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Irrigation system being installed at Fairgrounds Park soccer fields

November 03, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The soccer fields at Fairgrounds Park will receive a $102,000 upgrade this winter.

Last week, the Hagerstown City Council voted 5-0 to appropriate the money to install an irrigation system that will service the park's three soccer fields.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said that if everything goes well, work could begin in early December and be finished by late April.

Tissue said the system will protect the city's investment in the soccer fields, which he estimated to be in the "hundreds of thousands of dollars."

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"If you want to have a quality athletic field, you have to have proper irrigation," Tissue said. "It's just another quality investment in Fairgrounds Park."

Tissue said a majority of the project's funding, or about $85,000, would come from Program Open Space, a state program that provides local governments with funding to improve public parks.

In the past, the city has used POS funding to purchase everything from playground equipment to picnic tables, according to city documents.

Tissue said K T Irrigation of Chantilly, Va., submitted the winning contract.

City records show six contractors entered the following bids:

K T Irrigation, $102,928; Tebco Irrigation of Upper Marlboro, Md., $107,450; Irrigation Unlimited of Frederick, Md., $141,754; Hydo-Tech Irrigation of Sterling, Va., $165,230; R T Mackenzie, Inc. of Burtonsville, Md., $181,640; and Milton Stamper Builders of Hagerstown, $472,000.

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