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

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works approval of recreational projects in Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Prince George’s and Washington Counties through Program Open Space and the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program.

"We are heartened to be able to work to create new recreational opportunities, as well as take the necessary steps to renovate existing areas to keep our children and families safe,” said Governor O’Malley.

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

  • Caroline County will receive $18,000 to improve the existing playground equipment, safety surfacing and shade facilities at Denton Elementary School Park.
  • Carroll County
    • Westminster will receive $50,000 to upgrade four of the city’s parks: Dutterer Family Park, City Park, King Park and Whispering Meadows Park. Play equipment and access points will be upgraded at these parks to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
  • Cecil County
    • Elkton will receive $11,000 to install a 12-inch high safety surface border around existing playground equipment at Meadow Park. The installation of the playground border will allow for proper drainage and help contain the engineered wood fiber surfacing during inclement weather.
  • Prince George’s County,
    • Laurel will receive $100,000 to replace aging and unsafe playground equipment at Roland B. Sweitzer Community Park Playground with an age appropriate structure that meets current ADA requirements and National Playground Safety Standards (NPSS).
    • Laurel will receive $58,000 to extend the walking/jogging path, clear downed trees, and place passive park amenities on 2 undeveloped acres at the 36 acre Riverfront Park.
  • Washington County:
    • Hancock will receive $43,000 to replace outdated hazardous playground equipment in Widmeyer Park with handicapped-accessible equipment that is consistent with the NPSS.
    • Hagerstown will receive $35,000 to replace 20-year-old hazardous playground equipment in Funkhouser Park with barrier free equipment consistent with NPSSand the ADA.
    • Hagerstown will receive $35,000 to replace 20-year-old hazardous playground equipment in Hager Park with barrier free equipment consistent with NPSS and the ADA.

Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW preserved more than 25,389 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 346,117 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.

   November 4, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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