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Council to consider new park proposal

March 13, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown City Council will be asked this afternoon to consider construction of a park that would give people access to Antietam Creek behind the Food Lion on Eastern Boulevard, Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said.

The Kiwanis Club of Hagerstown would pay to build the 6- to 7-acre park, he said. Bruchey said he isn't sure how much the park's construction might cost.

"It looks like it's going to be a nice area when it's done," he said. "It's more of a nature type of setting."

The launch site will accommodate canoes, kayaks and flat-bottom boats, Bruchey said. Larger boats will have to enter the creek elsewhere. The park also would have a picnic area, he said.

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Construction of backstops and paved areas, for example, would be prohibited because the proposed park lies on the flood plain, he said.

If the City Council approves building the park, Bruchey said the land could receive other improvements, including biking and walking paths.

According to the park's development proposal, a developer would clear brush from the site, install underground wiring for lighting and place a fence around a vacant building on the site.

That building, according to the proposal, could be renovated into a museum.

The mayor said Kiwanis members have been discussing building the park for about two months.

Hagerstown resident David Lyles donated the land to construct the park, Bruchey said.

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