County purchases 60 acres to turn into recreation park

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Anne Arundel County has purchased almost 60 acres of land in Shady Side with plans to turn it into a large recreational park within the next several years, county officials announced yesterday.

The county bought 57.68 acres on the northeast tip of the Shady Side peninsula from the estate of F. C. Smith, a south county farmer and former owner of the Shady Side Market, for a little more than $1 million, Joe Cannon, director of recreation and parks, said yesterday.

The land -- to be named Jack Creek Park -- is bordered by Jack Creek to the north, Chesapeake Bay to the east, Snug Harbor to the south and Idlewilde Road to the west.

Mr. Smith's heirs will continue to farm the land, Mr. Cannon said, until recreation and parks crews begin building nature trails, playgrounds and athletic fields in the next five to six years.

Much of the land is flat, which will make it easy to create playing fields, he said. The areas bordering the Chesapeake Bay and Jack Creek are blanketed with trees and would be suitable for picnic sites, he said.

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