Charlestown discusses conceptual plan for Avalon Park
— Town officials got their first look at a conceptual plan for the development of Avalon Park on Tuesday night.
Commissioner President Renee Capano presented the plan created by URS Corp., an engineering company, which encompasses both Avalon Park Lot B and the adjacent Avalon Marina property.
She said there is a potential for 70 parking spaces with six handicapped-accessible spots and eight boat trailer parking spots. Capano said there is also potential for additional community-oriented features such as a dog park, picnic area, gazebo and walking trails, among other ideas. She noted that the ideas are not finalized, but are only conceptual.
In September, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources gave the town a $90,000 grant to fund the renovations for Avalon Park Lot B in March, and the town added another $10,000. Capano said the grant also stipulates a sign must be put up acknowledging the DNR gave the town a grant for the project.
Originally, the Avalon Park Committee, made up of town residents, was only looking at the Avalon
Park Lot B portion of the park but going forward will have to look at the park as a whole when applying for grants, a task that is being worked on at the moment, Capano said.
A 1,075-square-foot walking trail is proposed to be located in Lot B and also be handicapped-accessible. Because it will be waterfront, the trail has to be made of an impervious surface. Capano said an estimation she received during the Maryland Municipal League Conference came to $20 a square foot, but the price could end up lower than that. She also noted that the plans call for an “Avalon stage,” or pergola, which could be placed in a field between Peddler’s Creek and the Northeast River.
Committee member Mary Clark Confalone noted that the conceptual plan would allow residents and visitors to enjoy the area.
“It’ll give them a place to park, to have a picnic. The kids can play, the dogs can play,” she said.
No decisions were made on the topic, and the item was tabled until the next meeting. The board needs to discuss the plan and, at a future meeting, might be able to start bidding out certain projects, Capano said.
Capano said top priorities for the next grant include items such as a pavilion area and seating area.
Patsy Clements, a member of the Avalon Park Committee, clarified that some of the ideas mentioned in Capano’s presentation were not discussed by the committee. The committee’s works consisted only of ideas for Lot B and those ideas were presented by Confalone during a previous commissioners’ meeting.
Charlestown is developing plan to build a community park where the current Avalon Park parking lot is off Water Street.