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Baltimore County announces plans for new BCPL branch, recreation center on 90,000 square foot shared site

Baltimore County announces plans for new BCPL branch, recreation center on 90,000 square foot shared site

RANDALLSTOWN, MD – Baltimore County officials have announced that the County plans to acquire a 90,000-square-foot property for a shared 21st century facility that will include a new, expanded Randallstown branch of the Baltimore County Public Library and a brand new Department of Public Library will house. Recreation and parks center.

The new building will be able to house multiple services under one roof, increasing access to information and resources for residents. A large gymnasium with flexible programming space will be available for community use, with a walking trail and several indoor courts for year-round activities such as pickleball, basketball, volleyball, soccer and more. The open space also includes a makerspace and creative arts space, separate teen and tween areas, computer and laptop areas and meeting rooms.

“Libraries and recreational facilities play a vital role in creating vibrant and thriving communities. This new, combined 21st century space in Randallstown will be a hub for learning and social connections, as well as a space where residents of all ages can be active together,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “I thank Speaker Jones for her leadership on this project, as well as the support of all of our state and local partners, for this first project of its kind in Baltimore County.”

“Today’s announcement represents the state’s commitment to providing additional educational and recreational opportunities to communities in Northwest Baltimore County,” said Maryland Speaker of the House of Delegates Adrienne A. Jones. “This state-of-the-art facility will also provide critical community and social services to families, students and seniors in the region.”

The current Randallstown Branch was built in 1967 and serves a community of approximately 50,000 people. The new facility will be nearly twice the size of the existing space, allowing for more programs and services to meet the growing needs of the community. In addition to expanded library services, the recreation center will offer after-school programs for students, teen projects, sensory programming, free summer lunches and more. The new building will also host community events and programs to help strengthen the community.

“Based on the traffic and usage of the Randallstown Branch, it is clear that the community is clamoring for this 21st century library space with increased technology and modern amenities,” said Sonia Alcántara-Antoine, CEO of the Baltimore County Public Library. “This state-of-the-art dual-use building will remove barriers and create access to a wide range of provincial resources so the community can learn, work and play, all under one roof. It will undoubtedly help us fulfill our vision of empowering and engaging individuals for a more inclusive and connected Baltimore County. We are excited and grateful for the support and financial support from the State of Maryland and Baltimore County to make this innovative project a reality.”

The public will have the opportunity to shape the design of the new building. The first step is to hold a community input meeting to hear feedback on the proposal. Details for the meeting will be announced soon. The neighborhood input meeting is an open house and all residents are welcome.

“We are excited to get started on this transformative project along the Liberty Road corridor, and look forward to a new partnership with the Baltimore County Public Library,” Bob Smith, director of the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks. “We often hear about the need for more recreational options in this community and this new space represents the county’s continued focus on meeting the needs of our residents. Many thanks to County Executive Olszewski, Chairman Jones, Council Member Jones and our other local and national partners for their tremendous support and vision for this project.”

The new Randallstown Public Library and Recreation Center will be a hub for learning, social activities and community wellness. The building is expected to open in 2026 and will be located at 8212 Liberty Road in Randallstown.

“I am thrilled to see Baltimore County moving forward with this innovative and exciting project to bring a new Randallstown Library and Recreation Center to Liberty Road,” said County Councilman Julian Jones. “This project will be a great addition and an exciting new resource for our residents in western Baltimore County. Thank you to County Executive Johnny Olszewski, House Speaker Adrienne Jones, BCPL Director Sonia Alcántara-Antoine and Director of Recreation and Parks Bob Smith for working together to move this project forward.”

This article was written with the help of AI and reviewed by a human editor.

Photo via Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski

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