Hagerstown to ask for state funds to replace playground equipment

August 27, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted 4-0 to ask the state for $115,000 to pay, in part, for replacing outdated playground equipment at two city parks.

Junior Mason, city parks and recreation director, said about $75,000 of the request would be used to purchase playground equipment for Hager and Funkhouser parks. The remaining $45,000 would be used to install fountains to aerate the pond at Pangborn Park and to buy metal benches and picnic tables for City Park, he said.

The city staff put Hager and Funkhouser parks at the top of the list because they are the only parks in the city that haven't received new playground equipment, Mason said. The wooden benches and picnic tables at City Park need replaced because of vandalism and wear and tear.

Mason said he already sent the funding request to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to beat the Aug. 25 deadline. The council's action on Tuesday was needed to make the request official, he said.


Mason said the city should know whether it received the money by April 2009.

Grants of this nature are awarded by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Community Parks and Playgrounds program, Mason said. The city has received about $197,000 from the program over the last four years.

"We've received tens of thousands of dollars," Mason said. "They've been good to us."

How they voted

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday voted 4-0 to ask the state for $115,000 to pay for improvements at several city parks.

o Martin E. Brubaker - yes

o Lewis C. Metzner - yes

o Penny M. Nigh - yes

o Alesia D. Parson-McBean - yes

o Kelly S. Cromer - absent

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