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Recreational Projects In Anne Arundel And Carroll Counties To See Enhancements

Annapolis, Md. (March 21, 2012) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Program Open Space funding for recreational projects in Anne Arundel and Carroll Counties, approved by the Board of Public Works (BPW).

“These recreational areas afford our children important opportunities to get outside and safely enjoy their natural world,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.

Anne Arundel County will receive $438,000 to develop a rubberized track (five lanes wide by 220 yards long) for the Adaptive Recreation Complex at Lake Waterford Park. The track will complement the rubberized baseball field and the ADA-accessible playground that are currently being enjoyed by park visitors.

The Carroll County town of Union Bridge will receive $36,000 to extend the existing trail (currently 5 feet wide by 2,000 feet long) so that park visitors can explore more of the beautiful natural resources within Little Pipe Creek Wetlands Park. The extension is the second phase of a three-phase trail project. Funds totaling $5,522 were previously approved by the BPW on October 6, 2010.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the BPW has approved funding for 1,064 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling over $301.7 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.

Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve more than 357,350 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 36,281 acres - more than 10 percent - have been preserved within the past 5 years, under the O’Malley-Brown Administration. 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.

   March 21, 2012

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