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The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners celebrated the acquisition of the Gatewood Property by the Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation today. The 48-acre space is nestled between Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm and the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary and features a residence, several outbuildings and direct access to Battle Creek.
The property, formerly owned by the Gatewood family, will be used as a preserve and recreation area for citizens. There are trails within the wooded areas for hiking and horseback riding. Future plans for the property include converting the residence into a nature center and classrooms, improving the existing pier, using barns for equipment storage, opening trails to the public and using fields for overflow parking, youth camping and demonstration gardens.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Division of Land Acquisition & Planning assisted in acquisition of the property through Program Open Space, and the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Park Service provided funding through the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.