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State approves $45,000 grant for fairgrounds

February 25, 1999

ANNAPOLIS - A $45,000 grant for athletic fields at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds was approved by the state Wednesday.

The Board of Public Works approved the Program Open Space grant.

"It's another piece in the puzzle of funding," said city Planning Director Richard Kautz.

The $1.2 million first phase has been designed with three softball fields and three soccer fields.

The proposed phase one would include an in-line hockey area for the Police Athletic League and 140 parking spaces near the Cleveland Avenue main entrance.

In December, council members had questions about how the new park, at a total cost of $9.2 million, would be funded and managed.

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The open space grant is to be used for topsoil, grading and seeding.

If the project starts this construction season, the fields could be in use by spring 2000.

The city got help from Program Open Space to buy the former fairgrounds property.

- Laura Ernde

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