22 Acres In Perry Hall Gets Prepped For New Park


Courtesy of Councilman David Marks.

PERRY HALL, MD — Land that will be turned into a park in Perry Hall is being cleared of invasive species, Councilman David Marks said this week.

Baltimore County bought a 22.3-acre parcel on Gerst Road near New Gerst Lane last year for $3.07 million using a grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Program Open Space.

On Tuesday, Marks said work would be underway at the site.

At first when invasive species clearing first began, Marks said he intervened.

"We assembled a group of residents and were able to get the county to preserve a buffer with the community," Marks said. "But keep in mind that a lot of this area is full of invasive species, and there will be a robust plan for landscaping when the site is developed into an active park."

Plans are not yet clear for what kind of park will be located on Gerst Road.

"I am pushing for a community input meeting," Marks said. "There is $100,000 in the money to plan what uses will be at the park. I have said before that, in my opinion, this should not be a Honeygo Park-type setting, but one that is largely passive."

In response to Marks' update on the land clearing, one person wrote that she was hoping for "more of a natural area" such as Marshy Point in Middle River or Cromwell Valley Park near Parkville, stating: "We really need something like that versus another landscaped or sports oriented park. That would be a great alternative to Gunpowder Falls!"

What do you want the Gerst Road park to be like? Tell us in the comments!

Related: Councilman Marks: County to Buy 22 Acres on Gerst Road for Park

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