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Open Space funds allocated

May 17, 2001

Open Space funds allocated



The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday unanimously adopted the Program Open Space program for the next fiscal year.

Maryland counties receive Program Open Space money each year from the state government to pay for the acquisition of open space land or the development of parks and recreation facilities.

According to county documents, funding will go to the following projects for development:

-- Boonsboro's Shafer Park: $10,000 to improve the park's stream.

-- Funkstown Community Park: $27,500 to extend a road into the park by 600 feet.

-- Hagerstown Fairgrounds: $200,000 for building a soccer pavilion and a softball seating plaza.

-- Smithsburg's Veterans' Park: $116,034 to build a pavilion with restrooms.

-- Hancock: $69,000 for well and septic installations and bathrooms at Kirkwood Little League.

-- Williamsport: $42,500 for a road extension into Byron Park.

-- Washington County Agricultural Education Center: $80,000 for Pole Barn #3.

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-- Agricultural Education Center: $50,000 to pave the entrance road.

-- Kemp's Mill Park, $45,000 to pave a parking lot.

-- Agricultural Education Center, $50,000 to pave the entrance road.

Each development project involves state and local funding.

The program also calls for giving Boonsboro $350,000 to purchase land adjacent to Shafer Park and to give Hagerstown $93,000 to complete a city/county Program Open Space agreement.

- Scott Butki

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