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Governor O'Malley Announces BPW Approval Of Recreational Projects Across Maryland

Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s and Washington Counties and Baltimore City Benefit from Program Open Space and Community Parks and Playgrounds Program

Annapolis, Md. (July 28, 2010) — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of recreational projects in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s and Washington Counties as well as Baltimore City through Program Open Space and the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program.

"These are challenging times for our families and our State, but by working together with our local partners, we are continuing to invest in a more sustainable future for our children,” said Governor O’Malley. “Providing these critical opportunities for young people to access safe play areas and open spaces not only engages them with our natural world, but instills values of responsibility and awareness in our next generation of stewards.”

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:

  • $522,000 to construct additional recreation facilities at the 154-acre Lake Shore Park. The new facilities include three youth baseball fields, one multi-purpose field, a dog park, player benches, bleachers, field lighting, picnic tables, and related site amenities.
  • $1,511,500 to design and install artificial turf playing surfaces at Southern High School and South River High School. Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks and Anne Arundel County Public Schools have entered into a joint-use agreement for these projects. The scope of work will include removal of the existing turf fields, addressing underground utilities beneath the fields, fine grading, construction of the perimeter curb, installation of the artificial turf playing surfaces and painting of lines and markings.

Baltimore County will receive $675,000 to design and construct an artificial turf surface athletic field at the Community College of Baltimore County Dundalk Campus in southeastern Baltimore County. The proposed field will replace one existing natural turf surfaced athletic field. Replacing the field surface will rectify the problem of field wear and provide a surface that will allow for expanded use of the facility by public sports programs, thus helping to mitigate the need for additional fields. The artificial turf will also eliminate the need for fertilizer, reduce sediment runoff, and further control general stormwater runoff from the playing field through the use of underground stormwater management devices.

"The turf fields that we have been installing in Baltimore County are some of the most exciting recreational improvements in the County's history," said Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith. "I am very pleased that the Board of Public Works has approved this project, which will be yet another key component of Dundalk's renaissance."

Carroll County will receive:

  • $63,000 to develop 16 additional public parking spaces for visitors to the Hashawha Environmental Center;
  • $1,127,328 to acquire more than 32 acres for a new community park that will feature both active and passive recreational opportunities; and
  • The City of Westminster will receive $140,000 to replace potentially hazardous playground equipment at Greens Playground, adjacent to City Pool, with handicapped-accessible play equipment and a safety surface that meets current National Playground Safety Standards.

Prince George’s County – The City of Greenbelt will receive $101,886 to renovate four courts at the Braden Tennis Facility. Renovations include fence repair and replacement, replacement of 17 light poles and fixtures, and court resurfacing.

Queen Anne’s County – Queenstown will receive $99,000 to revitalize the existing Queenstown Park playground by improving the safety surfacing and installing adequate drainage underneath. The materials used will be consistent with Consumer Product Safety Commission and Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

“Without the funding from the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program our playground would not be operational for our children to play,” said Ms. Linda Vasbinder, a resident of Queenstown. “These State funds are appreciated by the children of Queenstown as well as the Commissioners and residents who have supported the park throughout the years.”

Washington County – The Town of Hancock will receive $24,000 to purchase and install new playground equipment consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act at the Community Center. In addition, the project will replace existing fencing and picnic tables.

Baltimore City will receive:

  • $240,000 to replace hazardous playground equipment at Federal Hill Park with play equipment consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition, the project will install picnic tables and construct paths for site accessibility.
  • $75,000 to remove and replace the existing track surface coating and install an asphalt sealer, running lanes, and track take off boards at Northwestern High School. In addition, the project will install a safety guard system and repave all paths, ramps, and curb cuts needed for site accessibility.

Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW preserved more than 28,580 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 349,306 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.

   July 28, 2010

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