A city in Dorchester Co. signs a lease with the state to take over an abandon railroad
Throughout Maryland, cities that aren't using abandoned railroads can petition to the state to lease that area.
And one city on the eastern shore just did that.
In Cambridge, the section of the rail line between Cedar street and Washington Street has been given to the city on a 50-year lease.
The area is 2.4 acres and is adjacent to the over 6-acre Cannery Park.
With the addition of that section of rail line, Cannery park will become roughly 9 acres.
First, the city will clean up the area. And then as part of the lease, it requires them to have Rails-to-Trails, which is a trail between 15 to 20 feet wide that is multi-mobile, meaning both pedestrians and bicycles can use it.
Officials say they hope to eventually get a skate board park, a dog park, and even a play area for children.