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Recreational Projects in Baltimore, Carroll and Somerset Counties to See Enhancements

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Recreational projects in Baltimore, Carroll and Somerset 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.

“Through these projects we are not only enhancing our parks and recreational facilities, we are enhancing the quality of life for our State’s citizens,” said Governor O’Malley.

Baltimore County will receive $323,625 to upgrade the current field lighting system at the Lansdowne High School Recreation Center to meet safety standards. The new lighting will be energy efficient and decrease light pollution.

Carroll County will receive $1,296,795 to develop a planned recreation area at Krimgold Park. The project includes five football/soccer fields with fencing, four softball/baseball fields, four picnic pavilions, 2.2 miles of walking trails, nature appreciation areas, a paved entrance road, a parking area and landscaping. The project will preserve three existing ponds and wooded areas.  Funds totaling $1,730,000 were previously approved by the Board of Public Works in 2007.

Somerset County will receive $77,400 to install two additional field lights at the Centralized Athletic Complex to allow for more programs and league and tournament play. The new lighting will be energy efficient and decrease light pollution.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,189 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling more than $329 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve 362,314 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 41,274 ─ 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.