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Storm-damaged Washington Monument State Park to resume normal hours

June 19, 2008

BOONSBORO - Washington Monument State Park will re-open at noon on Friday and resume normal operating hours on Saturday of 8 a.m. to sunset.

The 147-acre park was closed for repairs on June 5, a day after heavy thunderstorms caused extensive damage.

"The park will re-open with all services restored except the museum," Park Manager Dan Spedden said. "Repairs to the museum building continue and will be accomplished without disrupting other park facilities. Camping and picnic shelter reservation holders who had been on standby for the weekend of June 20 have been notified that the park facilities will be open for their use."

Named for the stone tower erected by Boonsboro in 1827, Washington Monument State Park is believed to be home to the country's first completed monument to President George Washington, who explored the Upper Potomac and the western Maryland mountains as a young surveyor.

The rustic locale features youth group campsites, picnic shelters, playing fields and a migratory bird flyway.

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The park's youth camp ground was empty when the storm struck on June 4 and there were no injuries, but strong winds and rain knocked out phone, electricity, and water service. Fallen trees and branches blocked the main road and the hiking trail. The museum and water treatment buildings were severely damaged.

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