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Governor O’Malley Announces BPW Approval Of Local Recreational Projects In Somerset And Worcester Counties

Annapolis, Md. (September 21, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of recreational projects in Somerset and Worcester Counties through local-side Program Open Space and the Community Parks and Playgrounds program.

Somerset County will receive $117,000 to install new state-of-the-art ballfield lighting and extend the existing parking area at the Centralized Recreational Facility. The proposed outdoor recreational lighting system is designed to perform its intended function, be energy efficient and minimize light pollution.

“The lights will be a huge asset to our county and our residents,” said Paige Hurley, director of Parks and Recreation for Somerset County. “This addition allows us to offer programs during extended hours and for events by organizations such as Relay for Life.”

Worcester County will receive $1,000 to replenish the safety surface at Newark Park in accordance with playground safety standards. This playground is one of several features at the popular county park. The county will also receive $500 to install a new bike rack at Homer Gudelsky Park to promote alternate forms of transportation to and from the park. Parking at the facility is limited.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 989 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling more than $289 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007. 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.

   September 21, 2011

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