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

ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 6, 2010) — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of recreational projects in Allegany, Baltimore and Frederick Counties through Program Open Space, and Maryland’s Community Parks and Playgrounds program.

"We are heartened to have the opportunity to create a more sustainable future for our children, with critical new opportunities for them to have increased access to their natural world and safer play areas," said Governor O'Malley.

Today the Board of Public Works approved the following projects:

  • Allegany County will receive $4,000 to renovate the dugout and install additional fencing and a batting cage for the existing ball field at Oldtown Community Park.
  • Baltimore County will receive $575,893 to acquire 13 additional acres for the existing 86 acre Cloverland Park.
  • Frederick County - Thurmont will receive
    • $12,573 to install playground equipment, safety surface retainer borders, and a safety playing surface at the 2 acre Ice Plant Park.
    • $79,417.50 to install playground equipment, safety mulch with borders, benches, fencing, and four backstops at the 11 acre East End Park.

Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW preserved more than 26,015 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 346,743 acres for open space and recreational areas. Most Maryland residents live within 15 minutes of an open space or recreational area funded by 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.

   January 6, 2010

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

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