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Governor O’Malley Announces BPW Approval Of Program Open Space And Community Parks And Playgrounds Recreational Projects In Five Counties

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 2, 2009) — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works approval of recreational projects in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Garrett and Prince George’s Counties through Program Open Space and the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program.

"We are heartened to be able to take the necessary steps to add to our recreational areas for Marylanders to enjoy and renovate them to keep our children and families safe,” said Governor O’Malley.
Today the Board of Public Works approved the following local-side Program Open Space and Community Parks and Playgrounds projects:

  • Anne Arundel County will receive $25,263 to continue the design and installation of an artificial playing surface at Meade High School. The scope of work includes removal of existing turf field, addressing underground utilities beneath the field, fine grading, curb construction and the painting of lines and markings. Funds totaling $659,333 were previously approved by the Board of Public Works.

  • Allegany County
    • Barton will receive
      • $15,000 to install ADA compliant playground equipment at the Barton Little League Field and Basketball Court.

      • $25,000 to install an ADA compliant playground at the 7-acre Barton Meadow Park.
    • Frostburg will receive $45,000 to construct a 36' x 30' concession, restroom, and storage building at the Frostburg Recreational Complex. The building will be located next to a playground area and several baseball fields.

    • Lonaconing will receive $143,000 to construct a parking area needed to provide off-street parking for increased safety at the Lonaconing Recreation Area. Pervious pavers will be used to minimize stormwater run-off. In addition, renovations will be made to the concession/restroom/storage building, upgrades will be made to the baseball field, a new ADA compliant playground will be built, and additional native tree plantings will be provided.

    • Westernport will receive $74,000 to replace an outdated concession stand and a restroom/storage building at Maryland Avenue for the Hot Stove League. In addition, the existing bleachers which are becoming a safety hazard will be replaced.

  • Carroll County
    • Westminster will receive $37,447 to continue the construction of a new concession building at Westminster City Park to include office space and a meeting facility. The Board of Public Works previously approved $59,470 for this project.

  • Garrett County
    • Grantsville will receive $8,000 to install safety lighting next to the Grantsville Community Park walking trail and build a gazebo next to the town's fishing pond and library.
    • Oakland will receive $88,000 to upgrade the existing concession stand, improve the picnic area, replace the lifeguard stands, renovate the ticket booth, and replace older playground equipment with new handicapped-accessible equipment at Broadford Lake Recreation Area. These improvements will be made near the park's swimming area.

  • Prince George's County,
    • Hyattsville will receive $110,000 to install a mobility play surface to complete the mobility playground at Heurich Park. Community Parks and Playgrounds funds were previously awarded for the purchase and installation of mobility playground equipment.

Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW preserved more than 25, 696 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, 425 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.

   December 2, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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