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May 14, 2014

State Approves Recreation Enhancements in Carroll, Garrett, Howard, Talbot and Washington Counties

by kking
Young boy playing soccer

Photo By Tammy McCorkle

Maryland 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 Carroll, Garrett, Howard, Talbot and Washington counties. 

“By working together with our local partners to increase access to the outdoors and enhance play areas, we continue to invest in a smarter, greener future for our children,” said Governor O’Malley. “These opportunities provide our youth the chance to learn about and appreciate nature, inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards.”

Carroll County will receive $700,000 to continue development of a recreation area at Krimgold Park. Improvements and additions include five football/soccer fields with fencing, four softball/baseball fields, four picnic pavilions, 2.2 miles of walking trails, nature appreciation areas, as well as landscaping, and a paved entrance road and parking area.

Garrett County will receive $24,890 to install a walking track and picnic pavilion, and to refurbish the existing basketball court at Bloomington Community Park.   

Howard County will receive $206,040 to acquire nearly one additional acre for the existing 25-acre Kiwanis Wallas Park. 

Talbot County will receive $61,200 to purchase and install an 85- by 200- foot recreational flooring system at the Talbot Community Center.

Washington County will receive $100,800 to enhance the county-owned Black Rock Golf Course. Funding will be used to patch and overlay 12,715 linear feet of an existing 6-foot-wide cart path, and install 1,500 linear feet of underground electric service to allow use of on-course restrooms.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,343 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling nearly $356 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve 366,909 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 45,868 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. View a video showing the direct benefits of Program Open Space 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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