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County to get money for school gym, new playground equipment

October 21, 2009

ANNAPOLIS -- Gov. Martin O'Malley on Wednesday announced Board of Public Works approval of two recreational projects in Washington County through Program Open Space and the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program.

According to a press release from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Washington County will receive:

o $500,000 to engineer and build a 3,500-square-foot addition to the Eastern Primary School Recreation Center gymnasium. The facility will be available for community use in the evenings, on weekends and during the summer.

o $82,000 to replace noncompliant playground equipment at Taylor Park in Keedysville with equipment that is handicapped-accessible and meets current playground safety standards.

Since 2007, O'Malley and the Board of Public Works have preserved more than 25,388 acres of natural areas for public recreation and watershed and wildlife protection across Maryland.

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Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for acquisition of 346,117 acres for open space and recreation areas. Most Maryland residents live within 15 minutes of an open space or recreational area funded by Program Open Space.

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.

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