The 10-day community build phase of "Angel Park," a new all-inclusive playground and amphitheater on Honeygo Boulevard in Perry Hall, has come to a close. On Day 9, I stopped by to chat briefly with Kelli Szczybor. Kelli and her husband, Andy, are the parents of Ryan, who lost his battle with leukemia and became the inspiration to build this park. At this point in the build, more than 4,000 volunteered, and some returned multiple days.
"This is a once in a lifetime experience," Kelli commented. "The community has come together and people are coming from all over. Volunteers arrive as strangers. They are put into groups of four, introduced and given a task. Before long, they're talking, laughing and taking selfies together." Angel Park has definitely brought people from all walks of life together, and Kelli believes the Angel Park spirit can carry over into our everyday lives, too.
"People come here for a reason," Kelli reflected, "and no matter how they feel when they get here, they leave with a smile. There's so much bad in this world; if everyone could just be kind to each other and work together, the world would be so much better".
It took over four days to set up for the build, and there are many people to thank. Kelli would like to give a special shout out to Fence Masters for the park fencing, child care volunteers, the Baltimore County police and paramedics, the food for the volunteers from local restaurants like Desantis' Pizza Grill & Bar, Liberatore's, Lib's Grill and others, PepsiCo for the drinks, Weis Markets, Maryland School for the Blind, J.B. Jennings and troops, DeWALT for all the cordless tools and volunteer autograph banner, and Home Depot for supplies and workers. There will be many more thank-you posts to come on their website. Kelli sums it up, "I always knew I lived in a good community and the people were helpful, but I didn't know the response (to Angel Park) would be so amazing."
Next up for Angel Park, the 5K/1 Mile Fun Run happens on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 8 a.m. at the Perry Hall Park on Honeygo. The event is open to all running abilities. Register online prior to Aug. 7 and get a race day T-shirt — www.eliteracemanagement.com/angel-park-5k/. Go to the website www.angel-park.org for more info.
Brightview Retirement Community, 9657 Belair Road in Perry Hall, has quickly become one of the most popular retirement communities in Maryland. Demand for this housing continues to increase and, therefore, construction is now underway on a new, independent-living wing of the community. The addition of 63 apartment homes will feature one- and two-bedroom apartment homes as well as amenity and gathering spaces, including a bistro-style dining venue with a brick pizza oven, an expanded sports pub, movie theater and game room with pool table, shuffle board and poker table.
"This is our last expansion," notes Andrew Teeters, vice president of development. "Once the campus is complete, it will include the additional independent-living apartment homes, outdoor recreational areas, open natural spaces and a wooded walking path." No large entrance fees are required, unlike other retirement communities in the area. For more information or to schedule a time to visit, please call Linda or Valerie at 410-529-1903.
The Maryland School for the Blind (MSB) is pleased to announce the appointment of W. Robert Hair as superintendent and education director, responsible for the leadership of the school's on-campus and outreach services. According to Dr. Michael Bina, MSB president, "We are all very excited to welcome Mr. Hair to our campus. I am confident he will be instrumental in further improving our programs and services." MSB is a private, statewide resource center providing outreach, educational and residential programs to children and youth from infancy to age 21 throughout all 24 Maryland jurisdictions. Annually the school serves 56 percent of the 1,700 students identified in the state as blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities. For more information, contact Dotty Raynor 410-319-5722
As 5th District County Councilman David Marks mentioned in his July newsletter, he supports downzoning a 19-acre site at Joppa Road and Interstate-95 to neighborhood commons, or open space zoning, in Perry Hall. This will prevent any development in an open area central to the Moores Orchard, Moores Meadows and Orchard Crossing communities. He also announced his support for open-space zoning at a nine-acre site near Joppa Road and Perry Woods Court. His office finalized agreements with two major property owners to protect 29 acres next to Joppa View Elementary School and 10 acres along Northwind Road.
In addition, Councilman Marks has proposed blocking future development of nine acres of publicly owned property west of Snyder Lane in Perry Hall. The mostly wooded area stretches from the Chapel Manor Apartments south to Gardenia and Ramblebrook roads. The parcel is now zoned at a level that would allow town houses, apartments or condominiums. The new neighborhood commons zoning would block any future development.
"We are taking steps to preserve a network of green space throughout Perry Hall," Councilman Marks commented. As the County Council prepares to vote on the zoning maps this August, stay informed about the rezoning process at the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/District5czmp. The zoning maps will be adopted by the County Council on Aug. 30.
Enjoy fresh-from-the-garden, locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, honey products, handmade soaps, flowers and more at The Avenue at White Marsh Farmers Market, every Friday through October from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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