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Park made by volunteers dedicated

October 30, 2000

Park made by volunteers dedicated



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


Just three years ago, a 1-acre plot of city-owned land at the corner of Northern Avenue and The Terrace was unused and overrun with brush and weeds.

Dr. A. F. Abdullah, the former president of the Long Meadows Rotary Club, decided that the property could be put to better use as a community park.

Members of the Rotary and other volunteers put on their work gloves and got started clearing the land and landscaping the property. They finished the work this month.

Abdullah and Rotary members thanked everyone involved for their efforts during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new park and reception Monday afternoon.

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He said the city donated three plots of land along Northern Avenue for the project and the Rotary selected the Northern Avenue and The Terrace site because it was the largest, said Abdullah.

The other locations may be used in future beautification projects, he said.

The Rotary's goal in fixing up the property was not to create a playground but a spot where people can stop and reflect.

"It's a nice peaceful refuge for people in this community," said Abdullah.

The property is landscaped with ornamental trees and flowering shrubs. Stepping stones with fossil-like engravings form a half circle around a landscaped area and enormous limestone blocks were placed nearby.

The more than 5-feet-tall blocks were donated by contractors who excavated the property on Dual Highway for the Centre at Antietam, he said.

"When they brought the rocks and dropped them the ground shook," said Abdullah.

The soothing sound of Hamilton Run, which flows behind the park, adds to the relaxing atmosphere.

The landscape design was created to be in harmony with the natural surroundings, he said.

The grass on the property will be cut by the city and the landscaping will be maintained by Rotary members, he said.

More than $5,000 in the form of cash and in-kind donations from the community were used to create the park, according to Rotary members.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II complimented the volunteers on the work.

"It's a great addition to the city of Hagerstown," he said.

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