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Governor O’Malley Announces BPW Approval of Local Recreational Projects in 17 Counties and Baltimore City; More Than 1,000 Local Projects Approved Since 2007

Annapolis, Md. (October 5, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of recreational projects in 17 counties and Baltimore City through local-side Program Open Space and the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program.

“Together, with our local partners we today celebrate more than 1,000 recreational projects funded through Program Open Space since 2007,” said Governor O’Malley. “From playgrounds and ball fields to rain gardens, pavilions and gazebos, we are continuing to improve and create significant new opportunities for our families to enjoy our natural world safely, close to home.”

In one project approved today, the city of Laurel will receive $150,000 to replace the current unsafe play structure at Cypress Street Park with equipment that is handicapped-accessible and meets current national playground safety standards.

“The Community Parks and Playground program is another fine example of the State of Maryland working with and assisting local governments in providing quality recreational activities for our citizens,” said Mike Lhotsky, director of parks and recreation for the city of Laurel. “These funds will allow us to remove all of the old equipment at Cypress Street Field and provide a safe play area for the community.”

Also in Prince George’s County:

  • Greenbelt will receive $56,000 to replace the existing play equipment at Block A Park with handicapped-accessible equipment designed for children ages 2 to 5 years old.
  • Landover Hills will receive $50,000 to renovate Henry Rinck Park including a veterans memorial, energy efficient architectural lighting, landscaping, park benches, picnic tables and trash receptacles.
  • Cottage City will receive $92,000 to develop Cottage City Community Park with a handicapped-accessible playground with a rubber safety surface.
  • Colmar Manor will receive $40,000 to install an improved drainage system at Monroe Park.
  • New Carrollton will receive $79,000 to renovate two playgrounds at Frenchman’s Creek Park.  Additional equipment is necessary to meet the needs of the existing population.
  • Brentwood will receive $45,000 to renovate Brentwood and Bartlett Park’s green areas, two pocket parks, and Veteran’s Park. Renovations include benches, landscaping, a rain garden and a greenhouse.
  • Glen Arden will receive $28,000 to develop the 7th Street Community Park as a new handicapped-accessible community park including benches, picnic tables, charcoal grills, landscaping and a two-stall restroom.

Allegany County:

  • Barton will receive $30,000 to install additional playground equipment for the Meadow Park Extended Area of Meadow Park.
  • Midland will receive $25,000 to replace outfield fences on the Baker Memorial Park’s ballfields. The new fences will be removable to allow for flexibility in field layouts.

Anne Arundel County: Annapolis will receive $58,000 to upgrade the play area at Truxton Park with a handicapped-accessible play structure, safety surfacing and benches.

Caroline County will receive $15,000 to install two dugout canopies and a chain link batting cage at Cedar Lane Park and to grade and construct a new senior league baseball infield.

Carroll County will receive $187,000 to develop three new mini pavilions with built-in picnic tables and benches at Bennett Cerf Park. In addition, the existing pedestrian and vehicular traffic bridges within the park will be revitalized.

  • Manchester will receive $13,000 to construct a 16-foot vinyl gazebo within the Bicentennial garden at Christmas Tree Park.
  • Hampstead will receive $150,000 to construct playground equipment at Hampstead Municipal Park and design/engineer permanent restrooms.
  • Sykesville will receive $256,000 to develop South Branch Park including handicapped-accessible playground equipment, safety surfacing, a hiker/biker trail, access and a scenic overlook to the Patapsco River, and restoration of a caboose train car that will serve as a gateway symbol and concession building.

Cecil County: Chesapeake City will receive $34,000 to replace hazardous playground equipment in Helen Titter Park with handicapped-accessible play equipment that meets current national safety standards and to install wood fiber safety surfacing and two soccer goals.

Charles County: La Plata will receive $100,000 to construct a parking area at Tilghman Lake Park.

Dorchester County:

  • Secretary will receive $99,000 to construct a 36-foot pavilion including electricity, tables, and benches at Secretary Veteran’s Memorial Park and a handicapped accessible sidewalk to connect the new pavilion to the existing memorial park.
  • Church Creek will receive $8,000 to install an open air gazebo at Church Creek Community Park.

Frederick County:

  • Frederick will receive $35,000 to replace deteriorated wood playground equipment with handicapped-accessible equipment that meets current national safety standards at Wetherburne Park.
  • Middletown will receive $6,000 to develop a children’s garden including an arbor entrance and box wood maze in Middletown Children’s Garden.  

Garrett County:

  • Accident will receive $65,000 to renovate the existing tennis and basketball courts at Accident Town Park and to upgrade the existing playground area for compliance with national playground safety standards and ADA requirements.
  • Grantsville will receive $40,000 to construct a pavilion with a sound system and a parking area for Grantsville Community Park.

Harford County: Aberdeen will receive $63,000 to upgrade the main swimming pool and baby pool at Aberdeen Swim Club and to replace a wooden playground structure with a handicapped-accessible play structure.

Kent County: Chestertown will receive $139,000 to construct a linear park with native plants and walkways at Remembrance Park and to restore wetlands along a tidal channel that feeds into the Chester River.

Montgomery County:

  • Poolesville will receive $70,000 to replace the existing tot lot with handicapped-accessible playground equipment and a safety surface at Stevens Park.
  • Rockville will receive $156,000 to upgrade the 20± year old playground at Calvin Park with new handicapped-accessible play equipment and install a poured-in-place rubber safety surface.

Queen Anne’s County: Sudlersville will receive $78,000 to replace the existing play equipment at Sudlersville Elementary School with handicapped-accessible equipment that meets current national safety standards and install a rubber safety surface.

Talbot County: Trappe will receive $20,000 to install a gazebo/bandstand to provide a venue for local gatherings and festivals at Trappe Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Washington County will receive $7,000 to replace several of the aged trash receptacles at John Walter Smith Park and Northern Worcester Athletic Complex.

  • Williamsport will receive $35,000 to recondition the main swimming pool and adjacent baby pool located in Byron Memorial Park.

Baltimore will receive:

  • $185,000 to replace dangerous playground equipment with handicapped-accessible equipment that meets current national safety standards, resurface the existing basketball court, repair court fences, remove an unused asphalt court and plant grass and trees at Herring Run Park.
  • $185,000 to replace dangerous playground equipment with handicapped-accessible equipment that meets current national safety standards and to install picnic tables, benches, trees, and paths for site accessibility at Alexander Odum Park.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,024 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling more than $292 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007. 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 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.

   October 5, 2011

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