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May 1, 2013

Recreational Projects in Harford, Prince George’s and Wicomico Counties to See Enhancements

by Martha

Recreational Projects in Harford, Prince George’s 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 today’s meeting in Annapolis.

“These Program Open Space-funded recreational areas provide Maryland families with safe, convenient places where they can enjoy all of the excitement waiting for them outdoors,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “It is important that our children are given the chance to connect with their natural world so that they may gain an appreciation and respect that will lead them in making smarter, greener choices for the future of our State.”

Harford County will receive $250,000 to develop a recreation area ─ to include a multi-purpose athletic field, parking lot, gazebo and storage/restroom building ─ in the 11-acre Darlington Community Park. The project’s total estimated cost is $1,210,000, of which $907,500 will be eligible for reimbursement by Program Open Space. Requests for additional Program Open Space funding will be presented to the Board of Public Works as funds become available to the county.

Prince George’s town of Cheverly will receive $83,339 in additional reimbursement funding for phase two, design and construction, of a stage facility at Cheverly Town Park. Funds totaling $9,884 were previously approved by the Board of Public Works on the Secretary’s Agenda in 2010.

Wicomico County will receive $10,000 to replace the deteriorating horse stable roof at the Winter Place Park Equestrian Center, and  $115,000 to replace a deteriorating bulkhead and catwalks at the Nanticoke Harbor public marina, to ensure the facilities are secure and safe.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,211 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling more than $331 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve 362,984 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 41,943 acres more than 10 percent ─ have been preserved within the past 6 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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