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Hamilton Park project finished

October 14, 2000

Hamilton Park project finished



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Sometimes when Bobbie Elmlinger walks around her Hagerstown neighborhood she feels like Santa Claus.

That's because Elmlinger played a major role in bringing new swing sets, slides and a basketball court to Hamilton Park off Fairview Road.

The city paid for the purchases and installation, which cost about $32,400.

But the idea for the project came from the community through the Northwest Neighbors, Neighborhoods First group. Elmlinger and Ellie Price are co-chairs of the group.

Elmlinger said the group chose to revamp the park because most of the equipment was old and many complained that the park wasn't better.

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"The stuff there was outdated and rusting away. A lot of parents wouldn't send their kids there," Elmlinger said.

Elmlinger said they began planning for the park more than two years ago.

She chose what to add to the park by going around the neighborhood asking the children what they would like.

"All the little kids said they wanted sliding boards, things to climb on and swings. The older kids wanted a basketball court," she said.

Most of the new equipment arrived last month. A half-court basketball court is expected to be finished by today, she said.

"I feel better about this than almost anything else. When I go by and see the kids playing I feel like Santa Claus," Elmlinger said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at the park.

Neighborhoods First is a city-sponsored program that organizes residents to identify projects to improve their neighborhood.

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