Governor Ehrlich Announces BPW Approval of $256,491 in Program Open Space Funds for
Cecil and Howard Counties
A variety of recreational facilities will be constructed
ANNAPOLIS, MD — Restating his support for county recreation projects, Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. today announced Board of Public Works approval of $256,491 in Program Open Space funds for Cecil and Howard Counties.
“In parts of Maryland, populations have grown to numbers not imagined a decade or two ago,” said Governor Ehrlich. “I am pleased that the state is able to help our counties build a variety of recreational facilities in response to their new needs.”
The total allocation of $256,491 will fund two projects in two counties:
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 4,600 county and municipal park and conservation projects have been completed through the program, improving the quality of life for millions of Marylanders.
- Cecil County: The Board approved $38,341 to fund the bulk of the second phase of development at Conowingo Park, located a short distance from the Susquehanna River and a mile below Conowingo Dam. The facilities to be constructed include a pavilion, a playground, a tennis court, and baseball, softball, soccer, and football fields.
- Howard County: The Board approved $218,150 to acquire 1.3 acres as an addition to the existing 80 acres of Troy Park, which lies northeast of Route 100 and south of I-95. The county plans to build lighted athletic fields and courts and to transform Troy into a 106-acre regional park that can serve the entire Elkridge community. The outdoor lighting should elicit no objections because the park is in a commercial zone and does not adjoin residential areas.