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State Approves Recreation Enhancements in Garrett, Somerset and Washington Counties

two young boys playing on monkey barsMaryland families will continue to benefit from Maryland’s signature Program Open Space with this week’s Board of Public Works’ approval of funding for recreational upgrades in Garrett, Somerset and Washington counties.

“Thanks to Program Open Space, Marylanders can take pride in the well-maintained parks and facilities found throughout their communities,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “These enhancement projects ensure that our friends, family, neighbors ─ all of us ─ have safe, high-quality recreational opportunities.”

In Garrett County, Loch Lynn Heights will receive $2,750 to install security cameras at the Loch Lynn Athletic Complex to monitor the park and deter vandalism.

Somerset County will receive $22,500 to replace the 52- by 80- foot gymnasium floor at the Westover Behavioral Health Center.

Washington County will receive $19,800 to expand the existing public address system at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center to provide announcement capabilities throughout the entire complex. The county will also receive $22,500 to replace deteriorated playground equipment at the following parks: Marty Snook, Regional, Clear Spring, Camp Harding, Pleasant Valley, and Chestnut Grove.

Under the leadership of Governor Martin O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved nearly $355 million for 1,338 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, through local-side Program Open Space since 2007. Today, most Marylanders live within 15 minutes of one of 6,100 recreational areas funded by the program since 1969. Over the past 45 years, the program has also funded acquisition of 366,879 acres of land for public use, nearly 12 percent of which have been have been protected under the O’Malley-Brown Administration. 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.