Today, I am announcing the creation today of a task force to recommend future uses for Mount Vista Park and the Schmidt property in Kingsville.
The 111-acre Mount Vista Park, formerly a golf course, was purchased by Baltimore County in 2008. The 27-acre Schmidt property was purchased by the county in 2007. The parcels are located to the east of Interstate-95 on Raphel Road.
Mount Vista Park and the adjacent Schmidt property are largely unused by Baltimore County residents. I want to develop recommendations for future uses that are sensitive to nearby neighbors, and can be funded by the County Executive who takes office late next year. These recommendations will look at what should occur at the properties, as well as lighting, traffic, and other issues associated with future activity.
The task force will be chaired by Bill Paulshock, a longtime leader in area recreation programs. Members will include Brian Coats, Catherine Fleury, Tom Kneeshaw, Terry Nolan, Shawne O’Connor, Chuck Satmary, Pat Schmidt, and Sally Wagner. These include both recreation council volunteers and longtime residents.
Since 2010, our office has worked with community leaders to open four new parks have in northeastern Baltimore County: Angel Park; Gough Park, Perry Paw Dog Park, and Soukup Park. Additionally, our office brokered an agreement to add 11 acres to Honeygo Park near Ebenezer Road.