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Recreational Projects in Allegany, Garrett and Washington Counties and Baltimore City to See Enhancements

Recreational projects in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties, and Baltimore City, 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.

“Whether your child plays sports at their community ball field, your family bikes at their local park, or you play tennis with friends at a nearby court ─ Program Open Space projects benefit all of us,” said Governor O’Malley.

Allegany County’s town of Midland will receive $18,000 to inspect the play area and equipment, and install safety features at Church Street Playground. Upgrades include the installation of wood-fiber safety matting around the playground and 400 feet of 12-inch high plastic border to keep the matting in place.

Garrett County will receive $22,000 to install additional playground equipment and construct a new pavilion at the Avilton Community Association Public Playground, providing the community with more recreational opportunities.

Washington County’s town of Smithsburg will receive $12,600 for the design and engineering of new recreational facilities at Veterans Park.

Baltimore City will receive $223,933 to address site work that will help expand the CC Jackson Recreation Center. The funding will go toward site preparation, stormwater management upgrades, landscaping, utility service to the building, and Americans with Disabilities Act approved walkways.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,193 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 362,737 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 41,697─ 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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