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Recreation Areas in Baltimore and Montgomery Counties to See Enhancements

biking newRecreational areas in Baltimore and Montgomery counties will soon receive funding for upgrades through Program Open Space. Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at Wednesday’s meeting in Annapolis.

“Thanks to Program Open Space, Marylanders can enjoy and take pride in the well-maintained outdoor spaces found throughout their communities,” Lt. Governor Brown. “These enhancement projects help ensure that area residents have safe, top-notch recreation options.”

Baltimore County will receive $184,500 to improve the 16-acre St. Helena Park. The funding will be used to design and create a fenced dog park, and renovate the comfort station and sidewalks.

Montgomery County will receive $1.32 million to acquire nearly 15 acres to expand the Little Bennett Regional Park. The parcel contains abundant natural resources and wildlife habitat that will enhance visitor experience. The addition will support the future Clarksburg Greenway Trail, a paved hiker/biker path that will connect the area’s rapidly-emerging residential communities.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,297 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling more than $346 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve 365,222 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 44,181 acres nearly 12 percent ─ has been preserved within the past 7 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.