Westminster, MD, Thursday, June 16, 2022 - Today, during Open Session, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the recommendations of the local chapter of the Maryland Municipal League (MML) to provide funding for five (5) FY2023 municipal Program Open Space (POS) projects.

Each year, the county allocates 25% of Program Open Space funds to municipalities, four of the eight municipalities each year, rotating yearly. The local chapter of the MML recommends spending for projects, the Department of Recreation and Parks reviews the projects and determines its support before presenting the projects to the BOC for approval. This year, the five projects approved are: an upgrade for Sugar Maple Park in Hampstead, athletic field lighting upgrade for Christmas Tree Park in Manchester, replacement playground equipment for Summit Ridge Park in Mount Airy, pedestrian bridge rehabilitation in Millard Cooper Park and rehabilitation of Sykesville Linear Trail, both in Sykesville. The allocation for each municipality is $138,687.

“Program Open Space is good for the community and benefits our overall quality of life for our residents,” said Commissioner Ed Rothstein, District 5. “This highlights another great partnership between the county and its municipalities and adds to the appeal of our local parks.”

Now approved, these municipal projects will be included in Carroll County’s FY2023 Project Open Space Annual Program with other county POS park projects.

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