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BPW Approves Crownsville Park Project

Annapolis, Md. (June 1, 2011) – The Board of Public Works (BPW) today approved a recreational project in Anne Arundel County through local-side Program Open Space.

The county will receive $307,000 to acquire 9 additional acres for the existing 11-acre Crownsville Park. This property will provide a forested buffer to future park facilities and possible area for regenerative stormwater management. The master plan for Crownsville Park includes a playground, athletic fields and a restroom building to serve local youth sports programs. The property lies within the South River Greenway and will connect to the future South Shore Trail.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 976 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling more than $287 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007. Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for acquisition of 355,239 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 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.

   June 1, 2011

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