Since taking office in 2015, Mayor William T. Martin (see our feature on the Mayor here) placed a priority on his administration to begin developing a concept to build a modern and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant playground to be installed at Tydings Park. In 2016, the Tydings Park Commission created a concept plan for the project based on public testimony and survey.
Work started in early 2017, with the installation of a REV 8 Rotating Climber, interactive stations, a custom lighthouse and climber resembling Concord Point Lighthouse, and various other pieces of equipment, all of which is in compliance with ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials) and CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) playground standards.
The City secured over $200,000 in grant money from Harford County and $264,407 in funding through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fiscal Year 2018 Community Parks and Playgrounds Program Grant.
“Addressing the needs of all children is not just a hallmark of a 21st century city, it is also emblematic of the compassionate character of our citizens,” says Martin.
Instrumental was cooperation from County Executive Barry Glassman, Delegate Glen Glass, Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti, Council President Dave Glenn, Council Member Steve Gamatoria, Council Member Jason Robertson, and Council Member Monica Worrell, who attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.