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National Guard to help with park

April 27, 2005|BY BRIAN SHAPPELL

BOONSBORO

Members of the Maryland Army National Guard rolled into Boonsboro in military trucks this week, preparing to help expand Shafer Memorial Park.

Boonsboro Town Manager John Kendall said Tuesday the guard unit is starting grading work in the area where the park will be expanded, on its western boundary near Md. 34.

Kendall said, among other tasks, members of the guard unit will be digging up areas for a water retention pond and a fishing pond and "making cuts into the land" for the development of sports fields.

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Kendall said using the guard unit for the work will save the town between $500,000 and $1 million in labor costs for the project, which will cost an estimated total of $4 million to $5 million.

He said the cost to the town for the grading has been reduced to paying for fuel and materials.

"We're glad to have them here ... it's a great, great contribution to the town," Kendall said.

Kendall said the guard unit's services, which often are provided to communities in the state as part of training, were requested about two years ago.

The expanded park, once completed, will host new sports fields, an aquatic center and a fishing pond, among other amenities, Kendall said.

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