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Recreational Projects in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Frederick and Worcester Counties to See Enhancements

Annapolis, Md. (June 20, 2012) – Recreational Projects in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Frederick and Worcester 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.

“It is vital that all Marylanders are afforded ample, safe and easily accessible recreational opportunities,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “It is our right to be able to enjoy the natural splendor our beautiful State has to offer.”

Allegany County will receive:

  • $4,000 to install fencing at the Nevison Avenue Ballfield to block balls from leaving the field, protecting people and property.
  • $4,000 to install two pre-fabricated baseball dugouts at the 14-acre Flintstone Community Park. 
  • $28,800 for Frostburg Community Park for an equipment storage building, electrical system upgrades, ADA accessible improvements to the swimming pool to meet Federal regulations, and renovations to convert the existing tennis courts into two basketball courts.
  • $11,988 to install a retaining wall, fencing, electrical outlets and a drainage field at the 3-acre Mount Savage Community Park. 

Anne Arundel County will receive:

  • $26,000 for renovations at Davis Park to prevent polluted stormwater runoff. The current site is almost entirely covered with impervious surfaces that do not allow stormwater to soak into the ground. The renovation will remove a majority of the existing surface, add a decorative walk, sod, native plants and shrubs and additional planting areas to collect and filter rainwater and runoff. The existing park benches will be replaced with ones made from recycled plastic.
  • $56,000 to update the Turner Street Playground with native plants and a handicapped-accessible drinking fountain, play equipment and benches.

Frederick County will receive $1,032,861 to acquire a 35-acre area on the west side of the City of Frederick for the new Westside Regional Park. The total amount of eligible Program Open Space funding for this acquisition is $1,704,995. Future requests for funding may be made over several fiscal years as it becomes available. 

Worcester County will receive $13,500 to develop a walking path at the 4-acre Henry Park. This first phase of development will allow for design, engineering, bid preparation, and cost estimates for constructing the path.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,080 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling over $303 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve more than 357,609 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this area, 36,541 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 by 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.


   June 20, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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