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Canal Place Requests to Become State Park

January 31st, 2022 by WCBC Radio

After nearly four years of waiting for a final task force report,  the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority is ready to move in a different direction, requesting to become a Maryland state park. Appointed in March of 2018, the charge of the Canal Place Task Force was to determine if it should be divided into portions and sold to private investors or kept as is, with plans developed to improve cash flow and increase visitation to the attraction.  Growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of regular communication from the task force, Canal Place representatives contacted the chair of the newly formed State Park Investment Commission which studies the need for new parks in the state. Testifying before a state appropriations sub committee,  executive director Dee Dee Ritchie outlined the rationale for the request for Canal Place to be absorbed by the Maryland Park Service …