Notice: Trail to be closed 

Forest Hill section – See note below:

Parts of Ma & Pa Trail in Forest Hill to be closed in September for bridge redecking

Two sections of the Ma & Pa Trail in Forest Hill will be closed at separate times in September while the county replaces the decks of the walking bridges and performs routine maintenance on the bridges’ structures.

The section of the trail from the Blake’s Venture trailhead to Mardic Drive, about four-tenths of a mile, is expected to be closed from Tuesday, September 8 through Friday, September 18. The approximate half-mile section from Mardic Drive to the Route 23 underpass is scheduled to be closed from Monday, September 21 through Monday, September 28.

Because of the nature of the work being done on the walking bridges, no one will be allowed on the respective parts of the trail until it is complete.

This is the first time the decking on the three pedestrian bridges is being replaced since the trail opened in 2001. Normal wear and tear from 19 years of people walking on the bridge decks necessitates their replacement.


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                       Harford County Parks and Recreation

                    Update for May 8: County Playgrounds Reopen,

                                  COVID-19 Up-date

                                    May 8, 2020


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May 8, 2020

Harford County COVID-19 Update for May 8: County Playgrounds Reopen

BEL AIR, Md., (May 8, 2020) – County Executive Barry Glassman issued the following weekly update.

On Wednesday afternoon Gov. Hogan allowed for the resumption of elective medical procedures and broadened the list of permitted outdoor activities, including boating, fishing, camping, golfing and visiting cemeteries. He also allowed local governments to reopen our public playgrounds and other outdoor recreation spaces. While nearly all Harford County parks have been open throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the following day, after consulting with the Harford County Health Department, I directed all remaining county-owned outdoor recreation spaces to reopen, consistent with Gov. Hogan’s amended executive order. However, we must continue social distancing, hand washing and other procedures to maintain Harford County’s progress in slowing the spread of the virus.

Updated 5/09/2020  NPA



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