Program Open Space Grants:
What Parks are POS Funded?
Chances are good that your favorite park was funded by Program Open Space (POS).
How Does Program Open Space Work?
When a person buys a house or land, a percentage of the State Real Estate
transfer tax goes into a special fund for Program Open Space. In this way
home buyers help improve the quality of their neighborhoods and the entire
The support of homeowners and landowners in this effort has resulted in the
acquisition of more than 334,000 acres of open space for state parks and
natural resource areas and more than 46,000 acres of local park land.
Program Open Space has...
*Acreage includes Program Open Space Stateside, Program Open Space Local, and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program permanent easements as of
September 1, 2015. Updated acreage by program is available at Maryland’s Conservation Lands
What are the economic benefits of open space?