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January 1, 2013

A plan to build a skateboard plaza in Cumberland will continue according to the wishes of the existing Council.  The two newly elected Council members, David Caporale and Nicole Wagoner, will then get the opportunity to help craft what the project will look like and how funds will be raised for the building of a proposed project that could cost $600,000.  A committee has already been loosely formed with Councilwoman Pirolozzi playing an active role, having championed the Parks and Recreation Commission throughout her term in office.

Grant funding would be a significant portion of the needed fundraising, as would be local fundraising efforts, particularly by and among the skateboarding community, not only to fund the building of the plaza, but to instill ownership and respect for the site.

I fully support the plaza concept as a recreational opportunity in Cumberland.  It serves to fill a void, but also provides an outlet for those who skate in the streets, on sidewalks, and Downtown.

Two sites have been proposed for the plaza, including Springdale Street Park and a site downtown along the viaduct.  I personally support and have vocalized my support for the viaduct site, due to visibility, access, the space being unused at present, and the access to the site by police to monitor.

The proposal is not a traditional skate park with giant ramps and bowls.  It is a plaza style, which gives a much stronger impression of being a park for people to enjoy.  Consider this plaza rendering and this rendering as the concepts of the proposed project.

September 12, 2012

A new program that utilizes volunteer "greeters" in Downtown Cumberland has shown progress in encouraging more visitation to Downtown shops.

Thanks to volunteers who stepped forward to make this program a success, as every effort to grow our Downtown is appreciated!

August 19, 2012

I participated in a recent meeting of Downtown advocates, business owners, citizens, and officials, where we openly discussed both the challenges Downtown, as well as solutions.

One of the greatest concerns was rooted in increased public safety presence.  Since the meeting, code enforcement efforts have been refined and increased police presence have curbed many of the problems identified.

It's good to have heard from so many people about what they love about Downtown, as well as ways we can still improve.


August 17, 2012

I was surprised to find that a tweet from my Twitter account @briankgrim made its way onto the front page of the Cumberland Times-News, acknowledging great Friday After Five events, and simultaneously asking others who share in my love for the event to consider making a contribution to continuing the event.

The result of the tweet was a story about the history of Friday After Five and hopefully some new enthusiasm for the event.

July 30, 2011

Between August 14 and August 20, the State of Maryland will hold a "Tax Free Week."  The tax exemption is meant to assist shoppers in time for the beginning of the school season.  Taxes will be waived on many clothing purchases for the whole family.

This is a great opportunity to shop locally and save!


July 5, 2011

The City of Cumberland has put together a new brochure, identifying parking locations throughout Downtown Cumberland.  In total, 1,631 parking opportunities exist in Downtown Cumberland.

The map is available in page 1, page 2, and page 3, online.

November 23, 2010

I heard from a very vocal group of opponents to the creation of eight parking spaces, Downtown, tonight, at the public meeting of the Cumberland Mayor and City Council. Only three individuals spoke in favor of the proposal and about a dozen spoke from different perspectives, opposing the change. So, what do you think? Email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .