Our very own Perry Paw Dog Park, at Honeygo Park, officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 5! The canine park is a welcome addition to our neighborhood and I'm sure you and your pooch want to know how to join in the fun.

Go to the website perrypawdogpark.com/registration/ and complete the form. You can also register by mail, but must first go online to download the membership form to complete.

If you have any questions, send an email to membership@perrypawdogpark.com. Also, an enormous community thank you is extended to the many volunteers, community members and community businesses who worked diligently for this cause.

A few volunteers saw this effort through from beginning and persevered to make this dog park a reality including Barb Waskiewicz and Dave Roberts.

Thank you, also, to our own Councilman David Marks for working to get the dog park designated two years ago, forming the task force that picked the site, helping to  form the dog park committee within the Perry Hall Recreation Council and helping secure $20,000 in funding from the private sector to advance the dog park project. What a great group effort!

Marks said, "One of my priorities has been to preserve open space and build more parks in the Fifth District. Working with the county executive and our state legislators, I am very pleased that four new public parks are advancing in Perry Hall over the next two years."

In addition to groundbreaking in March for the new Soukup Park and Arena, two other Perry Hall parks are advancing. including Gough Park, east of Honeygo Boulevard and Joppa Road with a completion date of fall 2014, and Angel Park playground and amphitheater, next to the Perry Hall Public Library — planning has just started for this project."

Perry Hall has four new beautiful parks open or soon to open, so get out there in the fresh air and enjoy them!

Our community keeps getting better and better! The Brightview Perry Hall project is nearing completion, with a projected opening date in late July. The senior housing project includes 148 apartments, with units for independent living, assisted living and memory care.  It is on Belair Road between Chapel and Forge Roads.  

"I supported this project because it would allow seniors in Perry Hall to remain in their community, close to their families, instead of seeking options in Harford County and elsewhere," Councilman Marks said. "The project will have no impact on schools. I was also very impressed with the architectural look, which will reflect aspects of the historic Perry Hall Mansion."

Members of Seven Oaks Senior Center, 9210 Seven Courts Drive, in Perry Hall, have the opportunity to attend Open Lab with Shi Woo.  Participants will receive one-on-one assistance for a variety of topics, including smart phones, social media, computer help and more.

The open lab will take place on Monday, May 5, and May 19, at 2:45 p.m. Make sure to make your reservation to the lab so you don't miss out! For more info on this and other events at Seven Oaks Senior Center, call 410-887-5192.

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