At tonight’s worksession, the Council will discuss how to spend Program Open Space (POS) funds for the 2014 fiscal year. Chances are that the Gateway Park in Hollywood may receive more funding for its design and construction work.

The City has been notified that the FY14 Program Open Space (POS) allocation for Prince George’s County is $4,715,249.43 and College Park will receive $165,976.78 based on our 2010 census population. The City has opted to administer its own program and is required to submit proposed projects (annual program) through the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) for approval prior to seeking approval from the State. Our project application is due to the M-NCPPC by June 21,2013.

Very little POS funding has been available in the last few years with no POS funding at all distributed by the State last year. We have been advised that this year’s allocation must be divided equally between acquisition and development projects. Development projects require a
25% local cash match.

Currently, the City has a balance of allocated POS funding as follows:

  • Duvall Field $ 933,801
  • Hollywood Gateway Park $ 147,723
  • Route 1 Acquisition $ 575,571

The Duvall Field project continues to have a significant budget shortfall as the total cost of the project is over $5,000,000 and a developer contribution is needed in order to provide the match required to utilize the POS funding. On May 24, 2011, the City Council rescinded the application for acquisition of 8200 Baltimore A venue leaving the current balance allocated to Route 1 acquisition with no specific sites identified. The Hollywood Gateway Park project recently received authorization from the City Council to move forward but needs additional
funding to cover the expanded scope of the project including the acquisition of additional property (two vacant lots at 4705 Edgewood Road).

Staff is recommending allocating the FY14 POS funds to the Hollywood Gateway Park project, specifically, $82,988.39 to development and $82,988.39 for acquisition.