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Description

The Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan (EPS Plan) is a countywide plan to provide public spaces within walking distance in the county's most densely populated areas. With rising populations in mixed use and higher density residential neighborhoods, parks and open space serve as "outdoor living rooms" that play a critical role in promoting livable and healthy communities, social interaction, and equity for residents of all ages and incomes. The EPS methodology provides data driven analysis that measures and prioritizes the park amenities needed to support contemplative, active recreation, and social gathering activities. The EPS Plan identifies multiple strategies to fill identified public space deficits with park activation programs, alternative providers, public-private partnerships, repurposing and improving access to existing public parkland, and acquisition of new parkland. This PDF provides the funding to acquire parkland to fill needs identified in the EPS Study Area using State of Maryland Program Open Space grants. Acquisitions will be prioritized based on multiple factors, including providing service to lower income and racially diverse areas, addressing the largest public space deficits, seizing on opportunity acquisitions, and locations of highest population growth and associated park needs. Sites within the EPS Study Area that are identified for park acquisition in other sector, master or functional plans also may be acquired with this PDF. The County Council encourages the Commission to seek supplemental appropriations if approved CIP funding is insufficient.
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Phase

Ongoing

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$150M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$21M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Cost Change

Addition of FY27-28. Overall Project remains at $150M. Increase in level-of-effort to address high costs of acquisitions in urban areas.
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Justification

Designing Public Spaces - Energized Public Spaces Design Guidelines, 2019; Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan, 2018; 2017 Park, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan, 2017; Vision 2030 Strategic Plan for Parks and Recreation, 2011; Legacy Open Space Functional Master Plan, 2001
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Fiscal Note

FY22 transfer of $400k of FY21 State Aid from Acquisition: Local Parks (P767828) for the Willett Branch Greenway bond bill. In FY22, added $550k State Aid for a FY22 bond bill for the Willett Branch Greenway, and $925k from Program Open Space in FY22.
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Disclosures

Expenditures will continue indefinitely. M-NCPPC asserts that this project conforms to the requirement of relevant local plans, as required by the Maryland Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning Act.
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Coordination

Park Acquisitions 872301, Acquisition: Local Parks 767828, Acquisition: Non-Local Parks 998798, ALARF: M-NCPPC 727007, Bethesda Park Impact Payment 872002, Legacy Open Space 018710, Urban Parks Elements 871540, State of Maryland.
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Budget Snapshot
$150M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$21M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP872104
Date Last Modified01/09/22
Administering AgencyM-NCPPC
CategoryM-NCPPC
SubCategoryAcquisition
Planning AreaCountywide
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Total Expenditures by Cost Element (000s)
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Total Funding by Source (000s)
EXPENDITURES (000s)
Cost ElementsTotalThru FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision00000000000
Land1500000787521000350035003500350035003500121125
Site Improvements and Utilities00000000000
Construction00000000000
Other00000000000
Total Expenditures1500000787521000350035003500350035003500121125
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY21Est FY22Total 6 YearsFY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28Beyond 6 Years
Program Open Space1490500692521000350035003500350035003500121125
State Aid950095000000000
Total Funding Sources1500000787521000350035003500350035003500121125
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 23 Request3500
Year First AppropriationFY21
Appropriation FY 24 Request3500
Last FY's Cost Estimate150000
Cumulative Appropriation7875
Expenditure / Encumbrances0
Unencumbered Balance7875