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BPW Approves Major Funding for Baltimore Outdoor Recreation

February 20th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

More than $20 Million For Baltimore City Outdoor Recreation This Year

Photo of people biking on a park trail in the city

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The Board of Public Works today unanimously approved 11 Program Open Space projects totaling $6.3 million in grants for Baltimore City. These projects include new and upgrades to existing park facilities across the city. In January, the board approved about $4 million in Program Open Space grant funding provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for Baltimore City. 

In total, Governor Larry Hogan’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget included $4.2 million through the Program Open Space Local program, and $6 million in direct grants to Baltimore City for its park projects. Additionally, Baltimore City is receiving $10 million through the Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure program.

“Ensuring that all Marylanders have adequate access to parks and outdoor recreation is a priority for our department,” Maryland DNR Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio said. “These projects to expand and support recreation and park amenities in Baltimore City exemplify the principles and goals of Program Open Space. We are pleased to partner with the city and support these investments for residents and visitors of Baltimore.”