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Councilman Marks: Baltimore County to purchase 22-acre open space for new park in Perry Hall

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UPDATE: This property has officially been purchased by the county.

Original story below…


PERRY HALL, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks on Tuesday told Nottingham that the County Council will vote on Monday, March 15th to purchase 22 acres of land for a new park in Perry Hall.

The property is located east of Gerst Road in Perry Hall’s Honeygo area, between New Gerst Lane and Glenfield Road. It borders the Glenside Farms neighborhood to the west, and was formerly the site of the Perry Hall Community Hall, owned by the Bierman family.

Councilman Marks thanked County Executive Johnny Olszewski and his administration for their strong support. The county will be using $3.07 million in Program Open Space funding to acquire the site. The White Marsh Recreation Council will assist in acquiring the property and preparing the location.

The sale is contingent on a final environmental study. The land does not include the Gerst Farm to the west, where discussions continue with the developer.

“County Executive Olszewski was personally involved with this purchase, and I profoundly appreciate his assistance,” said Councilman Marks. “The Perry Hall Improvement Association was very supportive, and the White Marsh Recreation Council–especially President Ed Beranek–were critical.”

Councilman Marks also thanked the Bierman family for agreeing to preserve this property for open space. “Since 2010, we have advanced five new parks in Perry Hall. This acquisition will remove a land area from future development and provide recreational space in a growing community. It is a great legacy.”

Greg Heitner, chairman of the Baltimore County Recreation and Parks Board, represents the Fifth Council district. “I would like to thank County Executive Olszewski and Councilman Marks for their hands-on involvement in getting this done.”

No specific uses have been determined for the site. The public will be involved once the land is acquired.

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