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BPW Approves Frederick County Park Project

Annapolis, Md.(June 15, 2011) – The Board of Public Works (BPW) today approved the purchase of about 5 acres of land adjacent to the existing 127-acre Ballenger Creek Park in Frederick County through local-side Program Open Space .

The county will receive $342,212 for the acquisition, which will resolve park access issues and is consistent with the County’s Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan. 

Under the leadership of Governor Martin O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 977 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling nearly $288 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007. Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for acquisition of 355,281 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.

A video showing the direct benefits of Program Open Space can be viewed here.

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 15, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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