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Governor O’Malley Announces Preservation Of 20 Acres In Kent County
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Today, Governor Martin O’Malley announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of Program Open Space (POS) funds to expand a local park near Galena.
Kent County will acquire 20 acres adjacent to an existing 17.5-acre park, at a cost of $606,485 funded by combination of both state-side and local-side POS funds. The property will provide much needed active recreational space as well as additional water access to Mill Creek for residents and visitors enjoying the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway. Preservation of the property reinforces a greenbelt around the northern edge of the town of Galena, one of the County’s major growth areas.
“We have so many projects in Maryland, and a lot of communities may not think they are touched by the State, “said Treasurer Nancy Kopp. “I hope that citizens realize the significant support that the State regularly provides for these local park and recreation projects through Program Open Space.”
In total the BPW approved funding for 14 local park and recreation areas and preservation of 406 acres of agricultural and forest land in 10 Counties today.
Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for acquisition of nearly 322,000 acres for open space and recreation areas. Most Maryland residents live within 15 minutes of an open space or recreational area funded by this program.
Chaired by Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works is also comprised of Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp. The Board is authorized by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.
November 1, 20077
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Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 449,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov