State board OKs nearly $3.7 million for city recreation, parks projects


The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved almost $3.7 million in funding for park and recreation projects in Baltimore.

The Project Open Space money includes almost $2.5 million for maintenance, capital development and operation of the city's park system, state officials said.

The spending was approved last week by the board, which comprises Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Comptroller William Donald Schaefer and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp.

Other Program Open Space money approved by the board includes:

$250,000 for interior renovation of Roosevelt Recreation Center in an 18-acre park on West 36th Street.

$135,000 for projects at three recreation centers. They include new boilers at the Chick Webb Recreation Center on North Eden Street and at Madison Square Recreation Center on East Biddle Street, and a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system at Gardenville Recreation Center on Hazelwood Avenue.

$500,000 for renovations at John Eager Howard Recreation Center on Brookfield Avenue and Upton Recreation Center on Pennsylvania Avenue.

$115,000 to renovate the rear building of the Conservatory in Druid Hill Park.

$193,672 to improve the infrastructure of a storm-water system Druid Hill Park. The work will include restoration of eroded stream banks and nearby wetlands.

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