Charles County Awarded Over $3 Million by BPW for Recreation Projects

LA PLATA, Md. (Feb. 1, 2008)—The Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW) awarded Charles County $3,067,500 of Project Open Space monies yesterday for the completion of the Indian Head Rails-to-Trails and Poplar Hills Projects.

The Indian Head Rails-to-Trails site is 13 miles long and stretches from White Plains to Indian Head. Approximately 160 acres of the area will remain “open space” after the trail is built. Once completed, the picturesque nature path will be an excellent outdoor recreational venue that will allow hikers and bikers a breathtaking adventure through a portion of Charles County.

Yesterday's award for this project was in the amount of $1.4 million.

Commissioner Edith J. Patterson (District 2) said the site will afford the citizens of Charles County an excellent opportunity to see the natural beauty of the area. “There is also a tremendous economic impact in that citizens can explore the possibility for small businesses along the trail. This will truly be a thrilling outlet for families to enjoy,” said Patterson.

The Poplar Hill Project, located east of Waldorf, consists of approximately 216 acres. Fifty-percent will be preserved as “open space.” The remainder of the area will be used for athletic fields, trails, picnic facilities, playgrounds, and a dog park.

Yesterday's award for this project was in the amount of $1,667,500.

“These two outdoor projects will be outstanding additions for the citizens of Charles County,” said Commissioner Reuben B. Collins, II (District 3). “And we all want to thank Governor Martin O'Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, and Lt. Governor Anthony Brown for their continued support of Charles County.”

“Not only will this immediately satisfy the growing demands for outdoor facilities, but it's part of our plan of the future. The County Commissioners are extremely excited,” said Commissioner President Wayne Cooper.

Chaired by Governor O’Malley, the Board of Public Works is also comprised of Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot. 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 more than 321,000 acres for open space and recreation areas.

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