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Recreational Projects throughout Maryland to see enhancements

Recreational Projects throughout Maryland to see enhancements

Recreational Projects in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Frederick, Garrett, Prince George's, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester counties will soon receive funding for necessary upgrades and additions through Program Open Space. Governor Martin O'Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at today's meeting in Annapolis.
"Building and upgrading these play areas ensures Maryland families always have a nearby place to learn, play and grow together," said Governor O'Malley.
Baltimore City will receive $250,000 to redevelop the historic former Superintendent's House and grounds at Druid Hill Park in cooperation with the Parks and People Foundation. Funds will also be used to restore landscape and renovate walkways to improve community access to the park.
Anne Arundel County will receive $233,000 to design and install an artificial turf playing surface at Northeast High School. The Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks and Anne Arundel County Public Schools entered into a Joint-Use Agreement for this project. The scope of work included site preparation, fine grading, installation of the artificial turf, and the painting of lines, markings and goals.
Frederick County will receive $104,657 to develop the 95-acre Urban District Park. Funds will be used for design and engineering, utilities, security lighting, roads, parking lots, paved hiking trails, multi-purpose fields (two soccer fields and three ball fields), modular playground equipment, picnic pavilions and amenities, restroom facilities, a maintenance and storage facility, landscaping, fencing, and site amenities and improvements. The proposed outdoor recreational lighting system is designed to be energy efficient and minimize light pollution. The park meets Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and playground safety requirements. Funds totaling $1,523,694 were previously approved by the Board of Public Works on the Secretary's Agenda in 2007 and 2011.
Garrett County's town of Loch Lynn Heights will receive $14,383 to pave the existing parking area at the Loch Lynn Athletic Complex, making it safer and ADA accessible. Vegetative swales currently in place will be used to address any additional storm water runoff. Funds totaling $64,800 were previously approved by the Board of Public Works on the Secretary's Agenda in 2009.
Garrett County's town of Oakland will receive $95,000 to extend the existing walking/biking path at Glades Park and repair some existing fencing that has become deteriorated. The path extension will provide access to the historic Fort Alice site.
Prince George's County will receive $1,012,515 for the design and construction of the 35,000 square-foot Southern Regional Tech/Recreation Complex on a 15-acre site in Fort Washington. The site is adjacent to the Henson Creek Stream Valley Park and will have a pedestrian connection to the existing Tucker Road Athletic Complex. The facility will integrate science and technology uses with a recreational component that includes an oversized gymnasium with a spectator viewing area, fitness area, indoor warm-up track, game room, restrooms, storage area and multi-purpose rooms. The site plan will include a parking region and area to be graded for a future outdoor track. The facility will also include classroom and exhibition space that will be flexible and provide learning and research opportunities for guests to learn about the latest technological advances in science as it relates to health, fitness and recreation. Funds totaling $2,872,000 were previously approved by the Board of Public Works on the Secretary's Agenda in 2007.
Washington County will receive $22,500 to design, construct and install an 18-hole disc golf course at Washington County Regional Park. The course will use existing trails throughout the wooded portion of the course, minimizing environmental impacts while showcasing the park's scenic natural areas.
Wicomico County's city of Salisbury will receive:
$135,000 to install a children's playground at the West Salisbury Little League Park and connect the park to the city's water and sanitary sewer system. The existing well and septic system, installed in 1975, is no longer working properly. Connecting the park to the city's water and sewer system will accommodate the large number of guests the park sees each spring and summer. The park does not have a children's playground, so this addition will further enhance the recreational options at the park.
$262,000 to design and construct a custom, concrete skate park for local youth at the new Salisbury Skatepark. This dedicated venue will satisfy the city's growing demand for a publicly available and easily accessible skate facility.
Worcester County will receive:
$7,200 to develop a new trail and picnic area at the 58-acre Newtown Park, which was recently enhanced with more than 5 acres of diverse plantings. This project will increase the recreational options at the park, which includes athletic fields, a playground and other activity areas.
$62,236 to replace the existing outdated playground equipment at John Walter Smith Park. The new playground will have protective surfacing and borders, and various play equipment intended for children 5 to 12 years old.
Under the leadership of Governor O'Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,124 recreational projects, including Community Parks & Playgrounds, totaling more than $308 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.
Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve 358,222 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this area, 37,153 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 by 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 Board of Public Works is authorized by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.

This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau -

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