GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ANNOUNCES BPW APPROVAL OF PROGRAM OPEN SPACE RECREATIONAL PROJECTS IN SIX COUNTIES
ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 20, 2010) — Governor Martin O’Malley today
announced Board of Public Works approval of recreational projects in Allegany,
Carroll, Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Somerset Counties through
Program Open Space.
"Working together with our local partners, we are continuing to invest in a more sustainable future for our children, increasing their access to our great outdoors, safer play areas and open spaces,” said Governor O’Malley.
Today the Board of Public Works approved the following projects:
Allegany County - Frostburg will receive $27,000 to construct a concession/restroom building approximately 36' by 36' with related electrical and water utilities at the Frostburg Recreation Complex. $24,000 was previously approved by the Board of Public Works for this project.
Carroll County - New Windsor will receive:
Frederick County - Thurmont will receive $15,461 to install 2 bleacher units, playground safety surface with borders, 400 feet of 4-foot high fencing,
benches, a picnic table, and exercise stations at Eyler Road Park.
Montgomery County: The county will receive $25,000 to prepare a plan for the reuse of the Sligo Creek Golf Course property including an Interim Use Plan with related Operation and Use Guidelines and Costs and alternative concepts for long term use of the park including a range of uses from Natural Garden Preserve to a “Fun for All Ages” Recreation Park; as well as develop guidelines for location and construction of future dog parks.
$455,562 to develop phase three of Mattie Stepanek Park (previously known as King Farm 28 Acre Park). Development includes: athletic fields, parking lot paving and lighting, football fields, interior park paths, and construction of a restroom/snack bar/storage building. $31,550 to develop phase four of Mattie Stepanek Park including the purchase and installation of bleachers for the north and south recreation fields.
Prince George's County
Somerset County will receive $94,500 to install a new playground system, trail fitness system, pavilion, and a picnic area at the County’s Centralized
Recreation Complex. This is Phase #3 of the development of the complex, which already includes 6 irrigated multipurpose fields (Phase #1) and a
concession/bathroom area and walking/biking trail (Phase #2). The playground will be installed with appropriate grading, borders, and safety surfacing, which
will maintain a pervious surface to allow drainage. Four fitness stations will be installed along the walking/biking trail that will encircle the multipurpose fields.
Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW preserved more than 26,056 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 346,784 acres for open space and recreation 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.
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Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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