Calvert, Garrett and Prince George’s counties will soon receive funding for recreational enhancements through Program Open Space. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at a meeting in Annapolis.

“Through Program Open Space, the State has funded nearly 1,400 recreation projects, ensuring program-funded parks and facilities are located within 15 minutes of every citizen,” said Governor O’Malley. “With this, all Maryland families have safe and easy access to outdoor enjoyment and enrichment.”

Calvert County will receive $92,060 to acquire 0.23 acres, adjacent to the county-owned Dowell Community Center in St. Leonard, to further expand the center and increase parking opportunities.

Oakland in Garrett County will receive an additional $20,000 to install an Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible walkway for pavilion number five, additional parking for the little league field, and safety lighting along the entrance road to Broadford Lake Park. Funds totaling $51,500 were previously approved by the Board of Public Works.

Bowie in Prince George’s County will receive $182,200 to acquire two parcels totaling 0.34 acres to add recreational open space within Old Town Bowie. This expansion will allow for a new trail system that will connect the historic Bowie Railroad Museum to a residential section of Old Town Bowie, located east of Chestnut Avenue. The project will also allow for a new community playground and interpretive area that will focus on railroad history.

Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,398 recreational projects, totaling nearly $365 million through local-side Program Open Space and the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program since 2007.

Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for the State to preserve 368,276 acres for open space and recreation areas. Of this, 47,236 acres has been preserved within the past seven 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.