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County gets $113,208 for recreation, land projects

May 25, 2009

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley recently announced 28 recreation and land acquisition projects across the state, including several in Washington County totaling $113,208.

o Replacing the grass surface in the horse arena at Washington County Agricultural Education Center with stone dust and sand to improve safety to users and horses, $13,500.

o Replacing older, damaged playground equipment at Piper Lane, Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial, Camp Harding and Devil's Backbone parks with safer equipment, $18,000.

o Constructing a walkway to connect the existing sidewalk with a new fitness course, as well as patch and repaint two tennis courts at Funkstown Community Park, $13,770.

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o Renovation of the pool deck for improved safety at L. Beard Miller Pool in Williamsport, $67,938.

The Maryland Board of Public Works also approved the 52-acre conservation easement of Morgan Farm, a significant historical Civil War property in Washington County. The easement is within a two-mile radius of more than 8,800 acres of land permanently protected near Antietam National Battlefield.

The farm is on part of a large tract of land that was the site of Antietam Iron Works, which produced cannons for the Continental Army, among others. The farm also played a significant role during the Battle of Antietam, with the Union 9th Corps passing through the general area.

In addition to preserving history, the acquisition will permanently protect its forest land and water quality through the 1,000 linear feet of riparian buffers along a tributary that flows into Antietam Creek and the Potomac River.

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