The first pieces of concrete were broken Wednesday for the renovation of downtown Towson’s Patriot Plaza.

Concrete and pavers in the downtown Towson plaza will be replaced with 1.8 acres of green space over the next year.

About 50 people, ranging from county and elected officials to police and fire department workers, gathered for an afternoon “concrete breaking ceremony.”

Using a hydraulic hammer on a large backhoe, and some help from trained workers, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz broke through a section of the stone fountain in the plaza’s center to mark the official start of the renovations.

The new design for Patriot Plaza features pavers, sidewalks, seating walls, lighting and furnishings designed to be more inviting and better showcase the existing memorials to fallen police officers and firefighters. It also includes landscape and greenery and replaces a non-functioning fountain with a grassy center plaza.

“Towson is evolving into more of a 21st century vibrant urban center and beautiful public spaces are an important element in offering that lifestyle for people,” Kamenetz said.

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