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State may help with city's Fairgrounds Park

March 16, 2000

The City of Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park may receive a major financial boost from the state.

City Engineer Bruce Johnston told the Mayor and City Council on Tuesday that the Maryland Department of the Environment has indicated a $300,000 grant is available to help pay for storm water management improvements at the fairgrounds.

Johnston said the state grant would require a 25 percent match from the city.

Council members said Johnston should try to get the grant.

City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said the council would have to formally approve the grant should it be awarded.

Fairgrounds Park covers 68-acres northeast of downtown Hagerstown. The park includes a dirt-bicycle race course, which is being used, and several softball and soccer fields, which are being finished.

Johnston said the storm water management improvements for which the grant would pay would include expanding an existing storm water management pond, installing piping to bring storm water to the ponds more efficiently, and landscaping improvements.

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