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City seeking public's help in naming park

June 06, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

The City of Hagerstown will ask the public to help find a name and logo for Fairgrounds Park, the City Council decided Tuesday.

The 68-acre park is on the northwest edge of downtown Hagerstown. The park is in the final stages of a $1.2 million overhaul that is turning the former fairgrounds into a recreational center that will feature three softball and three soccer fields, an in-line hockey area, and almost two miles of paved trails.

The park should be ready for use in spring 2001, Assistant City Engineer Rodney Tissue said Tuesday.

The area, formerly known as the Hagerstown Fairgrounds, was temporarily renamed Fairgrounds Park in September. Now the council will look to the public to find a permanent name and logo for the park.

Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein suggested getting school children involved in a contest to name the park.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said they shouldn't make it a contest because the council might not get a name they like.

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So the council decided to have a name the park "non-contest," as Councilman J. Wallace McClure put it.

Tissue said a committee will probably be organized to review name and logo submissions and make a recommendation to the Mayor and City Council. He said he hoped a name and logo could be chosen before the end of the year.

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