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Projects will soon get funding through Program Open Space

ANNAPOLIS – Recreational projects in Allegany, Caroline,
Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Prince George’s, Somerset and Worcester
counties will soon receive funding for upgrades and additions through Program Open Space.
Gov. Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at
today’s meeting in Annapolis.

Among the funding measures approved was a grant of $66,000
to Berlin to replace the three old basketball
courts, and to add energy-efficient lighting, spectator stands and goals at
Henry Park. The courts are more than 20 years old and in poor condition despite
extensive repairs in recent years. The upgrades will make the courts safer and
the added amenities will accommodate more people and provide a better
experience.

In addition, Ocean City will receive $30,000 to
construct a shade shelter in the northeastern corner of the skate park to
provide guests refuge from the sun, heat and severe weather. The area will also
serve as a watering station and platform for judges during competitions.

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.