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Citicorp donates funds for park development

January 04, 2000

Citicorp Credit Services Inc. has pledged to give $100,000 toward the development of Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park, City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said Tuesday.

Citicorp, which has offices north of Hagerstown near the Pennsylvania state line, recently gave the city the first of four annual checks for $25,000.

In return for the donation, the Citicorp name will appear on some part of the Fairgrounds Park.

City Public Information Officer Karen Giffin said the company name probably will be put on a picnic pavilion or along a walking trail, which are planned for the park.

The Citicorp donation is the first of what city officials hope will be many private contributions for the Fairgrounds Park, which is still undergoing the transformation from the old city fairgrounds to a spacious outdoor recreation area.

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Weather permitting, some of the softball and soccer fields at the park could be ready in the fall. Also, an inline skating rink and at least one, and possibly seven, picnic pavilions at the park could be built this year.

The improvements are part of the $1.2 million first phase of the Fairgrounds redevelopment.

Metzner, who announced the Citicorp donation during the comments portion of Tuesday's council meeting, called the donation "fantastic."

Councilman Alfred W. Boyer also commended Citicorp for "coming forward with this gift."

- Dan Kulin

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