Ice rink fund growing, but more money needed

January 21, 1997


Staff Writer

The Washington County Sports Foundation has met its $500,000 fund-raising goal for an ice rink to be built at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds, but will probably need more money, the foundation's director said Tuesday.

The cost of the rink has increased from $1.7 million to $1.98 million because the proposed rink's location was shifted slightly so it would be less intrusive to a residential neighbor, said Director Walter Dill.

Hagerstown City Council members might vote next Tuesday on whether to approve agreements, including a lease, with the foundation.

The city is supposed to fund up to 70 percent, or $1.2 million, of the rink project, according to an agreement in principle with the foundation.


The foundation is responsible for the rest of the funding.

The foundation has raised $454,000 in in-kind contributions and $76,000 in cash toward the rink, according to Dill and City Finance Director Al Martin.

Dill said he hopes to raise the remaining $250,000 by May. If he doesn't have the money in contributions, Dill said he is prepared to take out a loan.

The rink is scheduled to be complete by mid-August. Dill said he would like construction to start at the end of January.

The Hagerstown Planning Commission is scheduled to review the site plan for the rink at its Jan. 29 meeting, Dill said.

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