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Hagerstown plans Program Open Space wish list

December 05, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - A dog park and playground equipment are among the items that the City of Hagerstown will ask the state to help fund in fiscal year 2009.

On Tuesday, the City Council prioritized 20 items that it wants Parks and Recreation Director Junior Mason to apply for from Program Open Space, a state program that awards, among other things, public money to help municipalities improve their park systems.

The 20 items on the city's list total $835,200.

Mason said the city received about $213,000 from Program Open Space last year to buy, among other things, playground equipment at City and Wheaton parks.

This year, the council told Mason to ensure that he asks Program Open Space for six things - a tube slide and other items for Claude M. Potterfield Pool ($31,500); park benches and picnic tables for City Park ($27,000); an irrigation system for the soccer fields at Fairgrounds Park ($67,500); an outdoor skate park at Fairgrounds Park ($31,500); restrooms at Pangborn Park ($90,000); and a dog park at Mills Park ($45,000).

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Mason has to submit the requests to Washington County officials by Dec. 21, he said. The county will vote on whether to approve the requests in June. If the county agrees, the requests would be sent to state officials for final consideration.

Mason said the city will be notified of its approved amount in the fall of 2008.

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