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Robert E. Lee Park to Reopen Friday

Baltimore County will cut the ribbon on $6.1 million in renovations.

Starting Friday, you won't have to drive so far to experience the great outdoors.

Robert E. Lee Park hosts its grand reopening on Friday, following  Baltimore County signed a long-term lease with Baltimore City in 2009 for the 415-acre park just north of the city line. The renovations include a new pedestrian bridge from the Falls Road light rail station, erosion controls and a dog park.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz on the park on Friday. As a councilman, Kamenetz once represented the area, and residents there credit him with helping to arrange the lease.

include a boat tour of Lake Roland, hiking tours, children's activities and music.

If you're bringing Fido, remember that memberships are required to use the dog park.

Interested in at the park? Check out the Robert E. Lee Park Nature Council.

Scrapdog October 12, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Dogs will no longer be allowed off leash on the trails in the northern part of the park, thanks to this piddley one-acre, members-only dog park. On any given day, it is easy to find at least five people hiking the trails with their dogs off leash. (At three miles round-trip, the main trail is great exercise both for humans and (especially) animals who have a tendency to run two or three times the distance that their humans do.) I have been walking my dogs there for upwards of six years and have never seen any issues with our canine friends, other than the occasional plastic bag of dog poop. (Local residents have taken it upon themselves to put a trash can at the trail head, which they empty themselves since the County refuses to stop their garbage trucks--"it's not on their route"--which is hilarious.) People and dogs reside happily with one another--one of the few places where dog owners can let their dogs get the actual exercise they need. Now, the County is going to have to spend money on policing the trails to hand out citations to people who are really causing no trouble to anyone. While it’s nice that they fixed the bridge, this is clearly just another example of local politicians trying to fix things that are not broken.
Tyler Waldman October 12, 2011 at 12:53 AM
That's a good point. Give me a call sometime tomorrow morning at 410-725-4828.
Ms. Rumphius October 12, 2011 at 11:37 AM
My young son and I were attacked by 2 large dogs, running loose and not controlled by owners, at Robert E Lee park. I am happy there will be a place for dogs and a place for people who don't bring dogs to the park.
Anon October 12, 2011 at 01:45 PM
Hopefully in a couple years thy'll get a dog park in Hampden and we won't need Robert E. Lee park. If you want to be involved in that discussion visit http://www.hampdendogpark.com/.
Judi Bookbinder Fishman October 13, 2011 at 09:18 PM
I have been there many times and I didn't find huge amounts of dog poop everywhere you stepped. There were poop bags available.

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