Today is a day I truly didn’t expect to happen. I learned something useful on NextDoor.
New park in 2025
WBAL News had a feature today on a new play ground, baseball fields, and basketball courts coming to the area next to East Columbia Library. Work starts spring 2024 and planned to take 1 year.
So of course I Googled it. And, here it is!
If you have ever been to the East Columbia Branch Library, you have seen the grassy fields at the back of the parking lot. And, if you haven’t visited the East Columbia Branch, what are you waiting for? It’s a very cool library branch, in my (somewhat biased) opinion.
At any rate, I’ve never thought much about those fields until now. From Google Maps, here’s the Library and its parking lot.
Now see how the library property is actually surrounded by playing fields. That’s East Columbia Library Park.
I didn’t really understand the layout until I saw it on the map. In addition, my family not being a sporty one, I’ve never driven a kid to sports practice at this (or any) location.
So this is the land that the County has purchased.
The purchase of this property from the Howard Hughes Holdings, Inc. allows the County to move forward with plans to enhance and expand the existing park. Those plans include redeveloping the three existing multipurpose fields into two lighted artificial turf baseball fields, two lighted basketball courts, a playground and a pavilion.
Additionally, the pathway will be renovated to fully connect to the Owen Brown Village Center. Finally, the project also includes landscaping work and the completion of stormwater management bio-retention facilities. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2024 and be completed the following year, weather permitting.