County Executive Leopold Signs Legislation to Secure 547 Acres of Crownsville Hospital Property
Goal of 1,100 acres for South River Greenway within reach
Annapolis, MD (September 23, 2010) - County Executive John R. Leopold today signed legislation that secures the second major piece of the South River Greenway, protecting a large part of Crownsville from development.
Preserving land has been a major goal of this Administration because it protects our tree canopy, limits development and sets aside natural resources for future generations to enjoy, County Executive Leopold said. When complete, the South River Greenway will connect major trails and serve as an educational amenity. My Administration has moved to preserve more than 3,000 acres countywide during this term.
The acquisition approved today includes 547 acres transferred to the County from the State of Maryland, bringing the total land acquisition for the Greenway to 950 acres. The goal is to reach 1,100 through the acquisition of two additional parcels of land.
The South River Greenway includes two of the largest forested tracts remaining in Anne Arundel County, 100 miles of streams, protected wildlife and historic burial sites. It will allow the County to connect trail networks extending to Annapolis, Crofton, Gambrills, Millersville, Edgewater, Severna Park and beyond.