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October 2, 2013

Recreational Projects in Allegany, Charles, Frederick and Prince George’s Counties to See Enhancements

by Martha
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Photo by Tammy McCorkle

Recreational Projects in Allegany, Charles, Frederick and Prince George’s counties will soon receive funding for upgrades through Program Open Space. The Board of Public Works approved the projects at today’s meeting in Annapolis.

“Maintaining and improving our State’s recreational facilities is an important function of Program Open Space,” said Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joseph Gill. “We continue to evaluate these sites and make the necessary enhancements to ensure Marylanders have safe, sound play areas and natural spaces to enjoy.”

Allegany County will receive $52,171 to resurface, repaint lines and install new nets at four tennis courts LaVale District Park.

Charles County will receive $93,000 to install an energy-efficient lighting system at field number two at Laurel Springs Park.

Frederick County’s town of Walkersville will receive $22,315 to install new roofs on three pavilions in Walkersville Community Park and one pavilion in Creamery Park. They will include new plywood and tin shingles, which are easier to maintain and last longer. The park will also receive $13,500 to resurface and repaint lines on the existing basketball court, and $3,600 to construct a sand volleyball court.

Frederick County’s town of Emmitsburg will receive $20,599 to improve Emmitsburg Community Park with new chain link fencing, bleachers, playground safety surfacing, lighting for the existing bathroom and pavilion, and a water line for field maintenance.

Prince George’s County’s city of Greenbelt will receive $52,500 to replace the floor and renovate the wood bleachers at the Greenbelt Youth Center Gymnasium.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,280 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling more than $341 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve 365,136 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 44,096 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 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. 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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