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Executive Kittleman announces completion of Baldwin Common electrical project

October 3, 2016

Media Contacts:
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
John Byrd, Director, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4640

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman today announced the County has completed the installation of electrical service to Baldwin Common in Savage. Located next to Carroll Baldwin Hall, Baldwin Common serves as the site for a number of community events, including Savage Fest and the annual Community Tree lighting ceremony.

“In the past, to provide electricity to these events, temporary wiring was either strung from trees or brought over the grass and sidewalks, or generators were made available,” said Kittleman. “By installing the electrical service, we are making sure it’s safe for those who attend these community events and we are hopeful even more events can be held at Baldwin Common.”

The County placed underground wiring in the park, along with electrical panels and outlets. An electrical hook-up was put in at the Bollman Truss Bridge and 14 street and sidewalk lamps were installed.

To fund the improvements, Howard County worked with the Savage Community Association to obtain a Community Legacy Grant from the State of Maryland for $85,000. The Department of Recreation & Parks also used grant funds to purchase and install nine park benches, two historic-interpretation signs.

“I’m so pleased to see that this project has now been completed," said Howard County Councilperson Jen Terrasa. "Carrol Baldwin Hall and the Baldwin Commons are an important gathering spot for the community, with major events like Savage Fest taking place there. This project’s completion is a big step forward for the community as the venue now has meaningful access to lights and electricity.”

“Baldwin Common and Carroll Baldwin Hall are important sites in the history of Howard County, especially in the Savage area,” said John Byrd, Director, Department of Recreation & Parks. “We enjoyed working with the Savage Community Association to make these improvements and ensure Baldwin Common remains a safe and inviting place for events in Savage.”

“The addition of outdoor lighting receptacles on the Common at Carroll Baldwin Hall will enable the safe expansion of Savage Community Association events,” said Susan Garber, Board Chair of the Savage Community Association. “We are so looking forward to being able to light the Community Tree this year without endangering anyone with countless extension cords. We'll be able to take our annual Savage Fest to a whole new level with easy access to electricity for our vendors and entertainers. We are also looking forward to establishing additional activities such as an outdoor concert series and theater under the stars.”

The County purchased the southern portion of Baldwin Common in 1977 and signed a 99-year lease with the Carroll Baldwin Memorial Institute, Inc. for the northern part of the park (up to the brick plaza). The Department of Recreation & Parks designed and constructed the park, named Baldwin Common, on these two parcels of land and opened it to the public in 1978.

This year’s Bollman Truss Bridge and Community Tree lighting ceremonies will take place on Saturday, December 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m.