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

Annapolis, Md. (September 7, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of recreational projects in Allegany, Prince George’s and Worcester Counties through local-side Program Open Space and the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program.

“Providing safe, neighborhood recreational opportunities for Marylanders of all ages to enjoy remains a priority and we are very pleased to be able to support these projects,” said Governor O’Malley.

  • Prince George’s County – Bowie will receive $387,500 to replace lighting for four city ballfields located within Allen Pond Park. The existing lighting at the regional facility is more than 40 years old. The proposed lighting system will providing energy savings of more than 50 percent of current levels, reduce the necessary lighting infrastructure by 33 percent and minimize light pollution.
  • Worcester County will receive $87,727 to develop a composite playground area with a pavilion, picnic tables, and grill at the new Girdletree Community Park. If soil conditions permit, an alternate ‘green’ solution to parking will be implemented as a demonstration project for the mitigation of potential stormwater issues.
  • Allegany County will receive $45,531 toward the acquisition of a 2.6 acre parcel of land as an addition to the Allegany Fairgrounds. The total cost of this acquisition is $277,500. The balance needed to purchase the land will be requested in installments as funds become available.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 986 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling almost $289 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007. Most Maryland residents live within 15 miles of an open space or recreational area funded through Program Open Space.

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.

   September 7, 2011

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