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Recreational Projects In Allegany And Washington Counties To See Enhancements

Pool at Dan's Mountain State Park

Annapolis, Md. (May 23, 2012) – Recreational projects in Allegany and Washington Counties will soon receive funding for necessary upgrades and additions through Program Open Space. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at today’s meeting in Annapolis.

“Through these projects, we are providing children with easily accessible outdoor play spaces to help them stay fit and healthy, and giving families a place to grow, learn and spend quality time with one another,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.

Allegany County will receive $11,700 to upgrade the waterslide at the Dan’s Mountain State Park swimming pool to meet new pump regulations. The waterslide is the pool’s main attraction and serves the entire George’s Creek area of Allegany County.

Washington County will receive $20,000 to improve the swimming pool area at Marty Snook Park with ADA upgrades including a lift, stairs, ramp, parking spaces and walkway.

Washington County will also receive $62,763 to replace outdated playground equipment at Winter Street Elementary School/Community Playground, updating the area so that it is consistent with ADA regulations and the National Playground Safety Standards.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,074 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling over $302 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve more than 357,434 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 36,366 acres - more than 10 percent - have been preserved within the past 5 years, under the O’Malley-Brown Administration. Most Maryland residents live within 15 minutes of an open space or recreational area funded Program Open Space. A video showing the direct benefits of Program Open Space can be viewed here.

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.


   May 23, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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