Perry Hall re­ceives fund­ing for new turf field

The Avenue News - - EDITORIAL -

Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Kamenetz’s up­com­ing bud­get will add new turf fields to Ran­dall­stown and Perry Hall High schools and CCBC’s Ca­tonsville cam­pus. The FY18 bud­get, pre­sented last week, in­cludes $10.5 mil­lion in recre­ation fund­ing, with $4.5 mil­lion ded­i­cated to more than 90 main­te­nance and re­fur­bish­ment projects through­out the County.

Bal­ti­more County’s more than 212 parks, com­mu­nity cen­ters and recre­ation spa­ces serve thou­sands of peo­ple, not only from Bal­ti­more County but from all around the re­gion. From new trails at Marshy Point to Lake Roland, the County has funded a record $67.5 mil­lion in new parks, com­mu­nity cen­ters and turf fields since 2010. The County’s recre­ation pro­grams are sup­ported by more than 11,000 vol­un­teers an­nu­ally.

“As re­cent cen­sus data shows, the pop­u­la­tion in Bal­ti­more County con­tin­ues to grow, and one of the main rea­sons is our qual­ity of life,” said Kamenetz. “The bud­get that I will pre­sent this week con­tin­ues to in­vest in the recre­ation pro- grams that help make our com­mu­ni­ties stronger.”

Since 2010, Bal­ti­more County has built new turf fields in ev­ery re­gion of the County, bring­ing the to­tal to 18. With the new fields pro­posed in this bud­get, and the field cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion at Spar­rows Point High School, the to­tal num­ber of turf fields in Bal­ti­more County will to­tal 22.

“Our on­go­ing in­vest­ment in turf fields all over the County is about ac­cess and op­por­tu­nity. They are used three to five times as much as tra­di­tional nat­u­ral grass fields,” said Kamenetz. “These fields are lit­er­ally used from morn­ing to night, and are not af­fected by the weather. Their avail­abil­ity al­lows thou­sands more to par­tic­i­pate in our recre­ation pro­grams.”

Kamenetz’s bud­get will in­clude re­quests to add a $800,000 Turf field at Perry Hall High School to its in­ven­tory.

“The com­mit­ment to con­tinue our progress is re­ally a great ex­am­ple of how lo­cal gov­ern­ment works,” said the County Ex­ec­u­tive. “The County Coun­cil, our state del­e­ga­tion, and com­mu­nity ad­vo­cates all come to­gether in sup­port of these ini­tia­tives. Se­na­tor Kase­meyer and Del­e­gate Jones have been par­tic­u­larly help­ful in their lead­er­ship roles in An­napo­lis.”

“Adding a turf field at Perry Hall High School is just out­stand­ing news,” said 6th District Coun­cil­woman Cathy Bevins. “When the com­mu­nity ap­proached me to help with this project, I im­me­di­ately met with the County Ex­ec­u­tive. I could not be more pleased to hear that this field is be­ing funded.”

“I feel like it is Christ­mas Day,” said Paul Muller, one of the com­mu­nity lead­ers who led the ef­fort to get a turf field for Perry Hall High School. “This is a big day for Perry Hall, and I can’t thank County Ex­ec­u­tive Kamenetz and Coun­cil­woman Bevins enough for their en­thu­si­asm and pub­lic sup­port of this project. I also want to thank every­one in Perry Hall and all of the elected of­fi­cials for work­ing to­gether to make this hap­pen for our com­mu­nity. They’ve made a lot of young men and women very happy to­day.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.