Roosevelt Park ribbon event shows makeover
QUEEN ANNE — Roosevelt Park has been renovated and now has a new covered pavilion and exercise stations among other features.
On Friday, Oct. 28, there was a ribbon cutting at the park with state Sen. Addie Eckardt cutting the ribbon while town Mayor Randy Esty helped after giving his speech in front of a host of dignitaries from the local and state levels. The whole ceremony with almost 20 people was in front of the new pavilion with the Maryland flag flying.
“I consider Roosevelt Park Queen Anne’s best feature besides our people and outstanding volunteer fire department,” Esty said during his speech.
The project began with a discussion years ago with Chip Price, then director of Project Open Space, who advised the town to apply for a grant with Community Parks and Playgrounds. Price is now director of parks for Queen Anne’s County and was in the audience.
“We received a [state] grant of $135,711 and we used that to put in four exercise stations around a 1/3 mile walking path, a new pavilion with tables and seating, a shade for the playground to protect our children, and new benches around the park,” Esty said.
The exercise machines, all outdoor but individually covered, include a recumbent cycle, leg press, chest press, and elliptical. There also are two new large seated swings. The pavilion has six new picnic tables and a double grill.
“Roosevelt is expertly maintained by Queen Anne’s County Parks by mutual agreement with the town. The park is 6.2 acres and has been used by many of our older town residents,” Esty said.
He then turned the presentation over to Penny Reynolds of Easton who grew up in Queen Anne. She read a history as told by her father, Robert “Gus” Gibson.
“The original dedication of Roosevelt Park was around 1934 when a track meet, ball game, and a ‘greased pig’ contest was held with much fanfare and gratitude,” Reynolds read from her father’s statement.
The park’s name, “Roosevelt Park,” was used because Franklin Roosevelt was the president in the 1930s and was meant as a tribute to him for his help in establishing the Works Project Administration and creating Social Security, Reynolds read.
After the Tri-County High School closed in 1945, the Board of Education in Queen Anne’s County deeded the property to the town of Queen Anne, thanks to the assistance and influence of Dr. Harry Rhodes, superintendent of schools at the time. The town then assumed responsibility for its use and upkeep.
Many local politicians attended the ribbon cutting for the newly renovated park, including State Del. Johnny Mautz, Del. Jeff Ghrist, Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Robert Buckey, County Commissioner Jack N. Wilson Jr., County Parks Property Manager David Chaires, and Queen Anne Town Commissioner Marty Eichelman, among others.
State Senator Addie Eckardt, left, cut the ribbon at a ceremony for the newly renovated Roosevelt Park in Queen Anne. On the right is Randy Esty, the town’s mayor.