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Recreational Projects In Carroll And Howard County To See Enhancements

Annapolis, Md. (March 7, 2012) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that recreational projects in Howard and Carroll Counties will soon receive funding for necessary upgrades and additions. This is made possible thanks to the Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of Program Open Space proposals.

“It is essential that we have safe, accessible outdoor spaces available for our citizens to enjoy,” said Governor O’Malley. “By establishing and maintaining these recreational opportunities, we help children lead a healthy lifestyle and gain a respect for their natural world.”

Today the Board of Public Works approved the following local-side Program Open Space projects:

Howard County will receive $60,000 to update the County’s Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan as mandated by State law. The revised plan will present a fresh set of goals and objectives for acquiring and developing parkland, and preserving and protecting agricultural and natural resources.

The Carroll County town of Sykesville, will receive $3,740 to develop a foot path (6-foot wide by 1,200 long) that will connect the already existing pathway on the west side of the Piney Run in Warfield Commerce to Cultural Center Park. Grass areas on either side of the trail will filter stormwater that runs off of the path. Funds totaling $26,248 were previously approved by the BPW on October 21, 2009.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the BPW has approved funding for 1,062 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling over $301,256,738 through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve more than 357,350 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 36,281 acres - more than 10 percent - have been preserved within the past 5 years, under the O’Malley-Brown Administration. Most Maryland residents live within 15 minutes of an open space or recreational area funded Program Open Space. A video showing the direct benefits of Program Open Space can be viewed 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.

   March 7, 2012

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