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City creates new department to manage parks, recreation

August 31, 2000

City creates new department to manage parks, recreation



By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer


The City of Hagerstown is creating a new department to oversee all its recreational facilities, including Municipal Golf Course, Potterfield Pool and the Hagerstown Fairgrounds.

The parks previously were managed by the Public Works Department, which will continue to be responsible for streets park properties, signals, public buildings and fleet maintenance, said City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman.

"Increased public interest in recreation coupled with the opening of the 68-acre Fairgrounds Park early next year make this a good time to form a department to focus on the city's recreational facilities," he said.

Doug Stull, a 21-year city employee who was manager of Public Works, will oversee the new recreation department. The Mayor and City Council are expected to give formal approval for the new department in September.

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Eric Deike, assistant manager of Public Works, will serve as the acting Public Works Manager under the reorganization, which begins today.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said the reorganization will improve service to citizens.

"Both our recreational facilities and our public works services are important operations to the city and this reorganization reflects the priority we place on these operations. We are fortunate to have two very capable employees to oversee each of these departments," Bruchey said.

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