Funds approved for trail, park
The state awarded $2 million this week to help fund two major parks projects in Anne Arundel County.
The Board of Public Works approved $1.47 million to complete the second phase of the Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Trail and $525,000 to complete another phase at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville.
The money, which reimburses the county for work already done or near completion, came from Program Open Space funds.
The trail, which will run on the abandoned roadbed of the old WB&A; Railroad between Odenton and the Patuxent River, is for walking, jogging, cycling, rollerblading and equestrian uses. The trail links natural areas, residential communities, commercial centers, public services and the Odenton MARC Station.
This phase extends nearly two miles from Strawberry Lake Way in Piney Orchard to just north of Conway Road below Woodwardville, said Frank Marzuco, county parks and recreation director.
When completed, the trail will form a component of two national trails: the north-south East Coast Greenway and the east-west American Discovery Trail.
Marzuco said the total cost of and timeline for the project will be calculated after alignment and right-of-way issues have been ironed out.
The state funds also will cover 75 percent of the cost of phase four at 228-acre Kinder Farm Park.
That includes installing energy-efficient, night-sky friendly lighting on seven athletic fields, putting in electrical upgrades and expanding the Joe Gillespie baseball field.
The next phase is the visitors center, for which ground could be broken as soon as next summer, Marzuco said.
Rain barrel OK in historic district
The Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission has granted the request of a homeowner to use a rain barrel in the front yard, a first for the city's historic district.
In addition to using the rain barrel, Charles Weikel had requested permission to grow a garden of drought-resistant grass on a roof, creating a "green roof."
The commission, which unanimously approved the rain barrel in its meeting Tuesday night, has deferred ruling on the roof. The commission reviews building permits within the historic district.
Weikel said the rain barrel would allow him to water his plants in the grassy cutouts of the sidewalk without carrying buckets of water from his back yard.
The barrel, covered on top with mesh to keep insects out, would catch rainwater pouring from a downspout. At the bottom is a tap that can be connected to a garden or soaker hose.
Weikel said he intends to put a lined, wooden, whiskey barrel in front of his home, not unlike those that were a familiar sight during Colonial times before the days of indoor plumbing.
Holiday closings are announced
The Millersville Landfill, the Resource Recovery Facility, the Glen Burnie Convenience Center and Sudley Convenience Center will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving, the Department of Public Works announced. Administrative offices will also be closed.
No curbside collection of recycling, trash or yard waste will be provided Thursday. Curbside collection will resume Friday.
The department will reopen its recycling and trash facilities Saturday and administrative offices will resume operation Nov. 26.
The schedules for the facilities include:
Millersville Convenience Center, 389 Burns Crossing Road, Severn. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays in December, January and February.
Glen Burnie Convenience Center, 100 Dover Road. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays in December, January and February.
Sudley Convenience Center, 5400 Nutwell-Sudley Road, Deale. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information on recycling, trash and yard waste collection services, call 410-222-6100 or go to www.aacounty.org/holidays/index.cfm.