ELDERSBURG — The next community meeting on the proposed Freedom Area Trail Network in Sykesville and Eldersburg will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., in the South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road.
Recently, a $55,000 Maryland Bikeways grant, from the Maryland Department of Transportation, was awarded to Carroll County to complete a feasibility study and design work for the trail.
The county started the process more than a year ago, with hopes of improving bicycle and pedestrian routes between Eldersburg and Sykesville.
As a condition of the state grant, the county will provide a match of $35,000 in staff time and in-kind services. The grant application was developed after receiving public input from a series of meetings beginning in October 2011.
County officials have said that a proposed trail route could see it stretch between MacBeth Way in Eldersburg to Freedom Park, reaching across the state-owned Springfield Hospital Center. Legs off the trail could also connect to the Town of Sykesville and the Slacks Road area east of Springfield.
Neighborhoods that might be involved in the route include Eldersburg Estates, Tydings Acres, Benjamin's Claim, Arrington Estates, Brimfield, Bonnie Brae, Freedom Village, Carrolltowne and the Town of Sykesville.
At the Sept. 12 meeting, representatives from Carroll County departments of Land Use, Planning and Development and Recreation and Parks will share details of the project timeline, potential trail corridors and project study area. The public is invited to attend.
For more information, contact Jeff Degitz, administrator of the Department of Recreation and Parks, at email@example.com or 410-386-2103.