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City to apply for money from state

February 01, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $407,800 funding request to apply for state money to improve some of the city's recreational areas.

Junior Mason, director of Hagerstown's Parks and Recreation Department, said the city will apply for the money from Program Open Space, a state program that helps refurbish public parks, in part by using proceeds from the Maryland real estate transfer tax.

The city should know by September whether the funds have been granted, Mason said.

The projects and amounts include:

· $75,000 to overlay an existing parking lot at Hellane Park.

· $50,000 for a barrier-free modular play system to replace one in the north pavilion at City Park.

· $40,000 to run electricity from Cleveland Avenue to the softball fields at Fairgrounds Park.

· $30,400 each for barrier-free modular play systems for the recently constructed south pavilion at Fairgrounds Park and the recently constructed west pavilion at City Park.

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· $30,000 each for barrier-free modular play systems to replace those at Wheaton Park, Hellane Park and Staley Park.

· $30,000 for amenities for a baby pool at Potterfield Pool.

· $20,000 for Tot Lot play equipment at Potterfield Pool.

· $20,000 for permanent park benches and picnic tables at City Park.

· $12,000 for permanent park benches and picnic tables at Fairgrounds Park.

· $10,000 to add a fountain to the lake at Pangborn Park.

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