Anne Arundel County officials win -- and lose


Anne Arundel County officials got mixed news at the state Board of Public Works meeting yesterday in Annapolis. They received $1.1 million to preserve a horse farm in West River but failed to win support to expand a park in Harmans.

County officials said they were thrilled to receive state Rural Legacy funds to protect the 179-acre Leatherbury Farm. "I cannot express how excited I am that we have been able to preserve this beautiful horse farm," said County Executive Janet S. Owens. "This preservation provides a solid block of protected land that stretches from Route 255 in Owensville nearly down to Route 258 in Deale."

However, parks officials suffered a temporary setback in their bid to win $139,000 in state funds to add roughly 15 acres to a park on Teague Road in Harmans.

Harmans Park is home to Cannon Stadium, a 1,600-seat ballpark that is host to many high school and college baseball tournaments.

The park lacks walking trails and youth baseball fields, but county officials want to change that. They are assembling 15 acres near the park so that they can add such amenities, said Jack Keene, chief of planning and construction for the Department of Recreation and Parks.

County officials recently purchased a 14-acre parcel for $555,000 and are in negotiations to buy an acre parcel. Both properties are near the park.

Keene said the county will bring the project back to the board at a future meeting.

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