Governor O’Malley Announces BPW Approval Of Local Recreational Projects In Three Counties
932 Projects Funded Since 2007
Annapolis, Md. (October 20, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of recreational projects in Garrett, Montgomery and Washington Counties through Program Open Space and the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program. These projects bring the total number of local recreational projects funded by the O’Malley-Brown Administration since 2007 to 932, about 16 percent of the 5,800 projects funded since the program’s inception in 1969.
"Together with our local partners we celebrate today a landmark of supporting more than 930 individual projects since 2007,” said Governor O’Malley. “From tot lots and playgrounds to ball fields and basketball courts, we have improved and created significant new opportunities for our children and families to enjoy their communities – and our natural world – safely. It is remarkable to note that every Marylander – all 6 million of us – lives within 15 minutes of a local Program Open Space funded recreational facility.”
Among the advantageous projects that have benefited from Program Open Space funding is the YMCA at Stadium Place in Baltimore, which includes a playground and baseball field.
“Program Open Space is critical to an organization like the Y because so much of what we do is about keeping people active,” said John Hoey, President & CEO of Y of Central Maryland. “Two years ago, this playground was burned down in an act of arson and Program Open Space money helped us. For the community to have this beautiful playground and this beautiful ball field — that is better than anything I played on as a kid and as good as anything major leaguers use — is really exceptional.”
Today the Board of Public Works approved the following local-side Program Open Space and Community Parks and Playgrounds projects:
Garrett County will receive $10,000 to determine the general alignment and design of proposed county trails that would connect to the Great Allegany Highlands Trail (The Great Allegheny Passage). Program Open Space funds will be utilized along with other sources to prepare easements, maps and construction documents. This project also includes a bridge design study for a proposed bridge across the Youghiogheny River near Friendsville. The design of the trail will incorporate existing county trails and identify the best connection with the popular trail that connects Washington D.C. with Pittsburgh.
Montgomery County – Poolesville will receive $60,000 to construct a playground for young children to provide open space and park facilities adequate to serve the needs of the town’s residents.
Washington County will receive:
- $240,000 to repair the dam at Devil’s Backbone Park that was built in the mid to late 1800s and is the centerpiece of the park. Due to the dam’s age and recent State inspections, it has been determined that the dam is a safety hazard. Funds totaling $180,000 were previously approved by the BPW on the Secretary’s Agenda.
- $95,961 to resurface the existing running track and runway approach facilities for the long jump, high jump, pole vault, and triple jump pits at Williamsport High School. Funds totaling $46,900 were previously approved by the BPW on the Secretary’s Agenda.
Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 932 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling over $281,330,656 through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.
Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW preserved more than 31,002 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 351,728 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 composed 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 20, 2010||
Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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