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November 20, 2013

Recreation Areas in Calvert, Washington and Worcester Counties to See Enhancements

by Martha
A Disc Golf Course similar to the one located at John Walter Smith Park

Disc Golf Course

Recreational areas in Calvert, Washington and Worcester counties will soon receive funding for upgrades through Program Open Space. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at today’s meeting in Annapolis.

“Whether you enjoy a leisurely stroll through the woods, playing a game of basketball or an open air picnic, Program Open Space funded areas provide a variety of places, just minutes away, to enjoy and explore the great outdoors,” said Governor O’Malley.

Calvert County will receive $180,750 to install a new, energy-efficient lighting system at the multi-purpose fields at Solomon’s Town Center Park to allow for evening use.

Washington County will receive $171,000 to resurface the running track and runway for the pole vault, long, high and triple jump pits, and add automatic irrigation, at South Hagerstown High School. The county will also receive $33,235 to resurface two tennis courts at Woodland Way Park and eight tennis courts at North Hagerstown High School.

Washington County’s town of Boonsboro will receive $73,500 to construct a 100-space parking lot to accommodate existing and proposed athletic fields at King Farm Park.

Worcester County will receive $2,096 to renovate the infield at the existing baseball/softball field and develop a nine-hole Frisbee disc golf course at John Walter Smith Park. Funds totaling $15,100 were previously approved by the Board of Public Works.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,295 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling more than $344 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve 365,199 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 44,158 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. 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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