Perry Hall receives funding for new turf field
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.”