Public Works Board approves funding for community parks and playgrounds

Public Works Board approves funding for community parks and playgrounds

Governor Hogan’s Budget Supports Outdoor Access Across Maryland

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The Board of Public Works today approved the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) application to fund the first Community Parks and Playgrounds program for fiscal year 2023.

Overall, Gov. Larry Hogan’s fiscal year 2023 budget included $5 million for 39 local projects across the state, providing greater access to outdoor recreation for all Marylanders. The first round included 16 of the projects. The Public Works Board will review funding items in the next fiscal year.

Once funding is released, MNR provides flexible grants to municipalities to rehabilitate, expand or improve existing parks, create new parks, or purchase and install playground equipment.

“The Community Parks & Playgrounds program invests in the future of Maryland communities by developing and revitalizing parks and playgrounds across the state,” said Maryland DNR Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio. “From nature trails to accessible playgrounds, sports fields, wading pools and other outdoor gathering spaces, this program benefits everyone in Maryland.”

The following community parks and playground projects were approved on June 27 by the Public Works Board:

Allegany County

barton
Meadow Park Pavilion Equipment
$100,000

Carolina County

Preston
James T. Wright Park – meditation garden
$18,200

Templeville
Templeville Community Park Restoration
$141,300

Carroll County

westminster
Floor improvement spray included Westminster Municipal Swimming Pool
$113,000

Dorchester County

Vienna
Baseball/softball field in Vienna
$208,295

Frederick County

Emmitsburg
Silo Hill playground upgrades
$146,263

Montgomery County

Gaithersburg
Morris Park Playground Replacement
$275,000

Rockville
Croydon Creek Nature Center Playground Expansion
$96,014

Prince George County

North Brentwood
Rhode Island Pocket Park
$30,000

University Park
Community Park Renovation
$225,000

Marlboro Top
Community Park Playground Phase 3 Splash Zone
$192,424

Talbot County

Oxford
Oxford Causeway Basketball/Pickleball Court
$40,000

WicomicoComment County

Mardela Springs
Mardela Springs Park Baseball Field
$210,943

Willards
Willards City Park Improvements
$250,000

worcester County

Berlin
Dr. William Henry Park Basketball Court Lighting
$111,650

OceanCity
Northside Park Playground Equipment
$265,400

To date, more than $84 million in grants have been approved for more than 832 parks and playground projects since the program’s inception.

The DNR is now accepting grant proposals for the FY24 Community Parks & Playgrounds program. All municipalities in the state are invited to apply. Grant proposals will be reviewed and considered for submission under the Governor’s FY24 budget.

For more information on the Community Parks and Playgrounds program, visit available on the MRN website.