September 28, 2015
Lake Roland is located at 1000 Lakeside Drive; total cost for new center is $1.2M
Today, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz along with officials from the Department of Recreation and Parks and members of the Lake Roland Nature Council broke ground for the new Nature Center at Lake Roland.
This much anticipated addition to Lake Roland will provide year round education programming and meeting space. Plans for the center include classroom, educational and meeting space with audio/visual capabilities, and an expansive deck that provides a year round view of the Lake Roland dam.
“The construction of this nature and environmental education center will only further enhance Lake Roland with year-round education and programming,” said Kamenetz. “It’s so important to encourage people, especially children, to connect with nature. I am proud that Baltimore County continues to make major investments in our communities – investments that truly protect and enhance our citizens’ quality of life.”
Since Baltimore County entered into a formal agreement with the City to administer the park and re-opened it in 2011, the County has made considerable renovations and improvements. Several of the enhancements include: a fenced area for the Paw Point Dog Park; a park access trail from the Light Rail Station; a new pavilion overlooking the dam; a small pedestrian bridge deck replacement; the Acorn Hill Playground – a natural playground with equipment; and staffing by Baltimore County Park rangers who educate park users and ensure safety.
Total cost for this project is $1.2 million, which includes $285,000 County funding, $200,000 in State capital grants, $375,000 from Program Open Space, and $340,000 in Nature Council fundraising.