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February 6, 2013

Recreational Projects in Baltimore, Frederick and Howard Counties to See Enhancements

by Martha

Recreational projects in Baltimore, Frederick and Howard counties will soon receive funding for necessary upgrades and additions through Program Open Space. Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at today’s meeting in Annapolis.

“It is essential that we continue to provide safe, accessible outdoor spaces for our families to enjoy,” Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown. “When young people have opportunities to play and learn outdoors, they develop an appreciation for their natural world and a desire to care for it.”

Baltimore County will receive:

  • $590,100 to upgrade the existing field lighting system at Lansdowne Middle School Recreation Center to meet modern safety standards. The revised layout will illuminate four ball diamonds and two athletic fields. The new, energy-efficient lighting systems will contain glare control devices and minimize light pollution.
  • $413,700 to design and construct a field lighting system for the stadium at the Sparrows Point High School Recreation Center.  The proposed lighting system will be energy-efficient and  minimize light pollution.

Frederick County will receive:

  • $382,787 to acquire 4.8 additional acres adjacent to the existing 127-acre Ballenger Creek Park. This acquisition will resolve park access issues and is consistent with the County’s Land Preservation and Recreation Plan.  Funds totaling $342,213 were previously approved by the Board of Public Works on the Secretary’s Agenda.
  • $478,146 to acquire 200 acres for a new district/regional park located near the Point of Rocks and Adamstown communities. Funds totaling $621,673 were previously approved by the Board of Public Works on the Secretary’s Agenda. Additional Program Open Space (POS) assistance in the amount of $275,182 will be requested as funds become available. The total POS allocation will be $1,375,000.

Howard County will receive $1,097,000 for the development of the first phase of public recreation facilities for the 300-acre Blandair Regional Park. This phase includes a picnic shelter, playground, three multi-purpose fields, a restroom,  public access and a storm water management area. While this request is $1,097,000, the total amount of project costs estimated to be eligible for POS assistance, as funds become available, will be $53,648,341. Total park development will be completed in seven phases at an estimated cost of $71,531,122.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,186 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling more than $327 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve 362,242 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 41,202 ─ 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.

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