Family Fun Meets Local History: Harford County Debuts Train-Themed Playground
HARFORD COUNTY - All aboard for fun and history! The Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation has opened a new train-themed playground in Forest Hill.
Officially unveiled on Monday, the playground is strategically located at the northern trailhead of the Ma & Pa Trail and is designed for children between the ages of 5 and 12.
The focal point of the play area is Engine No. 84, complete with climbing elements and a slide. A safety surface ground cover has also been added to ensure softer landings for the children.
The playground serves not only as a place to play - it also pays tribute to the area's history. It commemorates the former Ma and Pa Railroad, built in 1901 to connect Baltimore with York, Pa., over a 77-mile route.
The original Forest Hill Station on the Ma and Pa Railroad remains standing and can be found just up the street from Friends Park.
"I encourage families to come out, bring a picnic, and enjoy this new area at Friends Park. The playground is a great addition to the roster of themed play areas within our county," County Executive Bob Cassilly said. "I'm proud that it recognizes Harford's rich history while also bringing the community together in a fun atmosphere."
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