Public Works Board approves funding for community parks and playgrounds
Governor Hogan’s Budget Supports Outdoor Access Across Maryland
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:
Meadow Park Pavilion Equipment
James T. Wright Park – meditation garden
Templeville Community Park Restoration
Floor improvement spray included Westminster Municipal Swimming Pool
Baseball/softball field in Vienna
Silo Hill playground upgrades
Morris Park Playground Replacement
Croydon Creek Nature Center Playground Expansion
Prince George County
Rhode Island Pocket Park
Community Park Renovation
Community Park Playground Phase 3 Splash Zone
Oxford Causeway Basketball/Pickleball Court
Mardela Springs Park Baseball Field
Willards City Park Improvements
Dr. William Henry Park Basketball Court Lighting
Northside Park Playground Equipment
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.