In an effort to promote support for Program Open Space (POS), a group of parks and recreation officials and enthusiasts are embarking on a campaign to engage with State representatives.
Today, the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA), the Maryland Association of County Park and Recreation Administrators (MACPRA), and the Partners for Open Space released a video highlighting the benefits of POS. In recent years POS has faced a number of budget cuts, and the groups are asking State officials to prioritize park and conservation funding through the program.
Program Open Space is Maryland’s premier program for establishing open space for recreation and preservation purposes. Since its creation in 1969, over 394,000 acres have been protected through POS, representing a massive public benefit in the form of parks, nature centers, and more. Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, parks have become even more important to communities. They have seen a large increase in visitors as Marylanders seek open space to safely exercise and simply get out of the house. The video features testimonials from community members that describe the value of parks and open space that were made possible using POS funds.