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Governor O'Malley Announces BPW Approval Of Land Acquisition And Recreational Projects In Baltimore City And 10 Counties

Annapolis, MD — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works approval of land acquisition and recreational projects in Baltimore City and Allegany, Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties through Program Open Space.

“I am heartened by the fact that this dedicated fund source enables us to continue providing recreational opportunities close to home for Maryland’s working families,” said Governor O’Malley.
Today the Board of Public Works approved the following local-side Program Open Space projects:

  • Allegany County will receive $20,000 to design and install field lighting for Al Abrams Little League Baseball Field in Cumberland.

  • Baltimore City will receive:
    • $140,000 to renovate an existing park playground with safe equipment, new benches, picnic tables, trees and fences at Burdick Park in Northeast Baltimore,

    • $230,000 to resurface an existing basketball court at Cloverdale Basketball Courts in Druid Hill Park and build a second double court with lights to meet the demand for basketball programming,

    • $130,000 to install safer playground structures and new benches, picnic tables, trees and fences at Easterwood Park in West Baltimore, and

    • $110,000 to install safer playground structures and new benches, picnic tables, trees and fences at Windsor Hills Park.

  • Baltimore County will receive $1.28 million to acquire 6.14 acre Smith Property at the southeast terminus of Ashmere Road in the Owings Mills community, for the development of a community park.

  • Caroline County will receive:
    • $81,000 to renovate three tennis courts, two for tennis and one as a skate park, at Chambers Park in Federalsburg, and

    • $158,000 to develop a new playground for 2 to 5 and 5 to 12 year olds, build a new picnic pavilion, and install additional picnic tables and grills at Goldsboro Playground in the town of Goldsboro.

  • Carroll County will receive:
    • $78,600 to develop and renovate the kitchen at the Hashawha Environmental Center by enlarging and enclosing the walk-in freezer and increasing the amount of storage space for kitchen operation to meet increasing demand, and

    • $120,000 to develop a playground at Taneytown Memorial Park consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the American with Disabilities Act to serve the 2 to 5 year old and 6 to 12 year old population.

  • Cecil County will receive:
    • $155,600 to replace dangerous and old playground equipment with new play structures and a cushioned playground surface, as well as renovating an existing log cabin used by the Boy Scouts of America and rehabilitating more than 300 feet of stream bank within Rising Sun Veterans Memorial Park,

    • $118,000 to install handicapped-accessible playground equipment and appropriate safety surfacing, fencing, benches and trash receptacles at Trinity Woods Playground in Charlestown, and

    • $42,807 to continue work on the northern section of the 32-acre Conowingo Park including construction of a stone parking lot, athletic fields and tennis courts as well as bringing the park entrance into compliance with SHA requirements.

  • Frederick County will receive;
    • $30,657 to replace 20-year-old, hazardous playground equipment at Woodsboro Regional Park,

    • $87,000 to acquire 7 parcels of land, totaling 1.22 acres, for the future construction of a walking/biking trail from Linden Boulevard to the Middletown Primary School and Recreation Center, as well as permanently protecting vegetative buffers along a portion of Cone Branch Creek,

    • $28,000 to replace hazardous playground equipment with a rock climber at Carrollton Park in Frederick,

    • $20,000 to purchase and install tot lot playground equipment and a wood fiber safety surface for Canada Hill Tot Lot in Myersville,

    • $27,000 to replace hazardous playground equipment with a rock climber at Amber Meadows Park in Frederick,

    • $54,000 to install additional playground equipment and safety surfacing at Wenner Park, City Pool Park, City Park, Kim Weddle Park and Second Avenue Park in Brunswick,

    • $37,000 to rehabilitate the 480 sq. foot “Little Red Barn” building as a information center and public restroom facility for Harry Pfiefer Park in Burkitsville,

    • $45,000 to replace hazardous playground equipment at Lions Merryland Park in the village of Rosemont,

    • $41,000 to develop 6 foot wide, 3,700 foot circular gravel path with a footbridge and gazebo at the Community Park in the town of Emmittsburg, and

    • $129,000 to replace playground equipment and develop Civil War signage, ADA fishing pond access and an ADA compliant composting waterless toilet at Woodsboro Regional Park.

  • Harford County will receive $129,000 to continue development of a town park/plaza adjacent to the Bel Air Reckord Armory, providing much needed public green space for the Town’s Main Street and an area for community events and gatherings.

  • Kent County will receive $126,000 to install a tot lot play structure for children and a sitting area for adults at Betteron Art Park.

  • Queen Anne’s County will receive $221,000 to install new playground equipment, benches and bike rack, as well as lighting and pavers for the park entrance, at Centreville Mill Stream Park.

  • Talbot County will receive $69,000 to install two play areas for two different age groups and a family picnic area at Waylands Park in Easton.

Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW preserved more than 23,933.60 acres of natural areas for public recreation and watershed and wildlife protection across Maryland. Since 1969, Program Open Space, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has provided funding for acquisition of 344,976.67 acres for open space and recreation areas. Most Maryland residents live within 15 minutes of an open space or recreational area funded Program Open Space.

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.

   August 26, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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