County parks board dedicates trail to Exec. Moore
— 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.
“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.”
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 County Executive Tari Moore and Director of Parks and Recreation Clyde Van Dyke gather with members of the board Monday at Calvert Regional Park.