City to rent space at fairgrounds

August 02, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

The city of Hagerstown plans to rent out stables and other space at the site of the former Hagerstown Fair.

The city will rent out 33 stables, which are about 3-by-3 feet, at the Fairgrounds Park complex, John Budesky, city director of administrative services, said Friday.

The city also will rent out the upper level of the grandstand, he said.

The stables and grandstand were not previously available for rental because they needed renovation and repairs, Budesky said.

The cost of renting the grandstand's indoor upper level is $150 per day for nonprofit organizations and $250 pr day for for-profit organizations, according to city documents. The cost of renting stables is $10 per day per stall, including electric and water service.

Providing the facilities has been part of the city's plan for the fairgrounds for several years, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said Friday. The city removed lead paint, built an asphalt walkway and made other improvements in preparation for the move, he said.


Established in 1880, the fairgrounds were open until 1980, and then from 1985 to 1992. Ground was broken for Fairgrounds Park in June 1999 after five years of planning.

The city thinks the facilities will appeal to groups that want to hold a flea market, a sale or other activities, he said.

Groups can rent out most of park's facilities, with the cost ranging from $500 per day for a nonprofit city organization to $1,500 per day for for-profit, non-city organizations. The prices will be publicized in a planned city brochure, city spokeswoman Karen Giffin said.

For more information, call the city's Parks and Recreations Office at 301-739-8577, extension 180, or e-mail

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