September 13, 2016

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REVISED – – Oregon Ridge Nature Center expands with new $190,000 nature pavilion

Towson, MD – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz led a festive ribbon-cutting this morning of a new $190,000 nature pavilion designed to expand recreation and nature programming at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Cockeysville.

“This is truly one of our premier parks and the staff and nature council do a fantastic job, so, we are delighted to provide this expansive new nature pavilion that will be used for a great variety of events and nature programs,” Kamenetz said.

The Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council contributed $10,000 toward the construction of the pavilion and Bill Kidd’s Toyota donated $40,000, with Baltimore County funding the remaining $140,000 of the cost of the new Kidd’s Nature Pavilion.

Oregon Ridge Park – picturesque and popular

Oregon Ridge is not only beautiful, it one of the County’s most popular parks with 330,000 people vising the park every year. They come to enjoy  the six miles of hiking trails, pavilions, outdoor sports, concerts, and the many nature and environmental programs put on by the Oregon Ridge Nature Council and County staff. Programs include animal encounters, summer camps, school field trips, scouts programs, Master Naturalist trainings and more. Last February’s Maple Sugar Weekends and the annual Pancake Breakfast brought in more than 8,000 visitors and the Honey Harvest coming up this October is expected to have attract 5,000 festival-goers.

Kamenetz increases land preservation to 90% of Oregon Ridge Park 

On August 15, Kamenetz announced approval of an agreement with Land Preservation Trust places preservation protections on 450 acres of the County’s Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, bringing to 90% the total park acreage preserved so that it cannot be commercially or residentially developed.

Baltimore County has aggressively promoted land preservation for decades, including placement of two-thirds of the County’s geography in a rural zone, such that 80% of the County’s population live on 30% of the land mass. Across all of its preservation programs, Baltimore County has preserved more than 63,000 acres of land from future development, ranking it in the top 10 counties nationally.

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