La Plata, North Beach receive grants from Community Parks and Playgrounds Program

Now Accepting Grant Applications for Next Year

Photo of playgroundThe Maryland Department of Natural Resourcesannounced the awarding of 26 Community Parks and Playgrounds Program grants – totaling $2.5 million – to local municipalities across Maryland.

From new playground equipment in Bowie and softball field lights in Delmar to tennis court repairs in Friendsville and new basketball courts in Vienna, the program provides essential state funding for the creation, enhancement and renovation of local recreational amenities and facilities in Maryland’s incorporated cities and towns.

“Through this dedicated funding stream, Maryland’s communities and towns can build, maintain and upgrade local playgrounds and parks, improving the quality of life of children and families,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “The program enhances accessibility and outdoor recreation while encouraging youth to play outdoors.”

The following Community Parks and Playgrounds Program projects were included in Governor Larry Hogan’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget and will be presented to the Board of Public Works for approval:

Municipality Project Project Details Cost
Accident Town Park West Upgrades Replace existing underutilized volleyball court with a basketball court. $20,000
Baltimore City Playground Surfacing Improvements Replace safety surface at two playgrounds $115,000
Bowie White Marsh Playground Replacement Purchase and install new playground equipment and safety surfacing. $275,000
Burkittsville Burkittsville Memorial Park Improvements Purchase and installation of playground equipment and safety surfacing. $83,230
Centreville Wharf Park Playground Improvements Purchase and install playground equipment and safety surface. $198,430
Chestertown Louisa d’Andelot Carpenter Park Improvements Rehabilitate existing recreation area including: walking path, road and parking, half basketball court, pavilion, play equipment, park amenities and lighting. $138,400
Cumberland Constitution Park Improvements Construct improvements to existing marbles courts and renovate the restrooms and walking paths to enhance Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility. $179,000
Delmar Mason-Dixon Sports Complex – Lighting Install stadium lighting for softball field. $104,000
Elkton Meadow Park Lighting Project Upgrade 20+ year old lighting and electrical service to football field. $210,000
Frederick City Stonegate Park Basketball Court Improvements Renovate existing 20+ year old basketball court and purchase and install basketball goals. $84,000
Friendsville Community Park Improvements Repair the tennis court, upgrade the walking trail and install a picnic table and trash containers. $32,910
Frostburg Glendening Park Improvements Renovate restrooms and basketball court and construct an arboretum. $33,200
Glenarden Martin Luther King Community Park Renovation Phase 2 Purchase and install new playground equipment, gazebo, game tables, outdoor exercise equipment, solar lighting and trash receptacles. $182,000
Goldsboro Goldsboro Community Park Improvements Replace multipurpose court, fencing and pathways. $170,186
Hampstead Hampstead Panther Park Basketball Court Construction of a half basketball court and the purchase and installation of grills. $48,203
Kensington Picnic Pavilion at St. Paul Park Purchase and install a new picnic shelter with two picnic tables, a trash/recycling station and grill. $33,779
La Plata Tilghman Lake Exercise Stations Purchase and install additional exercise stations around the lake. $28,000
Laytonsville Dolores R. Miller Park Purchase and install new playground equipment and safety surfacing, gazebo, picnic tables, bike rack and signage to establish a new park. $67,362
North Beach Callis Park Improvements Purchase and install new playground equipment, benches, bike racks and other amenities. $79,534
Perryville Perryville Community Park Improvements Resurface 20+ year old tennis and basketball courts. Pave 0.3 miles of trail in park. $45,300
Preston James T. Wright Park Improvements Construct pathways, additional parking and meditation areas and purchase and install instructional signs for existing exercise equipment. $48,485
Rock Hall Town Ballfield – New Playground Purchase and install a new playground and safety surface. $74,500
Rockville Wootton’s Mill Park Aintree Drive Playground Purchase and install a new playground, picnic table, benches, trash cans and construct a new Americans with Disabilities Act accessible path. $94,065
Salisbury Waterside Park Improvements Construct a new multi-use playing field and a new 50 space parking lot. $120,500
Sharptown Cherry Beach Area Pavilion Improvements Replace pavilion roof and purchase and install benches and picnic tables. $13,463
Vienna Basketball Court and Playground Pave existing basketball court and purchase and install 3 freestanding playground rockers. $21,453

The department is now accepting grant applications from cities and towns looking to enhance or rehabilitate local parks and playgrounds in their communities. Applications for Fiscal Year 2020 funding are due Aug. 15, 2018.

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