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Recreation Areas in Montgomery and Washington Counties to See Enhancements

New, brightly colored playgroundRecreation areas in Montgomery 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. 

“Program Open Space works to not only ensure parks and recreational facilities are available across Maryland, but once established, remain places of which our State can be proud,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “We are constantly working to make certain these areas that are safe, clean, beautiful, and overall, contribute to an enhanced quality of life for our citizens.”

Montgomery County will receive $153,000 to develop the 25-acre Greenbriar Local Park with nature appreciation and outdoor play opportunities.

Planned facilities and improvements include: a regulation soccer/football field with an adjacent terrace for spectators; a basketball/multi-use court; a grass volleyball court; playgrounds for tots and school-aged children; a loop path with benches and connectors; a central entrance focal-point area; picnic tables; a gazebo overlook with interpretive features; parking areas; portable toilets; and a stormwater management facility and landscaping. Funds totaling $2.87 million were previously approved by the Board of Public Works.

Washington County’s city Hagerstown will receive $22,500 to install additional spectator seating in front of the Band Shell stage at City Park.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,324 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling more than $354 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve 365,840 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 44,799 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.