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December 19, 2013

Recreation Areas in Allegany and Dorchester Counties, and Baltimore City to See Enhancements

by Martha

Playground Program Open SpaceRecreational areas in Allegany and Dorchester counties, and Baltimore City, will soon receive funding for upgrades through Program Open Space. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at yesterday’s meeting in Annapolis. 

“By upgrading parks and sports facilities within these communities, we are ensuring our children have safe, easily accessible places to enjoy after-school activities, play with their friends, and grow to be healthy, well-rounded individuals,” said Governor O’Malley. “Thanks to efforts like Program Open Space, Marylanders are just 15 minutes away from any recreational area around our State.”

Allegany County’s city of Frostburg will receive $18,000 to replace the little league concession stand at Frostburg Community Park with a new, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant concession/restroom facility, and repaint lines on the existing basketball courts.

Dorchester County will receive $148,500 to replace playground equipment and safety surfacing, designed for ages 5-12, at Sailwinds Park East with new, ADA and National Program for Playground Safety compliant equipment. The town of East New Market will receive $90,000 to install a park pavilion, playground, and safety surfacing consistent with ADA and National Program for Playground Safety standards at Friendship Park.

Baltimore City will receive:

  • $410,000 to renovate and expand the athletic fields and basketball court at Riverside Park with fencing, walkways with energy-efficient safety lighting, a storage shed, landscaping, and site furnishings. 
  • $750,000 to upgrade two baseball fields and one football field with artificial turf, fencing and high efficient/low spill-over lighting at Carroll Park. The funding will also be used to improve walkways, park seating and landscaping.
  • $1.05 million to upgrade the C.C. Jackson swimming pool facility to meet usage patterns, building codes and ADA standards. The funding will be used to upgrade gutter systems, decking, pumps, restrooms and a parking lot.
  • $345,958 to renovate Druid Hill Park’s pool area including decking, pool curbs and a new bathhouse. The funding will be used to install a new spray pad, concessions and site furnishings. These improvements will make the pool ADA-compliant.
  • $80,000 to acquire seven parcels, totaling 0.72 acres, to protect the Stoney Run Path right of ways. The proposed path will improve the safety and accessibility of the continuous three-mile walking path that runs along the Stony Run stream. Approximately $520,000 will also go to construct path crossings at major streets and across the stream to increase safety and accessibility along Stony Run Path. In addition, to construct new path segments and structural stabilization of eroded areas along the three-mile path.
  • $500,000 to renovate the tennis courts in Clifton Park and basketball courts in Wegworth Park.  Renovations include resurfacing, fencing, lighting, landscaping and ADA-accessibility.
  • $400,000 to develop a baseball field at the St. Agnes Hospital site where Babe Ruth once played, in partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. Construction will include a baseball field with a synthetic playing surface, fencing, walkways and seating.
  • $1 million to redevelop the historic former Superintendent’s House and grounds at Druid Hill Park in cooperation with the Parks and People Foundation. Funds will also be used to design and construct the new 10,050-square-foot, Platinum Level LEED-certified green building adjacent to the historic house.          
  • $1 million to provide maintenance and general operations for the Baltimore City Park System, consisting of more than 5,700 acres in 400 properties. Projects in the budget year include playgrounds, athletic fields, park lighting, general park maintenance, and capital planning staff.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,310 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling more than $353 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve 365,419 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 44,378 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.

 

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors.  DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 18,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland’s forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually.  DNR is the lead agency in Maryland’s effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state’s number one environmental priority.  Learn more at www.DNR.Maryland.gov.

 

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