J. MILLARD TAWES, Governor 497
(House Joint Resolution 2)
Joint Resolution requesting the State Planning Department to give
close study and consideration to the establishment and develop-
ment of a public park area in Dundalk.
The Maryland Port Authority's expansion into the Dundalk area of
Baltimore County makes it imperative that immediate steps be taken
to protect the beauty and well-being of Dundalk.
Dundalk is Maryland's second largest community. What is needed
is a public park to serve as a buffer zone between the rapidly ex-
panding port of Baltimore and the large area known generally as
A public park at this location would not only establish a much
needed and highly desirable cushion between the spreading industrial
area of the port and the residential area of the community, but
would provide also an essential public improvement to the well
planned township of Old Dundalk.
Areas are available for this park project. One of them is a 22-
acre parcel of land which is known as the Central Foundry Property.
This is located west of Dundalk Avenue, south of Woodley Road, and
east of Willow Spring Road. Another parcel of land of approxi-
mately 17 acres lies west of Willow Spring Road, south of Riverview
Avenue and northeast of Broening Highway; and this also is avail-
able, making a total of 39 acres that could be devoted to a public
park in Dundalk to provide a necessary buffer zone and also to con-
tribute much to the welfare and improvement of the entire com-
Since the Maryland Port Authority is an agency of the State, the
State of Maryland should take part in this vital project. There are
possibilities, in addition, that Baltimore County would participate
on an equal basis with the State, with the joint result of protecting the
beauty of the community as well as the safety, health, welfare, and
happiness of the citizens of Maryland's second largest community.
Specifically, there are proposals that the State and Baltimore
County each appropriate the sum of $500, 000 for carrying out this
project, and that any surplus funds remaining from this total after
the property has been acquired be devoted to its development as a park
and recreational facility.
The Legislative Council held a hearing on this project, and very
broad interest was expressed in it. The Council received endorse-
ments from the Logan Village Improvement Association, Inc., the
Community Press, St. Rita's Parish of Dundalk, Dundalk Council-
Knights of Columbus, St. Rita's Rectory, Optimist Club of Dundalk,
Loyal Order of Moose-Sparrows Point-Dundalk Lodge No. 1228,
Greater Dundalk Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Dundalk Lions
Club, and the Greater Dundalk Recreation Council. In addition,
the possible establishment of this park with State cooperation de-
serves full and complete study by a State agency. Accordingly,
the State Planning Department is being requested to add this proj-
ect to its list for study and report; now, therefore, be it