ANNAPOLIS (Aug. 2, 2007) On Wednesday, August 1, Governor Martin OMalley announced that the Board of Public Works (BPW) approved more than $12 million in Program Open Space funding for various projects across the state. The funding includes one project in So. Md. A $200,000 grant was approved to construct a restroom and concession facility at the Public Waterfront Park at Leonardtown Wharf. This project is part of a larger, mixed-use development on the Breton Bay waterfront which includes a recreational park with picnic tables, a bird observatory, nature trails, boardwalk and small boat access.
Chaired by Governor OMalley, the Board of Public Works is also comprised of Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp. The BPW is authorized by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultant contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions, and other procurement actions.
Since 1969, Program Open Space has provided funding for acquisition of nearly 321,000 acres for open space and recreation areas. Most Maryland residents live within 15 minutes of an open space or recreational area funded by this program.