Recreation Areas throughout Maryland to See Enhancements
Recreational areas in Calvert, Frederick, Prince George’s and Washington 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.
“Although it may seem like a distant vision, we will soon see the winter weather slowly fade, and give way to warmer temperatures and the increased opportunity for outdoor recreation,” said Governor O’Malley. “Before long, these park and swimming pool projects will be providing Marylanders and their families with outdoor fun, exercise and relief from the summer heat.”
Calvert County will receive $49,392 to further fund the development of Hallowing Point Park to include an additional baseball field parking lot, restrooms, several picnic shelters and a new ADA-accessible playground area to replace the existing 20-year-old playground. Funds totaling $371,687 were previously approved by the Board of Public Works.
Frederick County’s town of Middletown will receive $7,555 to purchase and install a 30- by 44-foot pavilion at the 90-acre Remsburg Park.
Prince George’s County’s city of Greenbelt will receive $270,000 to upgrade the HVAC system at the Greenbelt Community Center with system air handling and duct work, new fan coil units, and other improvements that increase energy efficiency and effectiveness.
Washington County’s city of Hagerstown will receive $13,500 to install additional shade canopies for the sitting areas around Potterfield Pool, and $49,500 to install play spray features in the pool’s toddler/young child wading area.
The city of Hagerstown will also see enhancements at a various parks. The city will receive $22,500 to install various pieces of outdoor exercise equipment adjacent to the walking trail at Fairgrounds Park; $10,800 to install a 14- by 14-foot gazebo at Pangborn Park; $22,500 to install a 20- by 30-foot pavilion at City Park; and $22,500 to install a 20- by 30-foot pavilion at Kiwanis Park.
Washington County’s town of Smithsburg will receive $40,500 to improve the playground area at Lions Community Park to include wood fiber safety surfacing, playground safety borders with ADA access ramps, and upgraded swings for improved safety.
Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,323 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 365,669 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 44,628 acres ─ nearly 12 percent ─ has been preserved within the past seven 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.