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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
$19.88M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Cost Change

In FY22, transfer of $400,000 State Aid from Acquisition: Local Parks. In FY22, addition of $550,000 from State Bond Bill and $925,000 from higher than expected POS.
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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

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
$19.88M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP872104
Date Last Modified05/25/21
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 FY20Rem FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision00000000000
Land1500000019875300048753000300030003000130125
Site Improvements and Utilities00000000000
Construction00000000000
Other00000000000
Total Expenditures1500000019875300048753000300030003000130125
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY20Rem FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Program Open Space1490500018925300039253000300030003000130125
State Aid95000950095000000
Total Funding Sources1500000019875300048753000300030003000130125
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 21 Request3000
Year First AppropriationFY21
Appropriation FY 22 Request4875
Last FY's Cost Estimate150000
Cumulative Appropriation3000
Expenditure / Encumbrances0
Unencumbered Balance3000