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  • Landmark Roofing owner Artie Hendricks (pictured) and Cornett Heating and Cooling owner Josh Cornett identified the need for a new bike ramp near Severna Park Elementary School, so they took matters into their own hands.
    Gracie Fairfax
    Landmark Roofing owner Artie Hendricks (pictured) and Cornett Heating and Cooling owner Josh Cornett identified the need for a new bike ramp near Severna Park Elementary School, so they took matters into their own hands.
  • Landmark Roofing owner Artie Hendricks (pictured) and Cornett Heating and Cooling owner Josh Cornett identified the need for a new bike ramp near Severna Park Elementary School, so they took matters into their own hands.
    Gracie Fairfax
    Landmark Roofing owner Artie Hendricks (pictured) and Cornett Heating and Cooling owner Josh Cornett identified the need for a new bike ramp near Severna Park Elementary School, so they took matters into their own hands.

Area Business Owners Repair Bike Trail Ramp

Gracie Fairfax
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On the stretch of the B&A Bike Trail between Severna Park Elementary School and the shopping area with Pedal Pushers and The FroYo House is a sturdy new ramp connecting the trail to the shopping area below.

But it wasn’t long ago that a child was walking down the previous ramp when her foot slipped and fell through. The roughly 30-year-old ramp, put in by the previous owner of the shopping center, had fallen into disrepair. The old ramp’s slick boards were covered in chicken mesh to prevent users from slipping, but it wasn’t enough to keep the ramp safe.

Parents and children from Severna Park Elementary School, along with other area residents, frequently use the ramp as the primary connection point between the school, the bike trail and the shopping center. Without the ramp, community members have to go to the end of the trail and come around the shopping center.

A request to fix the ramp was filed with Anne Arundel County on December 15, 2016, but the county closed the request on April 10 due to the ramp not being on county property. The county believed it fell under the ownership of the shopping center, which was not the case either.

When Landmark Roofing owner Artie Hendricks and Cornett Heating and Cooling owner Josh Cornett learned the ramp would not be fixed and did not belong to anyone, they decided to take matters into their own hands.

“So from a dangerous standpoint, Artie and I were like, ‘Our kids go up and down this ramp every day. All of our kids go to the elementary school … We just got to fix this. We’ll figure out the money thing later,’” Cornett said.

One Saturday morning, Hendricks and Cornett went down to the trail with their kids to demolish the old ramp and put in the new one. The project took about eight hours to complete. Hendricks covered the cost of the wood while Cornett helped with the labor.

“I don’t think anybody realized how much the ramp was used until it was shut down,” Hendricks said. “All the moms with strollers couldn’t get from the elementary school to FroYo, but a lot of people park out there for after-school pickup and so they’d have to walk around. Once we repaired it, everyone raved about it.”

When the time came for the grand opening of the new ramp, Hendricks and Cornett’s kids stood on the bike trail and announced the completion of the ramp, yelling, “Grand opening! Attention all guests! Creatures great and small!”

Hendricks and Cornett have received positive feedback from shop owners, other parents and strangers who are grateful for the new ramp. One particular mom, Katie Reneau, appreciates the ease the new ramp brings to her life.

“I have four kids, and being able to quickly get down to Pedal Pushers and FroYo and Squisito and everything, it makes life much easier,” Reneau said. “My kids enjoy the fact that they know who built [the ramp] – that they know Artie and Josh … they’re two really great guys, and the fact that they dedicated their time to get that fixed – the community is lucky to have them.”


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