Five Projects to Improve Accessibility, Connectivity and Usability
The Board of Public Works (BPW)today unanimously approved a Maryland Department of Natural Resources item that allocates $3,875,000 to Baltimore City for the construction, development and enhancement of five recreation projects.
Funding will be provided through Program Open Space Local as well as Baltimore City Direct grants through Program Open Space Stateside.
“These new and revamped recreational spaces are a critical part of improving the quality of life for Baltimore City residents – especially our kids,” said Governor Hogan. “We are committed to preserving our state’s natural resources while providing well-maintained and safe green spaces, and we are proud to add these Baltimore City locations to the more than 6,000 park and conservation area projects our administration has funded through Program Open Space.”
“Connecting more of Baltimore City to our natural and open space improves the quality of life of city residents and strengthens connections to our environment and natural resources,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “Through these projects we will make our natural world more accessible and sustainable for the enjoyment and use of all.”
The five approved projects include:
- Bocek Park Athletic Center – Construction of two softball fields, two multipurpose fields, a sprayground, walking path with fitness equipment, community garden, playground and basketball court.
- Druid Hill Park – Reconstructing the bathhouse and swimming pool, which will include a deep, main and wading pool. Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades are also planned.
- Mary Rodman Recreation Center – Replacing aging entrances, flooring, lights, restrooms, roof and windows to make the building more accessible, energy efficient and user-friendly.
- Park Trail Networks – Improvements to the citywide trail system, including construction on the Jones Falls Trail from Cylburn Park through Mount Washington.
- Walter P. Carter Pool – Construction of a swimming pool and restrooms.
The Board of Public Works consists of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp.
Governor Hogan’s budget includes a total of $9.7 million in Program Open Space fund for Baltimore City. Additional funding will be presented to the Board of Public Works for its approval.