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Governor O'Malley Announces BPW Approval Of Program Open Space And Community Parks And Playgrounds Recreational Projects In Five Counties

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 16, 2009) — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of recreational projects in Allegany, Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Worcester Counties through Program Open Space.

"We continue to take the necessary steps to improve our recreational areas, to make them safe and enjoyable for all Marylanders’ children and families,” said Governor O’Malley.

The Board of Public Works approved the following local-side Program Open Space and Community Parks and Playgrounds projects:

    Allegany County - Midland will receive $49,500 to construct a pre-engineered, structural insulated panel building at Midland Baker Park to house maintenance equipment and chemicals.

    Frederick County - Thurmont will receive

  • $98,820 to upgrade the 20-acre Thurmont Park with playground equipment, a safety playing surface with borders, a backstop for the softball field, fencing and minor road paving.
  • $5,030 to install playground equipment, a safety playing surface with borders and a bench at the 2-acre Carroll Street Park.

  • Montgomery County

  • The county will receive $585,932 to acquire 5 acres of a 21-acre parcel of unimproved land in western Montgomery County as part of South Germantown Recreational Park. This is the third installment of four in the acquisition of the 21-acre Barmakian property. South Germantown Recreational Park is a 739 acre, intensively used park that is improved with soccer fields, an indoor soccer arena, baseball fields, playground areas, picnic areas, a miniature golf course, archery and golf driving ranges, tennis and basketball courts, a splash pool, an indoor aquatic center, an agricultural museum, a lake for model boating, and parking.
  • Takoma Park will receive $106,500 to renovate Jackson Boyd Park with new playground equipment, site amenities, a pavilion, and additional site work and landscaping.

  • Prince George's County

  • The county will receive $292,100 to acquire a 13,998 square-foot lot located on the historic block surrounding the Riversdale Historic Site. This national historic landmark is often referred to as the Calvert Mansion because it was owned by George Calvert, a member of Maryland’s founding family. Riversdale offers a glimpse into the early 19th century life of both the owners of the estate and the servants and slaves who worked there. Acquisition of this site is one step toward consolidation of all property within the block surrounding the historic mansion.
  • College Park will receive $448,034 to renovate Duvall Field based on a concept plan developed for the City and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission with community input. Renovations include improvements to field drainage, field lighting, fencing, restroom facilities, bleachers and backstops. Funds will also be used to relocate the existing playground and parking areas, improve pedestrian and vehicular circulation, and provide a perimeter-walking trail with fitness stations. The proposed outdoor recreational lighting system is designed to perform its intended function, be energy efficient, and minimize light pollution. The existing storm water management procedures will remain, but this project will provide a 20 percent reduction in impervious surface area by using pervious concrete in the parking lot and pervious asphalt for a portion of the path.

  • Worcester County - Berlin will receive $10,040 to remove old playground equipment and replace it with a modern play structure at Stephen Decatur Park and to install a safety playing surface with requisite curbing and site preparation. $165,600 was previously approved by the Board of Public Works on the Secretary’s Agenda for this project.

Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW preserved more than 25,701 acres of natural areas for public recreation and watershed and wildlife protection across Maryland. Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for acquisition of 346,430 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.

   December 16, 2009

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

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