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August 21, 2013

Recreational Projects throughout Maryland to See Enhancements

by Martha

Recreational projects in Allegany, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Prince George’s, Somerset and Worcester counties will soon receive funding for 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 establishes and revives parks, facilities and natural spaces used by Marylanders and their families statewide,” said Governor O’Malley. “In fact, all Marylanders are within 15 minutes of a recreation area funded by this initiative. An area where our children can learn, play and grow safely.”

Allegany County

Cumberland will receive $62,000 to install picnic tables, trash receptacles, benches, signage and a transportation-themed playground for children ages 5-12 at Canal Place. The new play equipment and tables will be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-accessible. Native trees will be planted to reduce polluted runoff and provide additional shade.

Caroline County

Federalsburg will receive $25,000 to replace outdated playground equipment with new ADA-accessible equipment at Church Park, located along the northern part of the Marshyhope Creek Greenway Trail.

Hillsboro will receive $50,000 to install new benches, picnic tables, trash receptacles and recreation shelters along the existing walking trail at Hillsboro Town Park.

Cecil County

Charlestown will receive $78,000 to remove, repave and repaint existing basketball and tennis courts at the Charlestown Athletic Complex.

Dorchester County

East New Market will receive $55,000 to develop the new 12.6-acre Friendship Park starting with a children’s play space and dog park.

Great Marsh Park will receive $202,000 to create eight play areas with safety surfacing along the existing half-mile jogging/walking path.

Frederick County

Emmitsburg will receive $13,000 to install two ADA-accessible chair lifts into the Emmitsburg Community Park pool.

Myersville will receive $60,000 to construct a parking lot to provide access to soccer fields on the west side of Doub’s Meadow Park.

Middletown will receive $11,250 to resurface and re-mark the existing basketball court at Wiles Branch Park.

Garrett County

The county will receive $8,000 to install additional playground equipment and construct a new pavilion at the Avilton Community Association Public Playground. The improvements will provide the citizens of Garrett County with more recreational opportunities. Funds totaling $22,000 were previously approved this year by the Board of Public Works on the Secretary’s Agenda.

Friendsville will receive $9,000 to develop a regulation-sized sandlot volleyball court at the 18-acre Friendsville Community Park.

Prince George’s County

Greenbelt will receive $82,000 to renovate the existing playground facilities at Greenspring Park to comply with the ADA and national safety standards.

Somerset County

Princess Anne will receive $168,000 for new playground equipment, a picnic pavilion and other upgrades including landscaping to filter stormwater at Manokin River Park.

Worcester County

Berlin will receive $66,000 to replace the three old basketball courts, and to add energy-efficient lighting, spectator stands and goals at Henry Park. The courts are more than 20 years old and in poor condition despite extensive repairs in recent years. The upgrades will make the courts safer and the added amenities will accommodate more people and provide a better experience.

Ocean City will receive $30,000 to construct a shade shelter in the northeastern corner of the skate park to provide guests refuge from the sun, heat and severe weather. The area will also serve as a watering station and platform for judges during competitions.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,252 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling more than $339 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve 364,511 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 43,506 acres ─ nearly 12 percent ─ has been preserved within the past 6.5 years under the O’Malley-Brown Administration. Most Maryland residents live within 15 minutes of an open space or recreational area funded by the program. 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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