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Governor O’Malley Announces BPW Approval Of Local Recreational Project In Easton

Annapolis, Md. (April 20, 2011) — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of a recreational project in Talbot County through local-side Program Open Space.

“As summer approaches, Marylanders are fortunate to have great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with our families,” said Governor O’Malley. “Our work through Program Open Space has ensured that all Maryland citizens live within 15 minutes of a recreational facility.”

Today the Board of Public Works approved the following local-side Program Open Space project:

Today the Board of Public Works approved the development of a new community park in Easton. The town will receive $283,000 to develop develop land it acquired in the early 1990s into a passive park, which will include multi-use fields, walking paths, restrooms and water fountains.

“Thanks to a grant from Community Parks & Playgrounds, administered by Program Open Space, we are able to build this new park and create a wonderful space for our families to enjoy the outdoors,” said Easton Mayor Robert C. Willey.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 966 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling over $286 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

The three-member Board of Public Works is composed 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.

   April 20, 2011

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