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

1,035 Projects Funded Since 2007

Annapolis, Md. (November 16, 2011) - Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of recreational projects in Carroll, Frederick and Washington Counties through local-side 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 1,035, about 17 percent of the 5,900 projects funded since the program’s inception in 1969.

"Working together with our local partners, we have been able to support 1,035 individual projects since 2007,” said Governor O’Malley. “This funding helps create and improve upon a variety of recreational facilities - encouraging children and parents to enjoy the outdoors while establishing a sense of community among residents.”

Carroll County will receive $120,000 to develop a 750-foot bike/pedestrian trail and construct a pedestrian bridge at Bennett Cerf Park in Westminster.

Frederick County:

  • Will receive $621,673 to acquire 200 acres for a new district/regional park located near the Point of Rocks and Adamstown communities.
  • Thurmont will receive $1,455 to install a picnic table and playground safety borders at the 2-acre Woodland Park. The borders will ensure that the proper depth of mulch is maintained for safety purposes.

Washington County:

  • Hagerstown will receive $13,500 to install a double-tube slide in the main pool at the Claude M. Potterfield municipal pool facility, $9,000 to construct a 10- by 20-foot covered stationary stage to replace the current portable stage within University Plaza, and $10,800 to install a portable shade canopy for relief from sun and inclement weather within University Plaza.
  • Smithsburg will receive $13,900 to install roll-up doors on the existing park pavilion in Veterans Park. The addition of these doors will allow for use of the pavilion during cold and inclement weather.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,035 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling over nearly $292.8 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW preserved more than 35,271 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 356,311 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.

   November 16, 2011

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