Program Open Space Grants
Established under the Department of Natural Resources in 1969, Program Open Space symbolizes Maryland's long term commitment to conserving our natural resources while providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities for our citizens.
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 Reporting Site.
Have We Done Enough?
The population of Maryland goes up every year, while the land area
remains the same.
About 20% of Maryland is developed and about 19% is protected with conservation easements or publicly-owned open space. POS has allowed the State to protect land at a rate that keeps pace with land development.
Growing communities need to save land for recreation and maintain scenic beauty and environmental quality. Open space protected from development today will be available for recreation and natural areas for tomorrow.
The provision of recreation and park programs are proven alternatives to crime and drugs. In drug-free zones and public parks, people can develop healthful, lifetime sports and skills.
Today there are more than 6,400 individual county and municipal parks and conservation areas that exist because of the program. Almost all of the land purchased by the DNR in Maryland in the last 45 years was funded at least in part through POS.
Program Open Space
- Program Open Space –Local Program
- POS Annual Programs
- County and Municipal Land Purchases and Recreation Grants
- Manual and Forms (How to Apply)
- Community Parks & Playgrounds
- CPP Program Overview
- CPP Grants Proposal Process
- CPP Project Criteria
- CPP Accomplishments
- Local Support Staff Contacts