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Governor O’Malley Announces BPW Approval of Funding for Recreational Projects in Harford County
New Youth Baseball, Lacrosse, and Soccer Fields Among Projects Approved
ANNAPOLIS, MD — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works approval of funding through local Program Open Space for four projects in Harford County to enhance recreational opportunities for Maryland’s working families in Forest Hill, Bel Air and Edgewood.
“Through these important grants, we are ensuring that families in some of the fastest growing communities in our state have the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors close to home,” Governor O’Malley said.
Harford County will receive more than $1.2 million in grants, including $597,000 to acquire an additional 3.8 acres for youth sports at Friends Park in Forest Hill; $250,000 to develop a soccer field, lacrosse field and baseball diamond at Prospect Mill Park in Bel Air; $200,000 to develop a new community park on a former military housing site in Edgewood; and $200,000 to add a rain garden and other greenery to the town commons at Reckord Armory Park in Bel Air.
The Friends Park acquisition expands a focal point for recreation in the Forest Hill community and the northern terminus of the scenic Ma and Pa Heritage Trail, which follows the old Ma and Pa Railroad that connected rural Baltimore and Harford counties with Baltimore City.
Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW preserved more than 6,651 acres of natural areas for public recreation and watershed and wildlife protection across Maryland. Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the preservation of more than 324,125 acres across the state. The money comes from a percentage of the real estate transfer tax and is used for local and state parks throughout Maryland. Most Maryland residents live within 15 minutes of an open space or recreational area funded through Program Open Space.
The three-member Board of Public Works, chaired by Governor O’Malley, is comprised of 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.
September 11, 2008
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