Park depending on public's polish
By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY / Staff Writer
SMITHSBURG - Veterans Park in Smithsburg is a town jewel that needs polishing, said Park Commission members Charlie Slick and Mickey Myers.
In 1996, the town used more than $200,000 in Program Open Space acquisition funds to buy the 29-acre parcel of rolling land off Water Street west of Town Hall. Open Space development funds have since been used to construct a park entrance complete with sidewalks, curbing and railings for handicapped accessibility.
But two bare flag poles and a concrete foundation are the only evidence of the veterans memorial garden planned for the park.
"We have an entrance to nowhere," Myers said. "Things have just come to a standstill. This park is going to depend a lot on how the citizens of Smithsburg and surrounding areas respond. We can't depend on Open Space money for everything."