Governor Ehrlich Announces BPW Approval of $108,798 in Program Open Space Funds for
Parks in West Ocean City and Snow Hill to be developed
ANNAPOLIS, MD — Reiterating his commitment to supporting recreational projects on the Eastern Shore, Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. today announced Board of Public Works approval of $108,798 in Program Open Space funds to enable Worcester County to develop two parks and complete a Land Preservation and Recreation Plan.
“The park funds approved today are particularly relevant to family recreation,” said Governor Ehrlich. “Homer Gudelsky Park in West Ocean City is bound to become a great place for family picnics, and the improvement project at Byrd Park in Snow Hill is the first step towards making these acres on the Pocomoke River a perfect site for festivals, outdoor concerts, and the Worcester County Fair.”
The $108,798 grant will fund three projects.
DNR’s Program Open Space is a nationally recognized program that provides funding for Maryland’s state and local parks and conservation areas. More than 4,500 county and municipal park and conservation projects have been completed through the program, improving the quality of life for millions of Marylanders.
- The Board approved $63,000 to develop Homer Gudelsky Park in West Ocean City. An acre of donated land on the Sinepuxent Bay will be transformed from a neglected stretch of shoreline into a park designed for picnicking and fishing. A fully restored beach and dunes with dune grasses are among the planned improvements.
- The Board approved $20,798 to fund the first phase of enhancements for Byrd Park on the Pocomoke River in Snow Hill. This project includes constructing a permanent restroom facility accessible to the handicapped.
- The Board approved $25,000 to cover the cost of completing the Worcester County 2005 Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, a planning project required by state law.