News from the DNR Office of Communications

Governor O'Malley Announces BPW Approval Of Land Acquisition And Recreational Projects In Anne Arundel County

Annapolis, MD (March 24, 2010) — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works approval of land acquisition and recreational projects in Anne Arundel County through Program Open Space.

“Along with enhancing recreational opportunities within Anne Arundel County, local-side funding also works to protect precious natural resources, such as the South River,” said Governor O’Malley.

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

Anne Arundel County will receive:

  • $9,475 to complete the artificial playing surface design and installation at Meade High School.
  • $102,500 to acquire 5.7 acres to protect the South River and expand the existing South River Greenway.
  • $120,000 to acquire 6.6 acres to protect the South River and expand the existing South River Greenway.

The South River Greenway will provide for an extensive trail system for hiking, wildlife observation, and outdoor recreation programs conducted by the Department of Recreation and Parks and the South River Federation.

Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW have preserved more than 27,000 acres of natural areas for public recreation as well as watershed and wildlife protection across Maryland. Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for acquisition of 347,730 acres for open space and recreation areas. Most Maryland residents live within 15 minutes of an open space or recreational area funded by 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.

   March 24, 2010

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

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 467,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries, and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic, and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at