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Governor Ehrlich Announces BPW Approval of $1.2 Million for Eastern Shore Counties
Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester receive assistance
ANNAPOLIS, MD — Emphasizing his record of support for county park projects, Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. today announced Board of Public Works approval of $1,195,600 in Program Open Space funds for Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties.
“The projects being funded today include upgrading playgrounds, building a boat launch, and making local parks more enjoyable places to visit,” said Governor Ehrlich. “These projects will undoubtedly improve the quality of life in each and every community.”
The total allocation of $1,195,600 will fund 18 projects in six counties:
- $2,300 to install a picnic table and two benches inside the pavilion at East New Market Park in the town of East New Market.
- $45,000 for improvements at Vienna Community Park in the town of Vienna. These include landscaping and installing a decorative fountain, three benches, a walkway, signs, and lighting.
- $52,000 to install additional playground equipment and a pavilion at Dr. James F. McCarter Park in Cambridge.
- $11,800 to replace unsafe playground equipment at Sailwinds Park East in Cambridge.
Queen Anne’s County:
- $30,000 to purchase new playground equipment and to install the items at Edesville Community Park in Edesville.
- $145,000 for improvements at Wilmer Park in Chestertown. This project includes repaving the trail and pedestrian entrances, landscaping, and installing fencing, lighting, benches, and a fountain.
- $44,000 to construct a pavilion and a restroom facility at Galena Community Park in the town of Galena.
- $80,000 to construct a small boat launch and to stabilize the shoreline at Millington Waterfront Park in the town of North Millington. This project also involves landscaping and installing benches and signs.
- $175,000 to install a playground and a pavilion at Church Hill Park in the town of Church Hill.
- $24,000 to resurface the basketball court and to install new backboards, nets, and one post at the Queenstown Community Playground in Queenstown.
- $125,000 to redevelop an old elementary school site and to construct a playground with new equipment at Cordova Park in the town of Cordova.
- $10,000 in additional Program Open Space funds to complete the lighting project at the Pittsville Ballfield in Pittsville. The funds will cover the cost overruns resulting from the high bids to replace the failing quartz light fixtures with energy-efficient halide lights.
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.
- $83,000 to purchase new playground equipment and install the items at Stephen Decatur Park in the town of Berlin.
- $22,000 to install safety surface and borders around new playground equipment at Stephen Decatur Park in the town of Berlin.
- $41,000 to install a new tot lot, which will include playground equipment and safety surface, at Henry Park in the town of Berlin.
- $120,000 to replace unsafe playground equipment in the tot lot and to install additional equipment for older children at Showell Park in the town of Showell.
- $80,500 to replace unsafe playground equipment and install safety surface at the Gorman Park playground in Ocean City.
- $105,000 to construct a restroom facility and a concession stand at Byrd Park in Snow Hill.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 446,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov