by Lisa Tome
Perryville's waterfront area is already a popular place where families can view Movies in the Park or visit the Perryville Farmer's Market.
Now a permanent structure is coming to the area.
According to Mary Ann Skilling, the town's zoning administrator, a concert shell has been ordered for Lower Ferry Park. Currently, for town events, a portable stage is set up. By next spring, the new approximately 40 foot long and 20 feet deep, wood-framed shell will be in place.
Skilling said that the shell will be raised about two feet. It will also have an American Disabilities Act compliant ramp which will make it easier to unload instruments and equipment. The shell will also have lighting.
"It's on order. We should have it by late November. By spring it will be up and running," said Skilling.
Perryville already runs the well-attended Movies in the Park series which is provided by Restore Church. Skilling said work is underway planning other events that will take advantage of the concert shell.
"Possibly, we will have a concert series. We are trying to get it all going," she said.
"We already have numerous events which are quite successful. We are just going to pump it up."
A comfort station, with the same wood-framed design is also being placed in Lower Ferry Park which is the area adjacent to Rodgers Tavern. The comfort station was provided through a grant provided by Maryland Heritage Authority.
There is also a landscaping plan which will provide "color for all seasons" according to Skilling. There will also be a butterfly garden and bio-retention pond.
Skilling said that the Town of Perryville acquired the land for Lower Ferry Park in 2002. They are working to make the most of the property.