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

Meadow Park Pavilion Equipment

Carolina County

James T. Wright Park – meditation garden

Templeville Community Park Restoration

Carroll County

Floor improvement spray included Westminster Municipal Swimming Pool

Dorchester County

Baseball/softball field in Vienna

Frederick County

Silo Hill playground upgrades

Montgomery County

Morris Park Playground Replacement

Croydon Creek Nature Center Playground Expansion

Prince George County

North Brentwood
Rhode Island Pocket Park

University Park
Community Park Renovation

Marlboro Top
Community Park Playground Phase 3 Splash Zone

Talbot County

Oxford Causeway Basketball/Pickleball Court

WicomicoComment County

Mardela Springs
Mardela Springs Park Baseball Field

Willards City Park Improvements

worcester County

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.