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Baltimore County acquires 22-acre site in Perry Hall to preserve green space

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. on Thursday announced the $3.07 million purchase of a 22.3-acre parcel of land in Perry Hall, through Maryland’s Program Open Space.

The site, located at the northeast corner of Gerst Road and New Gerst Lane, is the latest effort under the Olszewski administration to expand park and recreation opportunities throughout Baltimore County.

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“Preserving open space in Baltimore County is a vital way to support a high quality of life for residents of all ages,” Olszewski said in a statement.

Acquiring the 22.3 acres will also add significant area of land to the county’s existing network of parks within the densely populated Honeygo Growth Area, according to a news release.

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In a statement, County Council member David Marks, who represents Perry Hall and Towson, said the property will be “permanently” preserved for open space.

“Our administration’s latest acquisition ensures we are creating another vibrant space for the Perry Hall community to enjoy for years to come,” Olszewski said.

In 1969, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources established Program Open Space. The program intends to protect the environment in local jurisdictions by providing financial and technical assistance for the planning, acquisition and development of recreation land or open space areas.

Since 1970, the county has utilized nearly $135 million in Program Open Space funding, acquiring more than 6,800 acres of parkland such as regional parks, athletic facilities, and neighborhood and community parks. More specifically, Oregon Ridge Park, Cromwell Valley Park, and Benjamin Banneker Historical Park have benefited from the program, a news release states.

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