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City Council to vote on Fairgrounds Park grandstand roof proposal

November 27, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown City Council will vote tonight whether to earmark $200,000 for the installation of a new roof over the grandstand at Fairgrounds Park.

Parks and Recreation Director Junior Mason said the existing roof is worn and allows rainwater to seep through. As a result, the underlying structure has been damaged and support beams have started to rust, he said.

If the council approves, the project could begin this spring, Mason said.

City records show Carson Roofing of Hagerstown submitted the low bid of $183,145. Other bids ranged from $232,366.50 to $323,380, according to records.

Mason said most of the project's cost, about $180,000, would be paid for with public money from Program Open Space, which, among other things, awards municipalities funding to improve parks.

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City records show the remaining money would come from local funding.

In addition to the roof, the project would include installing metal siding on the north and south ends of the grandstand to prevent rainwater from blowing in on the seating area, Mason said.

In January, the council discussed long-term plans for using the grandstand but agreed the roof should be replaced first. Some of the proposed uses included tearing out the seats so a banquet facility could be built and opening a concert venue that would accommodate about 20,000 people.

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