom Park in Sykesville. Indoor carnival games, prizes, face painting and costumed characters, including an appearance by the Raven mascot Allen, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Franklin the Turtle will be featured. Freedom Area Recreation Council volunteers will operate games and stations throughout the mall.
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By Sherry Graham and Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 27, 1998
"COME ON, GUYS, we can do it," was a shout heard over and over Saturday at an annual Boy Scout and Cub Scout event known as the Klondike Derby.More than 1,600 Scouts from the Carroll, National Pike and Arrowhead districts converged on Freedom Park for a day of friendly competition as the boys used their Scouting skills to complete challenging courses designed to encourage teamwork.Participants in this year's Klondike found a different atmosphere than at recent derbies. Organizers created a theme spoofing the typical Klondike setting.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | June 25, 1997
A park for skateboarders may be in Carroll County's future.The County Commissioners told Recreation and Parks Director Richard J. Soisson yesterday "to continue to explore the possibility of creating a skate park," using state money.Soisson envisions a 10,000- to 12,000-square-foot asphalt park to serve the county's skateboarding population."Most places [in the county] don't allow skateboards or roller-blades," Soisson said. The demand for a skate park is so great that "if we had a nice, well-run facility, people throughout the county would come to it," he said.
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By Sherry Graham and Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 24, 1996
THE FREEDOM AREA recreation Council (FARC) transformed the Carrolltown Center into carnival grounds Saturday with its first Freedom Park Benefit Carnival. Proceeds from the event will be used to improve Freedom Park, southeastern Carroll County's newest recreation area.The park on Raincliffe Road has a half-dozen baseball and softball diamonds and two soccer fields. Several covered picnic pavilions were added in the spring. Spectator seating and picnic tables at many of the fields also were added recently.
NEWS
December 5, 2004
The Sun shows bias against Ehrlich I was shocked and confused when I looked at The Sun's front-page map suggesting that all of our state-owned preservation land was up for sale ("The Lay of the Land," Nov. 18). When the story suggested that Freedom Park's 137 acres could be ripe for development by homebuilders, I knew something was wrong. Your three-page spread was a beautifully photographed attack on our governor that was short on objective reporting and long on artwork and innuendo.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1995
Carroll County government is asking Sykesville to contribute $15,000, a small portion of the $420,000 resurfacing job planned for Raincliffe Road.It seems like a fairly reasonable request, because 600 feet of the 3.13-mile road are within town limits. But the town is balking because it feels the county owes the town a favor."They can certainly ask, but whether they get it is a different story," said Mayor Jonathan S. Herman.Town officials say the county owes them a favor for the extra patrols Sykesville police make along the road, which runs along new Freedom Park.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | July 17, 1996
If Explosive Experts Inc. moves to Sykesville, business owners in the town fear few others will follow.The Baltimore County blasting company would like to move its operations to 13 acres just outside Sykesville and about a quarter-mile east of Route 32.Officials of the 36-year-old company met with the Sykesville Town Council Monday to present what it said was a perfect safety record and discuss its daily operations and advantages for the area."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1995
Carroll County government is asking Sykesville to contribute $15,000, a small portion of the $420,000 resurfacing job planned for Raincliffe Road.It seems like a fairly reasonable request, because 600 feet of the 3.13-mile road are within town limits. But the town is balking because it feels the county owes the town a favor."They can certainly ask, but whether they get it is a different story," said Mayor Jonathan S. Herman.Town officials say the county owes them a favor for the extra patrols Sykesville police make along the road, which runs along new Freedom Park.
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