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Governor O’Malley Announces BPW Approval Of Local Recreational Projects In Carroll, Frederick, Harford And Worcester Counties

1,028 Projects Funded Since 2007

Annapolis, Md. (October 19, 2011) - Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of recreational projects in Carroll, Frederick, Harford and Worcester Counties through Program Open Space and the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program. These projects bring the total number of local recreational projects funded by the O’Malley-Brown Administration since 2007 to 1,028, about 17 percent of the 5,900 projects funded since the program’s inception in 1969.

"Our Administration is committed to connecting children to healthy outdoor activities that replenish mind, body and spirit, and inspire stewardship,” said Governor O’Malley. “Through Program Open Space, together, with our local partners, we have worked to create places for them to learn, play and enjoy the outdoors.”

The YMCA at Stadium Place in Baltimore, which includes a playground and baseball field, is a shining example of how Program Open Space can benefit Maryland children. “Program Open Space is critical to an organization like the Y because so much of what we do is about keeping people active,” said John Hoey, President & CEO of Y of Central Maryland. “Two years ago, this playground was burned down in an act of arson and Program Open Space money helped us. For the community to have this beautiful playground and this beautiful ball field — that is better than anything I played on as a kid and as good as anything major leaguers use — is really exceptional.”

The Board of Public Works today approved the following local-side Program Open Space and Community Parks and Playgrounds projects:

  • Carroll County will receive $60,000 to develop a 6-foot wide trail along Center Street, adjacent to Carroll County Hospital Center. The trail will connect an existing sidewalk from Westminster to Landon C. Burns Park and the Carroll County Farm Museum to make the park safer. In addition, a portion of chain link security fencing will be relocated.
  • Frederick County will receive $179,344 to develop the 95 acre Urbana District Park, including design and engineering, utilities, ball fields and more. The new outdoor lighting system will be designed to be energy efficient and minimize light pollution. The park will meet ADA and playground safety requirements. $1,344,350.00 was previously approved by the Board of Public Works for the Urbana District Park project.
  • Harford County and the City of Havre de Grace will receive $126,400 to replace outdated lighting at the Juniata Street Tennis and Basketball Courts. The proposed outdoor recreational lighting system is designed to perform its intended function, be energy efficient, and minimize light pollution.
  • Worcester County will receive $8,500 to replace the pavilion roof and several trash receptacles at Newtown Park.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,028 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling over $292,002,083.32 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 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.

   October 19, 2011

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