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Annapolis gains $200,000 state grant to restore, rename College Creek Park

College Creek Park, a water access point to the creek located on Clay Street, just received an early Christmas present. Late last week the city of Annapolis announced they expect to receive a $200,000 Community Legacy Grant from the State of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development which will combine with other funds for $404,500 worth of restoration to the park starting next year.

“It’s amazing news,” said Mitchelle Stephenson, a spokeswoman for the mayor’s office, on Friday, December 10. “It currently exist as water access, it’s just not terribly usable.”

Stephenson said College Creek Park is on a steep slope and currently in disrepair. But after construction residents will be able to enjoy it more fully, allowing them to enjoy a bit of nature as well as a potential fishing point and kayak entrance point to College Creek and beyond.

The restored park, will be renamed Robert Eades Park in honor of a community activist who passed away last year during the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic. It cost $56,000 to design the restoration, which will include benches, erosion control, as well as better infrastructure to allow for water access.

“Last year, we saw an opportunity to upgrade an existing location where water access is all but impossible because of the state of the existing structures at the site,” said Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley in a statement. “I’m grateful to Theresa Wellman for finding this funding and to the Department of Planning and Zoning for finding this funding and to the Department of Planning and Zoning for working with the community to come up with a design.”

According to Alderwoman Karma O’Neill of Ward 2 the local residents worked with the city government to plan how the park should look.

“With the location directly across from Morris Blum Senior Housing and next to the Mary Moss Academy I know this park will be used and enjoyed by people of all ages.”

--from interview and press release

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