"This will definitely save us quite a bit of money," he said.

Dougherty said he began talking with a woman at Perry Point about the idea of having various exercise stations in the park, which was included in the plan.

"What we needed was a place for the more senior population to come, sit and relax and perhaps also derive benefit from doing simple exercises where they don't have the opportunity," Dougherty said about the park, noting it is within walking distance of several apartment or senior living buildings.

Dougherty said: "It's a very do-able project that I would like to see started by the middle of March."

Council members Martin and Correri also thanked Conaway and Allen for their work on city parks, including David Crag Park.

Recognitions, presentations

Pat Fair and Carolyn Foley were recognized on the occasion of the 25th year of the city's Arts Commission by Harford County Executive David Craig, Randy Craig, Harford County Councilwoman Mary Ann Lisanti and Dougherty.

The county executive noted 25 years is a long time to be involved in anything, and Randy Craig, the county executive's son, said the group is one of the city's largest commissions, with very involved volunteers. The organization is responsible for organizing a number of events in the city each year, notably concerts.

Dougherty also gave both awards for being outstanding citizens.

The council then showed on its monitors a retrospective of photos from the Arts Commission's work over the years.

Jim Reynolds, principal of Havre de Grace High School, talked about new initiatives at the high school.

"We're really working to increase the number of students taking AP courses," he said, adding AP Physics and AP French are being added next year.

A signature biomedical program is being launched next year. He said it is not a magnet program but is only for Havre de Grace students.

"This is great timing because of the new hospital. It's going to be creating hundreds of middle-class jobs," he said.

Reynolds said the school also has a partnership with Verizon, and Verizon representatives will be coming this spring to do select presentations with seniors who are interested in business communications.

Each student will get a Samsung Galaxy tablet they will be able to use this spring and will be asked to create a Web-based commercial; the student with the best commercial is to receive an internship with Verizon, among other prizes.

He said 49 students have achieved a 4.0 grade point average or better and the school is working with the city to establish better learning opportunities for students.

"Good things are happening there and a lot of new programs," Reynolds said of the school.

Super Bowl

Council members congratulated the Ravens on their Super Bowl victory, and Martin and Councilman Dave Glenn both showed their support by wearing Ravens jerseys.