BALTIMORE COUNTY OPENS GROUND AT DESTINATION PLAYGROUND AT OWINGS MILLS

Baltimore County Opens Destination Playground at Owings Mills

Baltimore Ravens donated $500,000 for destination playground

TOWSON, MD — Baltimore County officials today opened a new Baltimore Ravens-themed playground at Owings Mills. The playground, which was made possible by a $500,000 contribution from the Baltimore Ravens as part of the NFL Play 60 initiative, will be the area’s first destination playground.

Located in North West Regional Park, the playground will feature a wheelchair-accessible rubberized surface, a timed course with obstacles, a 40-meter artificial turf scoreboard, musical elements, custom climbing structures and a towering play system with slides reaching over 17 feet high. The approximately 0.8 acre playground will be built by PlayPower, Inc. and is expected to be completed in early fall.

“Access to high-quality, safe recreational facilities is important for members of all communities, and this new destination playground promises to bring years of joy to children across the region,” said Johnny. Baltimore County Executive Olszewski. “I am extremely grateful to the Ravens organization for their generosity in supporting this project and the children of Baltimore County.”

Protecting open spaces and creating more recreational opportunities are priorities in Baltimore County, and the Olszewski County Executive has dedicated a record $75 million in state and local funds for parks and recreation in its FY2022 budget; more than the last six years combined.

“I am extremely excited to have Ravens Destination Playground in Owings Mills,” said Baltimore County Council President Julian Jones. “I look forward to the joy, well-being and physical fitness that the playground will bring to people of all ages, especially children. I am confident that this playground will be an exciting and enjoyable destination for all the world in and around Baltimore County.”

The Baltimore Ravens’ generous donation is part of the NFL PLAY 60 initiative, which aims to “enable young people to be physically active and healthy” with at least 60 minutes of activity a day.

“It’s critical that we continue to identify opportunities that positively impact the well-being of children in our communities,” Ravens President Dick Cass said. “We are honored to be part of this meaningful project, knowing it will provide a safe and unique space for children and their families.”

In addition to the $500,000 donated by the Baltimore Ravens, the playground is supported by $350,000 in Open Space program funding, $152,000 in local parks and playground infrastructure funding, and $150,000 from the county.

The Northwest Regional Park land was acquired by Baltimore County in 1997 and the first major phase of development was completed in 2002. The 322.7-acre park includes three lighted sports fields, four baseball diamonds , three pavilions and a community garden.

Harold B. McConnell