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Recreational Projects In 10 Counties To See Enhancements

Annapolis, Md. (August 1, 2012) ─ Recreational projects in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Wicomico, Worcester 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.

“We are continually working to evaluate existing play areas and develop new ones so that all Maryland families have the opportunity to enjoy safe and easily accessible outdoor recreational spaces,” said Governor O’Malley.

Allegany County will receive:

  • $10,800 to renovate the existing pavilion at Cresaptown Community Park with a new roof, soffit facia and support posts, and upgraded interior lighting.
  • $13,500 to realign existing ballfields at Holly Avenue Recreation Area to provide easier public access, while improving stormwater drainage.
  • $6,000 to install 4-foot high, chain-linked fencing around the playground, parking lot and recreation activity area at Rawlings Community Park, making the area safer for visitors.

Anne Arundel County’s City of Annapolis will receive $102,000 toward the renovation of existing baseball/softball fields at Truxtun Park. Improvements include, new irrigation pumps, fencing and spectator seating that complies with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the American Society for Testing and Material standards.

Caroline County will receive:

  • $200,000 for the Town of Greensboro to complete the first phase of making the existing Ober Community Park into an inclusive playground facility. The project includes installing play equipment for two- to five- year olds and safety surfacing, adding and enhancing pathways to the existing play structures, landscaping the area for future playground additions, and improving stormwater drainage, which includes adding a rain garden.
  • $95,000 for the Town of Denton to construct a new, public basketball court at Third Street Park. The site is within two blocks of Lockerman Middle School and will provide recreational opportunities for the entire community. The existing stormwater management system will be enhanced with the installation of a rain garden and/or other appropriate bioretention facilities. Over-story shade trees will be planted on the site and paid for from the Town’s Forest Conservation Fund.
  • $25,000 for the Town of Federalsburg to replace worn and potentially unsafe playground equipment at Austin Park with new play equipment that meets current playground safety standards. This park is very popular, serving many people in the area.

Cecil County, Town of Elkton will receive $24,000 to develop a 100’ x 200’ off-leash dog park within Meadow Park East. The Park will include separate areas for large and small dogs and will serve as the Town’s only off-leash dog park.

Dorchester County will receive:

  • $117,000 to the City of Cambridge to renovate Cosby Avenue Community Park with a new play structure, swings, recycled rubber safety surfacing, and benches.
  • $220,000 to extend the current riverwalk at the Town of Vienna's Waterfront Park. The park is situated along the Nanticoke River and serves as a beautiful attraction, showcasing life in and around the river. The walkway will be made from recycled plastic and the slats will be spaced so that the aquatic plants will receive sufficient sunlight.

Frederick County’s Town of Thurmont will receive $105,000 for Thurmont Community Park to construct a paved fitness trail with 10 wheelchair-accessible wellness stations. The Park will also receive security lighting, designed to be energy efficient and minimize light pollution.

Harford County’s Town of Bel Air will receive $200,000 to improve Plumtree Park with new play equipment and safety surfacing that meets current national playground safety standards. In addition, the project will correct water drainage issues, develop recreational opportunities for the growing senior population and install park amenities associated with the project.

Harford County’s City of Aberdeen will receive $100,000 to design and install a splash pad and ground jet sprays of various shapes and sizes at Aberdeen Festival Park.

Wicomico County’s City of Fruitland will receive $78,000 to upgrade the outdated playground at Fruitland Recreational Park with new play equipment and safety surfacing that meets current national playground safety standards, refurbish an existing swing set, and install new picnic tables for the pavilion near the playground area.

Worcester County’s Town of Ocean City will receive $119,000 to construct an outdoor exercise fitness area at Ocean City’s North Side Park. Located adjacent to the playground and softball fields, the fitness area will include 7 to 9 exercise stations, a 20 by 20-foot square, shade-structure, appropriate surfacing, an ADA access walkway, benches and signage.

Washington County’s Town of Boonsboro will receive $60,000 toward the construction and development of the first phase of a multi-phased recreational complex at King Farm Park. This phase includes landscaping, further development of the Town’s new community fishing pond and a 31-space parking lot. A stormwater management facility, added vegetation, and leaving the majority of the site in its natural state will help filter stormwater runoff. The Board of Public Works previously approved funds totaling $245,000 for this project.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,101 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling more than $305 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve more than 357,799 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this area, 36,730 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 by 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.


   August 1, 2012

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