Paulshock: A Proposal for Space Next to Library

Former political candidate and business owner Bill Paulshock suggests that the land next to the Perry Hall Library be used for an all-purpose community center.


recently appointed a to make a recommendation on the prospective use of  of land, directly southeast of the along Honeygo Boulevard.

A land-swap deal in the plans of a will likely result in this space being deeded for public use.

Former and owner of , , is one of nine members on the land use committee. Paulshock has said that he favors the construction of an all-purpose community center, an idea conceived by as president of the .

In response to from community members, Paulshock submitted the following statement as a letter to the editor.

The great people of our community:

The comments that I have been hearing and reading on the Perry Hall Patch are all great ideas for this community. I would like to say that an all-purpose community center has been a vision of Jerry and Pat Soukup for many years. Jerry, along with Fred Levinsky Sr. and Willie Rau, were the founders of the Perry Hall Recreation & Parks Council. For years, Jerry, as president of the rec council, has seen the need for additional space for the youth in our area since schools are so overcrowded. Space is now even more limited to everyone, including our senior citizens.

Jerry, along with the rec council, have committed a significant contribution for the financing of a new all-purpose community center. We have been working for the past year to get this project done, even in these tough economic times. Moving forward on this project, we should get the best and most use for this center. There is also a great need for a senior center in our area and this project is a perfect fit. The area could be used as a senior center, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and converted into an all-purpose gymnasium from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and on the weekends. This would be the most efficient use of the center and a way of using money from taxpayers and the private sector most wisely.

I have recently read comments about preserving open space and adding a butterfly garden for this area. Jerry has also envisioned a playground, sitting garden and kick ball field for this project, similar to Annie’s Playground in Harford County. The concept would also have an Angel Park area, where there would be a garden where bricks could be laid in honor of lost loved ones. This project would be community funded and community built.

Great things that are accomplished in our community are done by people like Jerry and Pat Soukup. I would like to thank Jerry and Pat for their commitment to the youth and the seniors of this community. I look forward to seeing this project completed and I am proud to be a member of this task force.

Bill Paulshock

Would you support the construction of an all-purpose community center next to the Perry Hall Library? Tell us in the comments.

Anthony January 22, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I mean I'd be more concerned about the 30 acres with 55 more homes then the 3 acres for a rex center! It's a done deal so make te most of it
Karen B January 24, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Bottom line is they are going to do whatever they want with the land and we have no say so what so ever. Don't you all get it. It's all about money. There are a ton of foreclosed homes in the area, but they don't care. Again as the developers walk around with tons of cash in their pockets, us hard working, taking paying people are getting it shoved up our @sses left and right. We can barely hang on to the homes we have, or feed our families and do you think they give a hoot. I'm sorry to be so blunt, but it is what it is and there isn't a damn thing we can do about it. Get used to it people, it's only going to get worse. The only thing we can do is stick together and help thy neighbor. Shame on the money grubbing developers and politicians. They all talk a good game, but do they ever do what they promise? I don't think so.
David Marks January 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Wow...really tough to respond to that last one. Anyway, I'd like to thank those of you who left constructive comments and many thanks to the volunteer committee developing a recommendation for this property.
Marje Lentz April 17, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Not one child or parent that has passed through the Perry Hall Rec counsil does not love and respect Pat and Jerry Soukup. I think this small jesture is just what is needed for our community. Thanks to their efforts many children have prosperred.
Linda Roemer June 08, 2013 at 03:06 AM
I think it's a great idea myself. The Seniors need a larger center, as they are growing leaps and bounds, and we are in need for a Rec center for family's who don't have the means to join a health club or YMCA.


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