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Park has BMX course, skateboard park

September 24, 2006

Fairgrounds Park covers about 70 acres northeast of downtown Hagerstown.

Entrances to the park are off North Cleveland and North Cannon avenues.

Two pavilions for family picnics and other events can be rented for $50 by city residents and for $70 by nonresidents.

The park has softball and soccer fields; a Little League baseball field; a BMX-style, off-road bicycle racetrack; an in-line skating rink; a skateboard park; a playground; basketball courts; and a one-mile loop trail for walking, running and biking.

The BMX course has been in use since 2000. The rest of Fairgrounds Park opened to the public in 2001.

The indoor skateboard park features a 6-foot half-pipe. Helmets, knee pads and elbow pads are required. Park officials encourage users to bring their own safety equipment, but it can be rented for $1 an hour at the park.

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The admission cost is $3 on Wednesday, $5 on the weekend.

Users must sign a liability waiver. If they are younger than 18, they must have a notarized release from a parent or guardian.

The skateboard park is open May through November on Wednesdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

The city hosts fireworks at the park every year to celebrate Independence Day. In October, the park hosts the city's Harvest Hoedown.

Other city parks



Bloom Park: North Potomac Street at North Avenue.

Funkhouser Park: Jefferson Boulevard.

Playground equipment, basketball court. Home of the Hagerstown PONY League.

Hager Park: Frederick Street at Memorial Boulevard.

Playground equipment, pavilion.

Home of the American Little League.

Hamilton Playground: Fairview Road.

Playground equipment, volleyball court, half basketball court, pavilion.

Hellane Park: Park Avenue, next to Hagerstown's reservoir in the West End.

Basketball courts, pavilion, playground equipment. Home of the West End Little League and Colt League.

Mills Park: Belview Avenue. Pavilion, playground equipment.

Oswald Park: Between Forest Drive and Oak Hill Avenue

Pangborn Park: Pangborn Boulevard.

Tennis courts, softball field, playground equipment, horseshoe pits, volleyball court and two pavilions. Fishing available for people 12 and younger, people 65 and older and people with disabilities.

Ridge Avenue Playground: Ridge Avenue. Pavilion, playground equipment, horseshoe pits, half basketball court.

Rotary Club of Long Meadows Park: Northern Avenue and The Terrace. Flower garden, picnic benches.

Staley Park: Behind Claude M. Potterfield Pool on Frederick Street. Pavilion.

Home of the National Little League.

University Plaza: West Washington Street, next to the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.

Occasional live music.

Wheaton Park: Sumans Avenue, between North and Charles streets.

Tennis and basketball courts, softball field, horseshoe pits, playground equipment, band shell and pavilion.

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