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Rec board gives Sykesville Park top budget priority Homestead, Watkins Park near top of list


Carroll's top capital budget priority for recreation projects should be continuing to build the new Sykesville Park, the Carroll County Recreation and Parks Board agreed last night.

The next two priorities should be continuing renovations at the Union Mills Homestead and building a concession pavilion at Watkins Park in Mount Airy, the board agreed.

The board took an unofficial vote on a list proposed of capital projects for fiscal years 1995 through 2000 at its meeting at Morgan Run School.

Recreation and Parks Director Richard J. Soisson said he will talk with other members about the proposals. He then will present the list to the county Planning Commission, which recommends projects to the county commissioners.

The Recreation and Parks Board proposed spending $1.36 million on capital projects in fiscal 1995, which begins July 1, 1994. Carroll will spend about $1.2 million in the current fiscal year, Mr. Soisson said.

The board's top 10 priorities, in order, and proposed amounts were:

* Sykesville Park, Phase 3 -- $200,000. The county broke ground this month for the 90-acre park off Raincliffe Road, which will take several years to build. Phase 3 includes finishing roads to make ball fields accessible.

* Union Mills Homestead -- $35,000. Board members did not have specific information about the renovations at the historic site.

* Watkins Park -- $150,000 to build a concession pavilion.

* Hodges Park in Eldersburg -- $21,100 for ball field development.

* North Carroll ball fields, Phase 1 -- $239,000 for a baseball and soccer field behind North Carroll Middle School.

* Friendship Valley Elementary School -- $50,000 for ball fields.

* Bennett Cerf Park and Union Bridge Community Center -- $18,000 for tennis court resurfacing.

* Parking lot paving -- $31,000 for overlay work at various county properties.

* Linear Park -- $50,000 to begin building a park from the Westminster Community Pond to Bennett Cerf Park.

* Shooting range -- $200,000 to build an indoor/outdoor public range.

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