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DNR: Maryland Approves Funding for Recreational Space

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MARYLAND- The Maryland Department of Natural Resources said recreational areas in several counties will soon receive funding for park improvement projects.

Counties set to receive funding include Calvert, Cecil, Frederick, Howard, Talbot and Washington counties. The money will come from Program Open Space and the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program, according to DNR.

Governor Martin O'Malley and the rest of the Board of Public Works approved the projects Wednesday in Annapolis.

“Our aim is to continuously enhance recreational areas for all Maryland citizens - from developing dog parks to providing additional parking to improving accessibility for all,” said Governor O'Malley. “Whether with family, friends, pets or alone with nature, Program Open Space ensures that Marylanders have safe, convenient places to enjoy the great outdoors.”

Three counties will receive funding through Program Open Space. According to DNR, Calvert County will receive $124,645 to continue developing Hallowing Point Park. In Frederick County, Thurmont will receive $13,098 for additions in East End Park. Howard County will receive $597,989 to purchase four acres of land near Patapsco State Park along Landing Road.

According to DNR, three counties will also receive funding through the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program. In Cecil County, Chesapeake City will receive $108,000 to install lighting for a little league field. In Washington County, Williamsport will receive $39,600 for improvements at Billy Doub Park. In Talbot County, the town of Oxford will receive $37,866 to for Play Ball Dog Park.

According to DNR, the Maryland Board of Public Works has approved more than $362 million for 1,394 recreational projects through Program Open Space and the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program since 2007.

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