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April 18, 2013

Recreational Projects in Garrett and Wicomico Counties to See Enhancements

by Martha

The Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex Photo from WicomicoRecandParks.org.

Recreational Projects in Garrett and Wicomico 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 yesterday’s meeting in Annapolis.

“From boat launches to basketball courts, through Program Open Space we have been able to improve and create easily accessible opportunities for Maryland families to enjoy their communities,” said Governor O’Malley.

Garrett County will receive $45,023 to install fencing, a gravel walking path and a gravel parking area, and upgrade park roads and athletic field drainage at the Casselman Valley soccer field complex.

Wicomico County will receive $32,220 to replace athletic fencing that serves a four-field softball array at the 44-acre Henry Parker Athletic Complex. The new fencing will ensure player safety and keep fields in condition to support national, regional and local softball tournaments and games.

Wicomico County will receive $72,000 to reconstruct a double tennis court and replace landscaping at the 28-year-old Centennial Village Neighborhood Playground. Completion of this project will address safety concerns.

Wicomico County will receive $103,500 to reconstruct a double tennis court and replace a piece of play equipment at the 2.5-acre Crooked Oak Neighborhood Park. The new play equipment will be Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,207 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 362,944 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 41,903 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.

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