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Governor O'Malley Announces BPW Approval Of Recreational Projects In Six Counties

Annapolis, Md. (October 21, 2009) — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works approval of recreational projects in Carroll, Cecil, Garrett, Harford, Prince George’s and Washington Counties through Program Open Space and the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program.

"These are challenging times for our families and our state, but working together with our local partners, we are continuing to invest in a more sustainable future for our children, creating critical new opportunities for them to have increased access to the outdoors, safer play areas and open spaces,” said Governor O’Malley.

Today the Board of Public Works approved the following local-side Program Open Space and Community Parks and Playgrounds projects:

  • Carroll County will receive $26,247 to develop a 6-foot wide, 1,200 linear foot asphalt pedestrian pathway at Warfield Commerce and Cultural Center Park to be constructed on the east side of Piney Run to connect to the already existing pathway on the west side of Piney Run.
  • Cecil County will receive $25,000 to continue the development of Cecil County's Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan.
  • Garrett County will receive $10,400 to construct a stone parking lot at the 14 acre Grantsville Community Park. In addition, two changing stations will be installed in existing bathroom areas. The Town will plant trees and shrubs around the perimeter of the property to further enhance storm water management.
  • Harford County will receive $670,000 for the initial development of the 71.3 acre Shucks Road Regional Sports Complex. Ultimately, the complex will include 4-5 baseball diamonds, one multipurpose field, parking and site development. Low impact design techniques such as vegetated swales, open section driveways and parking areas will help to mitigate environmental impacts. Wooded areas will be preserved to provide opportunities for passive recreation and environmental education. Additional forest conservation plantings will be provided along stream buffers.
  • Prince George's County will receive $65,000 to purchase and install approximately 15-20 outdoor exercise/stretching stations on a 5,100 square foot lot adjoining Bartlett Park. Park benches and landscaping will be designed and installed to enhance the aesthetics and utility of the fitness area.
  • Washington County will receive:
    • $500,000 to engineer and construct a 3,500 square foot addition to the Eastern Primary School Recreation Center gymnasium. This facility will be available for community use in the evenings, on weekends and during the summer.
    • $82,000 to replace non-compliant playground equipment at Taylor Park with equipment that is handicapped accessible and meets current playground safety standards.

Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW preserved more than 25,388 acres of natural areas for public recreation and watershed and wildlife protection across Maryland. Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for acquisition of 346,117 acres for open space and recreation areas. Most Maryland residents live within 15 minutes of an open space or recreational area funded Program Open Space.

The three-member Board of Public Works is comprised of Governor O'Malley (chair), 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.

   October 21, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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