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Board of Public Works Approves More Community Parks & Playgrounds Funding

Governor Hogan’s Budget Supports Outdoor Access Across Maryland

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The Board of Public Works today approved Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) request to fund a second group of Community Parks & Playgrounds Program for Fiscal Year 2023. The Board is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Dereck E. Davis, and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Overall, Governor Larry Hogan included $5 million to 39 local projects statewide, providing greater access to outdoor recreation for all Marylanders. The Board of Public Works has approved 18 projects in August, including four today, and previously approved 16 projects in July 2022. The Board will review the remaining funding items during the coming fiscal year.

Once the funding is released, DNR provides flexible grants to municipalities to rehabilitate, expand, or improve existing parks, create new parks, or purchase and install playground equipment. 

Approved today:

Caroline County
Hillsboro Community Park gardens

Cecil County
Neighborhood community center park

Harford County
Grasmere Pocket Park

Wicomico County
Pittsville Town Park playground

Approved earlier this month:

Allegany County
Armory Field LED retrofit

Anne Arundel County
Truxtun Park basketball court renovation

Caroline County
Fourth Street Park rehabilitation Phase II

Ober Park basketball court

Carroll County

Christmas Tree Park playground equipment

Linear Park natural play and outdoor learning area

Garrett County
Grantsville Community Park basketball and volleyball lighting systems upgrade

Kent County
Betterton Community Park

Prince George’s County
Glen Allen Park Playground

Colmar Manor
Lariscy Park – open air park

Mount Rainier
Frederick Richardson Memorial Park playground

Queen Anne’s County
Queen Anne
Roosevelt Park walking path

Washington County
Shafer Park path Phase IV and trail amenities

Worcester County
Pocomoke City
Cypress Park

The Board of Public Works will review each funding item during the coming fiscal year, before the funds are released.

To date, more than $85 million in grant funding has been approved for over 846 park and playground projects since the program’s inception. 

More information on the Community Parks & Playgrounds Program is available on the DNR website.