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Governor Ehrlich Announces BPW Approval of $6.9 Million for Baltimore City and 21 Maryland Counties
Program Open Space funds local parks, playgrounds, and conservation projects
ANNAPOLIS, MD — Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. today announced Board of Public Works approval of $6,945,500 in Program Open Space funds for Baltimore City and 21 counties. The Board is composed of Governor Ehrlich, Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp.
“An array of projects received funding today,” said Governor Ehrlich. “Among them are improvements at local parks and recreation facilities, new or renovated playgrounds, and land acquisitions that contribute to protecting the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers.”
A total allocation of $6,945,500 will fund 68 projects in Baltimore City and 21 counties: (For complete information on specific projects, visit Governor Ehrlich’s website: http://www.governor.maryland.gov/pressreleases.html)
- Allegany County: The Board approved $94,350 for ballfield lighting and fencing and paving the basketball court at the Lonaconing Recreational Area and $37,873 to pave a walkway and parking area and build a stage at Creekside Park in Westernport.
- Anne Arundel County: The Board approved $60,000 to expand instructional and exhibit space at the Osprey Nature Center at Back Creek Park in Annapolis.
- Baltimore City: The Board approved $600,000 to replace unsafe playground equipment and install safety surface at the Morrell Park, Ralph Young, Oliver, and Coldstream Recreation Centers.
- Baltimore County: The Board approved $125,000 to install four picnic pavilions and a playground tot lot at Tall Trees Park; $35,000 to replace playground equipment and renovate the play area at Watersedge Park; $33,000 to replace playground equipment at Garden Village Park; and $67,000 to replace the picnic pavilion and resurface the parking lot at Hillcrest Park in Lansdowne.
- Calvert County: The Board approved $125,000 to construct five picnic pavilions at Kellam’s Recreational Complex in the town of Chesapeake Beach.
- Carroll County: The Board approved $51,580 to renovate the tennis courts, install new nets, pave the parking area, and provide signs at Union Bridge Community Park; $90,700 to reconstruct two tennis courts, relocate playground equipment, and construct a parking lot at Sulphur Springs Park in New Windsor; and $90,000 to construct ballfields and to provide related items, which include backstop fencing, dugouts, goals, a storage shed, and trash receptacles at Hampstead Municipal Park.
- Cecil County: The Board approved $39,718 to construct two basketball courts and a parking lot at Cecilton Park; $48,000 to replace unsafe playground equipment and install safety surface and walkways at Elk Mills Park; $56,600 to construct two multipurpose athletic fields at Perryville Community Park; and $68,019 to construct additional ramps for young and inexperienced skaters at Elkton Municipal Skate Park.
- Charles County: The Board approved $50,000 to replace playground equipment, renovate basketball courts, and install trails and picnic grills at Woodland Village Park in Indian Head and $100,000 to remove unsafe play equipment and build an ADA-compliant play area at Laurel Springs Park near La Plata.
- Dorchester County: The Board approved $2,300 to install a picnic table and two benches inside the pavilion at East New Market Park; $45,000 for landscaping and installing a decorative fountain, three benches, a walkway, signs, and lighting at Vienna Community Park; $52,000 to install additional playground equipment and a pavilion at Dr. James F. McCarter Park in Cambridge; and $11,800 to replace unsafe playground equipment at Sailwinds Park East in Cambridge.
- Frederick County: The Board approved $59,100 to replace unsafe playground equipment at Cone’s Branch Pocket Park in Middletown; $27,640 to install playground equipment, a handicapped-accessible ramp, benches, trash receptacles, picnic tables, and lights at Kim Weddle Park in Brunswick; and $50,000 to purchase new playground equipment and install the items at Maryvale Park in Frederick.
- Garrett County: The Board approved $90,558 to install tennis court lighting, a storage building, and a batting cage at Grantsville Community Park; $87,228 to install a handicapped-accessible walkway and trail at Mountain Lake Park-Crystal Springs; $17,500 to purchase new playground and fitness equipment and to install these items and safety surface at the Park at Glades West in Oakland; $120,000 to construct a walkway and tennis court and to install lighting and sound equipment, fencing, and gates at Friendsville Community Park; $64,350 to install handicapped-accessible restrooms, a concession stand, and a pavilion at Town Park East in Accident; and $85,133 to pave the parking lot and install a walking trail, a retaining wall, benches, and a picnic table at Loch Lynn Heights Athletic Field Complex.
- Harford County: The Board approved $428,500 to acquire the 71-acre Blevins parcel to build a regional recreation facility on Route 22 across from Harford Community College and $155,000 to install new playground equipment, safety surface, benches, grills, and a walkway at the Tydings Park playground in Havre de Grace.
- Howard County: The Board approved $88,845 to replace unsafe playground equipment at Cedar Lane Park East, which is near Cedar Manor.
- Kent County: The Board approved $30,000 to purchase new playground equipment and install the items at Edesville Community Park; $145,000 for repaving the trail and pedestrian entrances, landscaping, and installing fencing, lighting, benches, and a fountain at Wilmer Park in Chestertown; $44,000 to construct a pavilion and a restroom facility at Galena Community Park; and $80,000 to construct a small boat launch, stabilize the shoreline, landscape the area, and install benches and signs at Millington Waterfront Park in North Millington.
- Montgomery County: The Board approved $1,001,000 to acquire 18.5 acres of the Callithea Farm, the third stage in acquiring the 93-acre facility near the Potomac to ensure its continued operation as an equestrian facility and to preserve the ecologically valuable land; $294,300 to replace unsafe playground equipment and install safety surface at Olney Square Neighborhood Park, Stewartown Park in Montgomery Village, Malcolm King Park in Gaithersburg, and Bullards Park playground in Rockville; and $45,000 for landscaping and installing a walkway, a pavilion, picnic tables, and benches at Toatley Fraser Park in Takoma Park.
- Prince George’s County: The Board approved $481,000 to acquire 5 acres on Whites Landing Road to expand Patuxent River Park and protect this sensitive land; $45,000 to replace unsafe playground equipment and install safety surface at McCullough Field in Laurel; $176,682 for replacing playground equipment, installing a picnic area, installing handicapped-accessible parking and trails, upgrading the gazebo, and landscaping at Hudson Park in District Heights; $100,000 to construct a restroom and a ranger’s office at Buddy Attick Park in Greenbelt; $61,500 to renovate the pavilion and the basketball and tennis courts at Goodwin Park in Seat Pleasant; $118,400 for landscaping and installing playground equipment and safety surface, a walkway, benches, and trash receptacles at the Dellwood Avenue tot lot in Glenarden; and $25,000 to install a memorial to veterans at North Brentwood Memorial Garden.
- Queen Anne’s County: The Board approved $175,000 to install a playground and a pavilion at Church Hill Park and $24,000 to resurface the basketball court and install backboards, nets, and a post at the Queenstown Community Playground.
- St. Mary’s County: The Board approved $100,000 to construct the first phase of the Three Notch Trail, a 10-feet-wide mile-long trail segment extending from Route 236 in New Market to the Northern County Senior Center, and $75,000 to construct two pavilions and install benches and a bike rack at Nicolet Park near Lexington Park.
- Talbot County: The Board approved $125,000 to redevelop an old elementary school site and to construct a playground with new equipment at Cordova Park in Cordova.
- Washington County: The Board approved $107,759 to construct a pavilion with a restroom at City Park in Hagerstown and $148,565 to build a pavilion and basketball court and to grade and seed the multipurpose field at Smithsburg Veterans Park.
- Wicomico County: The Board approved $10,000 in additional funds to cover the cost overruns resulting from the high bids to replace the failing quartz light fixtures with energy-efficient halide lights at the Pittsville Ballfield in Pittsville.
- Worcester: The Board approved $105,000 to install new playground equipment, safety surface, and borders at Stephen Decatur Park in Berlin; $41,000 to install a new tot lot at Henry Park in Berlin; $120,000 to replace unsafe playground equipment in the tot lot and to install additional equipment for older children at Showell Park in Showell; $80,500 to replace unsafe playground equipment and install safety surface at the Gorman Park playground in Ocean City; and $105,000 to construct a restroom facility and a concession stand at Byrd Park in Snow Hill.
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