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Residents petition city to install park gate

August 11, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

Several residents in Hagerstown's North End petitioned the city on Tuesday to install a gate at Mills Park, where they have complained of "loud, late-hour congregating."

The petition, signed by almost 40 residents, also asks that the park be closed at dusk rather than at 11 p.m., said Doug Stull, manager of the Department of Public Works.

A gate would prevent vehicles, but not pedestrians, from entering the park, Stull said.

In June, several North End neighbors took their concerns to a City Council meeting, where Police Chief Dale Jones said police had increased routine checks of the park.

The petition states there has been littering at the park that indicates illicit drug and sexual activity.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II told council members on Tuesday night that he made several trips to the park recently and saw no one there. It appears the problems occur during the school year, he said.

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Stull said the petition will be presented to the parks board at its Sept. 10 meeting. The parks board's recommendation is expected to be presented to the council in September or October, he said.

Mills Park is a pie-shaped piece of land behind the American Legion on Northern Avenue and bordered by Woodland Way and a railroad track.

The small park has a pavilion, playground equipment and walkways.

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