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Recreational Projects In Talbot And Washington Counties To See Enhancements

Annapolis, Md. (April 4, 2012) – Recreational projects in Talbot and Washington Counties will soon receive funding for necessary upgrades and additions through Program Open Space. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at today’s meeting in Annapolis.

“Our Administration is committed to connecting children to healthy outdoor activities that enrich their lives and inspire stewardship,” said Governor O’Malley. “Together with our local partners, Program Open Space allows us to establish and enhance local areas where kids can learn, play and grow.”

Talbot County will receive $25,045 to purchase four sets of portable basketball goals for spring and summer programs at the Talbot County Community Center. The portable goals will allow for storage during the winter, when the center serves as an ice rink.

The Washington County town of Williamsport will receive $7,200 to develop three handicapped parking spaces and a pathway that will allow for wheelchair access to the existing swimming pool at Byron Memorial Park.

Williamsport will also receive $3,375 to install new signage at the entrance of the 27-acre Byron Memorial Park, featuring a directory, a map of the community and a bulletin board for park and community events.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,067 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling nearly $302 million 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.

   April 4, 2012

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