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Marks: Creating a New Greenway in Perry Hall

Baltimore County could create a nearly unbroken chain of permanently-protected forests from Joppa Road to White Marsh Boulevard, at no cost to the taxpayers.

In the 1960s, Baltimore County had an ambitious plan for new roads that included the construction of Perry Hall Boulevard between White Marsh and Belair Road.   The road was never finished. One section was built near Chapel Road at the Perry Hall Apartments, and another farther south at White Marsh Mall. The two sections were never linked, mostly due to community opposition and environmental restrictions.

Today, some of the area between the sections has been built-out, but a lot of it remains undeveloped. The original alignment for Perry Hall Boulevard is still owned by Baltimore County.  

In 2009, the Perry Hall Improvement Association convinced Baltimore County to designate the 15 acres west of as . The park is undeveloped, although . 

Baltimore County has an opportunity to expand Indian Rock Park by adding the acreage north of Ebenezer Road that was once planned for Perry Hall Boulevard.  To the south, the county could add the publicly-owned land that stretches along Perry Hall Boulevard between Silver Spring Road and White Marsh Boulevard.

Imagine the possibility: a slender, nearly unbroken chain of forests that stretches from East Joppa Road to White Marsh Boulevard, permanently protected from development.

Although there are no plans right now, I am concerned that at some point in the future, there may be an interest in selling the old Perry Hall Boulevard alignment to generate revenue for the county. to limit any future development, but the better opportunity is to add the land to Indian Rock Park. And since Baltimore County already owns the land, it's an improvement that won't cost a penny for the taxpayers.

Woud you support the park's extension? Tell us in the comments.

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Kelly February 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Would love to have support for Katie & Wil's Trail to be developed at Marshy Point Nature Center just around the corner from Perry Hall too - after 3 years of fundraising, measuring, calculating & countless hours of support from many, the trail has been approved! To date, The Katie & Wil Foundation (created in memory of Katie & Wil Brady - lifetime Perry Hall residents who lost their lives in the BelAir Bypass accident in Nov 2008) has raised over $100,000 and the Marshy Point Nature Center Council has pledged to donate $20,000 towards the trail! This leaves ~$20,000 left to raise and the development will begin! We are working hard to achieve this soon and hope to have their Trail completed by the end of this summer. Please visit www.katieandwil.org to see how you can help!!! Unfortunately neither the County nor the State has any funds to help us reach this goal :(
David Marks February 28, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Kelly, the trail is not in my district; Marshy Point is in the Sixth District represented by Cathy Bevins. I recommend you explore the Recreational Trails Program, which has provided funding for the trail at Indian Rock Park. I would be happy to assist you with this. http://www.sha.state.md.us/Index.aspx?PageId=98
Kris February 29, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Great idea. Lets make it happen.
Christie Pulvino February 29, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I love that this project is moving forward! Great job Councilman Marks.
William Lutostanski Jr February 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM
This is a great idea ! Hope it gains traction and gets done.

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