by Lisa Tome
County council members want what Glasgow already has - a park that attracts hordes of people.
Councilmen Robert Hodge and Alan McCarthy both discussed Glasgow Park. McCarthy outlined the park's particulars including a nearly three-mile walking trail, playground, sledding hill, skate park, pavilion, tennis courts, and more. Hodge said he has noted that the park is used by a lot of people constantly.
Clyde Van Dyke, County Director of Parks and Recreation, updated the council on the Calvert Regional Park project. He said that the phase one work has been approved and the contract should be out to bid by mid-September. Groundbreaking should be at the end of September or in early October. The phase one scope of work includes the installation of one synthetic field, four multi-purpose fields, the parking lot, and walking trail. Van Dyke said that baseball fields that had been planned won't be part of phase one.
Van Dyke said the requested funds for each of the three phases of work is $2.5 million. Councilwoman Diana Broomell asked Van Dyke if sports tourism in the county would "fail" if the remaining two phases of the park are not funded. "I don't anticipate fail," said Van Dyke.
Four of the fields will accommodate soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse. He said that the baseball/softball fields will be in place but won't have the dugouts and backstops. Broomell also asked if Cecil athletes would have priority when it comes to field use. "We take care of our own first," said Van Dyke. McCarthy said he thinks this plan is good and hopes the council funds the remaining phases.
"We only have so much money to work with. This was laid out and sold as a money maker," said Broomell.
Van Dyke said those who are