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Governor O’Malley Announces BPW Approval Of Program Open Space Projects In Anne Arundel And Queen Anne’s Counties

Annapolis, Md. (July 7, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works approval of projects in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s Counties through Program Open Space.

“Working together with local governments on projects such as these, we are helping to improve water quality, wildlife habitat, and outdoor opportunities for young people,” said Governor O’Malley.

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

Anne Arundel County will receive $94,000 to acquire 2.8 acres to be part of the planned South River Greenway. The property has been identified as an important migratory bird area by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is mostly wooded with steep slopes and floodplain areas along Bacon Ridge Branch, the headwaters of the South River. The County currently owns 368 acres and is pursuing 10 additional parcels totaling 1,117 acres.

"I extend my appreciation to the Board of Public Works for approving a Program Open Space grant to acquire this important parcel within the South River Greenway,” said Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold. “The County's partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and local preservationists, to protect the Greenway, will have long term impacts on the health of the South River and the Chesapeake Bay."

Queen Anne’s County will receive $67,739 to construct four baseball diamonds with associated fencing, dugouts, and bleachers at the 318 acre White Marsh regional park just outside Centreville.

“We appreciate the continuous support from Program Open Space in funding the much needed baseball fields in the county,” said Queen Anne’s County Commission President Gene Ransom. “In these tough economic times it is especially important to provide families with affordable recreational opportunities.”

Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW preserved more than 28,547 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 349,273 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.


   July 7, 2010

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

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