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Hagerstown asks for funding for park projects

December 20, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown officials are asking the state to provide $407,700 in Program Open Space money for a number of projects, including parking improvements at Mansion House at City Park at an estimated cost of $135,000.

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved an application to ask the state for the money, which would be used in Fiscal Year 2009.

Program Open Space awards money to municipalities to help pay for park improvements.

The city's list includes the following 10 items in order of priority:

· $31,500 to pay for a tube slide, picnic tables, benches, trash receptacles and shaded umbrellas at Claude M. Potterfield Pool.

· $49,500 to pay for an irrigation system for the soccer fields at Fairgrounds Park.

· $36,000 to pay for restrooms at Pangborn Park.

· $31,500 to pay for play equipment at Funkhouser Park.

· $27,000 to pay for park benches and picnic tables at City Park.

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· $20,700 to pay for picnic tables, benches and trash receptacles at Oswald, Long Meadows Rotary, Staley and Mills parks and Hamilton Playground.

· $58,500 to pay for a driveway overlay at the Fairgrounds Park ice rink.

· $9,000 to pay for fountains at Pangborn Park Lake.

· $9,000 to pay for a storage building at Hellane Park.

· $135,000 to pay for parking improvements at Mansion House at City Park.

The council did not ask for money to help fund an off-leash dog park, which was included on a previous list.

Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer, who supported the dog park, said after the meeting that she hoped the council would reconsider the project in 2008.

"I pushed for it this year, I'll push for it next year," she said.

Parks and Recreation Director Junior Mason said earlier this month that he has to submit the list to Washington County officials by Friday. The city should know by the fall of 2008 whether the requests will be approved, he said.

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