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

Recreational Projects in Cecil, Prince George’s 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 projects provide Marylanders with safe, easily accessible areas where they can spend quality time with friends and family, or enjoy peaceful time alone with nature,” said Governor O’Malley.

Cecil County will receive $119,414 to fund upgrades at the northern section of Conowingo Park which includes relocating utility poles and the construction of a stone parking lot, athletic fields, tennis courts and other park amenities.

Prince George’s County’s city of Bowie will receive $279,300 to add 14 acres to the existing 64-acre Jericho Park. This acquisition would  protect the land from development and add recreational open space.

Washington County will receive $51,157 to construct handicapped-accessible restrooms in the Rural Heritage Village at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,196 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling more than $330 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve 362,915 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 41,875 acres 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.