The City of Hagerstown on Wednesday was selected to receive $49,500 in state grant funding from Program Open Space for its Memorial Park project, according to a Maryland Department of Natural Resources news release.
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and the state Board of Public Works approved the recreational project, among others in seven Maryland counties, at a meeting Wednesday in Annapolis.
The money will be used in Hagerstown to construct a memorial wall at Memorial Park to honor both veterans and a hall of fame of the city’s noteworthy citizens. It will also go toward installing park benches, picnic tables and trash receptacles in the Hagerstown Plaza.
“Creating and maintaining these recreational areas are important because they provide convenient places where Marylanders can go to escape the indoors and enjoy their natural world — exploring, staying active and spending quality time with friends and family,” Brown said in the release.
Also in Washington County, Smithsburg will receive $13,950 to upgrade the electrical system at Veteran’s Park.
Smithsburg is in the process of documenting current and future needs to extend service to the Phase III area of the park, and these upgrades would help serve the ever-increasing needs of park visitors, the release said.
Under the leadership of Gov. Martin O’Malley, the Board of Public Works has approved funding for 1,152 recreational projects totaling more than $316 million through local-side Program Open Space since 2007.
Gov. O’Malley, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot make up the three-member board, which is authorized by the state legislature to approve major construction and consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement actions.