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Greenbrier is 17 acres bigger

September 15, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

BOONSBORO - Greenbrier State Park has added 17 acres to its holdings thanks to an allocation from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved $380,000 to buy the land, which is on the park's northeast edge near Swope Road.

The property will be added sometime late next year to the state park's 550-acre hunting area, which currently includes land west of Greenbrier Lake, Park Manager Dan Spedden said.

The purchase was part of the park's land acquisition plan, which includes several parcels of property that currently are surrounded by or border parkland.

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Park officials hope that by acquiring these parcels, they are making life easier for visitors, Spedden said.

"This particular property is bordered by parkland on three sides, so it's very confusing for visitors to be told they can't walk through there," Spedden said.

The allocation from the state was part of $10.47 million in statewide land preservation funds approved earlier this week.

Money was granted to state and local parks across Maryland, and also was given to counties for conservation projects.

Washington County received a $10,800 grant to put park benches and picnic tables in Fairgrounds Park.

The money for Greenbrier State Park was part of Maryland's Program Open Space project, which was established by the Department of Natural Resources in 1969 to preserve state and local parks and conservation areas.

Since July 1, parks in Washington County have received about $2 million in Program Open Space money, said Olivia Campbell, spokeswoman for the Department of Natural Resources.

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