by Lisa Tome
"It's nothing but a trash can, a port-a-pot, and a place to park."
That's how County Director of Parks and Recreation Clyde Van Dyke described the newly opened north side portion of Brantwood Park.
Even the name hasn't been determined. Van Dyke explained that a name for the park hasn't been formerly adopted. He does believe that the word "Brantwood" will be included in the name.
None of that mattered to Linda Brammer of Elkton, who turned out to take a walk in the park on the opening day, Wednesday, August 15. There was no formal opening, just a "dropping of the rope" at the park about 8 a.m. Two walkers were there, wait- ing to go exploring. Brammer showed up a few hours later.
"I came to check it out. I've been using (Healthy Lifestyles Fitness). But it's nice to have a park close to Elkton, just to have a place to walk," said Brammer, who set off walking along the trail which used to be the golf course cart path.
"I have grand dogs. I may walk the dogs here. This is a safe way to walk the dogs. I applaud them (county officials) for getting something open," said Brammer.
County officials have made it clear that the park is open for passive recreation - running, walking, hiking, bird watching, and fishing.
Pets are welcome. Pet owners are asked to clean up after them.
"People can access it off Williams Road. People were ready to walk it. The cart paths are intact and we own all but 20 acres of it (the former Bittersweet/Brantwood) golf course," said Van Dyke.
While the current focus of the new property is no frills, the future park will have amenities.
Van Dyke said a custom made state of the art grant funded play area will be installed.
That play equipment costs $250,000.
This winter, Van Dyke said the focus will be getting the south side of the park open for use.