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Lt. Governor Brown Announces BPW Approval Of
Local Recreational Projects In Cecil, Frederick, Harford Counties And Baltimore City

1,047 Projects Funded Since 2007

Annapolis, Md. (December 7, 2011) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, who today chaired the Board of Public Works (BPW), announced approval of recreational projects in Cecil, Frederick, Harford Counties and Baltimore City 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 1,047, about 17 percent of the 5,900 projects funded since the program’s inception in 1969.

“These areas offer new opportunities for our children and families to enjoy their communities – and our natural world – safely, and are another way we can ensure young people will participate in healthy outdoor activities,” said Lt. Governor Brown.

Cecil County will receive $30,000 to continue work on the northern section of Conowingo Park, including the relocation of utility poles and the construction of a stone parking lot, athletic fields and tennis courts. In addition, the park entrance will be brought into compliance with State Highway Administration requirements. Stormwater management will be enhanced with water quality grass swales.

Frederick County:

  • Woodsboro will receive $1,688 to install approximately 300 feet of additional park trail to connect existing pathways to the exercise trail at Woodsboro Regional Park.
  • Mt. Airy will receive $14,606 to remove and replace the existing fencing at Mt. Airy East West Ballfield with new vinyl-coated fencing designed to be serviceable for more than 20 years.
  • Emmitsburg will receive $45,000 to develop a splash park adjacent to the pool within the 1.5 acre Emmitsburg Community Park.
  • Thurmont will receive $31,950 to install a surface overlay on the deteriorated loop road that provides access to the recreation facilities within the Thurmont Community Park.

Harford County will receive $324,706 to acquire two parcels totaling approximately 28 acres with frontage on MD 23, adjacent to the Rural Village of Jarrettsville. Over several fiscal years, the total amount of eligible Program Open Space assistance requested for this project will be $1.3 million. This site will be used for development of an indoor recreation facility with natural areas available for activities such as hiking. The land is well suited for development of this facility as it lies less than 1/4 mile from the Jarrettsville Recreation Complex and Jarrettsville Elementary School. The existing structures may be used as offices, storage and maintenance buildings. The 2.5 acre farm pond will provide for natural recreation opportunities.

Baltimore City, in a concerted effort to expand recreational opportunities for urban youth and families, will receive their annual allotment of $4.4 million to be divided as follows:

  • $400,000 to develop an athletic complex in partnership with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation at CC Jackson Park. Development includes the construction of two athletic fields (football and baseball) with synthetic playing surfaces, bleachers, ornamental fencing, and sport lighting. The proposed outdoor recreational lighting system is designed to be energy efficient and minimize light pollution.
  • $985,000 to renovate 12 neighborhood park playgrounds based on recommendations by the Mayor’s Playground Task Force. Unsafe playground equipment will be removed and replaced with new modular play equipment and safety surfacing that meets Consumer Product Safety Commission, American Society for Testing and Materials and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines for safety and accessibility.
  • $100,000 to renovate the pool deck area at Harford/Lanvale to meet ADA entrance standards and install umbrellas, picnic tables, benches, trash cans and security lighting at the pool facility.
  • $462,000 to renovate the CC Jackson Recreation Center with “green” building components such as geothermal heating/cooling and an energy efficient green roof. The renovated facility will be ADA accessible. The facility will be secured through card reader access and security cameras.
  • $1,250,000 to renovate century old park features at Druid Hill Park and Carroll Park. Improvements will be made to the parks athletic lighting, roads, walks, pavilions, entrances, signs, playing fields and fencing. Each project will include ADA upgrades for walks and structures.
  • $1,250,000 to provide maintenance and general operations of the Baltimore City Park System which consists of more than 5,700 acres in 400 properties. Projects in the budget year include playgrounds, athletic fields, park lighting maintenance, community partnership development, staff grants and general park maintenance.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,047 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling over $297,687,361 through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW preserved more than 35,303 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 more than 356,344 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 comprised 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.

   December 7, 2011

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