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Commissioners pick projects to receive Open Space funding

May 15, 2002|BY SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday adopted its Program Open Space for fiscal year 2003.

The county received $365,980 from the state to spend in fiscal 2003, which is less than half the $906,000 the county received for this year's program.

The county received about $2 million in funding requests, said Planning Director Robert Arch.

The commissioners voted for funding to go the following projects:

- $67,600 for rehabilitating tennis courts at South Hagerstown High School.

- $21,000 for new restrooms at Keedysville's Taylor Park.

- $13,500 for playground equipment at Smithsburg's Veteran's Park.

- $99,000 for improvements to the school track at Clear Spring High School.

- $44,980 for lighting at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

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The program also calls for giving Boonsboro $50,000 for previously acquired land adjacent to Shafer Park and giving Hagerstown $70,000 to complete a city/county Program Open Space agreement for the Hagerstown Fairgrounds.

Each development project involves state and local funding.

The Washington County Recreation and Parks Advisory Board recommended the commissioners adopt the program with one difference: The advisory board suggested the program include $67,500 for an irrigation system at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds.

The commissioners, though, decided that money could be better spent on tennis courts at South Hagerstown High School. The courts were built in 1974.

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

The reduction is the result of state budget cuts, Arch said.

The fiscal year begins July 1.

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