Sidewalks to be built between battlefield and Battle Acre
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:12

Project gets $100,000 grant from state

by Ben Boehl

    Touring historic sites in the Dundalk area just got a little bit easier. 
    The North Point State Battlefield Project was one of 64 statewide projects to receive a 2014 Community Legacy funding award. The $100,000 grant to the Baltimore County Department of Planning will go toward installing sidewalks in the War of 1812 Battlefield District in Dundalk.
    “Community Legacy is one of Maryland’s most powerful programs to promote neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, tourism, and economic growth,”  Lt. Gov. Brown said in a statement announcing the grant. 
    “By supporting dedicated organizations and advocates who are improving their communities in responsible, sustainable ways, we will create jobs, expand opportunities for businesses, enrich local culture, and provide a better quality of life for more Maryland families.”
    According to a press release, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said the sidewalks will be used to connect the North Point Battlefield at Trappe and North Point roads to Battle Acre park, which commemorates the Battle of North Point in 1814.
    “As we near the 200th anniversary of the historic Battle of North Point this September, the state and county are committing significant resources to improving these publicly-owned battlefield sites,” Kamenetz said.
   

“By adding sidewalks, we make it safer and easier to walk between the two historic sites.”
    The county said that the sidewalks will be placed on North Point and Vulcan Roads adjacent to North Point State Battlefield.
    Fran Taylor, chairman of Baltimore County War of 1812 Bicentennial Advisory Committee, told The Eagle that he is happy to hear about the new sidewalks because the route between the battlefield and Battle Acre Park is not pedestrian-friendly.
    “The county has been trying different avenues to get some funding for the sidewalks. We were very optimistic,” Taylor said    
    “There are no sidewalks in that area, and safety is a number one propriety.”