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Governor O'Malley Announces BPW Approval Of Recreational Projects In 10 Counties

Annapolis, Md. (October 7, 2009) — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works approval of land acquisition and recreational projects in Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Worcester Counties through Program Open Space.

“These projects are important for Maryland children and their families,” said Governor O’Malley. “They give parents and their children places to connect with nature and enjoy the great outdoors.”

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

  • Caroline County will receive $75,000 to renovate the Ridgley Railroad station to provide restrooms and create a community center in the railroad station

  • Cecil County will receive:
    • $2,000 to install two spring riders and a bike rack at the Youth Park in the older section of Perryville
    • $142,000 to transform a 10 acre site, previously used by the State Highway Administration as storage of blacktop millings, into a community dog park, walking trail and horse shoe activity area called Daydream Park
    • $20,000 to install handicapped accessible play equipment at Meadow Park in Elkton
    • $29,000 to install two children’s rock walls to supplement the existing play equipment at Meadow Park in Elkton

  • Charles County will receive:
    • $50,000 for additional playground equipment at Caroline drive and Patuxent Court Parks
    • $24,000 to install playground borders around play areas in five of La Plata's town parks to contain the wood carpet safety mulch under the playground equipment
    • $40,000 to resurface La Plata’s two tennis courts, one located in Wills Park, the other located in Silver Linden Park

  • Dorchester County will receive $162,000 to construct a riverfront boardwalk, trails, gazebo, and elevated overlook at Vienna Waterfront Park

  • Frederick County will receive $142,000 to build restrooms with an attached concession area at Eyler Park

  • Harford County will receive $90,000 to repair and resurface four 25 year old tennis courts at Fallston High School

  • Kent County will receive $144,000 to construct a park entrance road, small parking lot and trail system at Chestertown Community Park

  • Montgomery County will receive:
    • $153,000 to develop an ADA compliant playground at Rockville Civic Center Park
    • $112,000 to replace an existing playground with an ADA compliant playground in Rockville Senior Center Park, which will include structures for 5-12 year olds and fitness equipment for all ages
    • $76,000 to replace existing playground equipment with ADA compliant equipment at Woottons Mill Park

  • Prince George’s County will receive:
    • $80,000 to replace a pavilion with a more durable weather resistant structure at Goodwin Park
    • $22,000 to replace existing playground with custom ADA accessible playground at Greenwood Village Playground
    • $191,137 to replace concrete and white coating on the outdoor pools and install new fencing at Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center

  • Worcester County will receive $75,000 to develop restrooms and a concession stand on the back of the Cypress Park Bandstand stage.

Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW preserved more than 24,345.12 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 345,073.33 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.

   October 7, 2009

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

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