Balto. County hopes to build new park for youth recreation

Park to be located on surplus state land at Spring Grove Hospital in Catonsville.

Baltimore County today announced tentative plans to use some of the 8.8 acres of land declared surplus state property at Spring Grove Hospital in Catonsville to open a youth-oriented regional park.

The county is seeking authorization from the Department of Natural Resources to use state “Open Space” funding to demolish the Hamilton Building, located on the surplus land, to create the park.

This follows the recent recommendation by the Maryland Department of Planning that the hospital acreage – together with the Hamilton Building – be used jointly by Baltimore County and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

County Recreation and Parks Director Barry Williams said the park should include recreation facilities for kids, saying the demand for recreation in the southwest part of the county “far exceeds current availability.”

Other county politicians, including First District Councilman Tom Quirk and 10th District Delegate Adrienne Jones, are lining up in favor of the project.

“The addition of a regional park in the area will be great for the thousands of boys and girls participating in recreation programs,” Jones said today.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz cautioned that it is too early to talk about the specific scope of the park.

In a written statement, he said, “There are significant funding issues to address, and we have not had any discussions with UMBC officials yet regarding shared use of the property. However, I did not want this opportunity to pass, and I look forward to working with the state and community members to move this project forward.”

Be sure to check our full comment policy before leaving a comment.

  • May 28, 2015

    • For Baltimore police, contrition and apology seem to be the order of the day, and in West Baltimore Lt. Col. Melvin Russell was on point. As a throng of people in red shirts listened (participants in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church), the veteran officer addressed them last night outside the Ames Memorial […]

  • May 27, 2015

    • The mayor and Board of Estimates today agreed to pay $42,500 to a 39-year-old woman who was mistakenly shot by a Baltimore police officer during an early morning scuffle on York Road. According to the out-of-court settlement, which ends a $1 million civil lawsuit filed by Tasha Coleman, Officer Quinton O. Smith discharged his service […]

  • May 26, 2015

    • Nine people were killed and at least 20 were wounded as gun violence continued to rack Baltimore over the Memorial Day weekend. The last reported shooting over the weekend took place at 1400 North Fulton Avenue, a well-known crime hot spot. An adult male was shot multiple times in the torso about 11:30 p.m. Monday. […]

  • May 20, 2015

    • The Ingenuity Project has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to bring supplemental STEM programming to 500 high-achieving Baltimore middle-school students. Ingenuity provides about 530 of Baltimore’s advanced 6-12th graders with a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum and is hosted by three Baltimore City middle schools – Mount Royal, Hamilton, Roland […]

More of the Daily Drip »

Below the Fold

  • December 15, 2014

    •   “Ha ha, so not a surprise.” “Shocking…not!!” We get applause but also the occasional eye-roll these days for our accountability reporting – like last week’s piece about how tax cuts promised by the mayor as a selling point for Horseshoe Baltimore probably won’t happen, thanks to the casino’s lower-than-expected revenues. We get where the […]