–photo courtesy of Baltimore County Government Facebook page-
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, the Department of Recreation and Parks, and other elected officials today broke ground on a new Recreation Activity Center (RAC) in Middle River. The new facility, supported by approximately $10 million in state and County funds, will open alongside Glenmar Elementary School and focus on recreational, social and wellness opportunities for residents of all ages.
Located in close proximity to Martin State Airport’s Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, the new Middle River RAC will feature flight-and-aeronautics-themed programming in addition to traditional recreational activities.
“We are fully committed to expanding recreational opportunities in every community across our great county. Adding this high-quality, aeronautical-themed Recreation Activity Center in Middle River is another step in our efforts to engage residents, highlight the area’s rich history and promote civic pride,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski.
“The Middle River RAC is poised to be a community hub and I am grateful to our state and County Council partners for their advocacy and support in helping to make this project a reality.”
Expected to be completed in April of 2024, the approximately 15,000-square-foot Middle River RAC will offer a full-sized gymnasium, multipurpose room, four multi-use activity rooms and feature an inclusive timeline highlighting and celebrating the history of aeronautics and technological advances associated with this field.
The approximately $10.2 million project is funded by a $500,000 state aid grant, $1.725 million from Project Open Space and $8 million from Baltimore County
Councilman David Marks added the building will include an aeronautics theme that reflects the history of Middle River.
“The Middle River Recreation Activity Center is an important community anchor for this part of eastern Baltimore County. I look forward to supporting future facilities elsewhere on the Eastside,” Mark’s said about the new center.
“Many thanks to my colleague Cathy Bevins for her advocacy of this project, to the Olszewki administration for including funding in the county budget, and to our state legislators for obtaining state support.”
Outgoing Councilwoman Cathy Bevins said this is the second groundbreaking for a new community center in her district over the past six weeks
“The new RAC, Recreation Activity center will be a state of the art center with an aviation theme to reflect Glenn l Martin,” Bevins said.
“Special thanks to County Executive Johnny Olszewski for his leadership and vision for recreation and safety for our children.”