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Marks says adding West Towson trail to county plan could aid state funding request

David Marks

Fifth District County Councilman David Marks this week introduced a council resolution that would incorporate a trail in West Towson as part of the Eastern Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan.

"I'm trying to get some money to stabilize and improve the trail, mainly to stop erosion and do minor improvement," said Marks, who represents Towson.

"Adding this to the Baltimore County plan increases our chances of getting state funding," he said.

The resolution was introduced at a council meeting Thursday.

The trail, which stretches around the Towson Y property between Chesapeake and Allegheny avenues, has been the center of a debate between the Towson Family Center Y and some local residents, who fear the trail will be affected by the Y's expansion plan.

However, Marks said the resolution had nothing to do with the Y's expansion, which he called a "very sensitive subject."

"The development plan in no way has any impact on trail," Marks said. "No one is proposing to destroy the trail in any was, and as far as development of the Y, we're still looking at ways to minimize encroachment to neighborhoods."

Marks said the idea of including the trail to the pedestrian and bike plan is to recognize and keep the trail "as an important neighborhood connector."

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