City given plans for fairgrounds

March 04, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

City given plans for fairgrounds

City officials were presented with two different proposals for the Hagerstown Fairgrounds on Tuesday, one of which does not include equestrian facilities.

During the afternoon work session, City Council members made no decision about which of the two options presented by KCI Technologies Inc. they preferred. Councilman J. Wallace McClure was absent.

At a meeting Thursday night, the plans will be presented to groups who want to be included in the recreational development of the city-owned 68-acre fairgrounds.


The public may attend the 6:30 p.m. meeting in the council chambers on the second floor of City Hall.

The council will discuss the two proposals and feedback from Thursday's meeting during the 4 p.m. council work session next Tuesday.

Both plans presented by KCI include four soccer fields. The one without equestrian facilities includes four softball fields and a BMX course. The one with equestrian facilities has only one softball field and no BMX course.

The four softball diamonds, four soccer fields and equestrian facilities presented in a Fairgrounds concept plan about a year ago will not all fit on the property, said Nicholas Linehan, a KCI landscape architect.

The option that calls for equestrian facilities includes an outdoor ring, an indoor ring, an extra ring, stables and parking for trailers.

The other option has two softball diamonds and two soccer fields overlapping so the four softball diamonds and four soccer fields could not all be used at the same time.

There are similarities among the two plans.

Both provide space near the ice rink for the YMCA to build a two-story, 106,000-square-foot building.

Councilman William M. Breichner said that land is now leased to the nonprofit Washington County Sports Foundation, which operates the rink. Breichner is the foundation's board chairman.

Both options include walking trails, an in-line skating course, an in-line skating hockey area, roughly 800 parking spaces and a raised stage near the grandstand, which could seat about 2,700 people, consultants said.

Linehan said the old stables area along Mulberry Street could be renovated and used as a promenade and marketplace.

KCI officials did not have cost estimates for either plan.

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