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State approves money for outdoor projects

Gov. O'Malley announced today that the state Board of Public Works approved money for several recreational projects around Maryland:

--$300,000 to expand the Patternson Park Recreational Center to create programming space for an environmental education center that will be operated by the National Audubon Society;

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-- $660,000 to renovate the boiler/hot water system and gym HVAC at the Chick Webb Recreation Center to meet building codes and avoid emergency repairs, and to construct a new building for the Morrell Park Recreation Center that will include LEED design items such as a green roof and geothermal heating;

--$1.3 million to enclose and redevelop the historic Clifton Park Pool Pavilion as a new Recreation Center that will include a multi-purpose room, classrooms, kitchen, staff office and restrooms. (To the right: That's then-Mayor O'Malley in the pool with some kids.)

The money comes from Project Open Space, run by the Department of Natural Resources.

Continue reading for more projects aroudn't the state.

--Alleghany County will receive $25,000 to complete the second phase of construction of a concession and restroom facility with proper electricity, plumbing and other amenities at Cresaptown Community Park;

--The City of Annapolis in Anne Arundel County will receive $959,542 to construct an 85,000-square foot community recreation center at Truxtun Park, which will house a three court gymnasium, fitness center, rock climbing wall, walking/jogging track and meeting room, which will significantly improve and expand recreational program access for thousands of Annapolis and area residents;

--Baltimore County will receive $1.7 million to construct the Watersedge Community Center at Concrete Homes Park in the Dundalk-Watersedge area of southeast Baltimore County, which will include a gymnasium, dance studio and activity room, and recreational office to provide much-needed indoor recreational space for the densely populated greater Dundalk and Watersedge communities; and $3.8 million to acquire the Perring Racquet Club in the Loch Raven-Parkville area of the county to develop into a regional indoor sports facility for the myriad of recreational programs offered by various recreation and parks councils in the area;

--Calvert County will receive $897,388 to plan, design and construct an indoor aquatic facility in the Prince Frederick Town Center;

--The City of Brunswick in Frederick County will receive $28,770 to renovate the City Park Building, a center for city recreation activities and used by local youth groups, churches, and non-profit organizations;

--Washington County will receive $26,775 to repave the road and parking lot at Black Rock Golf Course in Hagerstown;

--Prince George's County will receive funding for three projects, including: $1.5 million to design and construct a 12,000-square foot community center to provide much-needed recreational amenities and meeting space for residents of both the Little Washington and Westphalia communities, and will house a gymnasium and exercise room, which will eventually be attached to a future elementary school;

--$2.4 million to construct a 27,000-square foot community center at Pinebrook Avenue in Landover, which will include a gymnasium, computer room, fitness room, pre-school room and multi-purpose space, and will allow a larger variety of program offerings for the local Landover community; 

--$ 258,400 to acquire 5 acres of land in Lanham for the development of a trailhead to serve the local hikers and bikers of the American Discovery and East Coast Greenway Trail Systems; and

--$37,500 to renovate the existing gymnasium and stage area at District Heights Recreation Center.

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Baltimore Sun file photo/2005

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