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Hagerstown to ask DNR for $115,000 in parks grant

August 13, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The City of Hagerstown will ask for $115,000 in grants from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to purchase equipment for four city parks.

During a Hagerstown City Council work session Tuesday, City Parks and Recreation Director Junior Mason proposed that the city apply for the money in the following ways:

o $35,000 for barrier-free playground equipment at Funkhouser Park

o $35,000 for barrier-free playground equipment at Hager Park

o $15,000 for lake fountains at Pangborn Park

o $30,000 for benches and picnic tables at City Park

Mason said city staff put Hager and Funkhouser parks at the top the list because they are the only parks in the city that have not received new playground equipment over the past few years.

The grant requests would be reviewed and considered for submission to the Maryland General Assembly as part of the proposed state budget for Fiscal Year 2010, Mason said. Grants of this nature are awarded through the Maryland Department of Natural Resource's Community Parks and Playgrounds Program.

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Mason told the council that the city had to apply for the grants by the Aug. 25 deadline.

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