ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Maryland Board of Public Works authorised greater than $5.2 million to advance the state’s dedication to protect the legacy of Carr’s Beach as a new Annapolis public park.
Photo by Jody Couser, Chesapeake Conservancy
“I was proud to chair the Board of Public Works today as we made the decision to help fund the preservation and restoration of an area that greatly contributed to the rich cultural fabric of Annapolis and the State of Maryland,” stated Lt. Governor Boyd Okay. Rutherford. “My mother and many African Americans visited Carr’s Beach between the 1940s and 1960s to enjoy concerts and recreation, and I am pleased that we will be providing new opportunities for future generations to make lasting memories.”
The land has been recognized as a part of the property as soon as owned by the Carr Family and is near Carr’s Beach and Sparrow’s Beach, fashionable resorts on the Chesapeake Bay that served the Black group at a time once they had been prohibited from utilizing different seashores.
Known as “the Beach,” Carr’s Beach hosted many distinguished Black performing artists through the Nineteen Forties by way of the Sixties, with acts together with Chuck Berry, The Temptations, Ike and Tina Turner, The Shirelles, Little Richard, and Billie Holiday.
The acquisition of the property shall be funded by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources by way of Program Open Space (POS) funds and Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funds.
The state contribution will fund the vast majority of the land acquisition, with $3.67 million in grant funding from POS Stateside, which is able to complement POS Local funds from the City of Annapolis and Anne Anne Arundel County.
Governor Hogan additionally dedicated $1.2 million in Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure funding to the Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation for the acquisition.
The City of Annapolis enlisted The Conservation Fund (TCF) Maryland to buy the property on its behalf. Subject to Board of Public Works approval, the POS Stateside program will maintain an easement on the property that might preserve ecological attributes and restrict the property to passive leisure use, which incorporates trails, picnic areas and pavilions, and extra facilities.
The 5.17-acre property authorised is generally wooded and comprises greater than 300 toes of sandy seaside space with direct waterfront entry on the Chesapeake Bay – offering alternatives for strolling paths and public water entry.