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Sykesville is granted $256K for South Branch Park

SYKESVILLE — The town of Sykesville has obtained a $256,000 state grant for improvements to South Branch Park, which is on land on the south side of Patapsco River that the town leases from Howard County.

The grant, which the town applied for in August, is a Maryland Department of Natural Resources Community Parks and Playgrounds grant.

"We've had a master plan in place for (developing) South Branch Park for several years," said Ivy Wells, Sykesville's Main Street manager and director of economic development. "What we'll be doing with this grant goes along with the master plan."

Wells said the money will be used to move the old blue train caboose, which presently resides on a spur of track near the post office and Baldwin's Station, over to the park.

"We will also clear out some of the woods (along the river) and install some walkways, a gazebo and a playground, so people can enjoy the river."

Wells added that the town is exploring the possibility of getting a matching grant from Howard County, to make additional improvements to the park.

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