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$320,000 given to parks and schools

May 21, 2004|by TARA REILLY

Ten park and other recreation projects in Washington County got a boost Tuesday from the County Commissioners, who distributed $320,000 in state money to municipalities and the Board of Education.The money was given to the county through the state's Program Open Space.

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

The county had anticipated receiving about $400,000 from the state in Project Open Space money, but state budget cuts resulted in an allocation of $320,000 for fiscal year 2005, which begins on July 1.

The commissioners received about $2.1 million worth of requests from municipalities and the school system.

Here's what the commissioners decided at Tuesday's meeting:

  • $50,000 will go for the acquisition of land for Boonsboro's Shafer Park.

  • $34,140 will be used for lighting at the hockey rink at Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park.

  • $22,500 will be used for tennis court lighting at Hagerstown's Pangborn Park.

  • $38,160 is allocated for the Rail Trail Park in Hancock.

  • $20,000 will go to Taylor Park in Keedysville.

  • $23,400 will be used for Veterans Park in Smithsburg.

  • $55,000 is allocated for the track resurfacing project at South Hagerstown High School.

  • $30,000 will be used for tennis court improvements in Clear Spring, Woodland Way, Doubs Woods and Hancock High School.

  • $10,800 will be used for park improvements at the Agricultural Center.

  • $36,000 is allocated for the development of Tammany Park.

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