ANNAPOLIS – The Board of Public Works approved more than $172,000 in Program Open Space funds Wednesday for two Eastern Shore ball fields and a Baltimore watershed.
The City of Baltimore will receive $162,000 for planting several acres of wildflowers and tree buffers on slopes and stream banks along the Jones Falls. The funds will cover the total project cost.
Dorchester County will receive $5,100 for fencing and upgrading the Christ Rock Ball Field. This will cover 75 percent of the project’s cost. The County will pay the rest.
In Wicomico County, the Town of Delmar will receive $5,000 to install an irrigation system for Gordy Park’s ball fields. This will cover roughly half of the project’s cost, with the remainder to be paid by the town.
Program Open Space, under the Department of Natural Resources, provides money for buying land and making improvements, all in the interest of recreation and open space. The program administers money made available by the Outdoor Recreation Land Loan of 1969 and from the Land and Water Conservation Fund of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. The Board of Public Works consists of Gov. Parris N. Glendening, Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein and Treasurer Lucille Maurer. -30-