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Playground, Amphitheater Proposed Near Perry Hall Library

A committee recently completed a report for the use of property along Honeygo Boulevard.

 

A proposal for a memorial playground and outdoor amphitheater on property next to the is gaining community and governmental support.

The , a nine-person task force appointed by in , recently completed a report detailing the proposal. Marks released the 12-page report on Wednesday afternoon.

The anticipated lot of public property next to the library is the result of a land-swap deal between the county and housing developer Chesapeake Realty Partners—the same company that created the Honeygo Boulevard shopping center .

A community of 50 new single-family homes, known as , is planned for a 25-acre lot of forest and farmland between Cross Road and the Perry Hall Library along Honeygo Boulevard.

Directly adjacent to the library, the developer has agreed to turn 2.3 acres over to the county for public use. The agreement is pending the development's progress and completion, company officials explained during a public meeting in .

Following the meeting, use of the property became a major source of among community members, with suggestions ranging from a public pool to a new senior center.

Business owner , a member of the , was a proponent of using the property for an that has been planned by the for several years.

The lot's size, however, would not accommodate that type of structure, according to the report. 

"You work with what's available," Paulshock said. "An all-purpose gymnasium has been needed in Perry Hall for the past 30 years, so another committee will need to be formed ... we believe there are some other locations in the Perry Hall area where we could build something like that."

Ultimately, the committee, chaired by former 10-year county planning board member , recommended the space be used for both a memorial playground and an outdoor amphitheater. The report also calls for the creation of a separate committee to help design and plan the all-purpose gymnasium in another area of Perry Hall.

Paulshock said he was won over by the idea that the playground would be an "Angel's Park" where residents could memorialize family members who have passed away, similar to in Fallston.

"The park wouldn't be dedicated to just one person, but to everyone who has lost loved ones," Paulshock said.

The report estimates the cost of the playground at $300,000-$350,000, paid for almost entirely by donations and sponsorships. Paulshock, however, said it could cost as little as $40,000.

Hoover said an outdoor amphitheater would add a "destination" element to the space without detracting from the feeling of "open space."

The report includes the following description: "Envision listening to a band concert on a warm summer evening with your family. Various performances could be scheduled to cater to all ages. A covered stage area would allow rain or shine events."

"We wanted to put something in place that folks will be excited about," Hoover said. "The runs every year and it's always a challenge finding a place for it ... and the amphitheater is not too expensive."

Hoover estimates its cost at between $40,000 and $50,000, also funded almost entirely by donations and sponsorships.

As the proposal is pending progress on the housing development, Hoover said there is plenty of time to raise funds.

"The next step would be to form a non-profit [organization] to start soliciting funds—that would be necessary to bring in a company for design work," he said.

Hoover said he's optimistic that community members will help pay for both projects.

"We can move forward gathering donations and sponsorships ... it's something that could grow very, very quickly," he said.

Marks issued a statement on Wednesday in support of the proposal and praising Hoover and the committee.

"I agree with their recommendation for a playground and outdoor performance area. These will complement the library nicely and should not overwhelm the existing parking area. I will discuss the report with the Kamenetz administration, and thank these volunteers for their service." he stated. 

Would you use these resources next to the library if they were available? Tell us in the comments.

Hank March 08, 2012 at 01:53 PM
There are already playgrounds at Honeygo Run Regional Park and Cowenton ridge Park. It seems like that would be enough, but anything is better than more housing. The ampitheater is a good idea.
Missy Lauterbach March 08, 2012 at 03:19 PM
This article states that these proposals are, "gaining community support", yet the majority of comments that I have seen on past articles and on Facebook have been against building anything. Most people have been wanting to leave this small piece of land as is. I would like to know where this "community support" is coming from and how the rest of the community can be heard because we are obviously not being heard on here! Will there be a meeting that we can all voice our opinions on this subject or should we just send letters and emails to Councilman Marks?
Mark Lundin March 08, 2012 at 05:00 PM
This could be similar to the Lurman Woodland Theatre (http://www.lurman.com/), an outdoor community amphitheater located in Catonsville, that hosts a Summer Concert Series. According to the website, "We have been bringing free concerts every weekend in June, July and August to this beautiful, naturally wooded setting year after year since 1992. We take pride in producing a program that includes many musical styles, from Barbershop to Bluegrass, Rock to Reggae, Country to Cajun, and more!" As long as there is adequate parking and the community supports it, this would be a wonderful addition. While there are other playgrounds in the area, I believe it would compliment the amphitheater and family atmosphere. Families could come to picnic and enjoy a family-appropriate concert.
Tracey March 08, 2012 at 05:22 PM
How about another drug store? I kid. I agree with Hank, there are several other playgrounds within a very short distance, although it makes more sense next to the library. I like the idea of an outdoor amphitheater, but don't think it would be able to accommodate the parking that would be needed.
Alex W March 08, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Most likely the support is coming from the people who are aggressive and show up to the meetings... not passively voicing their opinions on the Patch and Facebook.
Paul Amirault March 08, 2012 at 08:32 PM
The word "playground" does not adequately describe the proposal. http://anniesplayground.net/playground.htm This is much closer to the concept.
Computer Techy March 08, 2012 at 09:03 PM
An Amphitheater and "Annie's Playground" style play area, and a picnicing area would be great. They definatley should install traffic signals at Honeygo & Cross, even before something is built.
Shirley Smith March 08, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Isn't there a playground directly across the street? As far as an amphitheater goes, I personally love the idea, but how will the owners of the 50 new homes being built next door feel about the noise and congestion?
SA March 08, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Who is "they" who should "definately" (sp.) install traffic signals? Who is going to pay for all this gingerbread? Socialism works just fine until you run out of other people's money.
Computer Techy March 08, 2012 at 09:37 PM
First, I am not into socialism. In fact, I am as far as you can get from it. "They" is the county. It is already very dangerous at that intersection. It is about time the government spend money on something to benefit the people instead of sucking money from our pockets for B.S. And now we are correcting spelling? It happens sometimes typing on a blackberry. Get a life.
Gary Staab March 08, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Why in GOD's name do we need more housing? There are vacant houses, both newly built and existing older homes, not to mention vacant lots waiting for new owners all over Perry Hall. Does every piece of green space in Perry Hall have to have a NEW building on it?? I understand another shopping center is being planned for the empty space at the corner of Honeygo and Belair Rd. Is that correct? Another drug store? We have two of each major drug store now, I guess we're starting on the third? This is ABSOLUTE LUNACY!!!! PLEASE stop the RAPE of Perry Hall!!! I love the idea of the playground and amphitheater, but NOT the housing.
Missy Lauterbach March 08, 2012 at 09:40 PM
@ALEX WANCOWICZ Perhaps you misunderstood my comment...I asked if there would be a meeting held regarding this issue. I asked because I would like to attend and voice my opinion and I think it would be nice for Patch to include in their report; a way for the rest of the community to be herd regarding this issue. They have posted multiple articles on this topic as well as a poll and I don't recall reading any specific information on how I could voice my opinion other then leaving my comments here. I thank you @ALEX WANCOWICZ, for your helpful reply and look forward to your next comment; I'm sure it will be just as productive as your last!
Jeff March 08, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I am all for a community area, but if you build something similar to Annie's Playground, Honeygo/Cross are going to be gridlock on a nice Saturday/Sunday afternoon. Not sure where the parking would be. They eventually need to build a bridge over honeygo connecting the two areas.
Computer Techy March 08, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I had the same thought. Obviously they are tossing ideas around to see what would be best.
Mary March 08, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Keep in mind the home owners nearby may not want to hear the music.
Heather March 09, 2012 at 02:37 AM
There was a traffic study conducted this week at the intersection of Cross & Honeygo. I am interested to see what will happen. A big dangling traffic signal will look lovely from my front step. Unbelievable. How about getting the builder to put an addition on Gunpowder Elementary? Let them keep their 2.4 acres, or whatever it is! They're gonna need it once all of the young families move in to those 50 new houses. I am completely disgusted that that this housing development was approved without and consideration of improving the schools first. The school board needs to district this new development for Vincent Farm Elementary.
Barb March 09, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Heather, Have you seen the "Vote NO" signs along Ebenezer Road heading east past Richardson's Farms? Someone has proposed 1000+ townhomes so I think Vincent Farm Elementary has enough to worry about. I share your in your disgust, however.
Heather March 09, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Barb, I was not aware of that! Now I am doubly disgusted. It is not rocket science. New homes=kids, and lots of them! You have to make room for them somewhere.
Heather March 09, 2012 at 03:06 AM
And BTW, someone is going to get killed while trying to cross Honeygo to get to the new park. I am thankful that hasn't happened yet (to my knowledge), but it's a time bomb for sure.
Cheryl March 09, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I see the same hawk almost every morning on one of the light poles along Honeygo near the library. When I don't see it, I'm sure it is down in that field catching its breakfast. I guess when the new houses are built, it'll move to another location. I know that land owners have every right to sell to the highest bidder, but some natural spaces without ball fields and asphalt paths would be nice. That field is very pretty and looks different with every season.
DS March 10, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Cool - let's just build on every piece of open land that we can. Then Marty OWEmalley can get his taxes.
Jeanne March 11, 2012 at 03:14 AM
We need to stop building all these houses and have land available. What about the wild animals that don't hurt people but are losing their home? As someone has already said there are empty houses around the perry hall area, if you don't like them don't move into perry hall and if you can't afford them you need to save up to handle a mortgage. I also agree that before building new homes they should take care of the schools so the children can get an education. The idea of an amphitheater is a great idea and I don't know about the parks although more parks for children to play doesn't hurt. We don't need more houses built.
Brittany March 12, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I agree with the comments about wanting to keep some open land and forest. That is one thing I love about the area. Each year however, the beautiful trees get cut down more and more. I miss the forest and want to keep what little we have left.
Dragonfly March 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Too bad the hawk is not and endangered species, or we can't find a rare insect that lives there. Don't forget the new homes coming here http://www.rupperthomesinc.com/new-homes-in-perry-hall.php

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