By: Mike Kennedy|
August 24th, 2009
Category: Garrett County News, News
The final push is underway for the proposed Community Athletic & Recreation Center (CARC) in Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake area. If you would like to see this type of facility in Garrett County there is an online petition you can sign. The deadline to sign this petition is Tuesday, August 25th.
For over 20 years, several county leaders have dedicated much time and energy to establish this type of facility in Garrett County. Garrett County is the only county in the state of Maryland that does not have a public pool!! The state has pledged $15.5 million for the construction of this facility - which will offer such amenities as an competition swimming pool, leisure swimming pool, state of the art fitness center, gymnasium areas, a walking/jogging track, additional instructional area for Garrett College and Garrett County Memorial Hospital. The facility will be located on the campus of Garrett Community College in McHenry. Users will be charged an admission fee.
The state will take away this money if the Garrett County Commissioners do not act soon. The current set of Commissioners are concerned the facility will not be able to support itself and be a strain on the county budget. Due to the fact that Garrett County does not currently operate a Parks & Recreation Dept, the Garrett College Board of Trustees will be charged with the operation and maintenance of the facility.