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First phase of Fairgrounds Park redevelopment going smoothly

November 04, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

The seeds have been spread, a little grass is already growing, and weather permitting some of the baseball, softball and soccer fields at Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park could be ready for play by next fall, Assistant City Engineer Rodney Tissue told the Mayor and City Council Tuesday.

Tissue said about two-thirds of the $1.2 million first phase of the fairgrounds redevelopment is completed.

A dirt-bike race course is up and running and there have been four or five races there already.

Installation of water and sewer lines at the fairgrounds is 50 percent complete and the storm drainage system and storm water management pond are 95 percent complete, Tissue said.

He said sports groups that want to use the playing fields are discussing possible user agreements with the city.

And meetings are being held with companies that could sponsor parts of the park by paying for the construction of portions of it such as the walking path.

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Council members on Tuesday discussed a planned concession stand pavilion for the center of the park.

They reviewed a proposal for a $350,000 pavilion, which would include two restrooms, a concession area and a covered picnic area.

Council members agreed the price was too high for a concession pavilion and asked the Engineering Department to seek out less expensive pavilion proposals.

The pavilion would primarily be used by a softball association, which would sell concessions to raise money for league expenses, Tissue said.

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