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December 19, 2012

Recreational Projects in Garrett and Washington Counties to See Enhancements

by Martha

 

Photo credit: Fitness.gov

Photo credit: Fitness.gov

Recreational projects in Garrett 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.

“Program Open Space funded recreational projects provide convenient places where our children can enjoy a favorite sport or explore their natural world, while getting exercise and spending quality time with friends and family,” said Governor O’Malley.

Garrett County’s town of Oakland will receive $3,000 to install backboards on the basketball hoops at the Oakland Armory. A portion of previously approved Program Open Space grants will also be used to improve the facility. These enhancements include replacing a portion of the flooring at the existing basketball court, and upgrading the flooring and lighting system in the gymnasium.

Washington County’s town of Boonsboro will receive $31,500 to complete the first phase of developing King Farm Park. The funding will be used to install amenities which include picnic tables, benches, trash receptacles, bicycle racks, park signage and a small picnic shelter. Many of the initial upgrades included in the plan for the first phase of this multi-phased project have already been established. These previously completed additions include landscaping, further development of the town’s new community fishing pond, a 31-space parking lot, playing fields, restrooms, a floating dock and storm water management features.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,152 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.

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