Now Accepting Grant Applications for Next Year

The Maryland Department of Natural Resourcesannounced the awarding of 26 Community Parks and Playgrounds Program grants – totaling $2.5 million – to local municipalities across Maryland.

From new playground equipment in Bowie and softball field lights in Delmar to tennis court repairs in Friendsville and new basketball courts in Vienna, the program provides essential state funding for the creation, enhancement and renovation of local recreational amenities and facilities in Maryland’s incorporated cities and towns.

“Through this dedicated funding stream, Maryland’s communities and towns can build, maintain and upgrade local playgrounds and parks, improving the quality of life of children and families,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “The program enhances accessibility and outdoor recreation while encouraging youth to play outdoors.”

The following Community Parks and Playgrounds Program projects were included in Governor Larry Hogan’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget and will be presented to the Board of Public Works for approval:

MunicipalityProjectProject DetailsCost
AccidentTown Park West UpgradesReplace existing underutilized volleyball court with a basketball court.$20,000
Baltimore CityPlayground Surfacing ImprovementsReplace safety surface at two playgrounds$115,000
BowieWhite Marsh Playground ReplacementPurchase and install new playground equipment and safety surfacing.$275,000
BurkittsvilleBurkittsville Memorial Park ImprovementsPurchase and installation of playground equipment and safety surfacing.$83,230
CentrevilleWharf Park Playground ImprovementsPurchase and install playground equipment and safety surface.$198,430
ChestertownLouisa d’Andelot Carpenter Park ImprovementsRehabilitate existing recreation area including: walking path, road and parking, half basketball court, pavilion, play equipment, park amenities and lighting.$138,400
CumberlandConstitution Park ImprovementsConstruct improvements to existing marbles courts and renovate the restrooms and walking paths to enhance Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility.$179,000
DelmarMason-Dixon Sports Complex – LightingInstall stadium lighting for softball field.$104,000
ElktonMeadow Park Lighting ProjectUpgrade 20+ year old lighting and electrical service to football field.$210,000
Frederick CityStonegate Park Basketball Court ImprovementsRenovate existing 20+ year old basketball court and purchase and install basketball goals.$84,000
FriendsvilleCommunity Park ImprovementsRepair the tennis court, upgrade the walking trail and install a picnic table and trash containers.$32,910
FrostburgGlendening Park ImprovementsRenovate restrooms and basketball court and construct an arboretum.$33,200
GlenardenMartin Luther King Community Park Renovation Phase 2Purchase and install new playground equipment, gazebo, game tables, outdoor exercise equipment, solar lighting and trash receptacles.$182,000
GoldsboroGoldsboro Community Park ImprovementsReplace multipurpose court, fencing and pathways.$170,186
HampsteadHampstead Panther Park Basketball CourtConstruction of a half basketball court and the purchase and installation of grills.$48,203
KensingtonPicnic Pavilion at St. Paul ParkPurchase and install a new picnic shelter with two picnic tables, a trash/recycling station and grill.$33,779
La PlataTilghman Lake Exercise StationsPurchase and install additional exercise stations around the lake.$28,000
LaytonsvilleDolores R. Miller ParkPurchase and install new playground equipment and safety surfacing, gazebo, picnic tables, bike rack and signage to establish a new park.$67,362
North BeachCallis Park ImprovementsPurchase and install new playground equipment, benches, bike racks and other amenities.$79,534
PerryvillePerryville Community Park ImprovementsResurface 20+ year old tennis and basketball courts. Pave 0.3 miles of trail in park.$45,300
PrestonJames T. Wright Park ImprovementsConstruct pathways, additional parking and meditation areas and purchase and install instructional signs for existing exercise equipment.$48,485
Rock HallTown Ballfield – New PlaygroundPurchase and install a new playground and safety surface.$74,500
RockvilleWootton’s Mill Park Aintree Drive PlaygroundPurchase and install a new playground, picnic table, benches, trash cans and construct a new Americans with Disabilities Act accessible path.$94,065
SalisburyWaterside Park ImprovementsConstruct a new multi-use playing field and a new 50 space parking lot.$120,500
SharptownCherry Beach Area Pavilion ImprovementsReplace pavilion roof and purchase and install benches and picnic tables.$13,463
ViennaBasketball Court and PlaygroundPave existing basketball court and purchase and install 3 freestanding playground rockers.$21,453

The department is now accepting grant applications from cities and towns looking to enhance or rehabilitate local parks and playgrounds in their communities. Applications for Fiscal Year 2020 funding are due Aug. 15, 2018.