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Governor O’Malley Announces BPW Approval Of More Than $800,000 In Program Open Space Funding
ANNAPOLIS –Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of $820,843 Program Open Space (POS) funds for state and local projects.
"I am proud to support the restoration of Program Open Space dollars for open space," said Governor O'Malley. ““When I look at this extensive list of improvements to our local public spaces, and the enhanced opportunities being provided to our working families, it reaffirms my commitment to this worthy program.”
Local Program Open Space funding was approved as follows:
- $237,030 to Prince George’s County for acquisition of 0.205 acres to add green space to the town of Cheverly
- $208,363 to Cecil County for a new ADA compliant modular playground, ice rink renovation and new fencing at the Cecil Community Center Park
- $141,000 to Frederick County for development of a soccer field and walking/biking trail at Myersville Doub’s Meadow Trail Park
- $72,900 to Worcester County for new signage and a blacktop overlay on two existing parking areas in Newtown Park
- $62,000 to Garrett County for:
- Deer Park Town Park – construction of a pavilion and installation of picnic tables, benches, trash receptacles and grills
- Friendsville Trail – improvements including a parking garage and stormwater management area
- $50,400 to Somerset County for lighting at the Major Little League Field
- $25,000 to Montgomery County for signage, six new natural surface trails and internet accessible trail maps at the Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Corridor
- $24,150 to Allegany County for a new six-inch racetrack surface of processed clay on the Allegany County’s Fairgrounds Racetrack
Chaired by Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works is also comprised of Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp. The Board is authorized by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.
Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for acquisition of nearly 292,000 acres for open space and recreation areas. Most Maryland residents live within 15 minutes of an open space or recreational area funded by this program.
May 9, 2007
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