(Annapolis, Md) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today announced the awarding of 23 Community Parks and Playgrounds Program grants - totaling $2.5 million - to municipalities across the state.

From pickleball courts in Ocean City to new playground equipment in Mountain Lake Park, the program provides essential funding for the creation, enhancement, and renovation of recreational facilities in Maryland's incorporated cities and towns.

"This department program is so important to communities and municipalities across Maryland," Land Acquisition and Planning Director Emily Wilson said. "Our cities and towns really rely on this critical funding for needed recreational amenities designed to improve the quality of life of all our citizens and their neighborhoods."

The following Community Parks and Playgrounds Program projects were included in Governor Larry Hogan's Fiscal Year 2018 budget, which was presented to the Board of Public Works for final approval:

Here's a list of communities on the Eastern Shore receiving money:

Chesapeake City Union Street Park Create a passive park including a public water-view location and access point to the Canal Trail. $115,995

Delmar, Gordy Park for replacing the existing 25+-year-old pavilion with a 20? x 20? laminated wood gabled shelter with electricity. $44,680

Ocean City, Gorman Park for Pickleball Courts Construction of a dedicated outdoor play space for pickleball, a mix of ping pong, tennis and paddleball.

$115,000

Salisbury, Salisbury Skate Park for design and construction of an additional 4,200 square feet of poured-in-place concrete skating surface.

$180,000