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Former fairgrounds now a park

September 14, 2007

Home of the City of Hagerstown's annual Fourth of July celebration, Fairgrounds Park covers about 70 acres northeast of downtown.

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 others. 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, rollerblading, 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, which will be held this year on Oct. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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