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City park gains two swans

March 21, 2002|BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Four swans are now gliding on the lake at Hagerstown City Park.

Swans were returned to the park in February when a pair of white mute swans were released onto the park lake. Before then the park had been without swans since July.

Last week, a second pair of swans was released at the park, City Public Works Manager Eric Deike said Wednesday.

The new swans, which are about 10 months old, were bought from an Ellicott City, Md., woman for $250 each, Deike said.

Deike said within the next year he hopes to buy another pair of swans for the park.

The new swans, like the first pair, were bought with money donated to the city for their purchase.

The city has received about $4,500, and pledges for another $1,120, from people who wanted to help buy swans for the park. The contributions will pay for swans, veterinarian bills, and a plaque that will list the names of those who donated to the swans fund, city spokeswoman Karen Giffin said.

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So far, the city has spent between $1,200 and $1,500 to bring the four new swans to the park, Deike said.

Giffin said that in April the City Council will discuss holding a swan naming contest, and the details of a donors plaque.

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