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Governor O’Malley Announces BPW Approval of Local Recreational Projects in Four Counties

Annapolis, Md. (July 27, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of recreational projects in Garrett, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s and Howard Counties through local-side Program Open Space and the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program.

“Program Open Space allows us to provide fun and safe recreational opportunities for all Marylanders and their families to enjoy,” said Governor O’Malley. “It remains a high priority not only to create these areas, but to improve already existing facilities for future generations to enjoy.”

Howard County will receive an additional $220,000 for the design and construction of the Robinson Nature Center, the County’s first public nature center. The 20,000-square-foot state of the art educational facility will house a planetarium, several classrooms, a laboratory, discovery room, and an auditorium.

More than $1 million has been previously approved by the BPW for the project, which will receive a total of $9 million in Program Open Space funding in installments as funds are available.

Prince George’s County will receive $162,980 to acquire nearly 2 acres of land along the Patuxent River waterfront as an addition to the contiguous strip of waterfront properties being assembled by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. This acquisition will also provide additional public access to the Queen Anne Fishing Area.

St. Mary’s County will receive:

  • $60,000 to design and engineer Phase VI of the Three Notch Trail from Mechanicsville to New Market (Route 5 to Route 236). Phase VI of the trail is approximately five miles long and will be used for walking, bicycling, running, rollerblading and horseback riding. The trail will serve as a transportation alternative from residential neighborhoods to shopping, restaurants and businesses.
  • $25,000 to update the County’s 2005 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan as mandated by State law. The plan will present the goals and objectives associated with parkland acquisition and development, agricultural preservation and natural resource protection.

In Garrett County, Oakland will receive $4,500 to upgrade parts of the flooring on the basketball court, replace a portion of the gym floor and restripe and refinish the entire gymnasium floor at the Oakland Armory Community Center.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 982 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling more than $288 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007. Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for acquisition of 355,283 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 27, 2011

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