Although there are many exciting projects in the world of planning community infrastructure, nothing compares to starting a community park from scratch. That was the reaction of Talbot County’s Director of Parks and Recreation, Preston Peper, and County Engineer Bill Wolinski when presented with the task of converting a 96-acre parcel of land in Oxford into a passive use open space park a few years ago.
Through a creative assemblage of funding from local and state grants, Bill and Preston worked with community stakeholders to create a vision for existing farmland near the town’s volunteer fire department building, and after much planning, the Oxford Conservation Park turned into a reality last Saturday at a ribbon opening the park up for public use.
The Spy spent some time with Bill and Preston to talk about the project and how they were able to cleverly combine real conservation needs for the area with a public park dedicated to environmental education. We caught up with them at Bullett House a few weeks ago.
This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about the Talbot County Department of Parks and Recreation please go here