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Baltimore County seeking opinions on 22-acre Sparrows Point Park planned for Tradepoint Atlantic

Baltimore County wants community input on a new 22-acre waterfront park and community center dubbed the Sparrows Point Park that officials say will fill a “longstanding recreational gap” in the Edgemere and Sparrows Point communities.

The Sparrows Point facility will be the first county-built park in the last six years, and was negotiated through an agreement between Tradepoint Atlantic leadership and County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr.’s administration.

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Through the agreement, Baltimore County acquired a “major parcel of environmentally clean, accessible land for a new public park,” according to a news release. Designed as a logistics hub, Tradepoint Atlantic was built on the site of a former steel mill and shipyard — and some of the property was polluted.

Planned for construction at 1900 Wharf Rd., the park will include a 16,000-square foot community center with a double court gym, two activity rooms and a concessions area; a synthetic turf field with LED lighting; a 10,000-square foot playground; an ADA-accessible fishing pier and kayak launch; and a walking path.

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The proposed park will be designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Platinum standards — the highest level of the U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system.

The nonprofit Green Building Council promotes sustainable building design and construction.

“Growing up in the shadow of the steel mill, I’ve seen firsthand how Tradepoint Atlantic is transforming our local economy and I’m thankful for their continued partnership as we now work to provide this vibrant neighborhood hub that will connect our families and communities for generations to come,” Olszewski, a Democrat who grew up in Dundalk, said in a statement.

Republican County Councilman Todd Crandell, whose district includes Sparrows Point and Edgemere, called the moment a rare “opportunity to create a new waterfront park with amenities for citizens of all ages.”

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The Baltimore County Council approved the project in December 2018. Its groundbreaking is expected later this year, according to a release.

The virtual input meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. It can be accessed online through Webex or by calling 1-415-655-0001 and entering the access code 180 607 2992.

Community members can submit comments and questions by emailing SparrowsPointPark@BaltimoreCountyMD.gov and give input through an online survey.

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