Many involved in creation of Angel Park [Perry Hall]

The excitement over Angel Park, Perry Hall's latest planned park, is spreading throughout our community! If you haven't heard of Angel Park yet, it's a new all-inclusive playground and amphitheater in Perry Hall, located next to the library on Honeygo Boulevard.

Born in the hearts of Kelli and Andy Szczybor after their baby son Ryan passed away, they envisioned a park as a place of love and happiness for all. Angel Park will be a reality, thanks to their desire along with the perseverance and dedication of their loving family and friends including House of Delegates Candidate Bill Paulshock and Councilman David Marks, whose office arranged for the donation of the land.


Fortunately, I had the opportunity to see the park's design team, Jim Haughton and Kyle Cundy of Leathers & Associates (the playground designers of Annie's Playground in Harford County and the playground at the YMCA at Stadium Place in Baltimore), in action at St. Joseph Catholic School in Fullerton.

First grade class 1-B was instructed to think of their dream playground, either something they had seen or dreamt about. With a little prompting, the enthusiastic group voiced their dream ideas for handicap accessible Angel Park and each drew one feature they would like to see constructed there.

Some first grade suggestions included a zip line, a fire truck and ladder, a tunnel, sandboxes with buried treasure and dinosaur bones and a castle complete with tower featuring a safety net for climbing between the two.

A quiet but industrious Julianna Ferreria drew a house for Angel Park. "It's a pretend house with a slide from the upstairs that goes outside," Julianna said, "and you land in a soft bush."

Classmate James Gentile described his ideas with much animation: "There is a pirate ship with a ramp to go up to the deck. It has a slide like a plank that goes straight down and you land on something soft at the bottom".

The imaginative drawings from this group, along with drawings from the rest of the school's students, were compiled with the drawings of children from seven other local elementary schools, including Joppa View, Chapel Hill, Gunpowder, Perry Hall, Perry Hall Christian, Seven Oaks and Kingsville elementary schools.

From all of these ideas from our local "playground experts" (the students), the plans for Angel Park will take shape. The aerial view design reveal took place at Perry Hall High School on Ebenezer Road in Perry Hall.

The realization of Angel Park will be an all-volunteer effort from raising funds to completion of construction. With this in mind, a lot of angels are needed to support their fundraising events, including a fundraiser at "Sweet Frog" Frozen Yogurt at the Safeway Shopping Center in Perry Hall on May 21 from 3 to 9 pm.

You can also visit their website http://www.angel-park.org to donate online. The Angel Park Planning Committee also needs volunteers; you can visit the "Get Involved" page on their website for the volunteer application.

Our Baltimore County Animal Shelter, 13800 Manor Rodd in Baldwin, is holding a "Patriotic Pets" initiative to encourage animal adoption and responsible pet ownership.  A 50 percent discount on the adoption fee is being offered from Wednesday, May 21, to Sunday, May 25. County residents can adopt a cat for $25 or a dog for $32.50.

Each adopted animal has been spayed or neutered, and has a complete veterinary exam, a certificate of health, the first set of vaccinations, a microchip with lifetime registration and the required Baltimore County license. The shelter has new adoption hours: Wednesday to Friday from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturdya and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info, call 410-887-PAWS.