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Park gets early Earth Day perks

April 19, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN

A group from U.S. Cellular planted shrubs Tuesday at Fairgrounds Park in recognition of Earth Day, which is Saturday, said City of Hagerstown Parks Superintendent Junior Mason.

The group of about seven people planted shrubs in the early morning hours, Mason said. Broadfording Christian Academy will send fourth-grade students to Pangborn Park on Thursday and 15-year-old students to Fairgrounds Park on Friday, Mason said.

Daniel Clements, 15, took time out Tuesday from his spring break from St. Maria Goretti High School to sweep the floors of the lower level of Fairgrounds Park's grandstands. Not only was Clements getting community service hours for school, he was also giving back to his community, he said.

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"I just think it's important for everybody to do their part," he said. "... Unconditional favors."

Earth Day work at the parks will include mulching and bordering plants, among other outside maintenance that parks department workers normally perform, Mason said. The parks department supplies the mulch and tools, he said.

"I think it's important that we take care of our environment, our trees, plants, and realize what they do for us," Mason said.

He said that every year around Earth Day, he gets calls from community organizations and schools asking how they can help.

Although Fairgrounds Park is only about five years old, "it's growing all the time," he said.

Despite its clean appearance, Mason said there's always work to be performed.

With volunteers to help, Mason said parks department workers are freed up to perform other tasks. On Tuesday, workers were installing bathrooms at City Park.

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