County parks board ded­i­cates trail to Exec. Moore

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— It was cold and windy out­side, but warmth was em­a­nat­ing among those who gath­ered late Monday to ded­i­cate a new walk­ing trail at Calvert Re­gional Park to out­go­ing County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore.

Moore, who didn’t know the trail was be­ing named for her un­til the last minute, was over­whelmed with emo­tion.

“I’m speech­less,” she said as she wiped away tears.

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“But, this is so worth it.”

Moore be­lieved in the park and put it into her vi­sion for the county, along with ad­e­quate fund­ing to get it started. It’s the county’s first re­gional park and is sit­u­ated on 112 acres off Brick Meet­ing House Road in Calvert.

The county has spent $1.9 mil­lion on phase one and has an­other $1.8 mil­lion bud­geted for phase two over the next two years.

“She heard the call and saw the de­mand,” said Don Harmer, pres­i­dent of the board of parks and recre­ation for Ce­cil County, not­ing that a lot went into build­ing the park. “It was the work of many hands.”

“This is such a won­der­ful place that we’ll all be vis­it­ing for a long time,” he added.

Moore agreed that the evo­lu­tion of Calvert Re­gional Park has in­deed been a team ef­fort.

“No one does this alone,” said Moore as she has many times in the past.

Di­rec­tor of Ce­cil County Parks and Recre­ation Clyde Van Dyke ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to Moore and to all of those who made the park a re­al­ity.

The park opened one year ago on Oct. 31 with a throng of well-wish­ers to cut the rib­bon.

Since open­ing, Van Dyke said the park has hosted four girls lacrosse tour­na­ments, which gen­er­ated $75,000 in rev­enue for the gen­eral fund, not count­ing lo­cal economic impact in the com­mu­nity.

“Ho­tels, restau­rants and ser­vice sta­tions have re­ported in­creased vis­its dur­ing tour­na­ment week­ends,” Van Dyke said. “We’ve at­tracted teams from Florida to Maine to play here.”

Ce­cil County res­i­dents also fre­quent the park, ac­cord­ing to Van Dyke, who said that all five high schools have played on the turf field.

“The three bas­ket­ball courts and play­ground get a lot of ac­tiv­ity,” he said, “Espe­cially since we in­stalled a new 75-foot zip line and spi­der climber.”

Of spe­cial note, Van Dyke said, is the trail that was ded­i­cated Monday.

“It is very pop­u­lar with run­ners and walk­ers,” he said, as a cou­ple of run­ners passed by. “We are looking for­ward to build­ing new part­ner­ships and con­tin­u­ing to strengthen ex­ist­ing ones.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore is over­come by emo­tions as Ce­cil County Parks & Recre­ation Board Pres­i­dent Don Harmer un­veils the new trail ded­i­cated to her.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

Ce­cil County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore and Di­rec­tor of Parks and Recre­ation Clyde Van Dyke gather with mem­bers of the board Monday at Calvert Re­gional Park.

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