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Governor O’Malley Announces Support for Local Projects in Frederick, Garrett and St. Mary’s Counties
Annapolis, Md. (January 27, 2009) — Governor Martin O’Malley announced Board of Public Works approval of local-side Program Open Space funding for five recreational improvement projects in Frederick, Garrett and St. Mary’s Counties.
“Maryland’s local parks and recreation areas offer children opportunities for outdoor exploration and create places of gathering for entire communities,” said Governor Martin O’Malley “Through these Program Open Space projects, we are enhancing our way of life in sustainable ways to be enjoyed by all ages.”
Frederick County will receive:
- $13,275 to make repairs to the existing skate ramp and install a surveillance system in Brunswick Sports Complex in Brunswick;
- $14,625 to install a handicap-accessible ramp to the playground equipment, mulch playground safety surfacing and a septic system with water service extension in Doub’s Meadow Park in Myersville; and
- $7,875 to restore the Harp Field Tennis Courts, also in Myersville.
Garrett County will receive $80,350 to acquire 12.12 acres of land in Oakland which cover 4 acres of woods, the site of a Civil War fort and portions to be used for recreational trail development.
$276,408 will fund the fifth phase of the Three Notch Trail in St. Mary’s County. Once complete, this span of three miles from Laurel to Mechanicsville will support recreational activities such as running, horseback riding, biking and rollerblading.
Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW have preserved more than 20,752 acres of natural areas for public recreation and watershed and wildlife protection across Maryland through Program Open Space. Since its inception in 1969, the program has provided funding for acquisition of 340,463 acres of Maryland’s landscape. Most Maryland residents live within 15 minutes of an open space or recreational area funded by POS. Visit www.greenprint.maryland.gov for an interactive, statewide map showing the land protected by Program Open Space.
The three-member Board of Public Works, chaired by Governor O’Malley, is comprised of Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot. The BPW is authorized by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.
January 28, 2009
Contact: Kara Turner
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