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Governor O’Malley Announces BPW Approval Of Local Recreational Projects In Dorchester, Montgomery And Somerset Counties

Annapolis, Md. (February 22, 2012) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of recreational projects in Dorchester, Montgomery and Somerset Counties through Program Open Space.

“It is remarkable to note that each and every Marylander lives within 15 minutes of a local Program Open Space funded recreational facility,” said Governor O’Malley. “Working together, we continue to improve and create opportunities for families to safely enjoy the outdoors.”

Today the Board of Public Works approved the following local-side Program Open Space projects:

Dorchester County will receive $6,660 to replace a portion of the McCarter Park play equipment. The children who visit the park use the existing structure extensively. It has become worn and continued use would create a safety hazard.

Montgomery County:

  • The city of Gaithersburg will receive $750,000 to develop a 60- by 120- yard artificial turf soccer field on 1.5 acres of the existing 11.6-acre site at Lakelands Park. The park consists of three fields including a baseball/softball field, a full-size regulation soccer/lacrosse field and a multi-purpose auxiliary field. Lakelands Park Middle School and the City of Gaithersburg will utilize the field through a joint use agreement.
  • The city of Gaithersburg will also receive $1,739,600 to begin the first phase of renovating (of a two-phase project) the water park’s main swimming pool and tot pool at Bohrer Park. Upgrades to the main pool include replacing the rim-flow gutter, decks, drains, and modifying a section of the existing pool to convert it from a 5-lane by 25-yard lap swim area, to a 6-lane by 25-meter competition pool. The existing tot pool will be completely replaced with a new pool design.

Somerset County will receive $20,962 to retain a consultant to update and publish a Somerset County Land Preservation and Recreation Plan to fulfill requirements established by the State of Maryland under Program Open Space.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,060 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling over $301,193,000 through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 2007, Governor O'Malley and the BPW preserved more than 36,281 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 357,350 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 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.

   February 22, 2012

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