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Recreational Projects in Montgomery, Prince George’s, Washington and Worcester Counties to See Enhancements

Recreational projects in Montgomery, Prince George’s, Washington and Worcester 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.

“Together with the help of our local partners we have created and improved a variety of recreational and natural play spaces where families can safely enjoy their outdoor world,” said Governor O’Malley.

Montgomery County will receive:

  • $375,000 to acquire three lots totaling 16 acres to add to Black Hill Regional Park. Approximately 13 of the 16 acres are covered with forest and will provide a buffer area between West Old Baltimore Road and the existing public parkland to the south. Demolition and removal of deteriorating structures will restore the area to near natural conditions and reduce imperviousness in the Little Seneca Creek Watershed.  

Prince George’s County’s city of Bowie will receive $370,297 to install a 1,800 square-foot restroom and concession facility at the 98-acre Church Road Regional Park. The facility will provide visitors with year-round restrooms, and a concession area for local athletic organizations to use during sporting events.

 Washington County will receive:

  • $346,500 to replace current field lighting on two softball fields at Marty Snook Park to meet safety standards. The proposed outdoor recreational lighting system is energy-efficient and designed to minimize light pollution.
  • $6,750 to remove an existing timber retaining wall, which has become a public hazard due to deterioration, and replace it with manufactured stone blocks. The wall is adjacent to the Veteran’s Memorial Wall at Marty Snook Park.
  • $34,438 to install a finished, concrete floor within an existing Pole Barn at the Washington County Agricultural Center to meet the demands of an increasing amount of visitors.
  • $21,600 to renovate two existing softball fields at Pinesburg Park to include infield grading and replenishment. Current, uneven field conditions present a safety hazard for players.
  • $10,800 to remove 1,250 linear feet of deteriorated asphalt walkway at Woodland Way Park and replace it with a concrete walkway to provide handicapped accessibility to the park’s recreation areas.
  • $9,000 to develop a 20-by-30-foot pavilion to provide shade in the baby pool and concession area of the Claude M. Potterfield Pool.
  • $7,200 to install portable, metal bleachers for youth baseball leagues at Funkhouser, Hager, Hellane, and Statley parks. 

Worcester County will receive $37,805 to replace three existing basketball courts with new ones at Henry Park, and purchase and install new amenities including energy-efficient lighting, spectator stands and goals. The courts are over 20 years old and in poor condition, despite extensive repairs in recent years. The enhancements will make the park safer and bring in more visitors.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,142 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling more than $313 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007. 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.