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Governor O’Malley Announces BPW Approval of Local Recreational Projects in Allegany and Washington Counties

1,049 Projects Funded Since 2007

Annapolis, Md. (December 21, 2011) ─ Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of recreational projects in Allegany and Washington Counties through local side Program Open Space. These projects bring the total number of local recreational projects funded by the O’Malley-Brown Administration since 2007 to 1,049, about 18 percent of the 5,900 projects funded since the program’s inception in 1969.

"With these agricultural land purchases and upgrades come increased opportunity for residents and visitors to participate in activities and events distinct to each county’s heritage,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Changes to areas like these, help instill a renewed sense of history, family and community.”

Allegany County will receive $231,969 as the final installment for the acquisition of a 2.6 acre parcel of land as an addition to the Allegany Fairgrounds. BPW previously approved $45,531 on September 7 for the project.

Washington County will receive $81,000 to upgrade two water treatment systems for the Washington County Agricultural Center Park. The upgrades will ensure that water is available for this agriculture public recreation facility. The county will also receive $22,500 to upgrade two stormwater management ponds at the 50-acre Washington County Agricultural Center Park to meet State stormwater requirements.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,049 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling $296,850,131 through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW preserved more than 36,229 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 357, 298 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 21, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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