The budget package proposed by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz this week includes $5.6 million to finish a Perry Hall park that officials say has languished for years.
Improvements to Gough Park, a 17-acre site at the intersection of the intersection of Honeygo Boulevard and East Joppa Road, will include a new gymnasium. The county bought the land in 2000, but "the land has sat idle," said County Councilman David Marks, a Republican who lives in Perry Hall.
With continuing development in Perry Hall, Marks said the site will provide residents with a "green space in a growing community." He said finishing the park has been one of his priorities since he served as president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association.
The Perry Hall Recreation Council has raised $1.5 million for the park, an effort Marks said was essential in pushing the plans forward.
"Without that money, this project would not be getting funded," the councilman said.
The county budget plan also includes money to create a walking trail at Indian Rock Park near Perry Hall High School to connect Ebenezer Road with neighborhoods near Silver Spring Road, Marks said.
However, the spending plan does not include funds for a Perry Hall dog park that some residents have been pushing to create.
On Monday, Kamenetz unveiled his $2.8 billion operating budget and $339 million capital budget proposal. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for April 30, and the council is scheduled to adopt it May 23.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun