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Space for sale on park bricks

March 01, 2002|BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

People can personalize a piece of Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park for $30.

The city is selling the space on the 2,590 bricks that will be part of a cement walkway. The walkway will go from the park's lower parking lot to the Citi Pavilion to the grandstand building, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said.

For $30, a personal message of two lines can be placed on a brick, city spokeswoman Karen Giffin said. There is room for up to 14 characters on each line, she said.

The city has the right to refuse any message, she said.

"We're hoping the campaign gives citizens of Hagerstown and area residents an opportunity to truly become part of the Fairgrounds Park project," Giffin said.

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"It's kind of a fun thing for people to do," Tissue said.

The money raised from selling the space on the bricks will be used to offset the cost of adding the walkway, lights and some bleachers at the fairgrounds, Tissue said. The project is expected to cost about $100,000, he said.

The brick campaign is similar to one done in 1997 with bricks in Hagerstown's Public Square, Tissue said.

About 170 Public Square bricks were personalized, he said.

The fairgrounds brick campaign will run through April 15, Giffin said.

Giffin asked that anyone interested in buying space on a brick contact her at 301-739-8577, extension 116, or send her an e-mail at kmg01@hagerstownmd.org, she said.

Tissue said construction of the walkway probably will begin in April. The work will be done in June or July, he said.

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