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City seeks donations for fountains, repairs

June 25, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The city of Hagerstown is asking for donations to help buy three fountains for city parks and to pay for repairs at a pond, Public Works Manager Eric Deike said.

Deike estimated the total cost of the fountains and work at about $15,000 to $20,000.

If the money is raised, two new fountains would be installed at Pangborn Park, one in the park lake and one in its garden, he said.

A third new fountain would go in the lake at City Park, he said.

The repair work would be on the so-called "frog pond," a fenced pond between City Park's lake and the concession stand.

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The pond contains three fountains: One is about 8 feet tall and the other two are about 8 inches tall, said Junior Mason, city parks and recreation supervisor.

When they're operational, water squirts out of the smaller fountains through the mouths of cement frogs.

The pond needs electrical and plumbing work, he said. Currently the lake leaks into the pond, he said.

New fountains would increase water circulation, Deike said.

"They add to the beauty of the park and they help the water quality," Mason said. They also provide increased oxygen for the fish, he said.

He has been unable to get city government funding for the fountains because money was needed for more important projects, Deike said.

Deike said he and Karen Giffin, a city spokeswoman, plan to seek sponsors for the project. The names of donors probably would be placed on a plaque, he said.

Last summer, after the last swan at City Park died, members of the public sent donations to the city to pay for new swans.

Donations may be sent to Hagerstown City Hall, attention Karen Giffin, 1 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, MD 21740, Deike said.

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